A Few Minutes with the Mayor – August 2017
July 4th has come and gone… now for the “lazy hazy days of summer.” If you missed it, we had one “swellegant” party here in town on the Courthouse lawn with 350 to 400 people this year. That’s not counting the many volunteers as well as the entertainers from the Randall Theater. So here’s a BIG thank you to the following volunteers:
Pastor Larry Jung – 1st Presbyterian Church
Sally Jung – 1st Presbyterian Church
Fred Crabtree – 1st Presbyterian Church
Kathy Crabtree – 1st Presbyterian Church
Mike McClain – 1st Presbyterian Church
Kandee McClain – 1st Presbyterian Church
Robert Roos – The Magnolia Inn
Anne Brooke – Art Presence
Debbie Earley – Art Presence
Jeff Alvis – City of Jacksonville
Stacey Bray – City of Jacksonville
Tom Glover – City of Jacksonville
Brett Barton – City of Jacksonville
Caleb Bell – City of Jacksonville
Rick Shields – City of Jacksonville
Eric Villarreal – City of Jacksonville
Kim Collins – Talent City Recorder
These volunteers all gave up their Holiday and helped to make this picnic one of the most enjoyable community events in our experience. One year ago I wrote about Jacksonville’s many volunteers and how blessed we were as a community because of them.
“They volunteer for myriads of local tasks, CERT, Commissions, Committees, the Boosters, the Kiwanians, Rotary, Food for Friends and Access… these are all alive, building and strengthening our community, They clean up our cemetery, they hang the flags out on July 4th. They volunteer for traffic control during our parades. And let’s not forget all the volunteers who help during Britt performances.”
Let me add our July 4th picnic to that list.
And finally… I would be remiss if I didn’t thank the Randall Theater performers who worked so hard to bring us their entertainment. They were: Robin Downward, Jon Oles, Mia Gaskin, and Elizabeth Suzanne. They put on quite a show.
What a great city we live in.
Photo by Sharon Becker.