Dear Editor:The summer of 2006 has proved challenging for outdoor events in the Roaring Fork Valley. We cannot complain about the wonderful rainstorms this year. They are long overdue. We will praise the musicians and promoters who have persevered and put on stunning performances for the stalwart, Gore-Tex-clad audiences. Last Wednesday night in Basalt such a concert took place. Even with intermittent rains, Frank Martin and Sue Krebiehl continued to show their skill at weaving stories within fine melodies. The Basalt Summer Music Series committee thanks them for their talent and passion to play into the night through adverse conditions. We are fortunate to have such talent in our hometowns.We also want to thank our sponsors for this summer’s music in Lions Park and for the River Days Festival: Alpine Bank, Valley View Hospital, town of Basalt, members of the Basalt Chamber of Commerce, Roaring Fork Real Estate, Isberian Rug Co., Aspen Land & Homes, Sotheby’s International Realty, Cottle Carr Yaw Architects Ltd., Frias Properties, Breckenridge Brewery, Holy Cross Energy, Valley Lumber, Western Peak LLC, The Roaring Fork Club, Mason & Morse Real Estate, KDNK Radio, Riverside Plaza, Community Banks of Colorado/Basalt, The Aspen Times, Aspen Daily News, KMTS Radio, The Green Drake, Vectra Bank, Toklat Gallery, Hagman Architects Ltd., Theodore K Guy Associates PC, Myers & Co., Novus Auto Glass Repair and Replacement, Signature Picture Framing, Basalt Printing, Hobbs & Murphy and All Mountain Mortgage. Their support has created this delightful, family experience.We are halfway through our Wednesday evening summer series. On July 19, Basalt Lions Park will host Free Peoples at 6 p.m. This San Francisco-based, five-piece band is a multicultural blend of rock, folk, Latin, bluegrass and jazz. Soulfeel, Waste Deep, Coyote Gospel and Taarka will continue the fine, family music in the park. And on Aug. 18 and 19, Basalt River Days will fill up Lions Park with the Roaring Fork Old-Time/Celtic Megaband, Pete Kartsounes, and Bobby Mason and the All Stars.Please join us in the park. Please leave your dog at home.Elizabeth Phillips, Teri ChristensenBasalt River Days Committee
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