Redstone picks up pieces of Pearlington Project
When the pastor at the Church of Redstone visited Pearlington, Miss., on an aid mission this year, he was shocked by the level of destruction Hurricane Katrina wrought.So Bruce Gledhill was amazed by the attitudes of people he encountered in the Gulf Coast town. Although wind and water toppled their homes and recovery is slow, many Pearlington residents are determined to persevere.”I think if I had lived there I would have packed up and left and said the heck with this,” Gledhill said.That’s precisely why so many people in the Crystal Valley town of Redstone feel a need to help. The effects of the hurricane and the plight of the people it hit might not be commanding headlines anymore, but their needs remain as great as ever.The Carbondale fire department picked Pearlington for special aid shortly after Katrina struck in August. The Roaring Fork and Crystal valleys rallied around the effort – raising funds and supplies, and sending volunteer work crews to the Gulf Coast. But the aid effort has tailed off recently, inspiring the Redstone Community Association to try to boost it.”We just want to keep the connection alive between the Crystal Valley, Carbondale, Aspen and Pearlington,” said Gledhill, who is on the Redstone Community Association’s board of directors.The RCA is teaming with the owners of the Crystal Club bar and restaurant and the Carbondale fire department to throw a July 3 fundraiser they’re billing as “an incredible celebration not to be missed.”Crystal Club owners Billy and Kim Amicon initially proposed the party as a way to honor all the Roaring Fork and Crystal valley volunteers who have helped Pearlington in some way. Billy Amicon said he was inspired to use the party to raise additional funds for the Pearlington Project, as the aid program is known, once he heard donations have dried up.His friendship with New Orleans musician Anders Osborne helped land the Voice of the Wetlands All Stars as performers in Redstone. Osborne and other legendary musicians from New Orleans team occasionally to bring attention to erosion in the Mississippi Delta. The Voice of the Wetlands was performing in Granby on July 1 and agreed to come to Redstone for the July 3 bash.Joining Osborne will be Tab Benoit and his band, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Waylon Thibodeaux and Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone.The celebration will be outdoors at the Crystal Club, in downtown Redstone. Tickets are available at the Crystal Club and Redstone General Store, Sounds Easy in Carbondale, Great Divide Music Store in Aspen and the Bayou restaurant in Glenwood Springs. They are $35. Food concession stands will be on site.Amicon said patrons and sponsors have rallied around the event and covered the cost of producing it. Virtually all proceeds from ticket sales, food and beverage sales and a silent auction will go to the Pearlington Project. “It should be a pretty good chunk of money we can raise,” he said.Limited space and production capabilities will mean no more than 400 general admission tickets can be sold. About 300 are available, so Amicon advised acting fast.”This is probably the biggest thing that’s taken place in Redstone,” Amicon said.Scott Condon’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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