From Bill: On the Summer Celebration

Bill commented on the Summer Celebration on the last post. The comment was thoughtful and provoking so I’m printing it here for folks who don’t go back and read the older post:

A belated comment now that we’ve “enjoyed” Summer Celebration and I’ve had a chance to talk about it a bit with neighbors who concur with my opinion …. it’s the same old thing, year after year, with no real focus to make it unique and a real celebration to be proud of.

New poster, same celebration?

Bill continues:
First we should get rid of the aspects that are overtly commercial and available elsewhere. Replacement window vendors??? Come on, that is not really the kind of thing to make a summer celebration classy and fun. The same goes for investment advice, real estate brokers, and probably even fake tattoos. The food vendors are probably okay, and the stuff for kids in the park are of course fine. But the rest needs a real focus of some kind.

We need something like a real art fair (I know, we can’t compete with Bellevue) that attracts numerous skilled artists, not just kitschy artsy-craftsy vendors. I’m reminded of my college years in Ann Arbor, Michigan which for decades has supported a gorgeous and fun summer art fair that attracts participants from all over the U.S. Agreed, Ann Arbor is about four times the size of Mercer Island, but the “look and feel” could be applied here nevertheless. Or a real food celebration, or music or nature fair, or a model-yacht regatta or soap-box derby race. Look, none of these suggestions might have any appeal, but I’m just throwing them out to emphasize the point that Mercer Island’s Summer Celebration should be be something different and exceptional that attracts folks from both Mercer Island and elsewhere and is remembered as one of the best weekends of the year.

This is a community that bills itself as something special; its special events should live up to that image.

Well said.

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