To the Editor:
The city worked very hard with the Chamber to close the streets off, clean them, stopped and visited and made sure we had everything we needed for Summer Nights. TMI provided porta-potties, the stores were going to be open late and they were ready. Then, Summer Nights was moved to Fuller Hall because of rain. Oh no! I was so afraid we would not be able to have a great time confined inside.
I was so wrong. Kent Harfst and the staff at Fuller Hall worked very closely with us to make our first Summer Nights a smashing success. Our volunteers; Doug and Loween Getter, Bill and JoAnn Robb, Cory Bargfrede, Jim Krajewski, Augustin and Karla Sosa, Pat Powers, Kathy, Darcy, Shannon and Lauren Swon, made sure things ran smoothly.
R Company put on a fabulous fashion show. Critter Nation led a pet parade that included a duck, dogs and a snake - lots of kids and a few parents. Surprisingly, the big boa was a big hit! Wilson Brew Park and Museums brought in pioneer outfits for kids and adults to try on, many pictures were taken. We played with the musical bears at the Bushy Creek Honor Flight station and had $1 a minute massages at Future of Health Massage. There was a table set up so people could taste herbs and decide what they were and bread makers and jam makers - all from the Farmers Market. Ben and Karissa from Mornin' Glory served strawberry smoothies and Webster City Federal cooked burgers and supported Relay for Life with the proceeds. We found out our Vino Type, tried Mary Kay make up on and tested out the Scentsy scents. Kendall Young Library got us involved in activities that encourage reading. Russell Lachney from Algona played some danceable rock and roll and the crowd had a great time singing along. At the end of the night many people watched the movie "The Odd Life of Timothy Green" while the last storms of the night rolled in.
Everyone who came talked with each other, enjoyed the events and had a good time. Without the support of the community and a group of dedicated volunteers this would not have happened. I personally want to thank everyone who volunteered and everyone that came.
Why not bring your spouse, your grandma, the kids and the neighbors downtown on July 5 and join in the fun? We'll do it again - either outside or inside. Adam Lee will sing, Webster City Custom Meats will cook, and the movie will be "Yankee Doodle Dandy." Come downtown and see what else we'll have in July. See you there,