The entertainment at the Fourth of July in the Park was definitely not what we have enjoyed in past years.
Where were the community dance clubs and studios sharing their fun and energy? I greatly missed The Dance Center, Troupe d'Azure, City Clicker Cloggers, New Horizon Line Dancers, Steppin' Country Line Dancers. I might have missed a group here, but these are the ones I look for each year that were missing this year.
I dance with Steppin' Country and I also enjoy seeing the various groups' dance styles with their wide range of dance styles. Those were very obviously missing from the entertainment lineup this year.
I heard this year there was a fee to share their talents in a very short time period.
Steppin' Country decided not to audition because it seemed like a lot of hard preparation for so short a dance time.
Why should local talent have to pay to share their talents? This is a community event and it should feature a variety of community groups.
I like Penrose Lane band, but it seemed to fill an unusually large number of slots in the program. Were those slots left vacant because other groups chose not to pay the fee as well? Coyote Joe, who played at 4:30, is (for me anyway) a recently found talent and one I enjoy very much. Why was it only allowed to play for 30 minutes with Penrose Lane taking over for a short set before retiring the colors and then again afterward? Many in the small audience commented that they would have liked to hear more from Coyote Joe. My friend and I
would have, too.
My Fourth in the Park was a good one spent visiting with friends, viewing vendor booths, enjoying a picnic lunch with friends while listening to the Community Band concert across the way. I always enjoy the band music.
However, my day would have been much more enjoyable had there been a more varied choice of entertainment. I hope this is not a new trend and that next year the committee can find a way to showcase much more of Walla Walla Valley's excellent talent at this event.
R. Carol Smith