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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Blues and Arts Forever!

The Second Annual Blues & Arts Fiesta was a huge success! The reviews are in and everyone agrees this was the beginning of something great for San Felipe. Changing lives through music and art.

“The Blues and Arts Fiesta was a lot of fun and great music and the artwork was beautiful. One of the highlights of the event was June Snow Castro, owner and editor of the “Gringo Gazette”, says Katherine Hammontr├ę from Kat’s Korner (http://www.sanfelipe.com.mx/news/kats_korner.html). “Also honored Third Generation for their contribution to music in the last 12 years. “Good music - great people - good job Lion’s Club, John and Rachel Pack, Robin and Paco and all the volunteers who helped kick this event off. Good job!”

Randy Kerr of Blue Roadrunner (http://www.blueroadrunner.com/BluesArts2008.htm) said “Yesterday marked another of San Felipe’s forays into the area of music festivals. This one, following close on the heels of Woofstock, was closer to its phonetic precursor, having the spacious venue of the baseball field and by far the largest performance stage ever constructed in San Felipe. The sound system, with its rastra of speakers the size of boxcars, had the nearby hills beating like hearts.

“the benchmark for future music festivals. It was well marshaled, providing ample seating, lots of shade, adequate trash disposal, good parking and the scenic backdrop of our local mountains against providential blue skies.

Thank you to all the bands and artists, to everyone for attending. Thank you Friday night set-up crew Wayne Chiavacci, Paul Preppernau, Gene Jensen, Ian Thompson, Bill Cartwright, Bob and Debbie Lux, Dan and Audrey Coffman, Roger DeVaul, Mike and Dawn Miller, Rick Wagner, Robin Waters, Mary Shliff, Hal “Paco” Clark, John and Rachel Pack, Armando Rubio.
Octavio Ascolani for help with Tecate and Robin Waters, who started in September of last year locating artists.

Thank you to Jim and Shirley Moore for the extremely moving and memorable pre and post party, to Pam Pastore and Barbi DeVaul for facilitating incredible lodging for all the bands, to Denny Flannigan for keeping the show moving and fun and Bill Maine for great support on staging and production, Baja Productions for an amazing job on stage and sound and William Duclos of Versoleil Landscaping for making the stage look so good.

All our local officials for their support, Oscar Daniel Martinez Soto, Comandante, Policia Municipal; Francisco Javier Sepulveda Ornelas, Capitan De Bomberos, Encargado de estacion 15 San Felipe B.C.; Jose Ernesto oronel Robles, Presidente de consejo cruz roja, directiro local and Hazael Sierra Castillo, Delegado municipal, San Felipe B.C.

Thank you security team Gary Lewis and all The Scorpions for providing approximately 18 volunteers for security. They are a desert and mountain search and rescue unit based out of northern Nevada and a good number of their members live in Los Viajeros North, in El Dorado Ranch during the winter.

All the effort that John and Rachel Pack and the expense of all of the advertising they donated in “Mexico Living” or the dedication of Hal “Paco” Clark, who put all of the local sponsors together.
Thank you to Gary Dilley and Robin Kissee, Cliff White, Gary and Karen Lewis, Paul and Kathy Preppernau and virtually every other Lion member that worked so hard, performing so many tasks. The club roster shows that almost every member volunteered for more than one duty and over several days if not weeks or months. This was truly a giant group effort and we need to show our appreciation to everyone. From all of us, to all of you – thank you.