Well, the fabulous Arrowhead Arts Association summer concerts are over for this year but they definitely went out with a bang. The parking lot at Tavern Bay was filled to the gunnels with people but the special guests were the members of the contingent of Special Olympians from beautiful Switzerland. To say they were dancing in the street truly would be correct and the contingent, which arrived in several busses, was so warmly greeted with thunderous applause as they got off the large buses. Accompanied by several adult leaders they had a ball, and that’s putting it lightly. Among the many members of the public who greeted them warmly were members of the Mountain Fifes and Drums. What a spectacular beginning to what turned into a love-fest between the participants, the fabulous members of the Arrowhead Arts Association and local residents who attended this fabulous, and I do mean fabulous, event!
The great musical group, The Hodads, kept the hits coming, one after another and the Olympians and just about everyone else in that huge parking lot was up and dancing. To put it mildly, there really are no words that can capture this wonderful event that was filled with fun, great laughter, more fun, dancing, terrific oldies music, the beauty of the lake right next to the parking lot where people were dancing and having such a great time. For me, this event was very special as when I was in high school, way back in the 1960s we had a foreign exchange student from Switzerland live with us and I kept thinking, as I was dancing along with so many others, that music truly is the great “equalizer.” The Swiss contingent, their chaperones and just about everybody were on their feet thoroughly enjoying this exciting event, particularly because the Olympians left the next day (Friday!).
What a special event. The concert venue, right next to beautiful Lake Arrowhead as well as all the fun “oldies” from The Hodads made this special event even more fabulous. It’s hard to say who had more fun…..local residents or the athletes. What a great evening all the way around!
Another big “thank you” to the members of the Arrowhead Arts Association who continue to bring wonderful musical events to our mountain communities. This organization was formed several years ago with the goal of bringing good music to mountain residents as well as helping potential music students realize their dreams. This non-profit organization will help families pay for music lessons if they can’t afford them for their child or children as well as helping families pay for music lessons, ect.
Throughout the years the Arrowhead Arts Association has fulfilled their goals of bringing great music to the mountain communities. Each and every concert they fund is special and this concert, held just a few hours ago, truly was special…..and the children who attended from the Special Olympics felt pretty special, I’m imagining. What a great, emotional event!