Ah, summer is here – or is it ugh, summer is here? On Sunday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. on the banks of the San Antonio River, it was definitely “Ah, summer is here!” The Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats were performing for the KWA concert series at the San Antonio River Authority and the weather was fabulous. The temperature stayed under 90 and cool breezes wafted across the grounds. I settled in to my portable travel chair, poured a glass of pinot grigio and took in the sights and sounds.
The crowd of over 90 people was eclectic, ranging in age from 2 to 80. Some were recognizable to me as neighbors, and others I had never seen before. Eight ducks seemingly in formation approached from the Guenther St. bridge with their wakes overlapping symmetrically. A pet greyhound sidled up next to one attendee sitting in a chair, and for a moment I thought might sample his newly-found friend’s drink but politely did not. Someone brought pizza and beer, others cheese, crackers and wine. Bikers approached from both ends of the river, and several parked and decided to stay a while. Toes tapped to the jazz music and I thought to myself what a wonderful world. No, no – actually that was Pierre Poree from the Cats singing one of Louis Armstrong’s famous songs (the same tune I had chosen for the father-daughter dance at my wedding 15 years ago). I definitely agreed!
As I walked home after the crowd-pleasing encore, I thought about who made this event possible. It started with a passionate neighbor, Janis de Lara, organizing the musicians and dates for the series. The funding originated from Fair proceeds. The KWA board reviewed the program and request for funds and how they related to our charter and mission as they developed and approved a budget last year. This is one of the tasks the KWA staff and board of directors will work on over the summer again for the upcoming year…it’s kind of “ugh” but results in a lot of “ah!”