We always look forward to the beginning of band concert season in Sterling, and my husband and I attended June 12.
My parents were devotees of the wonderful municipal band and took all of us children to the weekly concert from the time we were babies. That would be in the 1940s, mind you. So, for me, the band concert is a family tradition.
My siblings and I played instruments in our school bands, inspired by the music our parents appreciated and exposed us to. Part of the credit for that goes to the Sterling Municipal Band.
What a gift to have something like this available right in our own community to help children grasp the concept of music and music making and to experience the many genres of music.
How many small towns can still offer community music programs of this caliber? Not many, I think.
Which brings me to the point of this letter. We have in Sterling the beautiful Grandon Civic Center, the perfect venue for listening to a concert on a summer evening. Food and drink are served, and folks can sit on the benches or bring their own chairs and sit on the shady lawn.
The place is as much a treasure as the orchestra.
Yet, when we attended Wednesday night, I was so disappointed to see that all the benches were dirty and had big patches of peeling white paint all the way down to the raw, weathered wood. The place looked terrible.
My immediate reaction was sorrow that anyone would let our treasure become so bedraggled. I hope that when I go there [again], I will see some maintenance done that befits our very special band concert.