Pottstown 4th Of July Events – Food For Thought

After reading SavePottstown’s latest post on the 4th of July events and the difficulty raising money to fund these events, I feel moved to comment.

We support the 4th of July events here in Pottstown and have for over 25 years.  When my parents were still alive they enjoying coming here for the big weekend of fun.  However, SavePottstown makes some good points.  I see that their comments ruffled some feathers, including the 4th of July Committee.  Maybe we should all take a step back and look at this more objectively and from a distance.  Make it less personal.

SavePottstown is correct.  Another polka band or oldies group etc… is boring.  I am over 50 and listen to Wired 96.5, Q102.1 or 96.9 WLAN in Lancaster.  They all play a variety of current music.  Personally, I don’t want to listen to music from when I was in high school.  I graduated 35 years ago.  The world has moved on.  Not interested in being stuck in a time warp.  Consequently, younger people aren’t generally interested in listening to music from the 60’s. 70’s and 80’s either.

Polka music is not going to generally appeal to younger people or people who are of a different ethnic group.  Oldies are okay, but again, new music is always being written.  After attending last night’s PHS Baccalaureate Service, the music those kids are listening to is neither polka or oldies, based on the Power Point presentation a student created.  The music was very current.  I knew all the songs.

I do realize that the 4th of July Committee engages in fundraising and they outlined some of the ways they do that in a post on SavePottstown.  However, trying new things, expanding our horizons and thinking outside of the box is never a bad thing.  We’ve always done it that way before is something that is said too much around these parts.  Again, the world has changed and moved on.  Is it wrong to consider, in addition to what you are already doing, maybe adding some new fundraising strategies into the mix?

SavePottstown refers to themselves as:

A blog for progressive-minded individuals who want growth and success for the Borough of Pottstown, PA!

That being said, they are staying true to their mission statement and core principles.  I don’t think they are trying to offend people, just open some eyes to new ways of thinking and possibilities.

Our 4th of July Committee is awesome and provides a great service to Greater Pottstown with their efforts.  We support and applaud your efforts.  Incorporating some new ideas into the existing frame-work and listening to the pulse of the community can’t hurt either.

I respectfully request that we try to take what SavePottstown says as constructive criticism and not take it as a mean-spirited attack etc…   They mean well and only want the best for our community.  In the end, isn’t that what we all want?