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Barnstormers: A great event

Posted: August 20, 2012 - 6:58pm

Barnstormers: A great event

If you didn’t know they were here, you must have been out of town. The American Barnstormers Tour provides a glimpse of the past that few have an opportunity to experience today. What a great event the Brainerd Airport hosted this past week. I want to commend our community for such great participation.

The Civil Air Patrol provided exceptional service for both the public and the pilots, and really earned their wings through this event. This is evidence of what training, discipline, and respect can do for a young person. This event would not have been the success it was without them.

The people of the Brainerd lakes area gave a tremendous welcome to the American Barnstormers by their participation, both in purchasing rides and in the appreciation show for vintage planes on display. In talking with the pilots, they all commented on the great response they received here in Brainerd. With four more stops around the Midwest, on their biennial tour, Brainerd lakes area people gave them tremendous encouragement for sharing their passion.

I would also like to thank the Brainerd airport administration and staff, for hosting and coordinating this event. This was truly a unique opportunity and good publicity for our often maligned airport. Thanks are also appropriate to Airmotive, who provided services for the pilots while they were here.

There is no doubt many others who were involved in promoting and hosting this event. Our thanks go to all involved.

Thank you to the American Barnstormers who are willing to share such a unique experience. Maybe they will make an exception for Brainerd to their policy of never visiting the same city twice.

Doug Button

Brainerd

Concerts were great!

We just attended the last performance of the Lakes Area Music Festival for 2012. We attended all seven concerts and all were wonderful.

But the last one held on Sunday, Aug. 19 was especially excellent. Sarah Hicks did a wonderful job of conducting the orchestra. The playing of Dvorak’s “New World Symphony” was outstanding. That was the best performance of this piece that I have heard. Bravo.

Kudos to all of the members of the orchestra. The two soloists in the earlier works, John Taylor Ward, who sang Copland’s “Old American Songs” and Jonathan Magness, who played the Barber violin concerto, were equally as outstanding, as was the orchestral accompaniment.

What a wonderful way to end the summer, as in a few days we head back to our main residence in Texas. We give our thanks to Scott Lykins, John Taylor Ward, Alex Pena, Sue Johnson and all of the sponsors, volunteers and musicians who have brought this wonderful music to the lakes area.

We spend our summers in the Brainerd area. (Prior to the Lakes Area Musical Festivals over the past four years, in this area there were no classical concerts of this professional caliber.) The Lakes Area Music Festival has helped fill that cultural void. We hope the festival continues in future years.

If you have not done so this year, please consider assisting with next year’s festival.

Cyril and Lynn Durrenberger

Nisswa and Austin, Texas