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Concerts to return to courthouse lawn

Even though the courthouse lawn is covered in a blanket of snow, the Red Willow Arts Coalition is already gearing up for next summer's series of free concerts.

Roy Wicken, member of the Red Willow Arts Coalition, asked the board for permission to hold the free concerts once again on the courthouse lawn.

Wicken said last summer's series of music concerts were quite successful and he noted that the arts coalition was appreciative of the board and its willingness to hold the concerts on the courthouse lawn.

"It [the concert series] wasn't a money-maker, but they were sure fun," Wicken told the commissioners.

He estimated that the largest crowd last year was upward of 750 people.

After the motion was approved to let the Red Willow Arts Coalition host another series of concerts, Wicken asked the board if the concerts could be moved closer to the front doors of the courthouse because of how the sun sets and shines in the eyes of the crowd. The board was willing to work with the arts coalition on the logistics when the time comes for the concerts to begin.

Commissioner Bev Bales told Wicken that she appreciated the clean-up efforts after each concert and thanked the members of the arts coalition for keeping the courthouse lawn clean.

Wicken thanked the board for their time and said he looked forward to another successful concert series in 2011.

Red Willow Arts Coalition, formed in 2009, was founded in the hope of bringing more community events to the Alexandria area.

The arts coalition is currently made up of seven members - Chuck and Mandy Wencl, Roy and Patty Wicken, Kathy and Al Patton and Sandy Susag. None of the members receive a salary and are strictly volunteers. All money raised at any of the events sponsored by the coalition goes back to the coalition to host more events.

For more information about RWAC, call Susag at (320) 763-7161 or Wencl at (320) 762-8394.