Sunday, February 21, 2010

The high cost of entertainment

Around Town with Dick Patten
Hello to my readers and thank you for your comments. It is nice to hear from you and I appreciate your good thoughts.

We just got home from TD Garden in Boston after attending the recent Disney on Ice show.
I could see how the economy is hurting some families. I couldn't believe the price of tickets for people of all ages to attend this show. It was worse than going to Fenway Park. Then you add on toys of all types of imagination for sale, which you know won't last. Then there is food, beverage and parking to pay for. I figured that it cost close to $400 for four children ages 7 to 11, plus two adults. We bought them each one toy (three lights, one sword), food (popcorn, Twizzlers, soda, pretzel, candy) and a (second round not included).
We enjoyed the show, but I wonder if the organizers realize how sad it is for people who can just barely afford the tickets but can't purchase any of the extras. I hope they are listening. I guess I wrote this because the projects I organize the city I try to remember how people enjoy them because they are expected to buy, buy, and buy. I appreciate everyone who donates to my causes to help keep the smiles on these faces.

Pineconia Grange # 322 meets Monday, February 22 at 7 p.m. at Havenwood Retirement Center, in the auditorium. Dick Patten and Clinton Patten are in charge of refreshments. The dictionary project has been completed with third grade students in Cocord Public Schools, Dunbarton Elementary School, Shaker Road School, St. John Regional School, and Concord Christian Academy. The community awards night is scheduled in April at Dame School. I will have more information forthcoming.

The Kiwanis Club of Concord meets Monday, February 22, at 12:15 p.m. at the Red Blazer Restaurant, Manchester Street. Planning on the annual Spring Fair and Carnival is contnuing at the Everett Arena. It will be held in May with carnival rides outside and activities being held from Thursday to Sunday.

Its amazing how many people are running for public office even though the filing period is months away. What's even more comical is the answers they have to our problems. They are running for county, state, and federal offices and looking for donations.

I would like to thank Walgreen's Pharmacy, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Atty. Chuck Douglas, and Makris Lobster and Steak Lobster Steak House for donating to help purchase new banners for Loudon Road. The banner purchased by IHM will be hung in front of the church on Loudon Road during the holiday season. The banners (3 Merry Christmas) he would like hung downtown. I informed him that I will contact Downtown Concord about this. The banners purchased by Walgreen's and Makris Lobster and Steak House will be hung during spring season to compliment the others displayed last year on Loudon Road between Hazen Drive and Canterbury Road.

March is American Red Cross Month with the next Business After Hours on Tuesday March 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The American Red Cross Granite Chapter and Northway Bank.


Anonymous said...

Concord Housing and Redevelopment cordially invites the public the official Ribbon Cutting of their new offices at 23 Green Street on Thursday, September 29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP to Dianne Strong at 224-4059.

The filing period opens Friday, Sept 9 and continues to September 19. The city elections will feature Mayor, Councilor at Large, Ward Councilors, School Board,and Ward Officers. There is a small fee for each one. The filing peiod opens at 8 a.m. in the city clerks office, in city hall 41 Green Street.

Anonymous said...

The planning is underway for the 60th annual Concord Christmas Parade. The theme for this year's parade is "Celebrating 60 years of Christmas Parade Memories". The parade will be held on Saturday, November 19 at 10 a.m. on the Concord Heights. The units will be forming at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Hazen Drive. The parade participants will proceed to Loudon Road and march east to the Steeplegate Mall where it will disband in the parking lot. The rain date for the parade will be Sunday, November 20 at 2 p.m.
This is Dick Patten's 40th year as chairman and is retiring. James Cusano is the new chairman and assisting Dick this year. Please contact Dick at 496-2917 or James at 568-7484. Donations are needed to help pay for the parade. The organizers need to raise $6,000 to pay for bands, awards, and police coverage.

The planning for the 25th annual Concord Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration is underway. Dick Patten is planning this annual event to be held Friday, November 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be events held throughout the afternoon starting at Red River Theater with a holiday movie at 12:30 p.m. to Santa reading to boys and girls at 2 p.m. at Gibson's Book Store. There will be musicians strolling along North Main Street. There will be a animal petting zoo on the state house lawn at 3 p.m.; horse wagon rides at 3:30 p.m. music by Brian Waldron Band at 4 p.m. at the State House Plaza; special Tree Lighting in Eagle Square for members of the Armed Forces who won't be home at Christmas. Brad Zagenas, professional Chicago Cubs baseball player on hand to sign autographs, meet boys and girls; Santa Claus arrives at StateHouse plaza courtesy of the Concord Fire Department; countdown to light the tree at 5:59 p.m. and Skip Houle Memorial Fireworks light the skies over Concord.

Toys for Tots will be present to collect toys; and volunteers will be on hand to collect food for homeless.

Please call Dick Patten 496-2917 and James Cusano at 568-7484 for information.

The organizers need to raise $8,000 dollars to help pay for expenses.