For over 60 years the Mother Goose Parade has been an iconic piece of East County holiday cheer. Last year the Parade had financial difficulties, and this year money woes are once again hitting the event. The Board of Directors of the Parade has started a “Save the Goose” campaign to fund this annual event for its 63rd year, and is asking families and businesses to help.
The Board needs to raise $150,000 by the middle of September in order for the Parade to go on. Corporate Sponsors will be recognized in the Mother Goose Parade Souvenir Program and have their logo on the Parade website with a link to their own business website. Depending on the level of sponsorship, you may also receive VIP tickets to the Evening with the Stars event, Grandstand tickets, and a prominently displayed banner. Individual Sponsors/Members will receive a Certificate, mention in the Program, and chances to win tickets to the Evening with the Stars. You can also simply Donate to the campaign if that is your choice.
This year’s theme is “Storybook Friends,” so lets see if we can work together to keep those friends marching. The Parade is scheduled for November 22, but the real date to remember is September 15, which is about the time the Board of Directors will have to make the final decision on whether or not the Parade will go on.
Help Save the Goose!
Federal stimulus money is making its way to Santee in the form of asphalt overlay projects along N. Magnolia Ave. and Mission Gorge Rd. Starting August 24, work will be going on along N. Magnolia Ave. between Mast Blvd. and El Nopal between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. The work will include filling and patching cracks and potholes, putting in video detection cameras, and putting on a rubberized asphalt overlay. The project should be completed around September 4, but it will cause delays during that time – but access will continue during the work.
From about September 14 to October 9 similar work will go on along Mission Gorge Rd. from Fanita Dr. to the Post Office. Most of this work will be done during the night to avoid major traffic delays. If and when I get more specific details I will post them.
Last Thursday, August 13, the Bayou Brothers brought the sounds of New Orleans to the Santee Summer Concert Series. Cajun music and zydeco were the order of the evening, with a heaping side order of audience participation as local kids got the chance to play rhythm along with the band.
Although the crowd was not as large as some others this summer, folks were having a good time. The dance area was full most of the evening, and an enthusiastic dance line formed during the last few songs. Many couples seemed to be well-versed in Zydeco dancing (you can see a video on basic Zydeco dance on their home page), and there was even a dancing crawfish in the crowd.
The Bayou Brothers (and one Sister) seem to have a core of members with other musicians moving in and out. According to their website, the regular members who played this time were John Chambers on keyboard and accordion, Ric Lee on drums, and Jessica Stull on rubboard. Also on hand were Tim Cash on bass and a lead guitarist from Santee whose name I unfortunately missed (please let me know if you know his name).
John Chambers – Keyboard and Accordion
Ric Lee – Drums
Jessica Stull – Rubboard
Tim Cash – Bass
Getting into the Music
The final concert in the series is this Thursday, August 20, when The Corvettes bring their mix of Doo Wop and Motown sounds to the Trolley Square amphitheater. Be sure to get there early if you want a good spot.