I am proud that our community can support such a magical experience in a small-town environment. Driving five miles for big-city entertainment is a huge coup for Anniston and McClellan. Compliments to the founding members who have created this gift to us locals.
I hope it is a gift that we can sustain. In an unpredictable economy, often the music and arts programs are the first to be cut from federal and private funding. Why we think these areas are not important, I will never know. I have never once used a geometry proof or logarithm to pay my bills, but I have often relied upon my creativity to turn out my next essay or film manuscript.
Music at McClellan is a vital part of our community. One of my favorite artists, folk artist Missionary Mary, turned out a painting with dancing women that screams "Music heal thy body, mind and soul." Sing it, sister. Music is a powerful source of unity, strength and healing, and living in a community that unfortunately has negative markings from, well, I leave this to your imagination. I am so grateful that Co-Chairs Pete Conroy and Josephine Ayers and the original members of the Joint Powers Authority invested so much of their time and energy and money to create something positive for our community.
It is a legacy I hope to share with our 2-year-old daughter for all the years to come. I hope that as we witness her physical growth and her taste buds change with every year's family and company picnic. I hope to also see Music at McClellan continue to grow with community participation and enthusiasm.
I have never walked away from a concert disappointed. Far from it, actually. I walk away rejuvenated, energized and inspired.
Thank you for the music, the family time and the overall experience of peace, unity and inspiration in a community that I am proud to call home.
Meg Weidner lives in Anniston.