Giving Hunger the Blues" and boy, what a combination--great music and feeding hungry school kids! Sparky thinks it's great when people want to donate their time and energy to causes of all kinds. We try to do that, too, but we should do more! Sparky does her best to contribute to the local economy, does that count? Just a little joke! Sparky has a special wish and hope that more people donate time, energy, and monies to where people hurt right here in THIS country. How about right here in this county? FIFTY percent of all school age children in one of the wealthiest counties in Florida, Sarasota County, are on free and reduced lunch and are going hungry on the weekends.
Downtown Sarasota had a terrific block party today to raise funds for All Faiths Food Bank, to provide backpacks and food for the county's hungry kids. The food bank provides 88,000 meals a week for hungry families who can't make ends meet, elderly seniors, and parents in minimum wage jobs.
The donation to get in today, was just 5.00, enough to buy FORTY meals...(Sparky needs to find out where they shop, laughs E.) She knows. :-) The food comes from a huge portion of donations from the public, from the US Department of Agriculture, surplus donations from restaurants, etc. All the donations today went to fund children's food programs--Cooking Matters, Kid’s Cafe, The Backpack Program and Growing Healthy Kids.
We had a great time today and so did a BUNCH of kids that came out with their families.....Lots of arcade type activities for the kids, great food from local restaurants, and awesome music.
Then, she was up, standing close to the front of the stage, dancing in place. Fogt's All Stars played some awesome blues and rocked the stage. Love that green trombone, but Eldy says that coating a trombone like that affects the sound in a negative way. The trombone player sounded pretty darn good, though!
They had a couple of sax players and a trombone player that were really movin' to the music on stage, and you could tell they were having a ball playing with the group. Fogt's Music store had several of their guitar teachers in the loosely organized band for special occasions, numbering around twelve musicians.
We've seen several of these musicians playing at Ocean Blues supper club in downtown Sarasota on Monday night Blues Jam nights. If you're gonna sing the blues, you need blue shades, right?
Eldy was caught checking out the Aveda "HAIRstream", ...Maybe he thought he could get haircut today! Haha...It was more a makeup trailer than a salon...
They had another stage devoted to youth bands...The louder, the better! We didn't stay long at this end. There were some great young performers out today.....