I snuck out of town for a week of vacation on July 3 with no intentions of getting on a computer. I did check in via the cell phone and was encouraged to put up a post about Chester's 4th of July celebration.
That was my only post for the week and over 25 comment have indicated that it wasn’t a good week for the City Hall event planners.
Only Michael J. Fox from Back to the Future could have attended that event.
Disclaimer: Since I wasn’t around, all comments from here on are assumed to start with... “Rumor has it!”
It appears that I wasn’t the only one not informed on the activities for July 4th as many comments complain that they didn’t know what to expect at the park. Even if I had posted what I received, all you would have seen is that there would be Entertainment on Main Stage from Noon to 4pm.
Some complained that there were far fewer children activities than in years past, and less than a handful of vendors.
The biggest complaint was the Smurfs movie was being played during the Fireworks.
On July 7th, Kelly Price was the headliner scheduled to perform after some local acts. No one is sure who the local acts were, but I do know that the 1st and 2nd place winners of Chester Idol were looking forward to their debut performances.
I first heard the concert was cancelled due to the murder earlier in the day just blocks away from the park. Then, I heard it was the thunder and lightning showers. Then I heard that there were 3 bolts of lightning and only a few drops of rain and the skies were clearly clearing up.
I heard there were a lot of food vendors, cooking a lot of food, who lost a lot of money, because they had to dump the food they had cooked, and make emergency arrangements for the food they expected to cook. I don’t think they got their vendor fees returned either. Some were from out of town and it’s doubtful they’ll come back to Chester for anything.
I heard there was no police/security escort arranged for Kelly Price to bring her to the park from the hotel. I heard that there was a volunteer expected to bring her in.
I heard Kelly Price was reluctant to come out the hotel at all after hearing how things were progressing.
I heard Kelly Price did come to City Hall to do a meet and greet but she did not perform.
I heard the City had rented out the City Hall community room for a wedding and no one could open Chester High School in their efforts to find a last minute spot to have a concert.
I heard Kelly Price got paid well for her meet and greet and there was plenty of food left over that was set up in her V.I.P. area.
What certainly isn’t a rumor is that we have not heard anything from City Hall in response to what happened on July 7th.
I would have expected an official response by now that would have explained something. At least an apology.
Reputation management is not our strong suit. Continuing to deteriorate our image is our speciality.
Anyone nervous about the Ramble on the Riverfront?