Residents of the city of Marshall and the area, you have a chance later this week and this weekend to get the most out of what's left of summer without having to travel hundreds of miles, wasting gas and killing time on the road. Marshall's annual festival Sounds of Summer kicks off Thursday and runs through Sunday.
That's four days of entertainment right in your own backyard. While the musical entertainment might not be on par with what a state fair puts out there, there's quite a bit of bang for your buck that will be offered.
Artists' work will be on display; musical offerings will range from the Marshall High School Show Choir, to dee-jays, to local musicians, to the popular group The Cavemen; the Marshall Area Stage Company will put on two performances of "Shakespeare in the Park" and there will be all kinds of fare available. There are also plenty of things to do for the kids to help them take their minds off the fact that summer is just about over - a 3 on 3 basketball tournament, sidewalk chalk events, a grand parade, a kids vehicle fair and teen dances for different age groups. Small things like sidewalk chalk might not sound like much, but have you ever seen a 7-year-old kid with a box of colorful chalk? Little things can go a long way with children.
It goes without saying that supporting events like Sounds of Summer is vital - not only for the event itself, but for the city. Dozens of local businesses are helping to support this summer event and numerous volunteer organizers have worked for months on getting everything lined up to make sure there truly is something for everyone. If the community doesn't come out to support events like this just because there's not a big-name band playing or there's some small cost involved, it's difficult for organizers to justify sacrificing their time putting it together. Instead of asking for more, why not just appreciate what is being offered?
Local events like SkyFest and Sounds of Summer don't just happen, folks. It takes dedicated leaders who are willing to give back to their community. Do yourself a favor and take advantage of what's being offered right here in Marshall. If you don't, then don't let anyone hear you say there's nothing ever going on in town.
That's just not true.