That's the theory Finally Friday's advertising committee
"All things take time. People are creatures of habit so it takes people time to get used to something," Susie said. "The good news for us is as it gets a little bigger the more we can do and I feel like this year could be the biggest year we've had yet."
For six years the Finally Friday's committee has been using that same model and the only thing that has changed is the amount of people who also see how well it works.
Starting as a one-night-only concert under the deck of the
Because of that, the group decided it would expand and offer the free musical event four nights during the summer, every first Friday of the month.
"Lori and I were some of the first ones on the committee and I was proud from day one that I joined the group," Jacobsen said. "It started out as a chamber event and from a chamber event it just continued to grow and we sort of went out on our own."
Now, the Finally Friday on the River event is sustained on donations from guests and a number of local sponsors who keep the event funded and thriving, as well as volunteer efforts from the 12 people who make up the organizing committee.
Heysinger is one of the members who joined the committee after the first year under the restaurant and says that because of the diversity of members, they are able to appease a large number of people with the event.
"We have a great group and I think we work very well together," she said. "We have 11 or 12 committee members right now and it started out maybe about a half a dozen. We've actually broken the committee down into subcommittees of two or three people now but everybody helps everybody else in all different areas."
Those subcommittees include contacting the talent, organizing sponsorships or in the case of Susie, Heysinger and Jacobsen, promoting the popular summer event.
But without the musical stylings of a variety of different bands playing a variety of different genres, there would be no concert series and this year the whole organization is thrilled with the bands.
Of those bands, the one the group is most pleased to have contacted is the National Guard Sidewinders.
The difference with the
Although that is straying slightly from the consistent schedule the Finally Fridays group likes to keep, they don't expect it to cause much headache for those who want to come enjoy free music.
"It's OK to change sometimes," said Jacobsen.
For more information or to find a complete list of musical guests for this year's Finally Friday concert series visit their Facebook page, Finally Friday at the River.
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