Wednesday: Forward Motion
One can't help wonder if the middle of the week this summer will earn the put-down "The Wench Wet Wednesday" if the free concerts at
If these wet Wednesdays keep popping up, locals might view them as an eager servant to a conspiring, Firelands-hating Mother Nature.
"We have put this event together as a relaxing evening for music lovers," said
So far this summer, all three concerts have been rained out at the reservoir. The location for the first concert was switched to the
"We did not want to cancel the show because we had our bass player up from
The new business on
"We typically get 250 to 350 out to the reservoir with good weather," Castle said.
In addition to music, audience members can buy popcorn and other snacks. Blankets and picnic chairs dot the landscape, Frisbee discs and balls float through the air and dogs bark as people sit back with their fourlegged companions to enjoy the concerts.
"We're just watching the weather from Monday on," Dotson said, adding the interruptions have been "very frustrating." He added, though, that this year there are 12 concerts, instead of the previous 10.
"We try to make a call
Last Wednesday, it appeared the concert would take place as scheduled in the park.
"All systems were 'go' up until
"I physically become ill when we have to call off a show," Castle added. "I feel like we are letting the fans down as well as the musicians. There's nothing we can do, but we still feel terrible when it happens."
The weather hasn't been ideal during previous summers.
"We have had 'interesting' weather in the last few years, but nothing like this season," Castle said. "We have never had our first three shows affected by weather. Last summer, there were extreme heat issues. In that situation, the crowd is our main concern as they are in the sun and the bands are under the pavilion."
Is there a Plan B if Wednesdays continue their wet pattern?
"At this point, there is no back-up plan in place for weather related cancellations," Castle said. "We have used Dirtsandwich Music once during a rain out. It is a beautiful venue. I have had people suggest using one of the school gymnasiums as well. The problem is logistics. There is no place available with space we have available out at the
Forward Motion is scheduled to perform at
While rain is likely again this Wednesday, the showers are forecasted to end by midday. The highs are expected to be in the mid 70s and lows in the 60s. The chance of rain drops to 10 percent for the evening.
The crash happened about
Before the accident, Collum was westbound on
Gottschalk was traveling behind Slough and swerved to the right to avoid the collision. Gottschalk then went off the right side of the road and hit the ditch, troopers said. There was no contact between the 2013
All three vehicles were towed from the scene.
Gottschalk and Slough were wearing their seat belts and weren't injured.
Alcohol isn't believed to be a factor in the crash. No citations have been issued in the ongoing investigation.
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