People’s Column

Chorus of help

for Bach event


On behalf of the 1891 Fredonia Opera House, I want to extend our sincerest appreciation to all those who supported our Bach & Beyond Baroque Music Festival – our 22nd – last month.

Because of the gifts and support from organizations and individuals, our visiting musicians were well-housed and fed, our tickets prices remained affordable, and we were able to present world-class performances of the greatest music ever written.

One of our new musicians was so impressed with his time here that he could not stop thanking us for such a “tremendous experience.” Thank you to the Festival and concert sponsors and contributors, to those who housed our musicians and to those who hosted musician dinners throughout the week. And, of course, to the nearly 400 people who attended one or more of the concerts.

The Bach & Beyond Festival is the single largest programmatic undertaking for the Opera House each year, both in terms of logistics and cost. Without the support of those outlined above, it could not be presented.

Our June 3 Bach BBQ, Bake Sale and Basket Auction fund-raiser that helped support the Festival was a tremendous success!

The event netted more than $4,800 and also helped to promote the Festival, which was held the following weekend.

A special thank you to everyone who provided delicious baked goods for sale, to the volunteers who helped sell the baked goods and serve the BBQ lunches, to the individuals and businesses who donated baskets, to Hector and Michelle Alverio who prepared the BBQ lunches and to everyone who came to the park to purchase a lunch or dessert and take a chance on winning a basket.

Basket winners include: Athena, Mary Grace Caito, Paul Carlson, Kathy Elliott, Linda Hepp, Jim Hurtgen, Ida Lord, Sue McNamara, Karen Mills-Courts, Kathy Nichols, Cheryl Ritch, Liz Stalhman & Marty Franze, Mike Speziale & Florence McClelland, Mary Ann Town and Susan Wells.

The Opera House is privileged to operate in such a caring, supportive community!


executive director,

1891 Fredonia Opera House

Are Democrats ever responsible?


After reading this commentary “Is our government out of control” (June 20), I was taken aback with how columnist Cath Kestler started out so shocked and overcome with sadness. She, however, could not wait to turn it all around with hate and blame on the Republican party for the tragedy of the Republican congressmen being shot. With her being a Democrat, it seems she thinks it’s a Republican party problem and blaming President Trump is her answer.

Maybe she and fellow Democrats should look into the mirror of truth and see what they have done to make Trump’s transition into the presidency smoother. All they have done is fight him at every turn instead of working with him. It’s about time our nation gives this man a chance. He is the president of the United States of America, which includes all the states, not just the ones who feel like supporting him.

President Obama — as bad as he was — got much more leeway while in office. Even his health care bill, when no one knew what was in it was passed much easier than Trump’s efforts to correct Obamacare.

Kestler states the Republicans’ hands are not clean when it comes to this tragedy, but I notice no admittance of the Democratic party having any blame in this tragedy.

Here lies the problem: they accept no responsibility for any problems that exist today.

Instead of placing blame and refusing to cooperate with the president, try putting as much effort into working with the president instead of fighting the Republican party at every turn.


Silver Creek