, Newburyport, MA


August 22, 2013

Summer songs on a summer's night


One wonderful incident for us and for me was a recent Thursday night when it just looked like it was going to have a downpour. My friends and I had been the first arrivals and they were kind enough to put up a canopy to protect us from the rain, courtesy of the Emergency Management Department, compliments of Ben Jennell, the deputy manager. There were seven of us and yes, it drizzled for a few minutes. It allowed us to stay for the rest of the evening and enjoy ourselves immensely.

The following men are the ones who work so hard to make these concerts be entertaining and successful, Chuck Rotondi and Brian Young and this particular night, the following firefighters: Dave Jennell, retired; Ben Jennell; Bob Janes, retired; Rich Davies, who retired after 38 years as a firefighter; and Kyle, the youngest. How great it was that they made this effort to make us comfortable. There are other firefighters who also help out at the other concerts.

Money for these concerts is partly supported by a grant from the West Newbury Cultural Council, a state agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

I wish to personally thank these firefighters for their courtesy and service to their town. It’s a pleasure to meet every one of these men and women who are on call and answer every alarm. Please join us and get in on the fun.


Sara-Anne Eames lives in Newburyport.

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