We understand that some people will complain about the price of tickets to any sort of entertainment event.
But complaining about a weekly concert series where the suggested, but not required, admission is by a donation, in whatever amount you think appropriate, is quite a different matter.
Lynette Perry, former longtime advertising director at the Herald who is one of three volunteers who coordinate the Powder River Music Review on summer Sundays at Geiser-Pollman Park, said some people have objected to the organizers even asking for donations.
“I don’t understand why people think it is so awful that we ask to have some support to bring this weekly concert to Baker City,” Perry wrote in a Facebook post.
Nor do we.
As Perry pointed out in her post, the concert organizers don’t try to drive off concertgoers who choose to not donate or to pay $5 for a door prize raffle ticket. Geiser-Pollman is a public park, after all.
But the musicians who entertain hundreds of people don’t perform for free, naturally.
And liability insurance, which is required for such events, isn’t given away, either.
We encourage people who attend the concerts to make a donation if they’re able, or to buy raffle tickets to help support the Music Review.
And those who feel they can’t afford to do either can still enjoy the fine music. We just hope they won’t feel compelled to complain about a polite request for a modest contribution to make such events possible.
From the Baker City Herald editorial board. The board consists of editor Jayson Jacoby and reporter Chris Collins.