By Lyons Bluesologist, David McIntyre
Hopefully by the time you read this a lot of folks will be trickling back to their homes in Lyons. If the schedule for turning on all the utilities is correct many of us who live north of Main Street, as well as the businesses on Main and High Street will be able to open their doors and occupy their homes with full services. My neighborhood received power last week and subsequent areas of town will get up and running over
the next month and soon most of us will be home enjoying life again in our little town. It will take a lot longer for things to get back to normal, if in fact things will ever be as they were, or normal again. I have not been able to write anything positive for a couple of weeks, nor say much about musical happenings at Oskar’s so I took a little hiatus from this column and now feel energized enough by the recent turn of events to continue writing.
First of all I want to let you know that the Town of Lyons is going ahead with their annual Halloween Parade Saturday night, October 26. We at Oskars are planning some music in Sandstone Park just before the parade from 4 to 6 p.m., with local band Crow Radio. This will allow you to get you ready for the festivities and give you some time to say hello to friends and families you may not have seen or been able to spend some community time with recently. Kudos to the town for making the parade happen, despite everything else going on.
I also wanted to give you an update on what is going on at Oskar Blues as best I can. We have torn out the kitchen, top to bottom, and are remodeling it with all new floors, walls and brand new equipment. Being open seven days a week makes it hard to get much done in the way of repair and maintenance. So unfortunately we will not be ready to open as soon as we would like, but the remodel should be well worth the wait. It is hard to estimate a time schedule on major construction like this but hopefully we will be able to re-open the upstairs (at least) by Monday, November 11. Please don’t hold me to that date as it is just an estimate. Those of you who have been involved with construction projects know how hard it is to estimate a finish date on such projects. Something tells me that when we do get the doors re-opened it will be a whale of a party. I will give you as much notice as I can.
Due to a few misleading articles, I have heard many people say that we are open Tuesdays and Thursdays. What we are doing to try to bring a little normalcy to residents who are in town is have our Bonewagon food truck serve burgers and canned beers outside of Oskar’s every Tuesday and Thursday until we can open again permanently.
I also wanted to bring you all up to speed on our CAN’d Aid Foundation for flood relief which has so far amassed almost $200,000 in donations, and given out almost $150,000 to businesses and families in the Lyons area that are in need of some help in their flood recovery efforts. We are having a benefit this Sunday, October 27, from noon to 5 p.m., at Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids. For $30 you get a 4 oz. “taster” from twelve local breweries, a buffet of food from Oskar’s, and free music courtesy of Felonius Smith, Tyler Grant’s bluegrass band, and Rocktin’ Grove, who are all donating their time. All the proceeds from this event will go to Can’d Aid Foundation.
Hope to see you all soon, you are a tough and determined group, I admire your spunk and grit.