Merchants deserve thanks, despite lack of coverage
I am writing to the News-Press to pass along my thoughts about the
big Arts & Crafts Festival [on June 5-6] in Montrose. I enjoyed every
minute of it -- I attended both days -- and felt so proud that such a
wonderful and well-organized event was hosted in my hometown. I met
visitors from all over Southern California at the festival.
Now, I don't want to be critical about my local newspaper, because
I love the News-Press, but the puny little article follow-up in the
paper on Monday morning got me thinking about how Cruise Night in
Glendale will be covered. I know that if last year is any measure,
the writers and reporters will be all over every nuance of that
event. So why not the Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival? The article I
read by Gary Moskowitz mentioned that 50,000 visitors attended the
festival. I wonder how many will attend Cruise Night that will
justify the huge coverage it generates.
That aside, I believe that the Shopping Park merchants deserve the
thanks and support of our community. They made Montrose shine. Good
food, exceptional entertainment, fresh produce and fantastic,
creative arts and craft items were everywhere and around every corner
and in every nook in Montrose for two days of fun. I can't wait for
next year. I am so proud of our merchants for sponsoring this event.
I can't say "thank you" loud, or often, enough.
Time does indeed fly when having fun in Montrose
My whole family attended the Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival. I
can only say WOW! I thought nothing would top last year, but the
Montrose merchants group did it again.
In a word, the event was huge, and filled with as exceptional a
selection of crafts and art as I have seen at any crafts show. This,
combined with all of the wonderful bands and activities for children
and the farmers market, made me sorry the weekend ended so soon.
An unexpected, extended stay by an out-of-towner
I attended the Montrose Arts & Crafts Festival [on June 5]
intending to drop by and just check it out. What I found there truly
What a glorious old town they have there, tucked right up against
the 210 Freeway. With the mountains as the backdrop on one side and a
surreal view of downtown Los Angeles in the distance on the other, I
was surrounded by art of every conceivable kind, really great music
and even organic strawberries. But what really gets me is just how
beautiful this little town is.
I have to say that in our hometown of Burbank, whether at the mall
or the stores along San Fernando Road, it's all the same names and
products I see in literally every other mall and town in which I
travel. But, dare I say it, Montrose is different. These stores are
still one of a kind, and each has a unique personality. I never would
have discovered any of this had I not been lured out of my own
I attended thinking I would just drop in for a visit, and stayed
the whole day. Guess you can figure out where I'll Christmas shop
City would benefit if Drayman was on the dais
In [the June 8] Readers Response section, I enjoyed hearing from
Mr. John Drayman from Montrose regarding letters about him and
Councilman Dave Weaver. I thought his message was very well put,
thoughtful and intelligent. In short, it reflected the caliber of a
person who could greatly benefit our city by including his presence
and professionalism on our City Council.
I have read few letters in the News-Press that speak to the public
with the level of grace and reason as Mr. Drayman's letter did.
Clearly, he does not share Mr. Weaver's views, but believes those
differences are a sufficient area to draw distinctions rather than
name-calling. I for one appreciate that, and I appreciate him for
raising the level of dialogue in this paper and in our community.
Now, my only question is whether his letter was an announcement of
his candidacy? Here is where Mr. Weaver and I would probably
disagree. I would love to see Mr. Drayman run for City Council. I
would encourage others who feel as I do to let Mr. Drayman know that
all of us, in all regions of this city, need his skills in building a
sense of community within the many geographic and demographic areas
of our city.
Mr. Drayman, I have not read any other letter that asks the
question directly, so I will.
Will you run?