Editor’s note; The weather in Custer Sunday afternoon will be bright, low 40’s with 0% chance of rain.
This event is being held on public property, and all are invited to attend and express their opinions on the issues.
CUSTER, SD – There is a call to action from the Democratic Party for local groups to rally on January 15th in support of programs and policies that are important to all Americans. These include the continuation and strengthening of Social Security, Medicare, affordable health care, equal rights, and much more. For example, the GOP-led Congress is already working toward dumping the Affordable Care Act without providing a replacement plan, and that would be disastrous for millions of people.
The purpose of the gathering in Way Park on Sunday is to show our legislators – both local and national – that people support these valuable programs, and that they shouldn’t be gutted for the sake of gaining a few dollars today. The participants will be representing the issues that are important to them, and all are welcome. This will be a positive rally, not a protest. We want to be constructive in our message to the people who represent us.
Social Security should not be privatized, and that the taxable income level should be increased. Funds should also be placed back in the “lockbox” so that Congress cannot use them as a slush fund. Medicare should be kept, with greater scrutiny of the many instances of fraud and abuse in order to make the program more financially stable. The Affordable Care Act should be tweaked to place less of a burden on the providers, and should certainly not leave the millions of people who rely on it without coverage.
The Custer Rally will be held at:
Corner of Mt. Rushmore Rd, and 4th Street
Sunday, January 15th at 1:00 pm Other National Rallies
Thursday night at Way Park was couples night with Rose and Van Arp leading of with a series of popular tunes. I especially liked the rendition of “Just Call Me Angle in The Morning” that was performed in resonant harmony by two people that obviously have a connection that is difficult to ignore.
Rose and Van Arp were followed by “The Ramblin’ Rangers” a Hot Springs duo comprised of Bonnie and Brad Exton. They lived up to their billing playing a mix of cowboy music and country. When you say country music there is a slight confusion, maybe I heard wrong, but no pickups, beer, whiskey troubles, or wayward men or women seemed to be in any of the songs. Just good, solid music to sit back and enjoy or, get up and move around a bit if you were so inclined.
The next Summer Music in Way Park will be tuesday, July 19 featuring Steve Linde and Pegie Douglas. Custer Area Arts Council
Custer, SD July 12, 2016 – Arriving late at 6:15 pm Tuesday evening for the Summer Music in Way Park, meant I had missed the opening set of JimmyRay’s Wild Cats. The following 45 minutes made up for what I had missed earlier. This is a trio consisting of Jimmy Fechner on lead guitar, Mary Fechner on bass and Mark Mowry on drums. Playing jazz and blues at a comfort level that appealed to everyone, the group went into a few extra songs to satisfy the appreciative crowd. The group will perform in Way Park again on Thursday August 4th at Way Park starting at 6:00 pm.
Following JimmyRay’s Wild Cats was singer songwriter Steve Thorpe, a deceptive looking package that came alive once in front of a microphone. Steve said , “I like to write everything I sing, so there are no complications when I play my music”.( The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, (ASCAP), requires that a licensing fee is paid on every song that is played in a commercial venue.)
Steve Thorpe really woke me up when he started singing, and had me wondering why he has never been discovered by a record label. This guy has it all, playing on key with a steady tempo and strong unwavering voice, almost effortless. Most lyrics were about the black hills and life experiences sung in a matter of fact story line. Steve gives a solid performance that is from the heart and completely honest. Steve writes his own lyrics and music and will perform again, Tuesday, August 2nd at Way Park in Custer.
Thursday, July 14th Van and Rose Arp along with the Ramblin’ Rangers will perform at Way Park starting at 6:00 pm.
Contact: Custer Area Arts Council