200 community members flooded onto the fairgrounds Saturday and danced the
night away during the 7th annual Warm August Nights. The event,
which typically takes place on the first weekend of August, is hosted by the
Kodiak Lions Club. Doc Myers is a past international director for Lions Club
and current member.
did have five bands this year and it was a food bank fundraiser. We always said
at least two cans per person to get in, or a donation. And we, I think, have
over 20 cases of food, pretty large boxes that are hard to pick up. And we got
quite a bit of money for donations so we can purchase more food. We try to
center all that profit to put a little food on the table."
the bands played for free, and he was impressed by each of their performances.
In general, he deemed the event a success, despite being a little damper that
the warm august night's title suggests.
-- (August Nights 2 : 14 "We
had so many XtraTufs on this year it was just amazing.
Because it was a little rainy in the morning and it dried up a little with the
bonfire in the afternoon. There was a suggestion to call it XtraTuf Warm August Night.")
Lions club members barbequed well
into the evening, and Myers said the bonfire was still glowing after the last
shuttle service left around 1 a.m.
-- (August Nights 3 : 19 "CHARR
brought all of our, you know, people from downtown that didn't really want to
drive and brought them home. The last bus left after one in the morning and it
was full. There were a few cars that slept there for the night and owners went
home on the bus.")
He said he was glad the evening
was such a success, because the Lions Club has been struggling to keep other
community events afloat.
was the first time in 15 years the soap box derby ceased to exist, the result
of diminishing volunteers and resources.
-- (August Nights 4 : 21 "We
need young blood. We need members that like these projects we do and want to
see them around. We used to do an oyster feed that took 30 or 40 people to put
on. We called it that, but it was a seafood feed. And it became history because
of the work that went into and the generations of interest have changed.")
He said other
humanitarian groups like Kiwanis Club of Kodiak are facing similar struggles,
prompting the Lions Club to team up with them for events like the seasonal
Christmas tree program.
for Warm August Night, or perhaps, Warm XtraTuf Night, Myers said he doesn't
see it getting put on the chopping block anytime soon. While residents can look
forward to another evening of dancing and music come August 2013, he encouraged
community members to get involved behind the scenes of the events they love. If
not, he's not sure how much longer they may be around.