As we gear up for BeatWalk’s 13th season, there are some issues we need to look at and make decisions about. I would love to have your input, whether you’ve ever been to a BeatWalk or not. The survey is short, and I would really appreciate your taking a couple minutes to fill it out. The survey is only up from now until Sunday, and you can find it online at:
When BeatWalk began in 1995 it was intended to help turn the neighborhood around from being a place where people were afraid to go out on a Friday night to a place that felt safe and there was lots of activity. Now that we have a business district that’s doing well, it’s a hardship for restaurants to host BeatWalk because they actually stand to lose money on those nights. Restaurants are busy on Friday nights without BeatWalk, but the influx of attendees who don’t eat or drink much means these businesses give up seats for customers who would otherwise order more, and it’s a lot more taxing for their staff. These businesses are strong supporters of the community and contribute in many other ways besides BeatWalk, and BeatWalk wants to find a solution that works for everyone – both venues and attendees.
So, the main decision that needs to be made soon is whether to keep BeatWalk on Friday nights and focus on non-restaurant venues (the bakery will still offer food and drink), or change BeatWalk to another night of the week (probably Thursday or Sunday) and include restaurant venues so people can have dinner and/or order drinks. As a neighborhood event, BeatWalk is eager to know what you want.
All in all, BeatWalk is doing really well. We’ve got a fairly steady pool of volunteers who come and work every month, and attendance is up and steady. We’ve booking bigger groups, and last year had a dedicated venue for dance bands.
Your input is greatly appreciated to keep BeatWalk going another 12 years. Thanks so much.
Joanne Lauterjung Kelly