Monday, December 19, 2011
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival...founder Warren Hellman passes to spirit! Music to live on!
Sadly, I have to report that Warren Hellman - the colorful down-to-earth philanthropist who gifted the picturesque city of San Francisco with the hugely-popular "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival" for the past dozen-or-so years (gratis) passed to spirit at the age of 77 from complications of leukemia.
Family members, friends, and business associates have been posting glowing tributes in memory of the selfless civic-minded gent on Twitter over the weekend since the news first broke.
Just last week, I noted in a post that Park Officials were in the throes of renaming "Speedway Meadow" (where the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival" kicked-off each year in Golden Gate) in honor of his generous contributions to the city (aforementioned in the above-captioned post).
On Thursday, when "Hellman Hollow" came into "being", it triggered memories of my own youth in rural Ontario.
During the lazy days of summer, my pals and I would often trek through the woods to "Happy Hollow" to take a refreshing dip in the local pond.
According to my sources, Mr. Hellman set up an endowment for the popular music festival, so the music will live on!
Perfect peace, Warren, Perfect peace!