Sunday, December 11, 2011
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival...Warren Hellman to be honored with meadow!
Locals appear to be in accord with what is expected to be a unanimous decision by San Francisco City Officials next week to rename "Speedway Meadows" in Golden Gate Park in honor of philanthropist Warren Hellman in view of his generous contributions to the city over the years - both financially - and by virtue of his wealth of spirit.
Of course, Mr. Hellman (a musician in his own right) is best-known for playing host to the "Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival", which is his annual "free" gift to music-lovers in the picturesque city by the bay.
In the past, the affable down-to-earth businessman, lended a hand in preventing the ouster of both the de Young Museum and the California Academy of Sciences from Golden Gate Park by nurturing along a solution to a sticky (controversial) parking problem that once reared its ugly head (an underground lot was installed).
Readers may also recall that this past year City "suits" were inclined to approach Mr. Hellman about making some (um) changes to improve upon (???) the "Bluegrass" festival activities - but, quickly retreated - when "two words" were allegedly uttered up from Hellman's camp.
I laughed out loud at the time, as an old familiar saying sprang into the forefront of my mind, you betcha.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"
See y'all at Hellman's Meadows next year, eh?