Supporter says Osoyoos Seniors Centre tried its very best to make street dance successful
Perhaps your editorial writer should check his facts before writing such a critical piece following the July 18 street dance.
Yes, for years the Sologuks poured energy and resources into the dances. They had the energy and resources, 25 years of experience, plus a young staff to help out.
The Osoyoos Seniors Centre, by definition, has senior citizens, who volunteer to run the many activities held there.
The Town of Osoyoos provides and places the bleachers.
Four women over 70 attempted to move the bleachers to make a more intimate area for the spectators, but were unable to move them far. Power from the Osoyoos Museum, which was used last year for some of the speakers for the sound system, was unexpectedly turned off this year. Consequently a breaker was blown in the seniors centre during setup.
That, plus numerous cars being parked in the way of the equipment, contributed to the unfortunate delay in the start time.
Stacy Little from the Better at Home program was asked to be in charge of the music and played the same computerized songs as last year.
There are licenses and insurance to purchase. Being a non-profit instead of a nationally known retail outlet, the seniors centre does not have the resources to purchase glow sticks and other items that were available to the Sologuks, although thanks go to Frances and Larry, who donated many of the prizes.
It is an unwritten policy for the Osoyoos Seniors Centre to avoid soliciting. Even so, some letters were sent out asking for donations, but local businesses were less forthcoming this year. Advertisements were placed in the Osoyoos Times Events column and an interview was published. Posters were distributed, emails sent, radio and TV stations notified. What else does your editorialist suggest for advertising?
As for moving the dance back to the space beside Home Hardware, there is a matter of permission from the Town, and the aforementioned licensing and insurance.
The Osoyoos Seniors Centre would welcome the assistance of these younger volunteers, wherever they are.
The next dance will be held on Friday, Aug. 15.
Thank you for allowing me to write about this issue.