The Curry Coastal Pilot

Sunday afternoons at Brookings' Azalea Park amphitheater are idyllic - fresh air, open sky, a spacious lawn and free music to listen or dance to.

The American Music Festival's Sunday concert series attracts 300 to 500 people each time with the promise of quality bluegrass, country, folk, rock, big band, Celtic and zydeco music. This Sunday's concert features the intriguing indie-pop music of West My Friend. (See story on Page 3B.)

The visiting artists often exclaim from the stage what a "wonderful venue you have!"

It is indeed a wonderful venue - but one that can turn sour in an uncertain economy.

There is no charge to attend the seven to eight concerts each summer, but the cost to fund the series is substantial: roughly $8,000 to $10,000 each summer.

The series, which has been running for 19 years, would not be possible without community support, provided through audience donations and sponsorships.

In recent years, the American Music Festival has raised just enough money to maintain the series, but we'd like to see it grow. Its future is bright - as long as the funds are there.

Donations are collected at each concert. Those who wish to donate can send checks to AMF, PO Box 1737, Brookings, OR 97415.

This is a valuable community asset. With a little help, it can continue to entertain residents and visitors for many years to come.