Kent Best Kept Secret #128: Home Savings Concert Series
Last Thursday night my family and I joined about 100 other Kentites downtown on the Home Savings Plaza to enjoy another one of their summer stock concerts. It was a great event. We were a little late getting downtown so the plaza was packed by the time we arrived. That’s a good problem to have. I planned to park on the bridge but every spot was already taken (who says people won’t park on a bridge) so we had to drive on the freshly paved Alley 3 and park in the lot behind the Kent Stage before we enjoyed another one of Kent’s best kept secrets: Secret #128 Home Savings Summer Concert Series.
You know, if I believed everything I’ve heard about Kent, I would have been tempted to pack my bags and move on already but fortunately I’m a guy who likes to see for myself before I make up my mind and the truth is Kent has hundreds of little secret places, people, and events that go unnoticed but are really what’s so great about Kent.
From “free lunches” (yes, Portage Community Bank sponsored a free lunch series this summer, that’s secret # 105) to concerts (secrets 98, 45 and 128 respectively), Kent full of a zillion best kept secrets. All it takes is a willingness to rediscover Kent through a fresh pair of eyes and see what’s going on all around that you’ve been missing.
Home Savings Bank really puts it’s money where it’s mouth is. Major props to this corporate great neighbor that not only built a wonderful outdoor venue for all of Kent to enjoy, they also pay for events to be held their all year long. And it’s not just their money, their staff is out there passing out balloons for kids and making sure everything runs smooth. Are they advertising, sure, but if everyone would follow their lead the stage would be full 7 nights a week and we’d have that vibrant downtown that we’re all so desparately seeking.
Thanks to Home Savings — me, my wife and kids, and a couple hundred others sat in the shade of the trees that they paid for and planted, in the plaza they bought and built, and sang along to a classic rock band again sponsored by you know who (Home Savings).
The next time you see Howard Boyle, President of Home Savings Bank, or any of his hardworking staff, say thanks for all of us. This bank doesn’t just talk about what we need to make downtown great, they go out and do it.