Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Keep the market but tone down the music

    In reference to the letter from Lisa Horton on Wednesday, July 23, I support her views on the Farmers Market.
    I agree that the market is a vibrant addition to Ketchum’s appeal to local residents and visitors. Historically, a town square and its environs are places for people to gather, enjoy each other’s company and engage in conversation and joyful family and commercial activities. Having the market adjacent to Town Square is an important ingredient toward such a goal and should remain where it is currently located.
    As a resident living immediately contiguous to the Farmers Market, I have one objection to what otherwise in the summer is a most pleasant weekly experience. I am referring to the amplified music from to 2-6 p.m. each Tuesday. Acoustic music would be totally acceptable but when speakers, microphones, amplified music and singing are part of the entertainment, it can be a nuisance to people living in the immediate proximity of where the action is happening. I can see how magnified sounds may be appealing to visitors from out of town who can come and go at their leisure but it’s less enjoyable for residents who have no option other than to endure the occasionally loud entertainment for four incessant hours.
    It is clear that a balance needs to be struck between the self-interests of members of our community both commercial and private who enjoy the Farmers Market. We all need to enhance the very special spirit that the Wood River Valley traditionally is known for:  kindness, tranquility, hospitality and harmony of nature and spirit.  I trust that our City Council will work to keep Farmers Market where it is presently located with acoustic music and with an effort to create a pleasing arrangement between vendors, tourists, musicians, residents and city officials.
Kathinka Tunney

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