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A melting pot with music as its recipe

July 26, 2018 GMT

What’s so special about the Merchant Street MusicFest? One of its central organizers, Allison Beasley, said it best in the most recent Weekend Edition of the Daily Journal.

“I also think there’s magic in the diversity of this fest. That no matter what our politics are, or how we feel about each other, music is the thing that unites us all. It’s just magical to look around and see a melting pot of different types of people who’re enjoying the commonality of music and food.”

In other words, the grounds of the Harold & Jean Miner Festival Square in downtown Kankakee will serve as common ground for thousands on Friday and Saturday (for full details see the special MSMF section in today’s edition).

It’s a prime chance to attend the ultimate community gathering, where we can get to know each other better and enjoy each other regardless of personal background.

It’s also a place to reconnect with our old friends. Three separate area high school class reunions will be held in conjunction with MSMF. The Bishop McNamara Class of 1976 will be there, as will the Kankakee Eastridge Classes of 1973 and 1983.

The reasonable $5 fee prohibits almost no one from attending. Furthermore, those 5 and younger will be admitted free.

That’s just one indication of how MSMF is a family event. The Superhero BMX Stunt Show set for Saturday afternoon is another attraction for the kids, as is the food that will be offered. Many of the vendors on site are offering kids meals in the $3 to $6 range.

Of course, it’s a music fest first and foremost, and the diversity of soundmakers scheduled to appear will satisfy all tastes.

The reasons to attend are at least as numerous as the excuses you can make to miss it. Don’t be an excuse maker. Come gather instead.