Editor's Note: The Friends are able to help fund many events, programs and equipment needs of the Cascade Branch of KDL thanks to the donation of time, money and used books from members of the community. Here is just one of the ways that your generosity has been put to work in recent months. These activities are sponsored in whole or in part by the Friends.
The Friends have sponsored musical events at the library before. But, none attracted the kind of crowds that joined in on the fun at the first Vibes Fest extravaganza on September 23 and 24 at the Cascade branch of KDL.
The two-day event featured 15 local bands that took turns delivering acoustic sets that resonated with library patrons, creating an atmosphere of pure musical bliss, according to Leigh Verburg, branch outreach and programming specialist.
“We are thrilled to announce that due to its overwhelming success, we plan to host Vibes Fest again next year, utilizing the new pavilion to enhance the experience for both performers and attendees,” she said. The new pavilion is part of the new outdoor park facility at the library that is scheduled to be opened in the spring of 2024.
“Music is a universal and transcendent medium that has the power to connect people emotionally, culturally, and socially,” she said. “It can foster a sense of unity, understanding, and belonging among individuals and communities, making it a potent force for bringing people together.”
Verburg also announced another reindeer rendezvous at the library on December 5 due to the incredible response from community patrons to the first Reindeer Night last Christmas season. Patrons will once again be able to interact with reindeer visiting from a local farm.
“Plus, just before the reindeer appear, we will host a “Kids & Teen Craft Show” from 5:30 to 7 pm with the generous support of the Friends,” she said. “We hope it will encourage creativity from the kids and offer a platform for young artisans to showcase their talents while creating a space for families to come together and shop for unique crafts.”
The Friends plan to be on hand at the event to pass out hot chocolate and to host a mini book sale for folks who want to do a little early Christmas shopping.
Verburg said that the Friends’ investment in programs like these is more than a financial contribution; it's a commitment to building a stronger, more connected Cascade community.
“The impact of your support is tangible, creating moments of joy, learning, and camaraderie,” she said. “Once again, thank you, Friends of Cascade, for being the driving force behind these initiatives. Your dedication is shaping a vibrant and inclusive community space, where families come together to celebrate the magic of the holiday season.”
'Vibes Fest' attracted more than 1,000 music lovers for the two-day event at the library.