LaGrange’s annual pre-Independence Day celebration might as well have been Red, White, and Rain as local residents still came out to hear patriotic music and show their national pride, despite the weather.
The event was a part of the summer Sunsets at Sweetland series, which features free music and outdoor movies at the amphitheater all summer long.
Scheduled for the event was interactive games courtesy of Coors Light and the Atlanta Braves and a showing of the animated musical, Sing, but those didn’t go exactly as planned. It briefly looked as if the weather was going to cooperate when the sun came out for a couple hours Friday evening as vendors and organizers got set up, but the skies soon darkened and strong winds forced tents to be taken down and the games were put away.
The wind and rain also meant no movie, but people still came out for a good time, including a bus load of military veterans from the Vernon Woods Community. A meet and greet for veterans was scheduled in Boyd Pavilion prior to the show and more than a dozen braved the rain for the event, so Carol Cain performed an impromptu version of her Rosie the Riveter routine for the vets.
Cain has been performing as Rosie at historical events for years, so event organizers had her don the Rosie costume and perform the routine to give a bit of entertainment until the concert could start.
Cain’s Rosie the River routine has her act out the stories of three real women who helped out with the war efforts during World War II and one fictional one from LaGrange based on historical records.
Though the vets certainly enjoyed the performance, it was the little girls in attendance who were most inspired. The youngsters got to learn from Rosie how their great-grandmothers showed they could do their part for the war effort and ended up taking a big leap forward for gender equality.
By the time Rosie had finished her act and spoken to all the vets, it was time for the concert, so attendees made their way to their seats despite the light rain.
The LaGrange Community Orchestra then performed a series of patriotic music, while concert attendees watched with umbrellas in hand.
The crowd may have been a bit muted because of the weather, but those in attendance sure didn’t allow a little rain squash their patriotic spirit.
Tommy Murphy Staff Writer