Bob and Pat Parish, Fourth of July Parade chairmen for the past 10 years, will have different roles in this year’s parade. They are the honored grand marshals in the annual event put on by Idyllwild’s Rotarians. This year the parade features 57 entrants.
Bob, a cancer survivor for 13 years, and Pat, now struggling with cancer, have, even in past bouts with illness, volunteered not only in their beloved Idyllwild, but also in post-Katrina communities as part of a contingent of returned Peace Corps volunteers. Bob and Pat met in the Peace Corps while serving in Ethiopia. Their history within the Idyllwild community personifies service and volunteerism. Pat’s familiar voice as one of the parade announcers will be missing, but not her smile, as she rides with Bob in the parade.
Pat and Bob will be sharing honors this year with Idyllwild’s new mayor, riding in the parade after election as the first-four legged, and for that matter, first mayor of Idyllwild. The winner will be announced July 1 at a special ceremony at Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild’s headquarters on Highway 243. Food and libations are available for human attendees and all proceeds from the event go to support ARF’s rescue activities.
Other pre-Fourth, Fourth, and post-Fourth events include a patriotic themed big band concert on July 5, featuring Ken Dahleen and his Big Band Staff at the Idyllwild Community Center site. Two days later, Saturday, July 7, will be the American Legion’s “4th of July BBQ.” Wine and entertainment will be available throughout the holiday week at Idyll Awhile Wine Shoppe Bistro. La Casita is offering a Fourth of July special meal deal.
Jo’An’s will have weeklong entertainment at the Beer Garden (Saturday, Sunday, June 30 and July 1 and Wednesday, July 4). Last, there is a special 4th of July Picnic and grand opening of the new backyard stage and entertainment area at the Creek House.
The Town Crier wishes you a safe and happy Independence Day.