By Marshall Smith

Staff Reporter


             Ken Dahleen confirmed today, Wednesday, June 14, that the Idyllwild Summer Concert Series would remain on the Idyllwild Community Center site for 2017. ICC representatives notified the press that the two bids submitted for construction were over “current budget” for the designated components of Phase 1.

            ICC’s design team will now review the bids for “appropriateness” for the project. But that process will require time and analysis. In its press release the board said, “Because that process [of review] must be thorough and the time required can be lengthy, the board has determined that Butterfield Commons on Strawberry Creek will remain open and be available for regular summer activities.”

            Those summer activities include the popular concert series, now in its 18th season. And, for the dancers in Idyllwild, having the series remain on the ICC site also means having a dedicated dance floor for dancers to strut their stuff.

            Dahleen wanted especially to thank Jay Johnson and family for offering the Johnson property across from ICC for this season. “Without Jay’s offer it looked likely that there would be no series this year,” said Dahleen. “His offer was a huge help to us and to the community.”

            Marshall Smith can be reached at [email protected].