The outdoor venue at SOMO Park was perfect. I enjoyed the lineup of musical acts, especially Texas-based Wheeler Brothers, who have Toledo roots.
The band, that I would describe as rock with a fusion of country and folk musical styles, played until about 10:30 p.m. and said its farewell. The lights went out, the stage was empty, but then Laura Glover, the chamber's marketing and development manager, got the band back on stage for an encore.
All of a sudden the lights went on, toes started tapping, and up on stage was Mrs. Glover smacking a tambourine to the tune of "Home for the Holidays." Pretty cool.
On my way home, I met a couple, probably in their mid-40s, who also enjoyed the evening and agreed the park along Monroe Street, just east of the Wingate Hotel, should be used more often.
I suggested an outdoor skating rink with hot cocoa, a Christmas tree, and holiday music to get people out and about in downtown Sylvania during the winter. Or maybe more outdoor concerts.