Sep 032013
 
Bash was a smash!
10th Anniversary Rundown
 

This year’s 10th anniversary Bash on Wabash was celebrated in a big way. We enjoyed hosting over 30 business vendors and numerous musical acts.  The City of Chicago City Council even adopted a resolution to mark the occasion championed by Alderman Bob Fioretti (2nd Ward).

As in years past, the kids’ area was heavily attended by South Loop families, but the volume was turned up a notch this year. A “kids’ stage” schedule of events showcased children-focused programming both days. South Loop resident and expectant dad, Thomas Paukovitz organized the kids’ stage talent acts and activities. “We were overwhelmed with offers to help create activities by South Loop businesses and look forward to an even more diverse schedule for 2014,” said Paukovitz. New business owner Cynthia Valenciana of the Sod Room ran her mesmerizing bubble machine, creating a fun atmosphere and was beaming with pride as she introduced Miss Sarah Jayne Lynch, a popular performer in her children’s green play space. The Bash Kids Stage was sponsored by First American Bank and Restoration Christian Church.

GSLA Events Chair and Bash Volunteer Coordinator, Molly Heyen, orchestrated another successful year of staffing the event with volunteers. It was great to see Molly enjoying herself late on Sunday when she challenged her husband, Tim Heyen, to a sumo-wrestling match. We hear a re-match is scheduled for 2014.

The quantity and variety of food vendors was enhanced this year. Whether revelers were enjoying South Loop gem Gigi’s Bakeshop or Pilsen’s Dia De Los Tamales, there was something for everyone, including canine guests when food truck Fido To Goarrived.  Reggies’ kitchen staff lured folks to their tent with the aroma of grilled treats partnered with icy cold beers. “Our South Loop Sangria was improved on this year by sponsor M Lounge. We didn’t think our recipe could get any better, but Reginald Marsh at M Lounge found a way!” said Deb Soehlig, organizer of the GSLA tent. Mark Stern, of WeatherMark Tavern, stopped by Sunday to sample the corn he donated for the event. Stern, along with hundreds of others, gave the roasted corn an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

It was also great to get local businesses involved in manning the gates and meeting and greeting residents and visitors as they entered. Many thanks to South Loop Animal Hospital and Forth Group Real Estate Services for sponsoring the north and south gates.

The Bash committee, led by chairman, T.J. Sagen, assembled the greatest variety of vendors and sponsors the event had seen.  Before the closing act on Sunday, Sagen sang everyone’s praises from the stage commanding, “If you see someone with a Bash logo t-shirt, please buy them a beer and thank them for their efforts in putting on this 100% volunteer committee-driven event.” All of the GSLA board members are lining up to thank T.J. for his hard work and leadership this year. His tireless dedication to the event really paid off. So please buy him a beer-or maybe two-when you see him hanging out in the South Loop.

“Thank you, T.J. The Bash was a smash!”

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