Bash on Wabash 2012 Recap

Rain couldn’t dampen excitement at 2012 Bash on Wabash

“When folks turn out on a rainy Sunday to listen to bands and enjoy a fest, you know we did a good job with this year’s Bash,” so says Gail Rutkowski, President of the Greater South Loop Association. “We appreciate their support,” she added. “A lot of people put in an enormous amount of effort to pull off an event like the Bash. We are pleased with the results,” added Jeanette Johnson, GSLA Vice President.

Bash on Wabash 2012

Saturday’s attendance was the best yet, due in no small measure to the excellent music talent Reggie’s assembled for the “Road Block Stage.” GSLA board member, T.J. Sagen, worked tirelessly with Reggie’s to ensure that the music didn’t disappoint. Great acts like AM Taxi and Jess Godwin rocked the Road Block Stage. Plans are in the works for the GSLA to partner with Reggie’s for a 3rd year on the 2013 Bash.

Bash on Wabash 2012

Like last year’s event, the children’s area was packed with kids-both young and old. Becky Young LaBarre, Assistant Curator at the Clarke House Museum, provided an entertaining learning experience: Children made their own candles, like they did in 19th-century Chicago. In a separate event, they also learned how to hula hoop, while dancing to a special music lineup geared toward children, early in the day. “The Bears should visit next year to recruit young talent at the “Quarterback Toss,” according to Johnson. “There was great effort out there!”

 Dash to the Bash 2012

Runners who participated in the inaugural “Dash to the Bash” had extra incentive for a fast 3-mile run on Sunday morning, with the rain beginning to fall as they approached the finish line. Tyler Joyner, “Dash to the Bash” Chairman, coordinated with several area gyms to bring neighbors together for a course that mainly kept to the sidewalks. “Next year we’re planning a larger and broader event that will put the course along the lakefront,” said Joyner.

Co-Chairman of the event, Sagen shared “We are going to continue to work hard to make the Bash bigger and better each and every year. Residents are encouraged to participate in the event planning process through the committee in any way they can.”

Bash on Wabash 2012The Bash also benefited from over 50 South Loop residents “Who do the lion’s share of the work organizing and staffing the event,” says GSLA Events Chair, Molly Heyen. “Volunteers were out in force, wearing their Bash t-shirts and a smile even when the rain moved in on Sunday.”