Everyone during the course of their lives does certain things they are proud of and certain things they are not proud of. Some of us spend a lot of time and money trying to atone.
I think the thing I am most proud of in my 69 years is the three years I spent helping with the defense of the human rights of our performers. My comments may seem odd to those of you that latch on and believe in stereotypes, but personally I never met a performer who wasn’t well mannered and gentlemanly like or ladylike.
Let me tell you some things that happened during our three hard years of litigation. We all had to appear before Judge Bennett in Federal Court in Baltimore for the culmination of the litigation. Everyone appeared except one plaintiff.
Lucian the large violin player had to drive from Florida, where he performs during the winter. His car broke down and I lent him two hundred dollars. At the end of this summer he made a point to see me and repay me before returning to Florida.
The council dragged the lawsuit out for three years, spending many hundreds of thousands of our dollars of the town’s money unnecessarily trying to repress these poor proud Boardwalk performers, all due to ego. If it was their own money, they would have acted differently.
Every one of our performers that I have met are self-reliant, independent and, although poor, they are very proud of Ocean City and not on the government dole. Many of our visitors who came to Ocean City as children return with their kids and introduce them to the same performers.
Like the sand and surf, I hope they are indelibly etched into the future of Ocean City. We should all be proud of our boardwalk artists and performers. Their presence makes us better.
I am very proud that I was able to help them, you should be proud of them too.
We are busy working with donors to raise money for our Christmas show at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday December 15th at 4PM called Brian’s Christmas Songbook our goal is to raise over $20,000 from donors to keep the cost of the tickets to the show at $10 each.
You don’t see the Mid Atlantic Symphony Orchestra for $10, yet it is important to attract families and kids who otherwise would be unable to afford the show.
I am looking forward to seeing the voters on election day and giving each of you a flyer and a personal invitation to Brian’s Christmas Songbook.
I have been in many of your homes with one or more of my petitions over the last few years. It will be good to see you all again on Election Day, even if you didn’t sign my petition. I look forward to the opportunity to personally wish you a Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday and invite you to our Christmas Show.