Livonia Autumn in the Village 2012

by Maria on September 9th, 2012

For the first time in 21 years, Kelley's Heroes had to step out of a parade.

Just before the parade, a very large very dark cloud could be seen in the distance. As we marched downhill on Main Street, the wind came up and the temperature dropped about 10 degrees. We could see a curtain of rain approaching, and then it hit us. Zach and Danielle struggled to keep the banner from flying away. The wind-driven rain pelted us so hard, it felt like hail. Those of us who wear glasses couldn't see because of the raindrops on our glasses. Those who wear contacts or no glasses could barely open their eyes against the wind and rain.

We were soaked to the skin, but we played the best we could. Always prepared, Kathy pulled a plastic poncho out of her pouch and tried to put it on, but the wind was blowing so hard she could barely hang on to it. The flute and piccolo players were having trouble getting sound out of their instruments because the wind was interrupting the flow of air. As soon as we cleared the review stand, we stepped off the street and under a tent for shelter. After a few minutes, the rain and wind lessened and we walked back to our cars at the elementary school.

When we got home, we had to dry our clothes, our instruments and our music. Even the music carried in our pouches got wet, and some of it disintegrated into pulpy globs. A few band members had damage to their cell phones and remote car starters; Karen reported her cell phone was ruined. Irene offered a helpful tip: she places her electronics in a small zip closure plastic bag  inside her pouch to protect them from water damage.

Even the next day, the effects of the storm were still with us. More in the next post.

Posted in Performances, Stories    Tagged with Kathy, Irene, Livonia, Karen L.


Paul Pakusch - September 25th, 2012 at 7:12 PM
I shared the same parade with you from Excelsior Brigade. I had the same thing happen to me a few years ago with Mark Time Marchers when we got caught in a vicious thunderstorm in Stafford, NY. Since then, I have been obsessive about watching the radar on my cell phone when the weather looks iffy. Indeed, I was watching that morning in Livonia. I saw that heavy band of rain coming and I knew we were in trouble. In Excelsior, we agreed that we'd stay with the parade if it rained, but if there was lightning we'd take shelter. So we stayed with it. As your member Irene stated, carrying a small plastic bag makes a huge difference. I had one with me and my cell phone, wallet and car remote stayed nice and dry.
Livingston County News did a news story about this parade and they have a bunch of pictures, both before and after the rain started, including one of Kelley's Heroes. Go to this link and scroll ALL the way down to the bottom of the page.
The same pictures are also on the Facebook page of Autumn in the Village.

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