Cindy DiFazio - Staff Writer
The Osgood Merchants Association
promised a spring Jazz & Beyond show, and it intends to
deliver. At a February 20 meeting, committee members Tom Greene,
Geneen Ostendorf, Gayla Crowell, and Will and Adrienne Vincent
followed through on their directive to come up with a cohesive
plan. Will Vincent, an enthusiastic Osgood booster, began, We
have a date, April 28, where something has to happen.
Vincent recently sat out in front of his business, DiGiovonnis
Coffeehouse, 24-hours a day for several days, in an attempt
to raise funds for the event. He was up to $1,200 in about a
week before he came in from the cold due to circumstances beyond
Although many people were skeptical about Vincents method,
it is hard to dismiss what he accomplished. The $1,200 he raised
will cover the cost of a 19-piece jazz band for the April event,
and the publicity he garnered didnt hurt.
Still, there is much left to do in a relatively short amount
of time. Ostendorf reported on insurance quotes for the $1,000,000
liability policy needed for use of the Jac-Cen-Del school building;
Greene presented information on tee-shirts to be sold at the
event; Crowell shared ideas for decorating the stage area; and
Adrienne Vincent offered food and beverage options.
By the end of the 2+ hour session, much had been accomplished.
A budget was decided and members of the committee accepted various
Some local musicians have tentatively agreed to perform, and
committee members hope to host a fund-raising dance in the next
This will be the first time that Osgood will attempt to bring
jazz to Ripley County. Greene commented, Its going
to be a very interesting thing.
Still needed are volunteers to work on the day of the show and,
of course, more money. To offer your assistance, you can call
DiGiovonnis at 689-6435.