To the Times of Ti:
There are so many talented people that live in our communities, and so many that participate in local civic and community organizations. But sometimes someone steps up individually to do something extraordinary and should be recognized for their contribution.
Roberta Whiteley is one of those people. If you didn’t catch the Ti ‘Coustic holiday show, it was terrific. Ti ‘Coustic Café is Roberta’s brainchild. As a musician herself, she thought that there should be an opportunity for all the talented musicians in our area to gather together and play in the format of the 1960s coffee house. She got the Burleigh House to host it every other Wednesday, called a bunch of people she knew, twisted some arms, and spread the word.
It’s turned into a really wonderful thing and it gets me out of the house on a weeknight but doesn’t keep me out late. It’s a great way to foster community, great for a local business — especially in the off season when they need to generate business, and fun, fun, fun.
The holiday season finale featured about 20 performers and 60 audience members who raised a joyful noise in the sing alongs to end the season.
It’s a great example of how an individual can utilize their personal passions to improve the quality of all our lives in this community. So I’m lifting a holiday glass in toast to Roberta for a great idea, and stepping up to make it happen. I’m very much looking forward to Ti ‘Coustic Café in 2014.