Written by Eilen Jewell.

On September 8th, my band and I performed a backyard benefit concert for the Snake River Alliance. Patricia and Liz Young, along with neighbor Sarah Lunstrum of Dream Farm Flowers, were kind enough to host us in their homes and their beautiful shared outdoor space. The weather was perfect, the flowers were divine, and the food, beer and wine were delightful. (Thank you Three Girls Catering, Lost Grove Brewing, and Indian Creek Winery!)

Yet I think what struck me the most about that evening was the audience. Each and every individual who attended brought a spirit of cooperation and optimism. Together we raised a sizable sum. It really hit home that evening just how much the Snake River Alliance is embraced by a community of thoughtful, big-hearted people. It shouldn’t come as a surprise. I’ve known many of them all my life and have been attending SRA dinners since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. But, as a new board member, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It was the end of a long and exhausting summer tour for me and my band, and this marks the official end of a long stint living far away from Idaho. I couldn’t think of a more suitable homecoming.

Thanks so very much to all who attended and to all who donated items and services. And, to those who couldn’t make it this time around, let’s hope for next time. I’m already looking forward to doing it again soon and to getting to know more of this community of amazing individuals.