Posted on 06 February 2014.
We have received numerous responses to our article last week: RF Festival threatens Chamber with legal action. Below is just a sampling of comments we received through the mail, on our website, and on our Facebook page.
Keep Cedar Springs Red Flannel Town, USA
My sentiments are tangled in memories of living where we are in Cedar Springs for over 50 years.
The new generations didn’t know us when the Clipper Girls were with us; and when Gerald R. Ford, a future president of the United States, walked the parade with us year after year; or Emory Monroe on Red Flannel Day policed the sidewalks and traffic; or Tom Anderson in his bear skin coat, in all kinds of weather, called the names of parade participants; or we viewed 10 or more area high school bands playing and marching in the parade.
Just recalling these few events fills me with nostalgia of Red Flannel Town.
And, generations later, youth who have grown to adulthood, do not have these experiences to remember. They have their own, newer experiences, and rightly so.
I vote to keep Cedar Springs, Michigan, Red Flannel Town, U.S.A.
Very truly yours,
Lyle Perry Jr., City of Cedar Springs
What a joke
Please move the weekly articles regarding the childish underwear antics and aberrations between the City Council and the Red Flannel Festival Committee from the front page news. Please enter these as “Joke of the Week”!
Bob Robinson, City of Cedar Springs
From the editor: The current news articles are actually of a situation between the Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and The Red Flannel Festival. The City of Cedar Springs is not involved, other than two of their members being under recall for voting on a new logo to replace the old Red Flannel logo.
From George Follett (website) Cedar Springs always has been and always will be the Red Flannel Town. If the so called board seems to think otherwise then I suggest they take their festival to the new Solon Township hall. They have enough room. I was proud to say and brag I was from the Red Flannel Town. My how things change when they think they can be somebody. Myself and family missed last year and will not bother to attend another. I hope everyone is proud that they ruined a good thing!
From Trisha Dart (website) There are so many wonderful comments in support of the Chamber of Commerce. I am another who supports them. We are and will always be The Red Flannel Town. The RFF need to understand the perspective of the citizens of Cedar Springs. We are tired of the fighting. We want our community back with our slogan without questions. I grew up here and I want to raise a family here but I also want community. Stand tall Chamber in your decision. I support you.
From Cindy K. (website) Most people in the town know that the Red Flannel Festival is run by volunteers. What they don’t realize is that they have by laws that they must adhere to which state office terms. If the town does not like what the president of the Festival is doing and the board of directors they should get a copy of their by laws and see what can be done to remove them and to get some volunteers in there to ensure the well being of the towns legacy of being the “Red Flannel Town” and bring back harmony to our town regarding the City, the Chamber, the Library, and the Festival.
All of these organizations should be working together in the best interest of the town as a whole, thus enhancing all the organizations in Cedar Springs instead of giving us a Black Eye to the rest of the world!
From Nicole Snyder-Brinley (Facebook) So my 4 year old daughter and I are sitting at the table this morning eating breakfast. I was using the butter. She also wanted to use it. She said, “Let’s just share it. It makes more sense.” If my 4 year old gets the concept why can’t the Red flannel festival get it? Yes it comes down to what we all learned in preschool “SHARING IS CARING.”
From Kathy Bullen (Facebook) Way to keep it classy Cedar. How embarrassing. If there were ever an example of how not to do things, the relationship between the Red Flannel Festival, Inc. and nearly everyone else would be it.
From Kelly Stewart (Facebook) Cedar Springs is the Red Flannel Town!! This needs to stop. Stop bringing such negativity to our Community. Sounds like it’s time for a new Red Flannel Festival Board and time to VOID that stupid trademark! It’s doing nothing but causing problems. This is not why Red Flannel was created!!!
From James Cheevy (Facebook) How embarassing that the city can’t even support the only thing the city has going for it. Keep bullying the festival, why would the volunteers want to continue to try to fight these people? I know I wouldn’t. Shawn, if its the city’s identity, then why did the Chamber file paperwork with the state? You knew what you were doing, and you knew what you were doing was wrong.
From Michelle Milzarski (Facebook) Legally “right”… Morally WRONG!
From: Cedar Springs Area Chamber of Commerce (CSACOC) (Facebook) Your Cedar Springs Area Chamber would like to make it very clear that, to date, we have spent nothing on attorney fees and we truly hope that it is not ever necessary.