Sunday, September 23, 2012
New Albany's inaugural Indie Fest was a blast with a message about localism.
Big thanks to PC Home Center, which performed a last-minute chair delivery for Lloyd's Landing. It was our first occasion to use the new and evolving outdoor area, and early returns look positive.
Brendan Zubrowski of Crossroad Vintners offered samples from the Willett line of bourbon and rye. He went non-stop from 2 - 5 p.m., after which Chef Matt executed a stupendous Willett Bourbon Dinner.
Weather was ideal, and a very small number of volunteers pulled off a first-year event with the minimum of support from the city. Pardon me for editorializing, but it would have been nice for a few elected officials to observe the principles of localism put into practice in an event like this one, but in the end, New Albany's indie businesses will continue to walk the walk even if the CM CeeSaws of our city can't grasp that it applies to them, too.
I'm proud to be associated with NA First, and if you are an indie businessperson in New Albany, it is time to get with the localism program, so that just maybe we can progress through the exercise of collective action in a manner seldom possible through supposedly rugged individualism.
Folks, that's not socialism. If you're an independent small business owner, it's just plain common sense.