ALBANY — The Flint Riverkeeper invited the entire community to come out and celebrate the organization’s 10th anniversary with music, food and brews at the Flint RiverQuarium plaza Saturday.
Guests enjoyed four live bands, drinks and a couple of different food vendors, all while benefiting the cause of the Flint Riverkeeper. Gordon Rogers, the organization’s executive director, said he was thankful for the community coming out and supporting their cause while also celebrating the Riverkeeper’s accomplishments.
“Out of the 100 things we set out to accomplish, we’ve accomplished almost 70 of them,” Rogers said. “And we’re going to accomplish more.”
The party kicked off at 4 p.m. and lasted until midnight, with the crowd growing as the night went on in excitement of seeing the headliner Jesse Dayton. The first concerts of the day were performances by Kiersten and Russ and the Evergreen Family Band. Partygoers brought lawn chairs to set up right in front of the stage in order to get the best view, while those with VIP admission had access to a viewing deck in the RiverQuarium.
While waiting for the concerts to start or in between sets, plenty of vendors were on hand for guests to enjoy. The could stop by the Kayak Kraze tent to learn how to rent kayaks to paddle down the Flint or the Kinchafoonee Creek or to purchase shirts and water bottles. Guests were also able to purchase a raffle ticket for a chance to win their very own kayak, with profits benefiting the Flint Riverkeeper.
Food and drink were also hits, with a variety of food vendors for guests to choose from. Joes to Go brought its food truck to cook up fresh Mexican food for those craving quesadillas or tacos. Smoke and Fire was serving its award-winning personal pizzas with one, two or four toppings. Pretoria Fields Brewery was also part of the celebration, bringing their refreshing brews with them. The brewery donated a portion of the profits earned from selling their Shoalie IPA to the Flint Riverkeeper cause.
The evening of entertainment closed with performances from The Bo Henry Band, who took the stage at 7:15 p.m., and headliner Jesse Dayton, whose concert began at 9:45 p.m. Before Dayton’s performance, Rogers took to the stage to honor the board members of the Flint Riverkeeper, to thank the community for coming out and to reinforce what the organization’s mission is about.
“We’re not here to sell some left-wing agenda or some right-wing agenda, its all about clean water,” Rogers said. “This is a transpartisan agenda.”
Rogers also emphasized the importance of the Flint River in this city and said the Riverkeeper’s work will help Albany grow.
“[The river] is one of our best assets for our recreation, for our agricultural economy and for everything we do,” he said. “We want to see Albany continue to grow.”