Here's hoping we all get some prime pool or beach time in July — especially for the Fourth! If you're looking for something fun to do over the holiday, come on over to my neighborhood for the annual Kenilworth Fourth of July Parade, which takes place Monday, July 3, beginning at 6:30 p.m. It's the perfect family-friendly event, and a great way to celebrate our independence.


Eighteen years ago, Timothy Muffitt took the baton and stepped onto the podium to lead the Baton Rouge Symphony, which has become one of the most prominent mid-sized orchestras in the country. How lucky we, as a community, are to have him. He was thanked for his leadership and dedication at the symphony's annual meeting June 19 at the Crowne Plaza.

"From a music perspective, I wish we could do it all again," he said of last year's Masterworks series. "It doesn't hurt having someone named (Branford) Marsalis saying good things about the Baton Rouge Symphony."

And Muffitt wasn't the only one honored. Marcy Simoneaux, the first woman to serve as board chairwoman and co-founder of the Louisiana Youth Orchestra, received the Edith Kirkpatrick Award from board Chairwoman Mae Belton. Immediate past Chairwoman Judy George received the Chairman's Award. Diane and Johnny Tate were recognized for their 14-year tenure as chairmen of the Pennington Great Performers series, and fundraising committee Chairwoman Barbara Matens was thanked for helping to raise $1 million for the orchestra. Kathy Bowersox and Mark Zielinski received the Baton Rouge Symphony Chorus Member of the Year awards.

Belton also thanked outgoing board members Gwen Redding, Bob Casey, Chris D'Elia and Lynn Lastrapes for their service before introducing new board members Peter Grant, Tripp Hawthorne, Victor Sasche, Whitney Vann, Mary Williams and Rhonda Zuko.

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