“Build it and they will come, and I believe they have,” Marcum said.
“I’m quite proud of the fact that Hamilton, a town of 60,000 people, held its own against Chicago, Stamford, Ct., and places where there’s a lot of money,” Marcum said. “I’m glad even little guys like us can hang with the big boys.”
He said he’s proud of his parents, both in their mid-90s, who “give away a lot every year. This is probably the biggest project they’ve ever done.”
Hamilton officials during the park’s ribbon-cutting ceremony last year also praised Steve Marcum and his sisters, noting the parents asked their permission to spend the money before they did so.
Karen Wittmer, Hamilton’s program coordinator for volunteers, said 150-180 volunteers help each summer with the RiversEdge concerts, about 15 for each show, mostly serving beer.
“It’s amazing,” Wittmer said. “We couldn’t do it without them. To make the concert series successful, we have to have the volunteers down there, and people come back year after year because they love it so much.”
“It’s such a beautiful venue and beautiful area, and they just love being part of the good things going on in Hamilton,” she said.
Most of the volunteers live in Hamilton, many of them working for businesses downtown. Also, many city employees volunteer their time after work.
“I just put the call out, and they come,” she said. “It’s amazing. They’re wonderful.”