After 25 Years, the Singing Flag in Concord Has Been Cancelled

March 11, 2014 23:36 pm · 135 comments


After 25 years, the 4th of July Singing Flag at Dave Brubeck Park in Concord has been cancelled.

Linda Reynolds, the Performing Arts Director from Calvary Temple Church in Concord made the announcement at Tuesday night’s Concord City Council meeting.

Reynolds said this was a tough decision, but the leadership team at Calvary Temple unanimously decided to bring closure to the Singing Flag, saying they plan to use their resources to expand service to those in need through their compassion and justice ministries.

The announcement came just a few days after the church announced the news to their congregation.

Reynolds said the announcement is bittersweet, and they are grateful for the past 25 years of the Singing Flag.

She added they would like to personally thank the public for your support, your attendance, your friendship, and said they are looking forward to the exciting adventures that lay ahead with their church.

The council, who seemed somewhat shocked, thanked Calvary Temple Church for their dedication to the community.

photo credit: “Killjoy”

101 ANNONeeemoose March 12, 2014 at 6:38 PM

Maybe if they do it right it will also be a big family event. Have to have a better venue than Todos Santos though if that is what they mean by “downtown.” Maybe Mt. Diablo HS field? Have a mini kidfest, booths, jump houses, food vendors. Heck combine it with a food truck gala! Done right this could be even better than the Singing Flag, I’m all for a secular celebration and not the church doing it.

102 Atticus Thraxx March 12, 2014 at 6:40 PM

It’s one thing to he shrill Lisa. But try and grasp context. Seriously, you cannot be that dim.

103 Connie Dobbs March 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

I take it you’re new here, Lisa. Every year around Singing Flag time there are complaints about the noise and the parking. The fireworks scare peoples’ pets. The rehearsals are just murder to hear. Driveways are blocked and yards are littered. Substantial dander is raised. Well, now those people can have their nice quiet neighborhood with its ample off-street parking all to themselves all of the time and isn’t that lovely for them.

Now you can go back and read the other 95 comments. Go lecture them.

104 Puddintain March 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

Oh for heaven’s sake Atticus Thraxx, DON’T POKE THAT NASTY TROLL!

105 Marianne March 12, 2014 at 7:27 PM

The Concord annual 4th of July is cancelled…does that mean we can shoot off fireworks at our house?

106 Dr. Dick March 12, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Why do we have the Concord Pavillion if we never use it?????? This event outgrew the neighborhood years ago. The Pavillion could hold everyone with comfort, easy parking and good viewing. No more getting up a sparrows fart to save space with your blanket!

107 Killjoy March 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Thanks GoGo.

108 crazytech58 March 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Hope they can move it to a better place, as I NEVER liked the traffic, road closures, and extra police work that this caused….. Pavilion would be better suited to handle all this

109 ! Salute ! March 12, 2014 at 8:53 PM

I absolutely love The Singing Flag, but this is a bittersweet end. Something had to give, it was too successful. I don’t know if it would be same at The Pavilion or another venue. Also, who knows how long they could keep it up, keep up the magic, the passion, the hi-camp? I’m glad they finished strong, finished on top. We are all richer for having gone, it was a special time and a special place. They showed us that a dedicated group of individuals can create something truly wonderful that is blessing to many, many people. God Bless the Calvary Temple. What a class act.

110 Atticus Thraxx March 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

My bad.Advice taken.

111 dree March 12, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Could someone explain what justice ministry means?

112 Dr. Jellyfinger® March 12, 2014 at 9:23 PM

Maybe we can get Elton John or George Michael to put on the show instead?

113 Sal Belleci March 12, 2014 at 9:54 PM

Thank you Calvary Temple for the past 25 years. I will miss the singing flag very much. Your Church and it’s congregation are a class act second to none. God bless you in your future endeavors.

114 Nite Owl March 12, 2014 at 11:48 PM

DJ it is “The Singing Flag”

115 Lisa March 13, 2014 at 1:36 AM

New here Connie Dobbs? I’ve lived here since 1965 so put a sock in it and grow the hell up.

116 Dr. Jellyfinger® March 13, 2014 at 8:49 AM

Oh… yeah, sorry.

117 Puddintain March 13, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Troll, that’s a BIG improvement over your standard “STFU”.

118 Susan March 13, 2014 at 9:08 AM

I’ve been here since 1965, and never seen the like. Get a life not mine; or you have no other.

119 Susan March 13, 2014 at 9:18 AM

If you are soooo big, get off me!

120 Connie Dobbs March 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM

You started with me, cupcake.

121 Cowellian March 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Lisa, you are new to Claycord and you’ve chosen a fairly unpleasant way to introduce yourself.

122 Susan March 13, 2014 at 9:32 AM

Dr. Jellyfinger, your turn is tonight and Sunday. Don’t worry, that thing will get you off-if it can get you hard.

123 Uncle Sam II March 13, 2014 at 9:58 AM

The overwhelming positive response shown on humbles those of us who had any part in its 25 seasons. By the way, Dave Brubeck Park was the original venue for Concord Jazz Festival; aside from parking issues it remains well suited for such purposes. The expenses of the event were covered by Calvary Temple (CT) and included rental of the park itself, police staffing, parking space at Concord High School, sound equipment, lighting, costumes, music performance rights/royalties, security staffing, the choir flag structure, Kids Zone inflatables, storage facilities, temporary structures and enclosures, and on and on.. Although there was some discussion and consideration of moving the event to The Pavilion (recently “Sleep Train Pavilion”) CT resisted such a move due to the mandatory parking charges they wished to avoid. It also should be mentioned that contract provisions make Pavilion a VERY expensive venue unless parking fees and high admissions are paid. CT intended for this event to be free of admission charge, thus ruling out Pavilion. Could this change? Perhaps. But it seemed necessary for CT to devote a greater share of resources to outreach ministries other than that represented by The Flag especially given the economic realities since 2008. Was The Flag fun for those of us taking part? Yes, as the successor to our Original Uncle Sam let me assure readers here that it was a tremendous kick to make that appearance as the symbol for our Republic and its Constitutionally-limited government in this celebration of God and Country. We trust that parents will seek to instill godly and patriotic values in their own children, to be passed along to yet other generations that they may understand and appreciate the admonition by President John Adams that our form of government is suited only for those who adhere to the longstanding moral traditions of Jews and Christians..

124 Cuzzzzzzzzzzzzz March 13, 2014 at 10:17 AM

@ Uncle Sam II #123 – Thank you for your well written response. Thank-you for staying on topic and explaining the facts in thought out manner. More on Claycord should follow your example instead of whining and sniping.

125 Thank You uncle Sam II!! March 13, 2014 at 10:29 AM

So very well expressed.

126 Puddintain March 13, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Many names & headings; same writing style or lack there of = 1 nasty troll. Not yet sure if it’s male or female, leaning towards prissy male, but in any case, pretty much an it.

127 Connie Dobbs March 13, 2014 at 11:07 AM

#123 What about the Martinez Marina? They already host a fireworks show and those of us who live downtown are accustomed to the occasional event restricting on-street parking.

128 Wildcat March 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Justice Ministry from what I understand is ministry for those in human trafficing situations.

129 Mrs. B March 13, 2014 at 12:27 PM

Thank you, Calvary Temple for your many years of service on the 4th of July. For many years this has been our family tradition, and many happy memories. God bless you as you invest your time, energy, talents and money into other ventures for His work.

130 ZuZupetals March 13, 2014 at 3:59 PM

We are going to miss the Singing Flag after attending for 25 years. I understand CT decision and have great respect for their church for the huge undertaking of hosting such an event. God Bless and Love in Christ!

131 RC March 13, 2014 at 7:24 PM

1. THANK YOU CALVARY TEMPLE for all of your blood, sweat and tears for 25 years! I attended most of those 25 and always enjoyed the hard work and effort that entertained thousands.
2.THANK YOU CONCORD CITY COUNCIL for allowing the public acknowledgement of Our Savior, Jesus Christ. I think that amazed me the most! If there were any protests to acknowleging our faith, I certainly didn’t hear of it.
3. I am not sure what political parties have to do with any of this. I am sure there are many members of CT, residents and police officers and council members and military, that have many friends of a differing political party. And yes, if Jesus could make man change, I am sure there would NOT be any different parties, NO WAR, NO DISCRIMINATION etc., because we as individuals have to answer to HIM on Judgement Day and no one else!
4. Thank you to former law guy, who spelled it out for all of us. Those that want to be help are or will be. The others have to be prayed for.
5. Whatever, CT does with their funds, I am sure it will be much better spent on humankind, than on a fun show for all of us who can find more beneficial things to do. Perhaps, if you don’t have a church, you might think about going to CT. I have friends there and it is truly a wonderful place to connect with God!
That’s it!

132 MsBling March 13, 2014 at 8:03 PM

#59 the amount of $300K is just that, a rumor. While the city did charge an extremely high amount of money for the police, the permits, etc. It was not even $50K. Everyone is saying the city should do something or take over the event…keep in mind CT always promoted this event as a gift to the community. So being as their “gift” overtook a whole park and surrounding neighborhoods, the city had no choice but to provide traffic directions, road closures, etc. You see all those officers out there during the them.event, someone has to pay their salaries. The cost of the fireworks are what really cost, However they did make a lot of money to offset costs as well through concessions and souvenirs.
The flag had a good run but it is time for something fresh.
If anyone wants to see a good show, The Martinez Marina puts on a great show!
Now for July 4th you can go to the Dave Brueback park and enjoy a BBQ without someones feet in your face :)

133 Adios March 13, 2014 at 8:35 PM

and good riddense!! this political and religious propaganda has been making me ill for 25 years. lets hope the city does ‘step up’ and poor our hard earned tax dollars into this tripe.. LIKE THEY ALWAYS DO

134 Cowellian March 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM


135 Grammy March 20, 2014 at 10:11 PM

Very confused?
How do you hold an event to raise money for,” The a singing Flag.”
Collect the money, then cancel?
Calvary Temple Church would not pull a stunt like this.
I’m sure they meant this would sadly be the last year for ,” The Singing Flag”.

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