More than 225 people gathered Saturday night at the Coronado Golf Course Clubhouse for a 1960s “flashback night” at a Coronado-centric music party honoring the iconic songs of the Kingston Trio, sung by the Lion Sons, a tribute band that includes Josh Reynolds, son of the late Nick Reynolds, a founding member of one of history’s top folk singing bands. Multiple generations of Nick Reynolds’ family were in attendance, joined by friends, the Association’s membership, and people attracted to the fun theme. The Kingston Trio was formed in 1957 and is credited with launching a major folk music boom in the United States that spread throughout the world. The event represents Coronado Historical Association’s first-of-its-kind, summer concert that attracted a wide spectrum of the organization’s members, their kids, and local residents who enjoyed Mexican food, drinks, and memorable music.
Coronado has long been recognized as home to world famous artists, musicians, and actors—Nick Reynolds was no exception. Nick was born in Coronado and returned to spend his retirement here, before passing away in 2008. He cherished his private life on the Island when he wasn’t touring with his famous band. Songs and music were always commonplace entertainment at his relatives’ homes in Coronado with every age being encouraged to join in by playing some kind of musical instrument, including homemade ones like the “Gut Bucket.” Barbara Haines and Jane Meade, who are Nick Reynolds’ sisters, still live in Coronado. They attended the benefit concert, accompanied by 25 other family members. Multiple generations of the Reynolds family continue to carry on the family tradition of singing and playing ukulele and guitar. Sometimes Jane Meade can be found singing some of the Kingston Trio songs with her sons, Tommy Harris and Joey Harris, at local shows at McP’s Irish Pub and Costa Azul.
Coronado Historical Association President, Jane Braun, welcomed the crowd and said, “The history of Coronado truly is the story of the individuals and the families who lived here. Families who call Coronado home are the lifeblood of Coronado. Our small town starts with family.” Braun went on to recount the events hosted this year by the Coronado Historical Association including the Evening with the Stockdale Family event, remarking, “As we think over the past year and our Historical Association’s story, perhaps the celebration of family will be what is most remembered.”
Reynolds family member Caroline Haines remarked that “the love of the music captured by the performance by Josh, Mike, and Tim filled the room with such joy and happiness.” Coronado Historical Association board member Kitt Williams stated that “it was a privilege to share the excitement of such a stellar evening with so many Coronado residents, some of whom I haven’t seen for years.” The Lion Sons played hit after hit from the Kingston Trio, including “Tom Dooley,” “Scotch and Soda,” “The M.T.A.,” and “Greenback Dollar.” The crowd sang along through most of the concert, which added an extra element of entertainment to the evening.
Pat and Vince Flynn served as co-chairs, and committee members included Coronado Historical Association board members Susan Keith and Sara Wells, Caroline Murray, Caroline Haines, Steve Patrick, Emily Talbert, and Sharon Raffer. The event was sponsored by Platinum Record Sponsors Bob and Gail Bardin, Susan Keith, Sherry Martin, and Jane Braun. The Coronado Historical Association plans to host similar fun events to celebrate the people, the time periods, and the highlights of the Island’s unique past.