When the Little River Band performed at the bandshell at Mosaic Park this past Nov. 10, those in the audience were treated to a smooth, polished performance.
But what many, if not most, people did not and do not know is what went on behind the scene to carry it off. From rigging the lights to sound checks, readying the show was a daylong effort, including what occurred backstage in an area commonly referred to as the Green Room.
The Green Room is an area where performers congregate before taking to the stage, and in order to make the members of the Little River Band comfortable, Debra Sutton and many of the people involved in organizing the concert were hard at work cleaning the Green Room. That included the bathroom.
Because it appeared to have been a lengthy period of time since the last time the Green Room bathroom had been cleaned, it was deemed necessary to replace the toilet seat. Unfortunately, the bolts holding the current seat had frozen solid, making removal that way next to impossible. Unfortunately, in the process of coming up with a way to remove the seat, the actual toilet was accidentally broken.
That necessitated a hurried scramble to Lowe’s Home Improvement and the purchase of a new toilet. Charged with that odious task was Sutton Law Firm attorney Matt Kovschak.
As a result of his heroic rescue (including installing the new toilet, aided by Cody Thompson, who does carpentry work at the law firm’s historic Mann Mansion), Kovschak was honored in a surprise dedication in which Trish Pfeiffer, one of the concert organizers presented him with an autographed memento by the Little River Band: the lid of the broken toilet. She made the presentation at the Nov. 15 Bartow Kiwanis Club meeting.
Following Pfeiffer’s presentation, Kovschak later conceded it would be (loosely) accurate to say that on Nov. 10, his career was in the toilet.