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Takoma Park Folk Festival on Sunday!

2011 logo for the Takoma Park Folk Festival, with the festival name, a stylized banjo, and the word Peace in many different languages

"The 34th annual Takoma Park Folk Festival will be held on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and this year’s theme of Peace and Reconciliation is in recognition of that tragic event. Performers have been encouraged to present music and dance related to this theme, and they will reflect ways that the arts can promote unity and harmony across cultures. Some performers, such as emma’s revolution and Magpie, are internationally known peace advocates. The Festival also will provide opportunities for visitors to hear and discuss various points of view with representatives of nonprofit organizations at our Community Tables."

Festival Website, with schedule of performances, directions, list of community groups participating, etc.

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helliongoddess
Sep. 10th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
Oh, that sounds so lovely - what a great, positive way to commemorate 9/11! I was just thinking last night that just about all of the shows on tv marking the anniversary have such a tragic, "let's all pick our collective wound" tone to them, rather than asking "what have we learned", "how can we keep moving forward", and "how can we make this a better world for the survivors and honor the memory of those that fell?"

That festival is a perfect example of how the day should be commemorated, in my opinion. More power to them: I hope it is a smashing and well-attended success, and I hope you have a fabulous time if you go- looks like you will have beautiful weather for it!

(And I LOVE that poster! Wish I could get a copy of it!♥)
chomiji
Sep. 10th, 2011 05:19 pm (UTC)

I'm going to be volunteering at performer check-in for a couple of hours.

You know, I think it may be this year's t-shirt - the name of the larger graphic that I downloaded to reduce for this post was "thsirt-logo" (yes, with that exact spelling)! Would you like me to pick one up for you, if so? You could PM or e-mail your size and any colors that you definitely don't want. They usually have several colors, and they often have a women's close fitting shirt and a unisex one that goes up to at least 2X.

helliongoddess
Sep. 10th, 2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, cool job- that way you get to meet and schmooze, too! *grin*

And yes, please! I'd love a t-shirt, and (now that I have shed a few *lol*) a 2X in the unisex ones should do nicely, unless they look REALLY small - a 3X will always fit, but generally now I don't need it. I just today unearthed a big bag of my old favorite powwow and Shakespeare Festival tees in 2X that I had stashed away when I couldn't fit my fat ass into them anymore. It will be nice to see them again! Let me know how much it is, and I can pay you back via paypal. As far as color, black is always a favorite, but really, any color will do. I don't particularly like orange (I always feel like I look like a pumpkin, in a 2X or 3X t-shirt!) but that's a rare t-shirt color, thankfully. (Now you watch - they will ONLY have the 2X in orange!)

Thanks, my friend! ♥ Have a spectacular day!
chomiji
Sep. 11th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)

They had the T shirts, and I got you a 2X. They were all in a nice, deep purple only. I'll mail it off as soon as I can get my act together.

I'm glad I looked for it first thing in the morning, when I dropped off the gear for the instrument check, and didn't wait for a break after my 2:00 p.m. volunteer shift - they sold out in no time!

There wasn't a lot of schmoozing because we were pretty busy. I did run into several friends on my break, and at the end of the day, when I went back for more volunteering (my official replacement never did show up, but we had a bunch of Americorps people, and one of them took over while I was out and about), those of us that were left in that area did a bit of talking and joking around.



Edited at 2011-09-11 11:16 pm (UTC)
helliongoddess
Sep. 12th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Yaaaay! Purple is my favorite color! You couldn't have picked anything any more perfect! Just let me know after you mail it what the damage is, and I'll reimburse ya. Thanks so much!

Sounds like the day went really well, the Festival was a success, and you managed to have some good fun, as well. That's so great, I'm really glad.
rachel_reicheru
Sep. 11th, 2011 07:59 am (UTC)
That sounds really fun and productive! I am really glad to hear that there are things happening that are trying to move forward in a positive light regarding 9/11.

In Australia for the last week up to today, we've been watching the footage and listening to the tragedy over and over again. Listening to testimonials for survivors and heros from the event. I feel that those who suffered from the event surely have suffered enough. I hope that there are more events like this everywhere as we move on.

I hope you have a good time ^_^
chomiji
Sep. 11th, 2011 10:27 pm (UTC)

It was good, but tiring. I volunteered at performer instrument check, and I instituted a new system of doing it, based on something I'd seen at SF and manga/anime cons for coat and bag check. So I went by at about 9:45 a.m. to drop off the "equipment" (a deck of playing cards, each cut in half and the two halves clipped with a binder clip, and a stack of sign in/out sheets, and a box in which to keep it all), then went out for brunch with the Mr. and did my grocery shopping, and then came back for my official two-hour volunteer shift at 2:00 p.m.

And then my replacement didn't show up, so I worked for another 45 minutes, then got spelled by one of the Americorps volunteers so I could walk around to check out the community booths and the art show, and get some food, and then came back and did another half hour. We just got home.

So actually I didn't hear a lot of music except for what I could overhear from my volunteer post, but that's OK. And I have a new purple water bottle with the festival logo on it, because they were being given out to all the performers and volunteers.

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