We are calling this year’s festival a great success! With a more condensed schedule than last year, it seemed to suit the mood. We ran events from Thursday to Sunday covering a good variety of interests.
The Builder’s Symposium reported a good turn out, as did the film screening (with a few technical difficulties). On Saturday, we had a lot of people through the festival to learn new skills at the Minga Skill Building workshops and buy seeds for their garden at Seedy Saturday. Guelph Community Acupuncture also offered free treatments through the afternoon. The raffle raised a good bit of money to help cover costs, and boasted prizes such as gift certificates to New Age, Zehrs and Smitten Apparel, as well as a Wike cargo trailer!
Here are the raffle winners. We will be contacting you by phone if you haven’t heard from us yet.
Rain Barrel: Sherry Dubé
Green light at the end of the tunnel (book) and membership to Yorklands Green Hub: Bern
Gift certificate to Smitten Apparel: Sharon
Gift certificate to Minga Skill Building Hub: Sandy
Gift certificate to New Age health food store: Stan
Gift certificate to Zehrs: Emily, Annie
Wellington Brewery gift basket: Wanita, Janet
Fairy house from Lucien Gagnon: Tiff
Wike Economy cargo trailer: Dave
On Saturday evening we had around 100 people for the 8th annual Earth Hour Potluck, lit by solar-charged-battery-powered Christmas lights (thanks Doug!). We enjoyed good food and a good company while the little ones of the community ran around and laughed together. Finishing off Saturday night, Gary Diggins lead the Big Beat at Silence, which saw around 50 people share a solstice celebration in music and dance.
Sunday morning’s Living Life to the Fullest workshop, at Innovation Guelph was very well attended. Partner yoga was small but fun, and the Narratives workshop in the afternoon was cancelled due to lack of participants.
Overall, we are happy with how the festival went, and are grateful to our volunteers, coordinators, event and workshop leaders, and everyone who came out! Thank you for another great year!
As a note, if you volunteered with the festival this year and would like to receive timebank hours as payment for your efforts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.