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Event Expectations - Part I

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Psychic Self Defense for Festivals (and beyond)

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Nudity at Festivals

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KidCraft: Parental Rights and Responsibilities

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Reservation Roulette

Serving those that Serve

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Serving those that Serve

Author: Patricia Telesco
Posted: May 8th. 2000
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While this really applies to our community all the time, not just at festivals, one thing of which we could use more are helpful hands. No one wants to see a festival coordinator, his or her staff, speakers, healers, and visionaries burn out because their needs are overlooked. So, when you have time, give something back to those that serve!

How, you ask? There are a lot of things that need to be done at any event. Some simple things include garbage details, cleaning out permanent bathhouses, picking up cigarette butts, and helping with children's activities. And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg! Some other tasks for which one might consider volunteering include:

  • Working the registration for an hour or two so someone can go to a lecture they really want to see.
  • Offering to cook a meal at the staff's campsite (or maybe buy them a pizza), or do dishes afterwards!
  • Doing general clean ups where messes have been left by others.
  • Sitting guard duty at a pool, hot tub, or pond to make sure people are safe.
  • Offering to act as a fire-tender at the ritual circle.
  • Offering to fill in for a speaker who couldn't make it (you don't have to speak on the same topic!).
  • Giving staff members a back rub (ask first).
  • Telling coordinators and staff members "thank you." You would be amazed at how may people forget common courtesies.
  • Responding when a call for volunteers goes out.
  • Offering to "hale the camp" when announcements need to be made.
  • Giving a reader a break and offering THEM a reading!
  • Helping with setup or breakdown of the event (like hauling boxes, tables, packing tents, etc.).
  • Donating money to help offset event losses (or perhaps coordinating an auction or raffle to turn that situation around).

Really, the key here is keeping your eyes open and helping whenever and wherever you can. This will make everyone's festival experience more pleasant (think random acts of kindness and you get my drift). It will also leave "those that serve" more energy to put back into new events in the future.

Trish Telesco

The Witches' Voice
May 8th., 2000




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