Thursday, May 20, 2010

bit by bit, putting it together...

Stephanie, our summer intern, started this week. She volunteered for us during Festival of Lights, and I guess she liked us so much that she just couldn't stay away! And who could blame her? Let me tell you: we are pretty cool. We can't help it.

On Tuesday, Stephanie's second day, we had one of our Fun Fourth Chairman's meetings. And even though this is my fourth(!!!) Fun Fourth, there's always a point during the preparations when I feel like Stephanie: all this new information is being thrown at me, and I'm trying to quickly process it and figure out how all these pieces will come together to create the Fun Fourth Festival.

Coordinating all the events that comprise Fun Fourth is a giant undertaking, and Grassroots depends on our wonderful, hardworking volunteer Chairmen/women to handle various elements of the Festival. The Chairman's meetings are when we get to hear about the work that everyone has been doing, and we start to get a sense of what the Festival will look like.

Here's a sampling of some of the things we talked about on Tuesday:
  • Reiterating for the millionth time that the Street Festival this year is on Saturday, July 3rd. We cannot say this enough: Fun Fourth. Street Festival. Saturday, July 3rd. We would shout it from the rooftops if we could.
  • We got a sneak peak of the Fun Fourth mascot for this year. Dolley is still evolving, but we can't wait to show her off.
  • As our fearless leader Betty Cone says, "stages are the backbone of any festival." We got an update on the various bands and entertainers who will be gracing our five stages this year, courtesy of our entertainment coordinator, Kathleen McGirty. As always, there's a wide variety of acts, so everybody's sure to find something worth listening to as they wander around the festival. The stage schedule will be online soon, so be sure to check it out!
  • Hey, Southern Living fans! There's going to be a piece on Fun Fourth in an upcoming issue of the magazine, so be sure to check that out!
  • The deadline for Craftscene and Vintage Village applications has been extended to June 1st - HINT HINT.
  • When asked to tell us about the Freedom Run, our always entertaining Freedom Run coordinator, Mebane Ham, began with this: "We're gonna have a run." Well, yes. But we do have some really exciting news for this year's run: we've partnered with a wonderful organization called Miles for Smiles, an athletic ride along for children with disabilities who would not normally be able to experience outdoor endurance events such as marathons, triathlons and other road races. For more information on how to participate, you can visit our website.
  • And finally, the most important decision we will make all year: who has good enough karma to control the weather for the fireworks on Sunday.
There were many other things we talked about, but we don't want to give everything away. It's mind-boggling to contemplate all the things that need to be dealt with between now and the Freedom Run on June 26th, and then all the other things that will get put together in the week between the Freedom Run and the Street Festival, but that's why we have these meetings. We deal with the messy details, so that you can come to our events and know that you're going to have a great time.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Express Yourself!

Uncle Sam wants YOU in the Independence Day Parade!

This year’s Independence Day Parade at the Fun Fourth Festival will start at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 3.

The Parade heralds a morning full of free fun as it winds through downtown Greensboro, beginning at Greene and Lindsay Streets, traveling south on Greene, east on Market, north on Church and ending at the Greensboro Children’s Museum.

Uncle Sam and the Guilford Courthouse Fife & Drum Corps will lead floats, clowns, beauty queens, community organizations, dance troupes, military personnel and more.

We want YOU (the community) in the Independence Day Parade!

Interested organizations, bands and individuals are encouraged to participate. Have a church tambourine band? Lawn mower drill teams? Bucket drumming marching sqaud? Girl Scout, Boy Scout, church youth groups and neighborhood organizations are all encouraged to march in the parade and show their patriotic spirit.

Prizes awarded for Most Patriotic and Best in Parade.

Everyone is welcome to march in the parade. There is no charge to participate but you need to submit an approved Parade Application available for download here.

Admission and parking free; no pets or coolers, please.

For pictures from the 2009 Independence Day Parade check out our flickr site.

For full information on the Parade and festival, visit