Volunteer with Modo: 40 Years of Folk Fest
Guest Post: Peace, Love & Understanding #I❤️VanFolkFest
by Elinor Warkentin
This spring I was asked to head the Decorating Committee for the Folk Festival for their 40th year. I’m a long time volunteer at the Festival (25+/- years) and a supporter/donor. I also love being creative. I was given two basic missions: add some splash and colour to the site and find strategic places to put up decorations.
We started with ideas, were motivated by our love of the Folk Festival, prioritized sustainability and working together, and voila: a perfect storm of sustainability, creativity, art, and music, all coming together for the Vancouver Folk Music Festival this weekend! So much to bliss out about!
My budget wasn’t specified, but I aimed for close to zero. Creativity is free – for materials and transport, I turned to two favourite local non-profits of mine: Our Social Fabric and Modo. I’ve been donating my client’s fabric and sewing clutter to Our Social Fabric since they started a few years ago. I share their goal of keeping fabric out of landfill, plus walking into their centre is like walking into an art gallery. Having scored fabric, I knew I needed to transport our supplies to work parties and to the site for the Festival weekend. Modo made it easy. Modo has been providing me with wheels since I joined in 2002, mostly for my business [Elinor runs the professional organizer service Goodbye Clutter]. I know Modo to support community groups, the arts, sustainability and am an engaged advocate for carsharing ever since I joined.
By Festival weekend, we had banners, mobiles and fabric all ready to display. I loved our message banners best!
These two messages only partially encapsulate the essence of the atmosphere at the Folk Music Festival, my favourite Vancouver summer festival. There’s no bliss like the bliss of being outdoors at incredible Jericho Beach Park, under the sun or trees, listening/dancing/moving to music from around the world. I love it and get a natural high when I’m there, my endorphins are probably still wafting above the waves and into the Jericho skies.
It was such a pleasure to be a part of this weekend’s circle, bringing community based non-profits together in a small way but the harmony of the circle, the shared values, it all adds up. It’s now the morning after. Quiet compared to the past weekend. I crave music and sunshine, addicted to the bliss of the weekend. I’m tired but happy. Remembering all the perfect moments, and grateful to be a part of this very special homegrown community event, where people and organizations come together. Thanks Modo for helping me help the Folk Fest!
Apparently lots of people were seen taking photos in front of the pink banners. If you see a photo on social media, please tweet it to @modo_carcoop and @goodbyeclutter !