Our Town holds a Fall Festival every September. I have attended, nearly every year of my life. (Dedication, as I mostly lived out of town.) The Kid refers to Harvest Days as The Greatest Weekend on Earth.
Harvest Days is not organized by a board hired and paid well for their MANY hours. The organizers of Harvest Days, devote their time, simply to bring a smile to my children's faces. If that were the only scale to judge their performance... job VERY well done.
Unfortunately, this festival, this town and this country are slowly dying. Festivals HAVE to make money to continue. Town's HAVE to earn money to survive. Both, are starting to fail, like the country around us.
Monday evening, the President of our Harvest Days committee took a progressive idea to the Town Board meeting, in an attempt to bring new life to our festival. An idea which has been proven extremely effective in many towns in our state.
Frankly SOMETHING has to be done to help our community. Did I attend the meeting in support of my friend and the festival committee?? No. We had an awful weekend, I was exhausted, I have children etc.. I had legitimate excuses.
Bottom line?? I was wrong and lazy.
Honestly, I am OVER meetings. I am completely frustrated by members of our town. To read a history of this blog: I have spent 3 years actively exhausting myself and my efforts. I have planned large scale Relay events, to low attendance. I have encouraged and promoted beautification projects, I have attended countless planning meetings for events, athletic fundraisers, new festivals, fresh ideas yada. And repeatedly, I have witnessed The Commish, Sara H, Jerry B and more, be dismissed by older generations uncomfortable with change.
(To clarify, there is a 'retired clan' whom are faithful volunteers to this community and awesome little yogis, which we are grateful for!!)
But there are countless others, unwilling to compromise. I am personally tired. Monday, I did not want to waste my time because I knew the idea would be denied.
Again, that was wrong of me.
I do not deny the older members of this town, faithfully built a community which I adore. Our Pleasantville, enraptured me years ago. Still.. eventually, one generation must hand their town to the younger community members. And if we want Our Town to remain special, we must be willing to accept the burden/privilege. The Thirty Somethings need to involve themselves. WE are the parents of the young children, which will attend the schools, which are currently in jeopardy. WE are the new business owners. WE are the new homeowners... with mortgages. OUR new families need a school, a grocery store, even a pizza joint. The Thirty Somethings can not stay home because we just don't 'feel' like saving our dying town tonight.
This is what I propose:
If you would like our Festival to survive.
If you would like our street to look more...
(Festival Rockford, IL)
Others are requesting calls to your Mayor's home... except honestly, does he really HAVE to tell anyone he received a phone call??
I would like you to copy/paste and print the following form letter. Simply sign your name. You are welcome to add your flair. (one copy for you and one for your spouse... because you are BOTH voters.) Then, mail the letter to the town hall. Specifically to your Chief of Police or the secretary. They will not deny the existence of a printed/stamped and mailed letter from a crowd of voters.
Dwight Village Hall
209 S Prairie Ave
To Mayor Wilkey,
The Dwight Village Board
and whomever else this may concern:
I am writing to request you reconsider the idea presented to you by Jerry Beier and the Harvest Days committee members. I would like for you to work with the committee to find a thoughtful compromise to their suggestion, which will benefit everyone involved. Ensuring the safety and the prosperity of Harvest Days. I believe, our fall festival needs fresh and progressive ideas to keep our town relevant.
Admittedly, our town is slowly entering financial crisis. We need to encourage new or unique ideas, to increase our exposure and desire to remain a strong and prosperous community.
Furthermore, it is my feeling as a voter, Mayor Wilkey and The Dwight Board need to make a more conscience effort to consider the suggestions, which have/are being presented by younger members of our town. Not only are they the future of Dwight but they are personally invested in the future successes of our schools and businesses.
Please honor their efforts, with respect and careful consideration.
I would like this letter, to be shown to the Mayor and the Board, as a written declaration of my support for Jerry Beier and The Harvest Days Committee.
Address: 222nd Floor
Phone Number: 888-8888
Again, easily click print and sign your name. Or add personal touches. There is meeting early next week, please mail your letters soon. If you are a parent or a homeowner, it is irresponsible not to be involved.
"Nobody made a greater mistake, than he who did nothing because he could only do a little." ~Edmund Burke
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world and you impoverish yourself, if you forget.”
-Pres. Woodrow Wilson