THE PARADE COMETH
by Kirby Lindsay
The Fremont Arts Council (FAC) Solstice Parade won’t take to the streets of this fair community until Saturday, June 19, 2010, at Noon - during the Fremont Fair. This might be why the agenda for the February FAC committee of the whole (COW) meeting appeared crowded with numerous items in addition to the parade – and why nearly all items touched on parade preparation in one way or another.
The Fools & Monsters Rummage Sale Coming Soon
At the top of the meeting, during announcements, attendees warmly received the news that Sonia Telesco has volunteered, once again, to organize an FAC rummage sale. She has scheduled the sale for the weekend of Easter – April 3 & 4.
The sale raises some funds for the parade, but it also, significantly, builds community and parade awareness. People clear out garages, attics, workshops and studios feeling good about donating to a worthy cause (donations can be brought to the next COW meeting on March 9 at 7:10p but no computers or televisions, please!) Before each sale, FAC volunteers gather for a lively ‘pricing party’ where they gab, gawk and, along the way, set prices. During the sale, volunteers can chat and bond – and get to know neighbors who use the sale as an excuse to stop by.
Particularly About the Parade
The January parade retreat has, historically, led to much discussion during the February meeting about the parade – which remains on the minds of retreat-ers. However, this year, the retreat was postponed, at the last moment, until February 28.
Yet, fertile FAC minds still started simmering. Christie Wolf has begun planning a ‘Rube Goldberg Float’, that will incorporate a lot of little, complicated ‘machines’ (costumed performers) to, basically, do nothing but cooperate. Kate Freeman and Mylinda Sneed want to create an ensemble around a ‘Renaissance Faire’ theme – with a gondola, waltz music and engaging parade watchers in the dance. Meeting facilitator Gyan Davies invited others with parade ideas to attend the March COW – and to sign-up for float bases before they get otherwise claimed.
The agenda item ‘Festival of Lights’ concerned the possibility of an as-yet undefined spring fundraiser. This discussion roamed broadly, as ideas bubbled up among meeting attendees. Here Davies really shone, as she kept the group tethered to reality with occasional requests for a leader to realize some of the great visions that were being imagined.
Discussion did reveal less vital need for a fundraiser and more for creating awareness and enthusiasm around parade building workshops to be held in May. Tables, set up during First Friday Art Walk, at which passer-by can engage in making lanterns, kites or other art, sounded very promising.
The actual ‘Parade 2010’ agenda item started with Folklife Festival. In the past Davies ran a FAC activity booth in the Folklife family area. Festival organizers provide flooring, electricity, tables, water, badges and food for volunteers. FAC volunteers need to come up with, and oversee, an activity. For someone with a float or ensemble, the activity can result in cheap yet enthusiastic labor as kids glue tissue paper flowers, paint hand cut-outs, or string beads. No one stepped forward to take this on at the meeting, but hope remained that as word spread and parade ideas blossomed, an organizer would grab this opportunity.
For those who want to help build a parade – or see it happen up close and personal – all are welcome to join the next committee of the whole on March 9, at 7:10 p.m., at The Powerhouse (3940 Fremont Avenue North).
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