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Renaissance Festival



By Kathy Compo

You know my only message right now is: MAKE GARLANDS! MAKE GARLANDS, PLEASE!

Right now, we only have about 100 garlands turned in. We need at least 1,500 gar-lands to make it through the seven weeks of the Festival.

For those of you who have made garlands in the past, please make some this year. If you have never made garlands, please consider it. I am the ribbon garland expert and Ann is the floral garland expert and we are both available to meet with you or your club to show you our “tips and tricks” to make garland-making easier. It’s a great way to help FGCM or your club (or you) since you earn $2 per garland.

If you have never worked at the garland booth, make this the year you do! You get into the Festival for free (of course) since you are working the Festival, and you have ample opportunity to get out and enjoy the shows or sample the food. There is a new week-end theme this year, honoring us Scandinavians: Bold North Adventure. Go, Vikings!

The new shorter shift for volunteers at the booth is working very well. Booth workers can leave by 4:00pm (rather than staying until the end of the Festival at 7pm) and are able to avoid the worst of the traffic jams exiting the grounds. Those who are worried about their stamina can sit at the counter and be our cashier and there are chairs in the back room for relaxing and taking a break. You can sign up with your club, your friends or your family. Please contact Kathy.

For garland-makers, there are some floral supplies at the home of Darcy Smith in Richfield (please call before you go—she is locking the garage now as they had a break-in).

Here are contact numbers for you:

  • Kathy Compo (763-535-1817)—for volunteering at the booth, general questions
  • Ann Albrecht (651-699-8832)—ribbons and cord for fairy garlands; some floral materials
  • Darcy Smith (612-803-3176)—for dried flowers, wires, floral tape, etc.

If you have any questions about garlands or to turn in completed garlands, please call Ann Albrecht at 651-699-8832 or email her at ann@zuhause.org. Call me, Kathy Compo, at 763-535-1817 or email me at kathycompo@yahoo.com for volunteering or all other information.

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