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Renaissance Festival



By Kathy Compo

If you can still move your frozen fingers, please use them to MAKE GARLANDS!

Last year, we just didn’t have enough garlands. We made it through because we had twice as many rain days as usual and that impacted attendance. This year, I think, will be back to high attendance (I just don’t think we’ll get so many rain days) and that means we will need lots of garlands again. We especially need floral garlands—those are the ones that really make the difference.

Ann and I are happy to help your club with garland-making workshops or to help teach new members to make garlands. Remember, you get $2 per garland, and your club can make them or you can make them on your own for some extra cash.

The new shorter shift for volunteers at the booth is working very well. Booth workers can leave by 4:00 pm (rather than staying until the end of the Festival at 7 pm) and are able to avoid the worst of the traffic jams exiting the grounds. Please consider volunteering for a day—we need you! 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. And don’t forget that you can get out of the booth to shop or see shows, too! 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 her before you go—she is locking the garage now as they had a break-in). Ann Albrecht has ribbon supplies (and some floral) with her.

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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