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Renaissance Festival



By Kathy Compo

I can’t believe I am writing this, but we only have a few months to go before the open-ing day of the Renaissance Festival on August 19th! Some of you have already turned in some garlands—thank you! We are really going to need help from all of you as I’ve heard rumors that some of our regular garland-makers are taking a year off! Since we broke the all-time sales record last year, we have quite a challenge to make that hap-pen this year: we will need to sell over 2,500 garlands to do it! That means my goal is to have about 3,000 garlands in our inventory!
To help stimulate sales, I’ve created a Facebook page for our booth. I will be sharing it to other Renaissance pages and posting some photos of some our products to entice people to come visit us in the fall. If you are on Facebook, please “like” our page to help increase our reach. You can find us at https://www.facebook.com/GarlandBooth/ or search for Garlands and Gardens, Booth 103. 

In addition to needing lots of garlands, we also need lots of volunteers! Here is a list of the weekend themes:
August 19-20 Highland Fling
August 26-27 Once Upon a Time (Fairy Fest, Steampunk, Princess Parties)
September 2-3 International Bazaar (and Belly Dancers)
September 4 Labor Day Monday: Christmas in September
September 9-10 Wine, Chocolate & Romance
September 16-17 Pets & Pirates
September 23-24 Shamrocks & Shenanigans
September 29 Festival Friday and Ladies’ Shopping Day
September 30-October 1 Oktoberfest
Only a couple of these dates are already taken, so please email me at
kathycompo@yahoo.com or call me at 612-308-8211 if you are interested in working a date. Please consider volunteering for a day. 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. Remember that we now ask volunteers to only work until 4:00pm so that you are able to beat the traffic and get home by dinner time!

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.


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