Every year that I host the Anancy Festival, I go home happy – heart full. I see parents in the audience enjoying the stories, and kids relaxing on the floor, listening intently to the readers. I see dads cradling babies, and moms guiding toddlers to their seats. Big kids who can’t wait to create are crowded around the craft table, making friends, and making art.
The event is ticketed, but free and open to the public. This year the event sold out three times. That’s right – three. I don’t have the heart to turn away kids and parents who want to hear stories, so I kept adding more tickets until I just couldn’t do it anymore. It was comfortable, but definitely at capacity.
There is so much love in that room every single year. It really is a family atmosphere. That family atmosphere starts with our volunteers. My husband is the one that makes sure that the tech, audio, and sets are right. He simultaneously works the projector, the sound, photos and videos when he can, and even helps performers get video on their devices.
This is my 16 year old son’s fourth year doing face painting, and my fourteen year old cousin’s second. The “Selfie Station” was run by my 10 and 11 year old, and their 10 year old cousin. They did a wonderful job helping guests choose props, take photos, download the app, and print out their pics.
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My cousin, and talented designer, Cherry of
My other cousin helped load in, arrange, and load out. He also kept us fed during the week of preparation right before the event.
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The staff at THEARC helped out a lot, and made sure that we had enough tables and chairs for everything that we had to do.
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