In my last post I talked about being "too busy." Besides running a B&B, we have a few other activities that keep us occupied. The most recent event we helped with was the Port Wing Plein Air Painting Festival. About twenty-eight artists came to Port Wing to paint area scenes outside--en plein air--and it culminates with a judging and then a public exhibit of all their entries in the Town Hall on Saturday afternoon. Our contribution to this event was supplying the opening morning registration day with two pans of pecan caramel rolls, and setting up and managing the food table at the exhibit on Saturday.
Here are some photos of this year's Festival. First, a few of the artists out painting...
And a few from the exhibit...some with ribbons!
So here's the dilemma. Each of the major town events requires people--people to do the baking or cooking of all kinds and people to work MANY hours for events to come off successfully. And in a small town, there aren't THAT many people. And many of those people who have been volunteering and holding things together for many years aren't as young as they used to be!
Then you start thinking of alternatives. Wouldn't it be just as easy to make a $20 donation to whatever group rather than making two pies, or a salad, or bars, or working all day at an event? I know I've thought that many times for fundraisers my daughters did for school or Girl Scouts or...you name it! Keep the Christmas wrap, magazines, candy bars, and let me just donate! But in the case of events in small towns, just paying my way like that does nothing for community. All of these events bring lots of other people into town and carry on some long-standing Port Wing traditions.
So, we'll gear ourselves up for these last big summer events. The pickled beets are ready for the museum Harvest Dinner, we'll plan what pies we'll make for the church stand at the Fall Festival, and at the same time remember to hold on to and savor these last weeks of summer, 2015!