Monday, March 8, 2010

Field trip!!

When you were a kid (and if you ARE a kid, you'll know exactly what I mean when I ask), didn't you just LOVE field trips? Going to a new place, checking out cool stuff, singing and talking on the bus?

Well, I sure did. And that's part of why I'm so psyched about Wednesday. That's the day that a colleague of mine from the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) and I are headed off to Wingdale to go to Westchester Modular Homes.

Why are we going there, you ask? Well, if there is one, there are 1,000 things we have to put in place in order to make sure that an event as big as the Hudson Valley 40th Anniversary Earth Day Celebration is all stocked up and ready for you when you show up on April 24th and 25th. A lot -- as in A LOT-- of tiny (and some not so tiny) details must be attended to.

For instance, for our Makers Square and Swappapalooza, we have to locate vast quantities of textiles, building materials, glue guns, glitter and so forth, and then find a way to procure them.

WHY are you telling us this, and how do we get all those things, you ask? We ask--that is, we solicit sponsors to donate stuff. When we're lucky -- and we're oh so lucky now -- generous companies and organizations give us the wherewithall or the materials. In this case, with the expert help of the CCEDC, one firm -- Westchester Modular, our field trip destination -- and one not-for-profit -- the Hudson Valley Materials Exchange -- are providing the bulk of what we need, so that you and yours can come and make amazing creations and take them home. (see my post from a few days back about our Makers Square...).

I'm excited! They are going to let us pick out all sorts of cool odds and ends (and I think more than odds and ends...real, quality materials). And then, bless their roofing and hammers, they're going to help make sure these resources arrive well in time to be sorted, stored and put out for the 10 a.m. start to the Earth Day Celebration. We thank Westchester Modular (and the HV Materials Exchange -- more on them in another post further down the line...) for stepping up and stepping in to give us the goods that will make your making really fun and special!


Can't wait...

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