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Save the date: May 16-18, 2014!
New for 2014
Such a kind form of communication and celebration. We are planning a drumming circle experience to include professional facilitation and
invite any and every one from the community to join in. No experience necessary, all ages and talent levels invited. We love this concept because the participants make up the music as they go along, using their listening and playing skills to make musical connections and express themselves any way they like. Participation is voluntary, impromptu and often includes drumming, singing or chanting, dancing and listening.
The Health and Science of Kindness
How local stores raise money
Even if you don't have any budget to sponsor Be Kind Fest, we can help you raise enough money to be an important part of this amazing community event!
Let your customers feel good about themselves for just a donation of $1, $3 or $5 at the register, and depending on how busy your store is, you could raise hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
Don't want to pressure people for money? We don't blame you! The fact is, many people feel good about themselves when they make a little donation. Experience indicates that when nicely asked, about 50% of people say yes, and as proof they don’t feel pressured, so many people give $3 or $5, that the average donation is well over $2.00!
We provide beautiful color cards to put customer names on and display (if you're store wants to do that), we provide signs to display at the register to help promote and to explain what the program is, and we provide suggested scripts for you to use at the register to make it easy to ask. We will even provide business card-sized flyers with our web site and event dates, so you don't have to get involved in
lots of questions about it, unless you want to!
Logistics - we'll help you figure it out if you like, but some store create a bar code for the $1, $3 and $5 donations to keep at each register, so its even easier to process. This makes adding it easier to add to the customer bill and to keep track of donations. Other stores only take cash and keep a separate drop bag, it is all up to you!
A glance back at Be Kind Fest 2013
The Dean Machine to Open Free Concert
This rugged power trio plays a wide variety of covers from blues standards by Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimmy Hendrix, to 70's and 80's dance hits from AC/DC, Tommy Tutone, and ZZ Top. Their eclectic playlist allows them to entertain a diverse crowd, and comfortably play rooms large and small.
The Dean Machine is a regular around the valley, seen at The Red Parka Pub and Steakhouse, McGrath's Tavern, The Wolverine, Hillbillies, The Cave, and other entertainment hot spots.
Motor Booty Affair FREE Concert Schouler Park
Get ready to boogie - finish the perfect Be Kind Fest Saturday with a FREE concert! Thanks to MWMV and Magic 104, you can "Put on Your Boogie Shoes", "Celebrate" and Dance the Night Away" with the ultimate disco cover band! Saturday night, on the big stage in Schouler Park, right after The Dean Machine.
Kindness at Kennett High School
Thanks to Settler's Green Outlet Village, MWV Kiwanis and Old Navy for sponsoring Michael Chase to speak at Kennet this year! Watch the video or support the effort here. Michael (The Kindness Guy) spoke in 2010 at three separate presentations to all our local students, grades 8-12. Michael returned to Kennett in April, 2013 to present to all our local 9th -12th graders.
Festival at a Glance
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE! Hoever, the Festival is supported in part by the sale of wrist bands for only $10 each, available in advance or at the event while supplies last, getting you discounts at area shops and restaurants for showing your support. The weekend begins Friday evening with a free keynote lecture (for adults and mature youths, maybe 12 years and up) by returning best selling author and speaker Michael J. Chase, founder of The Kindness Center. Michael has a brand new book out this year to share as well! After the lecture at Kennett's Loynd Auditorium, we'll gather under The Kindness Tent in Schouler Park for Good Vibes Coffee and hugs and enjoy the Candlelit Labyrinth sponsored by I am Grateful to You.
Saturday morning, gather in N. Conway Village for inspiration and collect the tools of the kindness trade before fanning out to the community to commit all sorts of kindness on unsuspecting strangers. So don’t be surprised if a stranger hands you a smiley face balloon, pumps your gas or pays for your coffee while you’re standing in line.
Participants will come back with amazing stories as the result of the simplest acts. We’ll gather at noon under the tent to hear some of the morning’s stories. Flatbread Co. pizza and Kennett High Culinary Team veggie wraps will be available for donations. Throughout the day, the labyrinth will be open, and we'll enjoy free massages, free blood pressure screenings by the visiting nurses, a 50 foot canvas of kind art, free crafts for the kids with The Artery, hugs from the White Mountain Community Health Center Teen Clinic, and more kind fun in the park. At 11am Saturday, join a free, special presentation about life in the alpine zone - created just for this festival, at MW Observatory Weather Discovery Center.
From 10am-2pm, there will be many events going on in the park from adoptable animals, to music, to yoga - please see the full event schedule. Also from 10am - 2pm Saturday, the White Mountain Waldorf School is running their amazing annual May Faire event next door at the N. Conway Community Center!
Saturday afternoon, enjoy a very fun and motivational presentation by Nancy Sporborg & Pat Piper, authors of "It's Not About the Hike".
Saturday evening will begin with an inter-faith service and a Butterfly Release as a service of our local hospice nurses. Saturday evening will close with a live concert in the park featuring Motor Booty Affair sponsored by Mount Washington Radio Group.
Sunday Morning, join Herbalist Heather Chase on an educational and really interesting walk from The Local Grocer, into the woods and fields to identiy edible and healing plants we can find everyday. Then, it's off to Cranmore Mountain Resort for a FREE fun day on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line from 10am-4pm! More arts events happening every day in Jackson at the Jackson Art Studio and Gallery - see their poster for details.
Thank you to our Flagship Sponsor!
A fundraiser support Visiting Nurse, Home Care & Hospice of Carroll County and Evergreen Institute for Wellness!
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