I’ve got the story at Asheville Grit. A snippet:
Three Asheville women with extensive community connections and experience planning and executing festvials are teaming up to create what they hope will be a new signature event for Asheville.
The festival dream team is: Kitty Love, who helped establish the Lexington Avenue Arts and Fun Festival; Jennifer Pickering, founder of LEAF in Black Mountain; and Franzi Charen, founder of the Asheville Grown buy local alliance.
“We’ve been dreaming on this for a little while. We really want tocreate something that is sustainable and resilient and long-lasting,” Pickering said. “We’re trying to develop something that becomes another signature event.”
This really is a group of sharp folks. Very eager to see what they can put together and I will be eager to attend and/or participate.
Sounds great. Please pay the entertainment properly. Hire only the number of acts you can afford. Don’t ask the city (taxpayers) to fund it.
Sound advice all around. Not even in a lefty or righty political way. Just simple sound advice. I’ve heard that musicians who can pay bills/rent for offering a clearly valuable local service make an event sustainable, resilient and long lasting.