Thursday, March 24, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Am so glad this weekend over, we never know just how we will be received being in such a large venue as the Valdosta Azalea Festival. It has been said that the attendance for the two day affair runs somewhere around 20,000 visitors, and so not knowing how people will react to our presence, it is always very stressful for me. Although I didn't really expect a public confrontation, I tend to expect them; but am always grateful when confrontation doesn't happen. We did sell a few buttons and gave away copies of our flyers, but the greatest moments were when people came up to us and thanked us for being in the community. People having moved into the area recently and had been looking for lgbt groups to become involved with.
Those who chose not to engage with us walked on by and others walked closer to actually see what we were about. The people who were involved making this happen like Joe, Sam, Kay all agree that being here at this local event was the best publicity for our bucks spent.
As it is the Azalea Festival, most of the bushes will be in full bloom by mid week.
Thanks to everyone who came by and sign up.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
2011 Azalea Festival
The Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival continues to grow and grow!For the 2011 Azalea Festival, March 12 and 13, 2011 in Drexel Park we will offer fabulous entertainment and activities for the entire family. ALL WITH NO ADMISSION COST!! We will have over 150 vendors with arts and crafts from all over the world, a huge KidZone with inflatable attractions, pony rides and a petting zoo, international food options, a K9 Frisbee chasing act, cloggers, live bands and so much more.
The Azalea Festival is created each year by a dedicated group of local volunteers who meet monthly to organize the details of the event. If you would like to participate on the committee, please contact the Festival Chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be sure to join us for the 11th annual Valdosta-Lowndes Azalea Festival March 12 and 13 in Drexel Park for an exciting event sure to be bigger and better than ever!
This is the cities biggest draw of the year, some 20,000 to 24,000 people over a two day period cities authorities say. This year our chapter of PFLAG has decided we need to get our message out to the good people of this area and I believe this should put best face forward. It is also quite racking and intimidating for me at least for the group. As there are over 150 vendors present, that also means that there is a strong number of other churches and civic groups present. Our point of being there is to bring the problems of bulling and discrimination out of the shadows and make an effort to create discussion. I hope we can maintain the discussion within the framework of 'civil rights' and not spiral into religious name calling. As always I expect the worse reactions from some people, but I will encourage our group members and those who sit with us to maintain our self control. I will encourage our members to greet those who pass our tent but only engage them if they come into our space and tell them our goals of Education, Support and Advocacy for those who ask.
If you are in the area please stop by our table we could sure use the moral support.