SO EXCITED that I was invited to be part of Project ACORN this year!
Project ACORN—an acronym for Art, Community, Originality, Rhythm, and Nature—evolved from the diversity and spirit of the Ferdinand Folk Festival as a means to continue planting new ideas and cultivating growth in the community. Several all-volunteer citizens wanted to foster accessible, year-round opportunities for all ages to experience fun and educational art, music, and environmental/wellness events. Following some lively brainstorming sessions and community conversations, in the summer of 2016, the committee launched the first season of classes, hikes, workshops, concerts, children’s theatre, films, and field trips. The annual four-season series—fifteen events per season (only this autumn season, patrons get a holiday bonus!)—are presented by area volunteer teachers, artisans, musicians, chefs, naturalists, historians, and enthusiasts of all kinds. In the first five seasons, 75 events have brought hundreds of people together—developing new friendships, learning together, networking, expanding upon positive ideas for the community and beyond.