Many times those of us attending these special events don’t realize the work that happens behind the scenes to make the day or week an enjoyable one for all involved.
Planning for many of the larger festivals begins shortly after the conclusion of the summer, as plans are made for the next summer. These events are not thrown together the night before. They can’t be.
There are many volunteers behind the scenes who donate their valuable personal time — which can become limited between work and family commitments — to making a festival or community day go off without a hitch (or to at least look that way).
Each group that undertakes organizing a community event has to take into consideration such things as food, entertainment, parking, coordinating volunteers, special permits, promotion, prizes, donations, etcetera.
So this summer as you partake in celebrations such as the Fogo Island Punt Festival, Change Islands Garden Party, Herring Neck Dory Races, Mussel Bed Soiree, Fish, Fun and Folk Festival or any other community day, look around at what it took to make it possible for people to gather together in a fun atmosphere and thank a volunteer or two — that’s if you can catch them in between running around making sure things are running smoothly and that everyone is enjoying themselves.
— Karen Wells