Feedback from our Preparedness fair last July was excellent but with plenty of room for improvement.
On breadth of content, we received high marks. But because there was so much going on, a lot of folks struggled to get involved in all the activities they wanted to, even with repetition over two days. Things were tightly scheduled, so people were rushed getting from one venue to the next. This resulted in the most consistent piece of feedback, the desire to have more focus and depth at the expense of variety of topics. Incidentally, the fair happened to fall on the hottest day of 2010.
In response to experience and feedback, this year we will have two one-day events, one in the Spring and one in the fall to correspond with planting and harvest seasons. That should assure comfortable temperatures and it leaves room on the calendar for the Village’s traditional Independence Day celebration. The name is being changed from Fair to Workshop to reflect the increased focus on fewer activities, but by having two events this year we can compensate for fewer varieties at each workshop.
I am especially thankful that this year, the burden of coordinating, setting up and preparing for the Fair won’t fall on me. Last year, I spent three full months getting ready. This year, coordination and most of the planning is being handled by our newest Villager with the help of the Provident Living meetup group out of Nashville. If you plan to come, please register with the Provident Living meetup group at http://www.meetup.com/providentliving/ Make sure you RSVP and add a comment if you plan to camp on Friday night.
That should be enough background on the main changes. So, here’s what to expect for our Spring Preparedness Workshop.
To see info about last year’s July Preparedness Fair, click