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Hussagram: Life after Future Fest

Hussagram: Life after Future Fest

If you’ve attended Future Fest, you probably have a sense of the hours and hours of work that go into preparing the space, planning activities, coordinating details (and backup details), and recruiting volunteers, bakers, partner organizations, artists, food vendors, and so much more. And then, come 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, it’s all over. Visitors head home, tents collapse and move indoors, and the core volunteers take a deep breath of appreciation for all that became possible because of our collective efforts, if only for just seven hours. In the weeks and months afterwards, we spend time putting stuff away, debriefing, writing thank you notes, and beginning to dream for next year. We also return to the work that takes no break for Future Fest: the farm, the service groups, the facility that needs our strategy and fundraising, and the general way of being in our beloved community with creativity and hopefulness.

If you missed this year’s Future Fest (or appreciated it so much you’re not finished yet!), here are a couple of ways you can continue to participate:

  • Check out our follow-up rummage sales on July 28 and August 4 from 8:00 a.m.-noon.
  • Donate online or by mail.

Thank you for supporting our work and let us know if you’d like to be involved next year!

Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.