It has been awhile since I have had the time to sit down and write a blog post! Now that everything has settled down from our Eastbridge Arts Festival at the Mount, I’ve had time to sit down and write out some thoughts. I’ve had some experience with event planning from the previous positions I’ve held, but this was the first time that I really took part of the ownership in the production of this festival. The days and weeks leading up to Eastbridge were very busy and fast-paced, but I learned some very valuable lessons during those crazy times:
- I am so very thankful to work alongside some of the most kind and helpful individuals. Putting on this event was a HUGE task that required multiple people from different departments to come together. Each person was able to contribute their area of expertise and I was grateful that I was able to get to know my coworkers better. There was not one time that I asked for help and I was turned down. Everyone involved was quick to come to each other’s aid and that was an awesome thing to witness. I am also thankful for our volunteers this year! All of your were amazing!
- The Sisters were EXTREMELY appreciative of everything that was done to put this festival on and they were happy to see new faces out here. During the event, Sister Rita and Bonnie Marks were driving golf carts and shuttling the Sisters in the Villa around so that they could mingle with the visitors and see what was for sale. You should have seen their faces—I’ve never seen Sister Marie Bosco Wathen look so happy. The Monday following Eastbridge, I had tons of Sisters approach me to say “thank you” for all the hard work that was put in. It is nice to work at a place where your efforts do not go unacknowledged.
- There are things in life that you just can’t control—the weather is one of those things. I’m going to be honest and say that I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed that the rain washed out the first day of the festival. Sunday was a better day, but it was still cloudy and a little chilly. I wanted Eastbridge to be a huge success so bad for both our vendors and the Sisters. The bright side was that most of the customers and the vendors walked off our grounds with a smile still on their faces. The vendors and artists were able to sell a good amount of items and the customers were able to experience the hospitality of the Sisters. We kept getting compliments of how beautiful our campus is! I agree with that statement and I would like for more people to witness the beauty of the Mount.
No matter what the outcome was of the Eastbridge Arts Festival of the Mount, I was extremely proud to be part of the event and was honored to put on the festival on behalf of the Sisters. They deserve so much recognition and I would like for more people to know about them and the good works that they have accomplished!