On Sunday, September 28th at the Troy Howard Middle School over 150 upbeat people were on hand for the first Belfast Creative Coalition Inspire-a-thon. What a joyous and entertaining event that couldn’t be done without the skilled directing of Keith McKenzie and the remarkable spontaneity of Co-hosts Chris Quimby and John Burstein, not to mention the total technical logistics and expertise of Ned Lightner and Jay Rosenberg and stage management from Judi Erickson and Alice Seeger. From the body-knotting yoga of Sara Brand-New, to the knock-your-socks off piano solos of Joshua Chun and Jacob Callas, from the touching poetry of Josh Kauppila, Toussaint St. Negritude and Kathryn Robyn to the energizing, toe-tapping, dance-inspiring music of the Belfast Bay Fiddlers, and from the educational fencing demonstration to swing dancing, this was truly a Home-Grown, Old-Timey Telethon, and a successful one at that!
The intent of the Inspire-a-thon was to promote the Belfast Creative Coalition, their mission of cultivating Arts and Culture in the greater Belfast and Waldo County areas, to give an opportunity to a wide variety of talented people from 4 year old tap dancers to ?4 year old singers and musicians. This is the richness and wealth of Waldo County. This is the beauty and the creativity that surrounds us. This is the reason the Belfast Creative Coalition exists, to market and promote this life-affirming and vibrant sector of our creative economy.
In case you couldn’t be there in person, or watch it live on BCTV-2, or on the Village Soup internet site, there is still an opportunity to catch the Inspire-a-thon thanks to today’s technology and Ned Lightner. The video will be rebroadcast on BCTV-2 on Saturday, October 4, at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 5, at 6:00 pm, also October 7th at 7pm and October 11th and 12th at 12pm. Additionally, you can watch it online at: https://vimeo.com/107577401
This event took over 60 volunteers for the planning, technical production, performances, animal exhibits, art table, administration, marketing and behind the scenes. This effort cannot be underestimated or over-appreciated. BCC extends its deepest gratitude to everyone who gave of their time, talent, expertise and energy to produce a successful Inspire-a-thon. These folks are all incredibly inspiring!
Inspire-a-thon would not have been possible without the generosity of our sponsors and business partners: Troy Howard Middle School, Courier Publications, BCTV-2, Unity Foundation, Camden National Bank, Seeger Solutions Photography, and Chris Quimby’s I-Cracked Mobile Repair Service. Thank you also to Fair Haven Camps for bringing their horses, to Zane Bielenberg for exhibiting his glorious variety of chickens, and to Stone Fox Creamery for bringing their mobile ice cream truck on a gorgeous September afternoon.
Since BCC’s membership drive began in early September, 90 members have joined to start the ball rolling. We raised $4350 before and during the telethon, but would like to reach our goal of $6000. Our membership drive and fundraising efforts continue through the October 31st including the Columbus weekend event Cultivate: Belfast Area Farm and Arts Tour that will feature over 70 sites throughout Waldo County. Joining or contributing is still open and easy to do. Visit www.belfastcreativecoalition.org and click on “donate” or on the “About” drop down menu, click on Membership. You can also call 207-323-8692. Your support of BCC keeps the arts and culture within the 26 communities of Waldo County thriving.
As an added bonus, those who donate over $100 between October 1 and October 31th will be entered into a drawing on November 4th to win David Hurley’s original painting, now posted on the BCC website. David painted this in less than 4 hours at the Inspire-a-thon and donated it as an incentive to help BCC’s fundraising effort. Be Inspired! Please, become a member or donate today.
Elaine Bielenberg, Inspire-a-thon Coordinator
Kimberly Callas, BCC Executive Director