So I have a friend who is an amazing grower. He has a maple sugar bush and grows many strains of amazing Organic Garlic.
He called asking if I was going to be at the fest Sunday. I said nope. I would be catching up on house work, catching up on Kat Denning’s show (gosh that girl is awesome and gorgeous!) , and chilling as this week was going to be really crazy.
He was perplexed and I told him about the clique politics and how the organizers of the 1st Garlic fest in Cornwall had not only snubbed me personally, but the largest market in the community. As he’s been following CFN for years he totally got it.
With over half of Cornwall clicking at least once per month on CFN it’s weird to think why any group wouldn’t want that exposure? And we should not have to chase after them either. When someone snubs CFN they are not snubbing me personally; they’re snubbing our amazing viewers and I have no idea why someone would want to do that?
I had approached organizers months earlier when they appeared at council. Looking at their sponsor list explains a lot. You would think that anyone organizing an event owes it to sponsors and volunteers to do everything in their power to attract as many people as possible?
I, like many of you, wear multiple hats. Ironically they wanted assistance of the other organization that I support and I stayed back and supported those efforts even though I felt personally that our organization was being exploited. When you work in a group many times you have to let others lead and follow rather than prove a point.
Thus is life in a city that chooses to live as a small town.
And honestly I didn’t end up having to work on a Sunday and had a lovely day including a lovely afternoon glass of vino at my lovely neighbors who also hadn’t heard of the fest(and we live downtown). Over half of the people I spoke with leading up to Sunday hadn’t even heard of the fest; likewise for some dining event that went on or even more bizarrely the street fest that hit Pitt Street the week before which while amazing seeing action on Pitt Street on a Saturday, wasn’t really that full.
Human nature is a funny thing too. When I “trash” something or give it a bad review it garners more eyeballs than when I say it’s amazing. It’s almost like people should pay me to be mean about them? 🙂
So I when I encounter these thimble brains that put politics ahead of the community or their own events I simply tend to ignore them.
Sometimes ignorance truly is bliss.
The street fest proved that Cornwallites really do like a good party. It wasn’t the ridiculously over priced food trucks, mediocre entertainment, or closed shops that brought people to Pitt Street that Saturday.
It was a chance to commune with each other and that’s amazing. That gives me hope because I know that this town has more good people than bad and that one day maybe, the thimble heads will not be running events or being told what to do by some of the petty politicians and others that lead them by the nose.
I like to see the glass half full so I’m hoping that some of the seeds planted may take root, even accidently, but we’ve sadly seen events like Lift Off and Winterfest crash and burn because of the same petty politics that we have seen with the Street thingy and Garlic fest.
The recipe for success does not include that kind of stinking thinking.
And how was your weekend dear CFN viewers? You can post your comments below.