Editor of the Reformer:
From the Board of Write Action, THANK YOU to all of you who helped and/or participated in WA collaborative events or just came to listen during this year’s Literary Festival.
It was a huge success from the quality of readings to audience attendance to book sales at the table in the River Garden and wonderful food at the Cafe appreciatively consumed.
It was great collaborating with Jerry and Jeanne at Brooks Memorial Library on the T P James event and with Michel Moyse and the folks at the Center for Digital Art on Words and Video. The Haiku/Contemplative Poetry Workshop which was to occur during the festival was canceled but will be offered again in the near future. If you are interested in taking this workshop, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to the donations of food for our Literary Festival Cafe in the River Garden from many area businesses, this was one of our most successful cafe fundraisers yet. Thanks go out to:
Anon’s Thai Cuisine, Amy’s Bakery Arts Cafe, Brattleboro Co-Op, Cai’s Dim Sim Teahouse, Cortland Hill Orchards, Dutton Farmstand, Grafton Cheese, Green Mountain Orchard, Guilford Country Store, Hannaford’s, Mocha Joe’s Coffee Roasters, North End Butchers, Paradise Farm, Price Chopper, Scott Farm, Tulip Cafe, The Works. And a special Thank You to those members who baked for us!
Charlene Wakefield, Mary Mathias,
Arlene Distler, Toni Ortner, Andy Burrows, Molly Melloan and ex-officio members Jacqueline Gens, Rolf Parker-Houghton, Eric Blomquist, and Tom Ragle
The Write Action Board
Brattleboro, Oct. 11 ***
Editor of the Reformer:
On October 5, Brattleboro hosted the fifth annual Buddy Walk, an event created by the National Down Syndrome Society to help raise awareness and promote inclusion for individuals who have Down syndrome and other abilities. In addition, proceeds from this year’s event went to support the opening of an inclusive community center in Brattleboro. With nearly 250 individual participants and close to $3,000 dollars raised for the center, this event was very successful. However, this success could not have been possible without the help and support of a number of people and organizations. On behalf of all the families, friends and individuals of all abilities I would like to thank the many community partners for helping make this event a great success.
First, thank you to all our corporate sponsors who made contributions to this event. In addition to the continued support of HCRS as our lead sponsor we were fortunate to have the support of VT Developmental Disabilities Council, Iris Lines, LiptonMart, Vermont Country Deli, The Works, Price Chopper, Brattleboro Reformer, WTSA, WKVT, The Monadnock Radio Group, Green Mountain Orchards, The Elks, Baystate Health Ambulance, CU Bounce and Snow and Sons Landscaping. We are fortunate to live in a community that can count on the support of local businesses to help address important issues like inclusion for individuals with developmental disabilities.
Thank you to Mount Snow, Stratton Mountain, The Marina Restaurant, Vermont Festivals, Latchis Theater, Amy’s Bakery, the Brattleboro Food Co-op, and Curves for their generous contributions toward our raffle prizes.
Thank you to our all of our volunteers for giving their time to make this a successful event. In addition to Darcy and Emily Whitworth, Matti Salminen, Pieter Vancourt, Evan Cross, Nancy Johnston, Tim Todd, Steve Oberski, Steve Dutton, Maria, the White-Diamondstone Familiy and others for their time as volunteers, I would especially like to thank Carl Anderson, Chris Sawyer and the BUHS freshman football team for giving their time to support this event. Their participation was an inspiration to everyone present and our appreciation for their commitment could not be overstated. As every event organizer knows, without their dedication and sacrifice this event would not have been possible. Thank you to Marisa Duncan Holley for her inspiration words as our keynote speaker.
Thank you to our participating vendors including Special Connections, The Boys and Girls Club, Metlife, VT Special Olympics, Theater Adventure Program and Reece’s Rainbow, VT Family Network, and VT Developmental Disabilities Council for their leadership in promoting inclusion in our community.
Finally, thank you to our participants including all of our self-advocates for their presence and personal support. You inspire us each and every day. Together and as a community we will continue to raise awareness and promote inclusion for people of all abilities and will move forward to do even more for our community.
For a look at the results of the event please go to www.BrattleboroBuddyWalk.org.
Brattleboro Buddy Walk Coordinator
Brattleboro, Oct. 8