We are super excited that we have been able to locate all of the spaces we need for the festival. This week we are putting down deposits and rent on three of them. We also have been able to program most of these spaces with some awesome projects and businesses including: Enoch's Donuts, JC Steinbrunner's The Salon Series, A weekend edition of Quimby's Queer Store and Dusty Groove Records, the Parasite Bookstore, Mike's Flea Market, and the Asia Research House.
Also in progress is the first issue of Mash Tun: A Craft Beer Journal. The Mash Tun is a paean to craft beer. It follows the pleasures and aesthetics of craft beer and how it intersects with food, culture, and society. Our buds at Plural design are making this happen and we expect it to kick some ass.
Lion vs Gorilla, an art duo are planning Bridgeport Day, a new annual holiday for the Neighborhood. Here's their description of it: "Bridgeport Day is a celebration of the diverse communities that make up the neighborhood, and it includes a parade and a block party. For The Bridgeport Day Parade, community members will come together to make floats, decorate bikes, and create kites, and local school bands will be invited to march and play. Area businesses will be encouraged to join the parade, as will other cultural, religious, and non-profit organizations. At the end of the parade, the Bridgeport Day Block Party will begin. There will be a cook-off, games for children and families, art installations, a charity fundraiser, and dance and musical performances. It will be a fun, relaxed day where neighbors can meet, talk, mingle, and celebrate the neighborhood."
We booked a Petting zoo, too.
We are also working furiously on SMALL. The Showroom is really a huge project for us and it has been a tough slog to identify and get local manufacturers to participate. We wanted to feature 150 different makers, so we have our work cut out for us. Right now we have about 75 members. We are consulting with long time Version partner and problem solver Mike Slattery and The Rebuilding Exchange for ideas on how to create the department store interior using recycled materials.
We have about a week or so to figure out the programming and create a printed and website program and guide to the festival. We'll keep you updated with our progress and new developments soon.