Give to Receive

January 2014

Charitable donations aren't just good for the community, they can also be good for your business. Read the article below to learn how.

This month, we also have a special side note from us here at FestivalNet, personally. We recognize that bees play a very important part in our environment, and are currently disappearing. Pro Member and entertainer Kenny Silkie has added a new performance to his repertoire to shed some light on this issue, and we reached out for more info. Please read the Bee Story below for more information on this unique and apropos festival performance available now for bookings.

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Give to Receive
by Jeanne Baratta

Donating products is not only a good way to attract local attention for your business, but often leads you in interesting new directions. I have drummed up a lot of new business through donations of my products, and by doing this, I've been able to branch out into markets and even other mediums I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

Many schools, churches, and other civic groups have yearly fund-raisers. For example, my children's school has an annual "Tricky Tray" (auction-type event sometimes called a Chinese auction), where parents are encouraged to donate theme gift baskets, and local business are also solicited for donations. I always donate at least three handcrafted gift items for this event. One year I donated some items presented in hand-painted clay pots. I dropped off my donations at the school, which was teaming with volunteers at work on the auction. By the time I left, I had orders for 4 more pots, and when I returned home, I had messages on my answering machine for more orders.

Read more here!

Makin Larvae.. a Honey Bee Love Story

Mission: "To reach hometown America, with a way to become better informed about honey bees, and their impact on our food supply. "

A brand new, environmentally friendly show, presents across the US in 2014.

Entomologists, farmers and agricultural scientists universally recognize the crucial significance of honey bees in the pollination process of the world's plant species and also a size-able amount of our food supply. Education and public awareness is integral in sustaining the honey bee and highlighting the ethical treatment of bees and issues bees face.

In an age when honey producing bees are disappearing at an alarming rate, today more than ever, we must educate and agriculturally prepare consumers to face the world of tomorrow. We do this by starting at the grass roots level and providing hometown America with useable information and action steps they can implement. Such as using part of our presentation to identify flowering plants that attract honey bees which can be added to a garden. By engaging adults and children, we make them proactive, in sustaining one of nature's most influential resources...the honey bee.

The educational 30 minute sketch comedy,

MAKIN' LARVAE...A Honey Bee Love Story, takes this message to hometown America! Makin' Larvae...A Honey Bee Love Story, will make a national impact, engaging, and educating. Most importantly, making citizens, activists for the importance of honey bee preservation, leaving with a deeper appreciation that they do indeed, have the power to positively impact the world in which they live!

MAKIN' LARVAE...A Honey Bee Love Story is booking now for the 2014 event season.

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