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January 2014

Do you have the too-broke-to-craft blues? This month's article from J Michael Dolan will provide you with some much-needed inspiration!

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.

Have you considered posting some of your crafts in our marketplace? There's no reason not to, and it just might reach the audience you're looking for!

Happy selling!

Jackie
FNO Newsletter Editor


Stopped By Calamity
By J Michael Dolan

Recently, I came across a message from one of my readers named Tom who posted a simple but profound comment, "But when the entrepreneur is bleeding money and the artist can no longer buy art supplies it's a sad day indeed." I sat with this comment for a few days, until a response finally began to bubble up.

First of all it's well known that when he couldn't afford brushes, the emotionally tormented Vincent Van Gogh made his own, with sticks and horsehair. Proving that if you're a true "committed" artist or entrepreneur, NOTHING can stop the creative urge within from getting out. Actually, you have no choice. Like a raging, rushing river, the torrential flow of great ideas and pure creativity MUST find its way through the rocky resistance of fear and doubt in order to ultimately arrive at the ocean of expression. Give up, and that river dams up somewhere deep within the dark, inner world of the artist causing frustration, resentment, envy, anger, and too often, resignation.

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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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