Plumfest got a beautiful day yesterday for it's island-wide community party. Bands set up on various porches around Plum Island and from noon to 6:00 pm, people ride bikes, drive, take a shuttle buses or walk to enjoy them. The biggest place people can park is the historic Plum Island Airport, where bus after bus lines up to take folks who come from surrounding towns. Support the Pink House felt this was an ideal place to be available to tell folks about the Pink House - which they were about to drive by! We collected signatures in support of keeping her in the community, sold a few tee shirts and bumper stickers - all in the service of raising awareness of her plight, and our successes at working to save her.
Volunteer Pandora Hoover told us this cute sticker story: A very generous lady overpaid for a shirt and two stickers.A bus let off weary but happy people. A three-year-old, who clearly loved the color pink, departed from the crowd and circled around the table. I complimented this cherub's shocking pink sneaks and asked her mom if I could give her an official PH sticker? Mom apologized for being out of cash. "No problem! The lady before you gave extra!" The look on the little girl's face when mom gave it to her was priceless! She carried it with two hands! You've got a new, albeit young, Pink House fan!
A second Pink House presence was at the Beachcoma, a great bar and restaurant where we knew everyone on the island would stop at some point in the day. From there we could point out PITA Hall across the street where our monthly meetings are, and anyone who didn't head in to the Coma to see our brochures and stickers on their hostess table right inside the front door, would see the same offered at the Cottage and PI Provisions all within steps of where we were. We are SO appreciative of the island-wide support of our efforts to keep our iconic Pink House standing in the area. It's one of the things that makes the area so special...
Most of the bands play at the houses on Northern Blvd- so it was wonderful when volunteer Gail Whitley called to say she'd love to collect signatures but she was having a band on her own porch - in addition to a tent for Life if Good products. Then she offered that we put a signature clipboard and our brochures on the Table and said to bring a second clipboard so she could walk around and get signatures of those who stopped at her own house! THAT is going the extra mile and we so appreciate that kind of
All in all it was a wonderful day - the sun was out and there is such a feel good, community vibe on the entire island. Support the Pink House collected nearly 400 signatures and passed out many brochures.