Column: Join the dream team


Wouldn’t it be grand to stroll casually along a city sidewalk with the melodic sounds of a string quartet or folk guitar hanging in the air? Imagine that leisurely pedestrian stroll taking place on a beautiful crisp Sunday afternoon in Carmel’s uptown neighborhood. Located just north of the Carmel Arts & Design District, where around every corner you will discover another genre of music performed live from a homeowner’s front porch. Soon, you will not have to imagine.

But before presenting the who, what, when and where of what promises to be another great option for your Sept. 14 afternoon, read on for the real motive of this column.

Behind every good Carmel festival is an essential group of Carmel festival volunteers. That is right. This column is the official call out to become part of the Carmel PorchFest Inaugural Volunteer Dream Team.

Of course, when you raise your hand and step forward to say, “I will help,” you will receive an official designer Carmel PorchFest T-Shirt. But more important than what you get, it is what you give that I hope will motivate you to take action.

One great example of a what-can-I-give person willing to commit her Sunday afternoon to the cause is Sue Westermeier. A dedicated and reliable skilled volunteer, she simply said, “Do you need help?” My reply was of course and without hesitation she said, “I will be there and I will see if my daughter is available.”

Emily, I hope you are in town on Sept. 14 and can help us out. (No pressure) And I hope enough people reading this column will also volunteer to assist with transporting musicians to porches, supporting guests at information booths, managing stages, setting up and the dreaded tear down. Notice, I did NOT mention trash pickup.

Carmel PorchFest is a family-friendly event that is free and totally open to the public. The focal points will be a variety of musical acts ranging from acoustic to electric, and solo to ensemble; all agreeing to perform without compensation. The inaugural event will be Sept. 14 from 1 to 5 p.m.

To let me know you are interested in volunteering, send an e-mail to Good Day Carmel!