The organisers have been beavering away behind the scenes getting all sorts planned for having fun for all those who manage to attend in the furs.
However, we know that there are quite a lot of you who will not be able to make the trip and for you there are still plans for inclusion; like signing up for the Blogville Facebook group, or if you don’t subscribe to FB, you can keep track of us through the BAR blog (that link will take you there too). Then, of course, everyone who attends will have their own bloggies to fill with their personal views of all the meet’n’greet.
Your's truly is not one of the organisers as such; however, it is a great privilege in my capacity as Officer of Wellness and Concerns (OoWaC) to have been asked to perform both the planned friendship ceremony and the meeting of memoriam. There now follows an impawtent announcement...
At the BAR, there is going to be a memorial ceremony. The aim of this is, quite simply, to acknowledge the pets and peeps who have been a part of Blogville but are now departed.
This is seen as being one of the key activities of the retreat and we would really love to include as many as possible. Of course there are some for whom the separations are still too fresh, too raw… but we feel sure that many will wish to be embraced in this very physical way by those of us who are going to be at the BAR. It has been mentioned before, but now we are urging you with this memorial-specific post to put forward your names for inclusion. The main way to be part of the event is to send a photo per these instructions;
1. Print out the photo no larger than 8x10.
2. Laminate your photo to help protect it in the outdoor environment. If this is not possible, then put it in a sheet protector (cut to size).
3. Glue or tape your photo to a cardboard backing and make sure you write the name of the person/pet on the front!
4. Mail your photo to any of the organizers: Cecilia, Diana. Beth or Carol. Mailing addresses are available from the Christmas Card Exchange list. NB; if you don’t have the list, email a request for address to any of the names above.
If you are going to do this, please be aware it needs to be with the recipient of your choice by no later than May 30th! If you prefer to forward an email image to the organisers, that is okay, but the deadline remains May 30th please.
Now, we appreciate that not everyone is going to want to produce a photo, for various reasons. Therefore, the other way to be included is simply to have the names appended to a ‘roll of memory’, which will be arranged alongside the photographs that get sent. In this case, please email any of the organisers, clearly marking your message ‘MEMORIAL’, and these will be collated onto a list, nicely decorated and prepared in a similar manner to the photos. Again, the deadline for these submissions is May 30th.
Please note that there has also been a call for you to forward your ‘flat selves’ to the organisers if you wish to participate in the general activities; the photo requirements are as above. The one photo can be used for both situations, but you must request if you wish to be included in the memorial.
It is one of the beautiful things about Blogville, its sense of inclusion and participation. We hope that as many as possible will seek to be a part of this special occasion.