What would Ben Franklin do?

Greetings, Citizens from G.Robin Smith. I present Chautauqua (1st person presentations) on Benjamin Franklin as fundraisers and educational programs around the Puget Sound (and beyond). This Blog (such an un-musical term) is to try out the medium and to leave (if I stay with it) an account of how the performances go, since they are beginning to take off, it seems. anon, G.Robin.

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see www.Ben-Franklin.org and www.InteractiveHistory.net

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

The Big Push. The Big Climb.

It's Wednesday, Mar 1, 2006. It's been several days since I last weblogged ("Blog" still is so un muse able to my ear). Not always easy, but getting into the habit.

The Big Push = getting the word out on the April 7th show on Whidbey Island. Gathering a list of local schools, fire departments, post offices, Masonic Lodges, Newspapers, the Navel Base and clubs.

Got a supportive email from one of the Parents at the Whidbey Island school to inform me they are meeting to discuss which benefit option the school will take up (10 free tickets for them to sell, sell all the tickets, get all proceeds after 50 (ie #51-70) but no money out of pocket or, option #3, buy the 70 tickets for ~half price and sell them for more.) I believe the model can work. Glad to see another school take interest.

Performed this weekend last in Tonasket (N.Central Wa State) Medieval/Renaissance style, but talked to several friends about bringing the Franklin program to their region, including Vancouver, BC.

Last Friday (Feb. 24, 2006) did a Franklin presentation for 5th and 6th graders at Norman Rockwell School (long Medieval class relationship with them there). At first, few questions, then they fired up and the 100 or so kids were popping hands up like fireworks on the 4th:-) Good questions, only two of the "aren't you dead?" kind.

Making plans to go to the Teacher retreat in Lake Chelan on the weekend of the 10-12 of Mar (Washington State Council for the Social Studies (http://www.wscss.org/). We are displaying our programs for the teachers there. Also, it's at Lake Chelan. Not a bad thing for us to go and enjoy the evenings there, in addition to advertising the program.

Signed up for the Big Climb for Leukemia (Mar 19). (www.lls.org/wa/bigclimb) I hope to raise $2,500 for the cause. Need to advertise it to my friends and co-workers.

More anon, Robin.


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