While sitting in a booth on a Saturday may not sound like fun to a lot of people, consider the following:
- I work from home. The only “person” I see during the day is my dog.
- My knee is troubled. Hang gliding really isn’t an option.
- 10AM-4PM makes for bad lighting for photography
- The only people I know in the area are all busy doing things
- My husband has been working weekends.
So, when the opportunity to set up a booth for S.O.A.R. at an Outdoor Expo in Coolidge Park presented itself, I was more than happy to set aside a day to do it.
John and Dale and their cast of characters were busy performing at Rock City Earth Dayz and couldn’t join me, so it was just me representing the organization.
The event was not just an Outdoor Expo, but also a Green Expo and an Adoptapalooza. The Outdoor Expo part attracts groups related to fun things to do outside ranging from kayaking to simple picnic games. The Green Expo focused on environmentallly friendly ways to live. The Adoptapalooza was all about getting homeless animals adopted.
As it turned out, all three events fit into one section of Coolidge Park. This meant dogs were wandering by the tent all day. Since birds of prey are not fond of dogs, it was a good thing they were busy performing at Rock City. Since I didn’t have any birds of prey with me in the booth, Tisen got to spend the day with me.
In spite of the bad lighting, I was hoping to get some interesting pictures of some of the characters in the park while I worked the booth. Whenever I could, I would jump up and snap a few quick shots. The booth next to me was an ongoing source of interesting subjects. They were all dressed like their favorite Star Wars characters. I didn’t quite get the connection between outdoors, going green, or pet adoption, so when Pat came to give me a break, I walked over and asked them what they do. They explained that there are three separate clubs, one for the dark side, one for the good guys, and one, well, I lost track. They are into professional costuming. Quite honestly, I walked away still puzzled about what they do, but they clearly take it very seriously.
I also discovered there was a horse in the park. At first, I thought they were referring to a very large great dane that had walked by earlier, but it turned out there really was a horse running around in the park, giving children rides. How cool is that?
In the end, I got to talk to a lot of nice people about what S.O.A.R. does, I got a few photos that are, well, fun if nothing else, and I even collected enough donations to more than cover the cost of the booth. Oh, and Tisen got to hang out with Mommy all day.