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susiestulz
Mar 07, 2022
In 2022 Grant Process
There is a $3,700 request to have a horse drawn buggy on the Friday before Wassail weekend. That's a lot of money that can be best used elsewhere. First, Friday is a workday, and it's far less than ideal to have truck traffic waiting behind horse-drawn carriages. Second, last Wassail coincided with the emergence of Omicron, and it rained all day, two factors that drove attendance down. The horse and carriages may have worked then, but it was an unusual year. We can expect turnout to return to normal this year, which will actually be a more accurate test. Third, the EDC said it would engage the community of Wassail and other events before making them bigger. That conversation hasn't occurred. Funding this grant would break a promise the EDC has made to the community.
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susiestulz
Mar 07, 2022
In 2022 Grant Process
This is to support the 3 housing grants: 1. The Rental Incentive Pilot Program 2. The Accessory Dwelling Unit Workforce Pilot Program 3. Housing Advisor to Support A good friend of mine told me that she's part of a WhatsApp group of young families who have moved to Woodstock sometime during the pandemic. Sadly, the lack of childcare is forcing some of them to move back to Boston. Affordable housing is essential to childcare workers. In fact, it's essential to all workers -- a resource for which we are in dire need. Woodstock needs young families to keep it vibrant. But if they can't find childcare they will leave. Childcare workers need places to live, and they typically can't afford $900K homes. These grants are essential to the long-term viability of Woodstock.
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susiestulz
Mar 04, 2022
In 2022 Grant Process
I was on the organizing committee for a year, but my schedule precludes me from participating regularly with anything. At the last meeting I attended, Pam Ahearn, who books the authors, mentioned that she once had to call publishers and see who they would send. Now, publishers call her asking if their writers can speak. The implication is this: Bookstock has become an important literary festival, probably one of the top 10 in New England. This isn't an accident. Keri and Kristian work especially hard to make it a success for the authors. They sell the author's books at EVERY event. But for the residents and attendees, it is an amazing opportunity to listen to notable and award winning authors. They also get to ask questions during the sessions and at the book signings. I know the EDC favors grants for expansion. Bookstock's expansion is in reputation and prestige. We are very very lucky to have it. I encourage you to look at the roster of past speakers. One last thing: I wrote the grants for Bookstock. There are few grants for things outside of alleviating poverty. We are able to get grants for Bookstock because all sessions are free, so we can help underserved communities by providing them exposure to these great authors. 99% of the literary festivals are free. A few, namely the New Yorker festival, charges, but most are free. Most are run in conjunction with local libraries. Libraries and literary festivals are free services to local all citizens. I sincerely hope you'll support their grant. Bookstock does NOT know that I sent this email. I'm no longer on the organizing committee.
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