My Crazy Middle-Aged Whim
It’s not every day a girl turns 40. (OK, the world is kind of overpopulated, so actually that probably happens thousands of times a day.) More importantly, it’s definitely not every day that a wonderful little theater in the Blue Ridge Mountains decides to open up a second stage and double its production schedule. Here’s how you can play a role:
The Haywood Arts Regional Theatre has brought some amazing shows to my beautiful hometown of Waynesville, NC. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed countless evenings at HART—both as an audience member and a cast member. I’ve also bought a lot of yummy organic produce there, because the local farmer’s market meets in their parking lot every week. Yes, HART is that awesome.
Thus, to celebrate my fortieth year on this planet, I’d like to make a big, fat donation to Haywood Arts Regional Theatre. Specifically, I’d like to raise enough to sponsor one of their productions. You can learn more about HART and their current Stage II campaign to build a second stage, by clicking here or on the links below.
Let me be clear here: If you are a friend or loved one of mine, THIS MEANS NO PRESENTS. No party, either. Sorry.
For months, everyone has been (very kindly) asking how I’m going to celebrate my*self* on my fortieth. Trouble is, the last thing I want to do is think about my age on my birthday. Instead, I’d like to contribute to my community and put the focus on a good cause.
Our $2500 goal means that HART can have one of its productions fully sponsored. That means better costumes, decent sets, and less stress for the theater's fantastic executive director, Steven Lloyd.
Every penny raised will go straight to the theater. They manage their money well, and it will be used wisely. If you don't believe me or don't want to contribute to my campaign, please go to HART's website and give directly to them. Like my title says, this ain't about me.
Supporting the arts is really, really, really important. It’s how we tell stories that inspire tolerance, literacy, and kindness. It’s how we build communities. And above all, it’s how we learn to apply face glitter.
So cough up, peeps. NO cards, NO presents, NO parties. Instead of forking out your hard-earned green to hit some fancy schmancy Asheville bar, buy me some drinks, and scarf down a dozen artisan free-range hot wings that you don’t really want but can’t help ordering because that waiter is so darn cute, put your cash towards something bigger than both of us.
You’ll feel good, I’ll feel good, and a lovely theater will get some much-needed dosh.
If you are broke, please consider volunteering to build sets, clean bathrooms, or sew costumes. It's fun, and it's something the whole family can be part of. HART volunteers are a talented, welcoming group.
Don't forget that this is a theater, so you can always book your ticket and go see a show!
And please, please share this far and wide. Repost it, tweet it, use Indiegogo's share tools, tattoo in on your forehead. You don't have to be someone in my social circle to contribute. You don't even have to live in my area. You just have to love theater.
Thanks, from the bottom of my heart. Now get out your wallet. Happy birthday, everybody!