Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 175: California Brewers Festival

Mr. E and I volunteered this afternoon at the California Brewers Festival:

This is an annual event conducted by the Point West Rotary Club, with proceeds to benefit a local non-profit organization.  Last year and this year, the beneficiary was WEAVE, which is an amazing organization that provides services and support to women, children, and families who are victims and survivors of domestic violence or abuse:  WEAVE works with leaders and supporters throughout the region to build a stronger community and healthy families as it works towards its mission to build a community that does not tolerate domestic violence and sexual assault and provides survivors with the support they need to be safe and thrive.

I've been volunteering for WEAVE at special events and fundraisers for over a year.  Mr. E joined me one other time, and we had fun working the entry gate together at today's festival.  It was a bit warm and humid, but we were under a tent the whole time and actually were released from our shift early once the foot traffic died down.

I volunteered for this same event last year, and I remember very distinctly that it was a cold and rainy day -- lots of mud -- and at one point, I put on some gloves because my hands were getting so chilled from being out in that weather for a couple of hours.  Quite a contrast with this year!!!  I think I may have preferred last year's cold to today's humidity and smoky air (more about that in a future post).


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