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Update: We’re talking chickens! Not the LFF, but what the hell. Jump in.
We were graced with a scathing visitation from The Lowell Shallot:
Lowell Shallot Says:
July 18th, 2013 at 7:55 am
Why isn’t anyone talking about Peter Aucella and the Folk Fest article (LINK- added by Jack). It blows my mind how obtuse this guy is. Declining support each year in terms of attendees and sponsorship and this guy wants more support from local businesses who “benefit”. Isn’t it the management and production of the event that has made it less relevant each year? Look in the mirror Pete. They lost WGBH a long time ago, and they are looking to the businesses downtown to make up the difference? What businesses downtown? Everyone is struggling. Perhaps the organizers should look inward to see their failings for answers. Where is COOL in all of this? No busking during Folk Fest? Why? Let’s get it together people. Here’s a novel idea, get acts worth seeing and maybe people will come, and pay to see them! Brilliant!
Aucella should step down, as should each member of the Festival Committee.
Arthur Sutcliffe - Chairman of the Board
Helene Loiselle - Board of Trustees
Pauline Golec - Board of Trustees / Ethnic Chair
Richard Cohan - Board of Trustees
John Scannell - Board of Trustees
Corey Belanger - Advisory Board Member
Patricia Bowe - Advisory Board Member
Renee Caraviello - Advisory Board Member
Michael Couture - Advisory Board Member
Donald DuPaul - Advisory Board Member
Beth Fraser - Advisory Board Member
Bob Howard - Advisory Board Member
Janet Leggat - Advisory Board Member
Janis Maliszewski - Advisory Board Member
Debbie Miller - Advisory Board Member
Priscilla Partyka - Advisory Board Member
Mike Soriano - Advisory Board Member
Ann Scannell - Advisory Board Member
Joellen Scannell - Advisory Board Member
Dean Secchiaroli - Advisory Board Member
Stacey Renna - Advisory Board Member
Cory Belanger– like we need this guy in City Council. What’s with all the Scannells? Don’t they make boilers? How old is this committee? Where is the new blood? I also love the title ‘ethnic chair’. WTF does that mean?
I don’t know most of these people, but I do know the result of their work and I am sure that Peter Aucella is not setting the world on fire. Step aside people. You’re an embarrassment to the city and yourselves.
There is, then, a back and forth between two anonymous commenters on the original thread. Click back, if you care. I don’t care so much for anon on anon bashing. I mean, .. really? But, sometimes little glimmers of usefulness pops out of such exchanges. Even if it is useful by being wrong and others chime in to offer some true insight.
Lowellian: Jack, the Folk Festival board is a volunteer committee that has very little say over the actual event, there’s the board of trustees who do have some more power, but of the 5 partners, its more a legacy group from the folks who started it, the national park and the washington center for the traditional arts are the big money ones and the ones who are really making the decisions. It’s a volunteer board of many old-timers, but aside from Corey Belanger, not a bunch of hacks and shouldn’t be attacked by an anonymous commenter like that. Belanger is a public figure and he has the beer contract so he’s making money off the deal, but the others shouldn’t be being dragged through the mud.
Jack: Why don’t you post this?
Lowellian: Because I don’t want to get into it with an anonymous person…maybe I will anonymously.
Jack: And, as Clint says, “Deserves got nothing to do with it.”
Lowellian: It’s just very uninformed…it’s like blasting the Electoral college voters for their pick in president. The Folk Festival Foundation basically only exists to raise private donations and staff volunteers. All the stuff he’s complaining about is from the Council for the Traditional Arts and the NPS.
And, the Ethnic chair is the person who deals with all the ethnic food vendors, again a volunteer person, very sweet old lady who just really loves the festival and especially loves involving the diversity of the ethnic vendors instead of making it the “suburbanite music festival”
Jack: I’ll post this chat, sans name. Okay?
Lowellian: It’s up to you if you want to, I just thought I’d let you know what I know. I wouldn’t let someone so negative post inflammatory things all the time, but I guess it could add to the conversation. If he wants to make jokes about Pangi thats one thing, and even Corey B. but most of those people are not public people but give long hours just because they love the festival.
Even though The Shallot was brusk, there are certain realities that must be considered in a ‘post-sequester’ world. I take my friend’s views to heart, as well. We have dedicated volunteers that have held the festival up, all these 27 years.
Do we consider, what has worked in the past, will not work, intact, as we move forward? The Lowell Folk Festival AIN’T what it used to be. The answer we really need, is: What will it become over the next two to three years?
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