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23 Feb 24
Greetings from the WRJ Pride 2024 Planning Committee. I’m so excited to write to you and share the news from our first meeting.
As many of you may already know, White River Junction was shaken by a bomb threat during ‘Drag Story Hour’ at Northern Stage last January. Even from horrible events, glimmers of hope can come. We have decided to respond by giving this year’s WRJ Pride a theme…
“Open MINDS, Open HEARTS, Open BOOKS!”
It’s our goal to solicit enough financial support to not only bring you a solid week of wonderful events, but we also want to purchase and give away 500 BOOKS for FREE all week long!
We are writing grants and already have some locally owned bookstores ready to help us obtain the books at cost. But we still need your help to make all the events happen AND purchase the books. We will not stand in the shadows of ANYONE who thinks they can stop LOVE with threats. Education is the cornerstone of understanding and acceptance and we can support this through education & positive events.
Our Tentative Events
A Drag Show & Dance Kick-Off Party - Drag Story Hour - Paint with Pride - Gay Trivia Night - Queer Movie Night-Authors Night with Panel and Guest Speaker - Queer Piano & Queeraoke Night - A Hike, Crafts, a Game Night and of course a Parade & After-Festival with vendors and nonprofit tables, HIV/Hep C testing
& education & so much more!
The LGBTQIA+ community is a large and loving one in the Upper Valley. We want EVERYONE to know they are loved, accepted AND welcomed here. Your support helps us let them know and educates those who may not understand.
How can you help Open MINDS, Open HEARTS & Open BOOKS?
Financial Sponsorship makes the events happen. We pay for insurance, police escorts, port-a-johns. We pay for honorariums, travel, lodging for guests. We provide food and beverages at events. We pay artists for posters and Dj’s for music, and advertising to get folks out! Just to name a few of the things we do to pull this week together.
Help us BUY A LOT OF BOOKS! Any donation will help! We have 3 local booksellers on deck to help us purchase books for the whole week! We are going to set up a FREE Library in the Reading Room at the Main Street Museum (also the location of most of the events).
Parade with us! Attend the Parade! Show us your RAINBOWS! Decorate yourself, your car, your hoverboard, your business van or truck! Join the After-Festival-Tell us about how your business or nonprofit supports the LGBTQIA+ community.
Volunteer! We always need volunteers and this is a great way for groups of folks to join together and help, or come and meet new people! We need help at EVERY event!
All links to sign-up are located above. The Main Street Museum is the umbrella agency for this committee. Accepted methods of payment are: VENMO @themainstreetmuseum PAYPAL email@example.com CHECK Main Street Museum 58 Bridge Street, WRJ, VT 05001 (if you require an invoice for payment please reach out and we will send you one.
Thank you for your consideration of support. It means the world to us.
All the Best,
WRJ Pride 2024 Committee