The cold-caller’s rapid sequence of thoughtful questions made the conversation play out like a press interview.
“So, what got you started? How long have you been in existence? How were you able get the sponsorship that you received?” Other questions were more personal, “How long have you lived in Portsmouth? Did you attend public school in the city?”
Not everyone can immediately sink their teeth into what we’re about – especially if they’ve only ever visited our website or heard about us second-hand. And that’s why I’m incredibly grateful for the invitation to enter dialogues like the caller did that day – and for opportunities like this with AltDaily to throw a little more light on Create Portsmouth Now.
Create Portsmouth Now is more about an energy – more about a movement than a formal group based upon “membership.”
We’re people who are in love with the humanity of and possibilities for our city. We value creativity and diversity, and we’re people who can often appreciate beauty in its rawest of forms.
Of course, it’s more than a feeling; it’s more than just a vibe.
It’s about work too. Hard work. And we’re in the execution stages of our first large-scale project – “Fall for Portsmouth: Celebrating Our Community,” now scheduled for November 14th.
The objectives of the event are essentially two-fold. First – to increase civic participation, engagement, and pride in our community. The second objective is to to bring awareness to creativity, talent and entrepreneurship in our own backyard.
Inspiring speakers will kick the day off, including Portsmouth’s own, Dr. Jerry Gaines, teacher, coach, and TEDEx lecturer. Dr. Gaines was the first full-scholarship African American athlete to attend Virginia Tech and also the first inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
Other lectures will include Jon Nye of Ecocycling, an organization that “promotes active environmental awareness through leading by example.” Tana Irby from BankOn, an organization whose goal it is “to ensure that everyone has access to safe and affordable financial products and services” will also speak.
Throughout the day, artists with credo in Norfolk’s NEON district such as A Valid, Christopher Revels, and Sage, the Artist, will be painting live.
Portsmouth-based Heykll & Jive, the Derek Smith Trio, Ken Yuji, and Ms. Drumz will start off the music lineup at 2PM. Virginia Beach-based reggae band, Nature’s Child, will headline around 4:30PM.
Organizations ranging from the Seven Cities’ Writers Project to the Red Cross, from the M.A.N. Foundation (Men Alleviating Negativity) to the Portsmouth Humane Society (with adoptable dogs on site) will be participating.
Create Portsmouth Now wants to bring people of all backgrounds together – people from all ages, races, neighborhoods and socioeconomic backgrounds.
We believe that Fall for Portsmouth will be a step in that direction, celebrating all things positive in our community and reviving the spirit of family that we know is present. We sincerely hope that you will join us.
Fall for Portsmouth: Celebrating our Community takes place November 14, 2015, 12PM-6PM at 200 High Street, Olde Towne Portsmouth, VA 23704 (Towne Bank Parking Lot) An afternoon featuring community-building lectures, live music, live art, artist and crafter vendors, non-profit and civic organizations, food and beer. Find our event page on Facebook.