Congrats in order

The Gift of Life marathon in Rutland (population c. 20,000) collected 1,848 pints of blood yesterday, the second-largest one-day blood drive in the US, ever. So while the target was 1,969 pints, it's hardly a mark of shamethat we didn't quite get there. A few little technical snags with the equipment slowed things down earlier… Continue reading Congrats in order

Gift of Life update

The blood drive is off to a quick start today ... far more organized than just a couple of years ago when the target was a paltry 1,000 pints. Today's target is the national one-day record of 1,969 pints. Walk-in wait time is under two hours, so far, far less than you're used to at… Continue reading Gift of Life update

Great Jones

Art Jones has reached (and passed) his goal of $14,800 to fund distribution of The Blood in This Town to community groups looking for some inspiration as they try to recalibrate what's possible in their communities. From the Kickstarter pitch: We will replicate and distribute DVDs, create a Discussion & Action Guide, and organize screenings… Continue reading Great Jones

Giving updates …

A phenomenal turnout at the Paramount Theatre on Saturday for the Festival of Trees ... many, many thanks to our donors, volunteers and bidders. I hope a good time was had by all ... and I look forward to cooking dinner for six at the Burzons in the New Year! It's our third year donating… Continue reading Giving updates …

The Paramount is, errr, paramount …

Tomorrow, Saturday December 3 is the Paramount Theatre's biggest annual fundraiser/party/auction, the Festival of Trees. The Paramount is the county's biggest and best arts venue, it's the economic engine of downtown Rutland (and if you don't have downtown, you don't have a community anymore. Hate to break it to Joe Zingale, but it's a fact.) The… Continue reading The Paramount is, errr, paramount …

NYC update

Just (just ... six hours on the train!) got back from New York. The Blood in this Town was very warmly received by an SRO crowd of not more than 139 people (the fire marshal's maximum for the room) at the Pratt Institute in Manhattan on Friday night. It's the third time I've been part of a panel and the fifth… Continue reading NYC update

The Blood in NYC

I am off to New York City on Friday with Michael Smith and Jim Sabataso to do a panel discussion at the Pratt Center after a screening of Art Jones' most excellent documentary "The Blood in This Town." It will be exciting to see how small-town revitalization plays in a big-city setting. Should be a lot… Continue reading The Blood in NYC