The first of our team arrived late on Monday evening to help with placement and logistics. After a 10 hour drive we were exhausted, but excited. We set up our tent camp in the dark, and set-up a temporary office on the side of the minivan. Luckily we found one of the producers and got access to the internet. We prepped for the next day. It was about 4 in the morning when we finally slept.
Wednesday and Thursday were filled with set-up tasks. We helped in any way we could. Production volunteers were checked in. Arrivals and deliveries were directed to their team leads. The energy was building as we approached opening night. Everywhere we went crews were hard at work. By Thursday night most of the Co-Creators were on-site for the all hands meeting at the Grove Stage. Northern Nights was about to begin!
Friday was when the real magic happened. Our Co-Creator team, 170 strong, held things together as 6000+ festival attendees made their way into the three day event. It is amazing how we all came together and flowed with the needs of the moment while still maintaining organization. None of us had worked together before, but we all brought mad skills to the table. Even the times when the internet went down, or when someone missed a shift, we covered and held it together with no blame or judgement. We were constantly uplifting in the moment!
We took out the trash and, even then, we enjoyed the moment.
What else? Some of us swam in the river. Some of us napped in the grove. Some stumbled around playing accordian and singing songs until dawn. At every level we took care of each other. And that's what co-creating is all about!
Thank you all for a great Northern Nights experience!
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