Marbles & ParticiPARTY, cont.


A while ago, we published a short, sweet comment from our Facebook page to the blog – the post was called “Losing Your Marbles” and based on the blog stats, you guys LOVED it.

A couple weeks later, I wrote a guest blog for All You Need Is Bass called “particiPARTY” – a call to action for all festival attendees to create a better festival experience for one another by sharing our gifts and moments of spontaneity that last forever in our memories.

One of the examples I used in that blog was the “Losing Your Marbles” story because I loved the simplicity and lasting impression it made.

((Side Note: particiPARTY is actually oddly similar to a project launched almost simultaneously by my friend Tucker The Festival Guy called #RageItForward. Check that out too!))

After the particiPARTY blog went online, I received this awesome message from Becca K about HER experience as a “Marble Girl” – dating back to Shambhala 2009. Love it.

~Britz

MARBLE-GIRLS

“In 2009, as I prepared to embark on my first FULL ON festival summer, I was giddy with excitement of all the fun little quirky things I was bringing along. I seriously went home and rummaged through my old childhood toys to see what else might make an impression, or a laugh or a lasting memory for our trip.

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Kate Dahlgren, SMF Media Team 2012

I had been to Shambhala in 2008, just for Sunday night, and it blew my mind!! It wasn’t just my first Shambhala – it was my first festival! My inner child had been awakened! Finally, a place to PLAY and experience the joys of life, outdoors, around thousands of like-minded people!

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Photo by Keri Knapp, SMF Media Team 2012

That fateful Sunday night as I journeyed through the dimly lit pathways towards the pounding basslines, a girl stopped me and placed a little shell in my hand. She warmly closed my hand over the shell, smiled and genuinely said, “Here you go.”

I smiled back at her and genuinely said, “Thank you”.

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Photo by Jesse Mazurick, SMF Media Team 2012

It was so simple, but so warm and welcoming that it made a lasting impression on me. That was 2008.

In 2009 I thought to myself – I wanna bring something to give to my friends and strangers. Just a simple object, but enough to pass on that feeling that is created by our playful energies coming together, to dance, laugh, vibe and Party!

So… I brought with me a bag of Marbles.

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Photo by Craig Symonds, SMF Media Team 2012

You know: Just in case you lose your marbles (which can very likely happen at a festival), here is a spare marble. Just in Case. You can pull it out when you lose your own. You can hold it in your hand after you go home – and you will feel the feeling again. 🙂

I’m not sure if I told you this story Britz, or if there are a few of us “Marble Girls” out there.

I genuinely hope there are many, many Marble Girls and Marble Boys spreading the positive vibes, the good feelings, the Shambhalove and sharing their amazing spirit with the people they encounter.

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Photo by Cody Puckett, SMF Media Team 2012

This world can be a sometimes bleak and lonely place and having something to remember that there is Laughter, Dance, Community, Collaboration, and genuine people sharing their Goodness with each other is a feeling I want to try to hold onto.

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Photo by Lindsay Donovan, SMF Media Team 2012

Speaking of which… I’m going to look for my marble!! Just wanted to share this with you.

Keep the PARTICIPARTY Goin Girl!!!”

♥♥vibezz~~
Becca K.

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