Collaborative Event Sponsor- Ridgway Fete and Ridgway 1k

Sponsor or underwrite an event or program

Let’s face it - the past two years have been a little ---- quirky.

Nearly all of us were presented with challenges and obstacles that won’t soon be forgotten. And though these two years have been loaded with strife, they have also been loaded with opportunity. Most specifically, Weehawken Creative Arts and the Ridgway Chautauqua Society have had many fortuitous opportunities to turn things on their side and view them differently -- to reinvent our models and think outside of the box.

Lucky for our communities, this is where creative organizations thrive! Partnerships were strengthened. New venues and new events were born. The San Juans smiled once again as our citizens got back to connecting through the arts.

One of our favorite outcomes of 2021 was the birth of what is sure to be a long-standing free community event, The Fete de la Musique. While we had some ideas on how the event would “look,” the public’s response to the event far surpassed anything we ever imagined. It was nothing short of magical and the Summer Solstice of 2021 will go down in our collective memories as one of the best days our organizations have ever known.

We also had an incredible time re-instituting a live version of The Rally Thru the Alley 1k Fun Run for the Arts, which then led to the Sherb’s San Juan Barrel Fest event. Hundreds gathered to capstone another incredible summer in our mountains on one glorious day.

We can’t deny - it’s been wonderful to get back to at least a quasi-normal existence. Weehawken Dance is back to producing full-scale ballets at the Pavilion. Theater has returned indoors. People can once again dance inside the Sherbino. We have no doubt that you will be excited to see the full menu of incredible programs and projects we have for you this summer and fall.

And, even though Weehawken and RCS are two separate organizations with separate budgets, boards and bank accounts --- the two organizations work so well together to collaboratively achieve great things for our communities.

It would mean so much if you would consider investing in our vision and plans for the coming year. Would you consider making a designated gift to underwrite a specific project or program? Every dollar of your gift would go directly towards your choice of our top programming priorities for the year. If you’re a business, you can opt to “SPONSOR” an event or project (which generally comes with advertising benefits). If you’re an individual or family, you can opt to “UNDERWRITE” an event or project (generally used without advertising, but gets the full benefit of a tax deductible gift).

Sponsor the Fete de la Musique

June 19th is Father's Day, as well as the closest Sunday to the summer solstice, which happens to coincide with World Music Day (the 21st). On Music Day the citizens of a community are allowed and urged to play and enjoy music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Our plan is for MANY musicians from all genres and levels to participate in this event. The event will be FREE to the public and will take place distanced and outdoors, with multiple performances happening at once all over town. The public will be encouraged to bring cash to tip the artists and artists will also be given an honorarium. We’d love your support in helping underwrite honorariums for performers, or helping with some of the marketing and production costs to develop and promote this new event. Details on how you can contribute can be found on the link below, but we are requesting support starting at $200.

Sponsor the Ridgway 1K Rally Thru the Alley

The most fun you can have in .62 miles is back- mark your calendars for October 1! The Sherbino’s San Juan Barrel Fest (formerly Firkin Fest West) event will take place on the same day in the later afternoon and registrants can combine their registration with this event, if they wish; and because we are putting two events on the same day, the race will end in Hartwell Park with a bigger, better live music event! We would LOVE to gather support to help with the cost of the 1k Break stations (think: stops with 300 pieces of cooked bacon or 300 donuts, etc), marketing and production costs, or helping to underwrite the post-event live music. Details on how you can contribute can be found at the below link, but we are requesting support starting at $250.