Once a month the town of Madison, Indiana hosts a “Fourth Friday” event on Main Street. The shops stay open late (until 8PM *gasp*) and there’s plenty of live music. Normally quiet, the town gets filled with bustling sidewalks and the happy sounds of a Friday evening. For this month’s Fourth Friday, I organized a milk & cookies open house in the beautiful new office of Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children, a local nonprofit. As you’ll see from the photos below, the event was a ton of fun and got the word out about a tremendous cause that I’m honored to be a part of.
Before I go on, I want to share a bit about SEI Voices for Children. It is the local chapter of the National Court Appointed Special Advocates/Guardian Ad Litem (CASA/GAL) Association, which advocates in court for abused and neglected children. SEI Voices for Children serves two local counties, including mine, which combined have about 200 cases of child abuse/neglect each year. That number always seems depressingly high for a relatively small population. I’ve only recently joined the organization’s board of directors but the crucial work being done by the staff, volunteers and veteran board members is obvious, as is the impact they have on the community. I’m pumped to be part of the effort!
Ok, now for some snapshots of the evening!
Setting up was a team effort and the theme was colorful dots and stripes, like on these adorable paper straws. The office is in a beautifully restored Masonic building that was constructed back in 1872. (h/t Allen M.) I love the high ceilings and exposed brick.
I decided to go all out and make my first ever attempt at decorating sugar cookies. Thanks to a great tutorial from Nikki at The Seeded Table, they turned out really well! Not only did they look pretty but they tasted delicious too.
The highlight was having local musician Creedence Cooper donate his time to play at the event. Creedence is entirely self-taught and seriously gifted. The number of instruments he plays is beyond impressive and I was totally blown away by his rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Rock Me Mama”. It’s hard to believe that he’s only 18. Later in the evening another local musician joined Creedence for an impromptu sidewalk jam session. Who says Brooklyn is the only cool place to be? The photo of Creedence’s banjo alongside his (purposefully) mismatched socks and rolled up pants is my personal favorite.
I want to give a special thank you to the lovely & talented Katherine Day, who created the pretty poster below. There were so many compliments!
And last but not least, our most joyful visitor:
Hope you all had as fun of a Friday evening as I did!