March Dime in Time

By LuAnn Scott, 2016 MRF President

Moscow Renaissance Fair is the
Dime in Time recipient for March

The Moscow Renaissance Fair is Moscow’s annual celebration of the renaissance of spring. Always held the weekend of the first Sunday in May – April 30th & May 1st this year – the two-day craft and music festival provides a venue for area artists, craftspeople and musicians, and a fundraising opportunity for local non-profit groups, which run all the food booths.

There is no charge for admission and there are many free activities for children. Held outdoors in East City Park, our main motivation is to encourage the community to get outside and throw off winter – dance, have fun with kids and meet up with friends to enjoy great music, fantastic food and unique shopping.

The 43rd annual Moscow Renaissance Fair is pleased to be a recipient of the Moscow Food Co-op Dime in Time program. We have pinpointed two projects that will benefit from Dime in Time funds.

Nursing and Changing Station
For many years the Moscow Parent-Toddler Cooperative provided a tent at the Fair for nursing mothers, but they can no longer offer this service. We will use most of the Dime in Time funds to purchase a pop-up tent and the necessary accoutrements to provide a comfortable, private place at the Fair for moms to take a break with their infants and toddlers. We are still looking for a group to sponsor the nursing and changing tent, but are grateful to the Moscow Food Co-op that we will now have the infrastructure in place for this and all future Renaissance Fairs.

Kid Village Happenings
In the kids area at the Moscow Renaissance Fair, we provide many activities for children of all ages without charge. The activities are led by individual volunteers as well as members of local organizations. They include obstacle courses, roving puppeteers, horses, raptors, a petting zoo, storytelling, hands-on science and medieval history, workshops where children can create various types of art and music and much more. The remainder of the Dime in Time funds will provide a larger budget for Kid Village activities in 2016.

You can support these projects and the Moscow Renaissance Fair by donating to Dime in Time during the month of March. We appreciate your support. Information about the Moscow Renaissance Fair and applications for craft and food booths are available at our website, www.moscowrenfair.org. See you at the Fair April 30th & May 1st!


DIME IN TIME

Through our Dime in Time program customers are given a 10-cent refund every time they bring in a reusable tote bag or drink cup. Cashiers will ask these customers if they would like to keep their refund or donate it to Dime in Time. A committee made up of Co-op staff, community members, and Co-op participating owners chooses one recipient for each month's Dime in Time donations. This program seeks to benefit non-profit, non-sectarian, and non-discriminatory organizations whose goals complement or support the Mission of the Co-op.