The following guest post was written by our friends at Words Worth Books
Words Worth Books has proudly sponsored the Grand Porch Party since its second year, seeing it as a phenomenal community-builder. Walking around the neighbourhood, stopping to catch an event or two, seeing so many familiar faces, is exactly the type of heartfelt initiative that appeals to us! Each year we’ve seen the organization grow its passionate volunteers, after a well-deserved Waterloo Region Arts Award for Best New Festival.
The Grand Porch Party nurtures first-time and seasoned performers and showcases our local talent in a vibrant, grassroots style, where everyone is invited to drop by. It also encourages neighbours to spend time together in collaboration and in celebration of porch culture, where friends swing by for a cold drink (there are usually kids selling lemonade – which makes our entrepreneurial hearts soar!) and some quality time. And the best part is how GPP defines “neighbour”. Every year I see the organizers reach far beyond the boundaries of Uptown West to encourage people to make it their neighbourhood for the day, enticing music-lovers to walk around and take in a performance, stopping to say hi to someone they know or to make a new acquaintance. Far from being defined by the physical boundaries of a neighbourhood, the GPP reminds us that any friendly space can fit a Region’s worth of people –and everyone is welcome!
Worth Worth Books applauds this people-first approach to inclusionary events and we look forward to it every year. We are a stone’s throw outside of the Uptown West limits but because of GPP, we feel like honorary residents. Thank you for inviting us to your porch these past few years, neighbours!!