Thanks for a wonderful Marathon Weekend!
Whew, what a great weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m a little rummy today and I’m grateful I have some time to get my head collected and ready for the week.
Firstly, thanks to everyone who helped make this a wonderful marathon, again! We had almost a hundred different people participating over the weekend - with the whole range of experience and coming to Missoula from far and wide!
Thanks to Journey, Tommy, David, Lucia, Rebekah, Lisa, Rob, Buell, Katherine, Lauren and Lloyd for teaching and DJing for us. Your diverse perspectives, care and attention and enthusiasm made the weekend rich for everyone! Thanks to Ruth, Ellie, Chuck and Phil of Tango Sensación for their wonderful music at our Grand Milonga.
Thanks to all of you who came from… (Let’s see if I can cover the major cities....) Missoula, Stevensville, Hamilton, Kalispell, Helena, Bozeman, Livingston, Coeur d’Alene, Spokane, Idaho Falls, Billings, Nelson BC (and Grand Forks), Boise, Portland, Bismark, and Tucson!
And a special thanks to all the locals who hosted our out of town guests. As I figure it, we had 35 visiting guests billeted in 20 different homes. Wow! I hope you all get the opportunity to reciprocate and visit these other communities and stay with new friends.
Thanks also to all of you who volunteered your help in so many ways with the logistics for the weekend. All of your love and care makes the whole thing work! Thanks to Krys and Vince for hosting a fabulous Potluck BBQ, and to all of you who brought so much wonderful food! Thanks to Rob for running lights. And to all of the rest of you for the workings of the event, clean-up, decorating and organizing and even to last nights detailed clean-up: KJ, Lisa, Ann, Ryan, Danette, Lee, Buell, Pamela, Kalle, Krys, Michael, Tasha, Michaela, Vince, Danny, Sabina, Teresa, Sandra, Abby, Hemant, Julierae, George, Charlotte, Paul, and the rest of you!
Thanks again to the businesses that donated items for our raffles; The Empanada Shop, Wordens, Butterfly Herbs, Five on Black, Big Dipper, Kettlehouse, and Missoula Wine Merchants.
And of course a huge thanks to Heather who runs the Downtown Dance Collective for having created such an awesome space for us to live in for the whole weekend.
And lastly, a great thanks to Lori for all her help keeping me sane and being my foundation through all the juggling and logistics.
So, for follow-up, would you be willing to take a few moments to share your thoughts on the weekend? I’ve created a simple survey here: respond here.
Also, I’ll post many photos on the Marathon event page on Facebook: join here.
I have also uploaded them to a dropbox account. I’ll leave these online for a couple weeks, feel free to download what you want. Here’s the drop box link: view and download them here.
Here is another link to more photos from the weekend, photography by Chan Jong: view and download them here.
If anyone else took pictures and are willing to share, please post them to the Facebook page as well.
Till next time! Abrazos to you all!