Update from the Festival Participant Staff

Participant Staff Intern Brianne Wilson, a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary, is double checking and filing participant paperwork. In the background, Campus and Community Participant Assistant Laura Smith and Transportation Coordinator Andrew Bautista plug away at their computers.

Whoa–the festival is only a few weeks out!  Time is flying!  There’s still so much that the Participant Staff needs to get done.  We are processing paperwork from nearly 800 participants–this keeps us interns busy with data entry work.  This week, flights are being booked.  Everyone is working at 150% to get all the details finalized in time.  I have also been working on compiling materials for the participant information packets, such as finding good folding maps of D.C., updating lists of attractions to see on the down days, identifying amenities near the hotel, and creating fliers for helpful apps to use and for alternative transportation in and around D.C.   I’m really looking forward to getting to know the participants much better when they arrive, as right now I only know them by their allergies and food requests!  Being in college myself, it will be pretty neat meeting college students from all over the country coming in for the Campus and Community program.   I will also enjoy meeting the international visitors we’ll be receiving from places like Cameroon, South Africa, Venezuela, and Azerbaijan!

Carly Boucher is an intern working with the Festival Participant Staff. She is a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington and is studying English and History.

  • Rick Sonder

    When will you be posting the day-to-day schedule on the website? I will be in Washington from 6-24 through 7-8 and would like to include the Festival in my plans as much as possible. Thanks.

    • http://folk1a.si.edu Smithsonian Folklife Festival

      Hi Rick–We’re working on getting the schedule up soon. Thanks for your patience–and glad you’ll be in town for the entire run of the event. We will send out an announcement through facebook when the schedule is on the Web site, http://www.facebook.com/smithsonianfolklifefestival .