Message to Love Introduction Let’s Work Together Program Development You Can Make it if You Try Goals Heard it Through the Grape Vine Publicity River Deep, Mountain High Campus Impact Raise Your Hand Audience Participation Ain’t Too Proud to Beg Community Service Leader of the Pack Uniqueness Come Together SHO Bonding All You Need is Love Closing Words
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“Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song, and I’ll try not to sing out of key.” As Richie Havens crooned these lyrics during Woodstock on August 15th, 1969, people from across the nation were united together in a groovy social revolution of peaceful protest. Forty years later on March 1, 2009, the Student Honors Organization followed in its steps, following Havens’ call by uniting for the cause of music, charity and friendship. In its far out premiere on Hume Commons Field, SHOstock blew the eardrums out of the University of Florida campus. An executive board of loving hippies, more commonly known as the residents of Hume Hall, put on SHOstock for any and all students of this happenin’ University of Florida - an event by students and for students. The bands that participated in the four-hour long concert varied from full-time musicians to high school jam-bands to artists who live right here in Hume. The different array of bands attracted a diverse audience, uniting for the common cause of music. In the psychedelic spirit of the sixties, we turned the field behind Hume into an image straight from the fields of the hippies. With stations to create outrageous tie-dye, hip hemp jewelry and a groovin’ pasture, we brought the feel of love, peace and happiness from the flower children directly to the backyard of Hume Hall. But you can’t capture the spirit of happiness and love without a bit of generosity. The peachiest part of SHOstock was that we reached out to charities within the community, by donating all proceeds contributed through penny wars for the battle of the bands. In the end, we raised over one hundred dollars for a local charity, raising awareness and promoting the spirit of love and kindness through music and a good time. The unity and philanthropic message that SHOstock promoted separates it from other events throughout campus, standing out as a happenin’ event rooted in music, community service and good times. So lend us your ear, and we’ll give you a Program of the Year.
The development of this freedom festival was a joint effort by all flower children within the Student Honors Organization. Members from the Social and Academic Committees came together The following are excerpts from a journal found on the ground in the aftermath of SHOStock 2009. January 10, 2009 Dear Diary, My Name is Sunbeam Horse Orangeblossom, and Iâ€™m keeping this diary so that future flower children will be able to learn about and even reproduce our out of sight event, SHOStock. After expanding our minds through the new age technique of light exercise, my fellow brothers and sisters of peace sat in a circle in my pad. We were just talking about the war and pollution, real bummer topics, when Riverbed came up with an idea that really blew our minds. She proposed that we put on a free concert with an ambiance of Woodstock from 1969! We could have local bands perform, tie-dye clothes, hemp bracelets, and it would all be outside in nature. Man, this idea we could really dig! We shared the jobs that would go into making such a groovy shindig. Specifically, Peacemoon Stream was going to find local bands, Sky Greenbud would take care of permitting with the establishment, and Riverbed would begin working on decorations. I, unfortunately, had to split because my flight to India is tomorrow, and I still have to pack.
to organize a free concert that would totally be outtaâ€™ sight. It was generally agreed that the theme should focus around the Woodstock Concert of 1969, and so we discussed the ways to make it a blast. We bounced ideas off of each other, and some were far out, while others were just too mellow. For example, the idea of reading facts about the original concert of 1969 during the event seemed like a happening idea, but it was decided by the group that preaching to the crowd would be a real bummer. We wanted this concert to be groovy and fun, not an uptight day in history class! Other ideas,
like offering free Tie-Dye and hemp bracelets, were agreed upon by us hipsters. We realized that such a far out event could also help a lot of people. There were going to be hundreds of people there to see the performances, and each person could do a lot of good for charity. With this in mind, we called up the Community Service Committee, and they could totally dig our idea.
All the flower children had to find the grooviest bands in all of Gainesville that would be willing to play at our concert. The Community Service Committee was jazzed to find that a lot of bands were jumping at the chance to perform for a good cause, even though they weren’t being paid. After finding the bands, they searched far and wide for recognizable charities and produced a long list of ones that would accept the donations. Finally, we gave all of the bands the list of charities to see which one each band would represent. Students within the Student Honors Organization were the sole creators of the idea for SHOstock; sixteen students were involved in the planning, and twenty-one were involved in the implementation and presentation. The division of tasks was business-like and efficient, but in true hippie fashion, we weren’t ones to let the man ruin our groove with rules and regulations. It wasn’t long before the rigid structure was gone and we threw out the book to follow our hearts and free our souls. Planning was quite a
MONEY (It’s What I Want)
trip, and at this point nothing was left but
1. Tie-dye: $45 2. Advertising: $24
to get down at our concert.
3. Hemp bracelets: $10
In order to pay proper homage to
4. Food/drink for bands: $15 Total: $104 All prospective honors students are required to pay a $40 fee when applying for the Honors Program. As the Student Honors Organization, we draw from these funds through the Honors Office. The program costs of SHOStock were minimal, though, compared to the amount of money we raised for the winning charity, Bike N Build.
the most psychedelic event of 1969, we had to make every aspect of SHOStock groovy and far out. To begin with, we had a graphic design artist decorate our fliers and handouts for SHOStock. It was very
important that the design looked professional because our fliers and handouts were the first contact that students had with SHOStock. We could dig what he came up with. We also made posters to hang up around the Hume Honors dorm. Each one featured peace signs, flowers, and smiley faces that filled onlookers with a good aura. The biggest poster was light
blue with a tree that had signs hanging in the branches like fruit (some even hanging with strings) and the band names on the trunk. We had a bird on our music festival poster like those who came before us; past had met present and formed something beautiful. In order to look the parts of flower children, everyone involved in presenting the program metamorphosed boring old white t-shirts into happenin’ tie-dye works of art. Bundled cloths were dipped into blow your mind blue, psychedelic purple, radical red, out of sight orange, mellow yellow, and groovy green dyes. Further flair was added through the adornment of headbands,
February 9, 2009 Dear Diary, I’m back in the United States, and a lot has been going on since I left! Sky sent the permit for Hume Field in on January 17, and Peacemoon made a list of all of the local bands for us to choose from for our lineup! Man, this kind of event can change the world if we all work hard! All of us involved took Peacemoon’s list and gave each band a listen on the Internet. We then rated the groovy bands with a high number and the bummer bands with a low number. In order for this event to really sock it to people, we need only the best performers! Finally, we asked Rain if she would be willing to help us in raising money for charity organizations. This event is going to be BIG, man, and that has the potential to help a lot of people. Rain said that she and her community service committee would be willing to put a list of charities together.
earrings, and face painting. When a fellow flower child arrived on the scene, he or she felt the good vibes from a magical trail of paper shapes leading to the concert field. There were peace signs, flowers, clouds, and arrows in bright, neon colors. After following the trail and the groovin’ music, the guests found our blankets scattered along the grass and large banners announcing our event. Each banner was a mosaic of colors with either “SHOStock” written on them or a sign of peace. The back balcony of Hume Commons served perfectly as a stage by allowing the bands to overlook their audience on the grass below. Below the stage was a table with donation buckets decorated with the insignias of the bands.
The minds behind the original Woodstock were inspired to unite the population for “3 Days of Peace & Music” and nearly forty years later, SHO sought to provide that same camaraderie – just on a shorter timeline and with a little more hygiene. SHOstock was about creating unity (and have a groovy time doin’ it!) that would rock people’s socks off. That crowd-drawing 1969 music festival was awe-inspiring, to say the least, but our goal wasn’t just to emulate Woodstock’s success. The original wasn’t just a concert, but a statement, a motion, and a movement against the war-ridden 1960’s. SHOstock wasn’t to be “just a concert” by any means—our “movement” was to gather together in support of lo cal charities. We could have focused on attracting the masses with eye-catchers like free food or gift card giveaways, but that would have been unfaithful to Woodstock’s vision. We were determined to bring in a crowd and lead the movement, all while keeping true to the legendary concert’s simple focus on just three things: music, peace and love. The first group we sought to attract through SHOStock was the Honors community. The purpose behind every SHO event is to bring together the members of the Student Honors Organization, but SHOstock capitalized on this goal even more. Loyal SHO event attendees flocked out, many bringing floormates and friends to take a peek at the action. Aside from the usual Hume residents, we were determined to bring out more off-campus Honors students, who usually cannot attend SHO events due to time conflicts or personal arrangements. Because it took place on Sunday and lasted several hours, many of our Honors friends and classmates were able to make the trek out to Hume to attend, some opting to spend the whole day jamming with us. We’re proud to say that our Honors crowd wasn’t limited to just the audience—four of our six acts performing were comprised of SHO students. Musical performance is impressive in itself, but the effect of powerful lyrics and inspiring chords is stronger when it’s your classmates from ‘Age of the Blockbuster’ performing it. There was certainly a feeling of pride as Honors students gathered to listen, knowing that those talented individuals were rockin’ their Honors shirts when the amps and mics were put away.
Much like Woodstock, SHOStock wasn’t one to discriminate against its audience. While having any and all kinds of Honors students attend is groovy, we wanted to open up our field of love and tunes for all of the university. Music is for everybody, whether they live in Trusler, Yulee, or even off-campus – any student was welcome. By advertising through Facebook, The Alligator, and all over campus, we made sure to hit up every outlet that any student might see. All these advertisements were a great success! We encountered residents from different residence halls like Murphree and Graham, technologically savvy students who saw our ad on Facebook, and news-conscious students who saw the blurb in The Alligator. By targeting as many students as possible, we made sure our audience was as diverse as the original mud-slinging festival. As if seeking to unite an organization, a population, and a school wasn’t a large enough task, we had one final audience we wanted to reach—the Gainesville community. The philanthropic aspect of SHOstock was structured to incorporate numerous organizations. Each participating band chose a local cause to represent, raising awareness about the charities available in Gainesville. Concert-goers were urged to “vote” using spare change for their favorite bands. At the end of the night, the band with the most “votes” would not only be named Best Band, but would also have the privilege of donating all the collected proceeds to their chosen cause. The structure of the fundraiser thus had a double appeal: voters could support not only their favorite band, but also the charity closest to their hearts. The success of this was evident as we totaled up the contributions to be given to Bike & Build, the charity of Joe’s Feral Cats. We’d known all along that we could count on our music lovers to come together for the greater good, but what we hadn’t foreseen was that the unity would spread to a non-UF population. Our intention was to make UF
students more aware of the community around them, but the Gainesville community was physically represented through the band INfinity, allowing us to have true unification rather than simple awareness. This group of high school students gave a stellar performance, shocking the audience and their college age co-performers. These individuals brought their families and an enthusiastic throng of groupies to the event, creating an audience of diverse residences and ages. Several band members commented on the magnitude of the event, even demonstrating an interest in the University of Florida after seeing what kind of events could be put on by an area government. These students have a few years left before theyâ€™ll be off to college, but they already interacted and demonstrated enthusiasm as though they were not only residents of Gainesville, but of the Gator Nation. Posters taken down, bands cleared out, and the field free of hippies, we couldnâ€™t help but be proud; SHOstock was a success, and we had met and surpassed every one of our goals. We wanted to bring out UF students and the Gainesville community; we sought to collect a bit of money for charity and, with a little help from our friends, we raised not only an impressive sum, but awareness as well. We hoped to attract attention with nothing more than music and peace, and we received outstanding enthusiasm from our audience. Even more than that, we had a real effect on the people around us. People came together - the Gainesville and University of Florida communities blended into one as past, current, and future Gators supported the movement and shared a love of music. The SHO Executive Board drew the Honors Program closer by bringing out off-campus fans and showcasing the abilities of our very own Honors students. Just like its predecessor, SHOStock made a difference.
It was expected that some 200,000 enthusiasts would turn up to Woodstock, but they ended up with nearly half a million in attendance as the greater population caught wind. We were glad to have the warning! Publicity was a huge part of what made SHOStock such a success. A team of about twelve people worked to make four huge, laminated posters that were hung around Hume and campus to advertise the event. Groovy fliers were created by a graphic design artist, and after running off a few hundred copies, they were placed everywhere on campus from Turlington to Library West; one even ended up in the chemistry lab. For the squares in a daze with their noses in a book that missed the campus walls plastered with peace, an advertisement was placed in the “Events” section of the Alligator, the campus newspaper. The ad was also posted on their website for the day. An
February 22, 2009 Dear Diary, Peacemoon has tallied our votes and has the band lineup for SHOStock! This is so exciting! Here are the band names that we’re all going to get down to: High Life, Andrea Friedlander, Raarfaction, Infinity, Joe’s Feral Cats, Crashby Knowing these, we made the most psychedelic posters that you can imagine! There were trees, hanging symbols of peace, and trippy birds: anything to catch the eye. These are now hung up around the Hume Residence Hall. Rain sent her list of charities to the six bands and instructed them to pick the one that they felt would be radical to represent.
advertisement appeared for about a week on the “Honors Daily,” an email listserv that goes out each day to all Honors students. February 23, 2009 Dear Diary, We had a graphic design artist create a design for our fliers. With these, we made a massive amount of copies and organized ourselves to cover all parts of campus. Some of us are covering Hume with our message, while others are finding more creative spots. I am responsible for tagging the Psychology building and the New Engineering building with fliers. We really want to get the word out to the squares outside of Hume. Also, Riverbed went shopping for tie-dye, hemp, and refreshments for the bands.
We were ecstatic to see SHO’s first ever Facebook advertisement, featuring the trippy, professional image used on all of our fliers and providing a link to our very own Facebook event. Everyone in the SHO and Hume Hall groups was invited and encouraged to invite their friends to the group as well. The weekend before SHOstock, every
person on SHO changed their profile picture to the graphic design flier and made some sort of reference to SHOstock in their Facebook status. Statuses were varied in phrasing and punctuation, but in the end they all had the same message: how pumped we were about SHOstock. members also invaded the Gator Nights’ Midnight Breakfast the Friday before the event, with members from every single committee showing up at 11:55 to trek to the student union, spreading the SHOstock love to the hungry students in line. It was impossible to fight off the
positive energy, even if we’d (for some unimaginable reason) wanted to do so. On the day of the event, about thirty minutes before the first band was going to begin their set, a group of around ten people went door to door throughout Hume reminding people about the event. If someone was found stuck in their room on that beautiful Sunday afternoon, it didn’t take much persuasion to get them to come down to Hume Commons and participate in the events at SHOstock. Overall, the massive amount of publicity that went into this event is what made it such a huge success. Whether students were out and about on campus, had their noses stuck in a book, or sat on their computer checking Facebook all day, they had an opportunity to hear about SHOstock.
February 28, 2009 Dear Diary, Wow man, it is so late that I can barely keep my eyes open! I guess that it’s Saturday now, but I really want to write about Friday. A couple of hours ago, my fellow flower children and I adorned the garb of peace and love and rallied at Gator Nights with small fliers for SHOStock. We wore tiedye shirts, headbands, and face paint. You see, at 12:00 A.M. there is a long line in the Reitz Union of people waiting for free breakfast. They just stand there, mellowing out, until it’s their turn for food! Well, all of us walked along the line and passed out fliers to anyone who would take them. I would say that we did them a favor. Oh yeah, before I forget: all of the bands have contacted Rain with their choices for the charities that they would represent. Whichever band raises the most money at our event earns ALL of the money for their charity. We are going to help so many people, and through the power of music, too!
“Dude, they’re just asking for donations to prop up the establishment. Don’t fall for their jive.” All too often, college students don’t see the merit in donating to a worthy cause. Maybe they think the bureaucracy will steal their bread, or maybe they’re just rebelling against the man. Regardless, most are hesitant at best to take scratch from their love bus savings to help the less fortunate. SHOstock’s main jive was giving power to the people in their chance to give back. If there’s anything that really sticks it to the man, it’s a music festival. Loud guitars, tie dye, and cool cats crashing on the grass block all of the bad karma he tries to force on you. Thus, in the counterculture that is college, musicians are always a boss source of information. By having each band choose a charity to rep, we allowed the residents to actually tune in to the peachy message and action of each of these organizations. The battle of the bands format spurred competition to donate even more so that their favorite group would be crowned the winner. Unless they are the squarest of squares, the average hippie digs some groovy tunes. It takes their mind off of the daily grind, inspires them, or incites some movin’ and shakin’. Live music is even more happening, setting the stage for a nearly spiritual event- creating something out of thin air. With popular groups from around campus, as well as relatively unknown bands recruited, residents and nonresidents alike were drawn to Hume Commons Field for an afternoon of musical nirvana. With the sun shining high and the cool breeze blowing, it was a Sunday that demanded outdoor relaxation. With fashion of the 60s making a come back in our generation, the opportunity to make some vintage tie dye threads was also very enticing. This event can blow the mind of any other area government on any other campus, as long as there’s a passionate group of hippies willing to put forth some effort. Put up some bright publicity promoting peace, love and outrageous music, and then hang loose and enjoy your very own Woodstock at any campus! By using different outlets for publicizing the opportunity for a concert you can easily attract some up-and-coming bands. Getting the right kind of bands is essential for the success of the event different grooves rock different worlds. We were fortunate enough to find righteous bands to rock for, speaking even more to the hip community spirit. Once you have a set-list and these eager musical artists, you just need to get your hands on some sound equipment – microphones, speakers, amps and mic stands. As long as there is an open area for plenty of fans to gather as the bands perform, the logistics of your event are set! Throw in some happening hands-on activities – hemp-bracelet making, tie-dye, tattoo making – and your residents will be jazzed and entertained while they groove to the tune
The most jammin’ part of SHOStock (aside from the bands) was the fact that the residents got to participate in activities that extended beyond listening to the sweet tunes. We wanted hippies to be able to interact throughout the program, and take something away from it (literally). So, we decided to provide plenty of outlets for creativity and hands-on activity. We encouraged the hip mamas and dudes who stopped on by to bring their own threads to tie dye, as we had giant buckets full of dye in every color of the rainbow. After creating their psychedelic rags, the residents could braid and bead their own jewelry. We provided not only the hemp rope and wooden beads, but also a radical jewelry instructor. The activities not only encouraged residents to crash the whole time while they worked on the activities, but also allowed them to feel like they were actually part of the spirit of the event. We then invited the audience to vote for their favorite band through “Penny Wars”. By providing the competition with a “winning” band, the residents were able to decide the outcome of the event, taking audience participation at an event to the max.
Throughout the happening year here at the University of Florida, The Student Honors Organization has given power to the people in over a dozen charities. When the White Lake of Hume Commons Field filled with groovy cats and chicks for SHOstock, however, it was truly a fresh and far out experience. It was a revolution- let the free flowing karma decide. So the six local bands jamming at our event each chose a happening charity of their own to play for, and the battle began. The first set was played by High Life for the American Red Cross. These humanitarians come together in helping with emergency assistance, domestic disaster relief, and education. While most of the dudes around town may be against the establishment, the Red Cross is especially dedicated to supporting military members, their dependents, and the needy. Andrea Friedlander then set an acoustic groove while supporting Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society. This once a year gathering expands the mind of all those in attendance by speaking of prevention and treatment of cancer, bringing bread to researching for a cure, memorializing those who have passed, and celebrating the survivors who said that they shall overcome.
Adding an alternative sound and rocking for St. Francis House was Raarfaction. This shelter is a pad for dudes without a home which also serves primo meals to any man or mama down on their luck. They take a bad scene and flip it by offering management services to help the needy get back in action. Fourth to jam was INfinity. They started a buzz with their notes for the Children’s Home Society of Alachua County. This organization stands to say they are not gunna take the oppression of abused, abandoned, and forgotten children and offers a safe haven for kids in this heavy situation. They also give adoption, mentoring, family care, and search and reunion services. Bringing in a new wave, Joe’s Feral Cats played next for Bike and Build. This non-profit not only speaks of affordable housing but rallies groovy cats to build and fundraise for it. People from our generation spend their summer riding bikes, instead of love buses, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, stopping along the way to construct some righteous digs. The happening band to wrap up the festival was Crashby who stood for the United Way. In the true spirit of open minds and love, this organization promotes the good of the community by focusing on education, income, and health. They unite people from all different scenes to support these building blocks for a peachy life. While the jams were flowing, the community came to crash on blankets, make free tie-die threads and hemp bracelets, and speak their voice for the grooviest band or charity. With “Penny War” voting, $178.11 was raised in total with the winning charity, Bike and Build, receiving the
sum. The voting gave power to the common hippie to make an impact on the community and express their beliefs. They were jazzed for Joe’s Feral Cats and Bike and Build, which truly affects not just Hume or Gainesville, but the nation at large. One of SHO’s own, Josh McLawhorn, has pledged his summer to take this trip and turn, turn, turn around the bummer housing situation in America. By doing this, he joins over 750 other bikers who have donated over $1.6 million and 36,000 hours in this far out journey since 2002. SHO bikers were not the only cats reached by this day. While one of the bands was composed of “Hume Kids”, the others were from the local Gainesville scene, including a high school group, and just wanted to do what they could for a cause. This brought a fresh outreach past just the Honors scene. Along with the Hume kids dancing in the streets, the 130 who tuned in included dudes and mamas both older and younger than a typical college cat. In this respect, fundraising was not the only community service performed. We united generations from the flower child to the man, and those in between. Not only was the audience now aware of, giving bread to, and bonding over the different out of sight organizations around, but they opened their minds to a different sense of what a happening community we can build. While SHOstock may have rocked out only once this year, the impact is far from over. All the groovy participants are digging their fresh tie die threads and beaded hemp bracelets. Josh is going ape in anticipation of representing SHO and UF in his summer of Bike and Build service. A far out buzz followed the event with people jazzed for a revival next year. It has almost surely become a tradition not only for SHO, but for those who attended and the new love they will bring back for years to come.
In 1964, the Beatles rocked out on the Ed Sullivan Show to an audience of 73 million viewers. In 1967, Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire and smashed it to pieces. From August 15th to 18th 1969, half a million people united at the Woodstock Music Festival to celebrate “peace and music.” These radical times shaped the face of rock and roll because of their fresh ideas and funky energy. On March 1st 2009, SHOstock followed in these footsteps. No other groovin’ Area Government had even dreamed of a concert this big. Its uniqueness and far out execution made it a truly memorable event which others will strive to emulate. Just like Woodstock revolutionized the art of the concert, SHOstock took the typical AG music event to new heights. Although groovin’ programs are nothing new to our campus (Open Mic Nights have been happenin’ since the groundbreaking of UF), they usually are much more chill than SHOstock. Channeling the Woodstock name meant channeling its spirit and fresh concepts. Instead of simply holding a concert, we decided to make SHOstock a charity event. By giving the flower children the opportunity to vote for their favorite band through donations, we created a totally new way of blending music and residence hall programming. The mini-music festival format was also a novel concept. Never before had local groups, much less six bands with vastly different styles, jammed together for such a large audience at an AG event. Even though the event itself was out of this world, the audience was what truly made it unique. For some programs, the attendance can be around 30 residents from the local scene. However, much like Woodstock, SHOstock brought together an outrageously large audience from all different styles. One hundred and twenty five fraternity brothers, high school hippies, aspiring reporters, and UF cats from halls all over campus were present. Residents who had never been to a single Area Government event were there. Middle-aged folks who didn’t even know what an “AG” is crashed on the lawn. All united by their love for music, these 130 people grooved to the sounds of reggae, blues, punk, and indie music for over four hours. The half-million who gathered in the name of peace and music four decades earlier would have been proud.
It wasnâ€™t just matching tie dye threads that united the SHO Executive Board on this day of peace, love and music. When the blankets were picked up and the yellow submarines were sent back to sea, we stepped back to reflect on what a far out trip this had been. For the first time, all four committees on the SHO Executive Board united to tune in to one event. Academic channeled The Who in the bands that they selected, the Social cats brought flower power to the rags of the attendees, Residential plastered the campus with fresh and far out fliers, and Community Service blew peopleâ€™s minds with the knowledge of a bad scene that can easily be fixed. Whether piecing together mosaic posters or placing a peace sign path leading to the back lawn, mamas and cats from all different scenes were going ape from the jazzed atmosphere and peachy karma of the day. It could never be all work and no play with the SHO hippies. The free flowing frisbees matched the free flowing love, singing, and grooving. From posing for pictures to rocking out with groupies, we created a happening scene that left us all saying we were truly so happy together.
March 1, 2009
Dear Diary, SHOStock was a blast, and that’s no lie! It was so much work, but it was totally worth it. This morning, we had to make groovy decorations for the stage and pathway to the field. We made mosaic posters announcing SHOStock and large banners in tie-dye colors. They were really trippy and cool, man. For the pathway, we cut arrows, clouds, peace signs, and flowers out of neon paper to use as lining. I feel that these promoted a good aura with guests coming to join us. We also had to clear space in Hume Commons for the bands and their instruments. We even provided cookies and drinks for them. Once the music started, good vibes flew into the air and drew people form far and wide. Music is very powerful, man. And, the bands were so good; I got down to every song. Riverbed took charge of the tie-dye and hemp bracelet station, and she did a good job. I feel that these free activities will help guests to remember the far out time that they had at SHOStock. I, for one, will always wear my hemp anklet. Now, the last band is done playing. They were so mellow, but in a good way! I’m so sleepy; I think that I’m going to crash. Joe’s Feral Cats raised the most money for Bike-NBuild, by the way. That’s out of sight because a lot of people out there are suffering from not having a place to live. Now we need to clean up the trash and put all of the equipment back, but I am so sleepy. I think I’ll just take a quick nap. -Sunbeam Horse Orangeblossom.