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Young People Don’t ‘Want to Work’

  • In a recent podcast, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said socialism is taking over the US.
  • Mackey also expressed concern that younger people “don’t seem like they want to work.”
  • The co-founder is leaving the chain in September and says he feels more free to express his opinions.

Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said he fears “socialists are taking over” in the US and that young people “don’t seem like they want to work.”

The co-founder of the supermarket chain made the statements in a podcast that was released on Wednesday with Reason Magazine, a monthly libertarian publication.

“They’re marching through institutions,” Mackey said in the interview in response to questions around the labor shortage and the impact of the pandemic on Whole Foods.

“They’re taking over everything. It looks like they’ve taken over a lot of the corporations. It looks like they’ve taken over the military. And it’s just continuing. You know, I’m a capitalist at heart, and I believe in liberty and capitalism. Those are my twin values. And I feel like, you know, with the way freedom of speech is today, the movement on gun control, a lot of the liberties that I’ve taken for granted most of my life, I think, are under threat.”

Spokespeople from Whole Foods and its parent company, Amazon, did not respond to a request for comment ahead of publication.

The 68-year-old attributes much of the political and social changes in the US to the younger generation.

“I feel like I’ve become my father,” he said. “I don’t understand the younger generation.” 

The CEO said Whole Foods has had difficulty recruiting new workers since the pandemic started, even as the chain hiked wages. Mackey attributed the labor shortage to COVID-19 unemployment benefits and said the company has had greater difficulty recruiting in more “liberal cities” like New York, Los Angeles, or San Francisco.

“Younger people aren’t quick to work because they want meaningful work,” Mackey told Reason Magazine. “You can’t expect to start with meaningful work. You’re going to have to earn it over time.”

Over the past few years, Whole Foods and its parent company Amazon have been repeatedly accused of union busting. In 2020, Insider’s Hayley Peterson reported that the grocery chain had created a heat map to track stores that were at risk of unionizing. 

Mackey is one of several to claim people no longer want to work. Earlier this year, Kim Kardashian sparked backlash when she said “It seems like nobody wants to work these days.” It’s been an all too common refrain since the pandemic started, but the perception had been around for decades.

One expert previously told Insider the notion that younger generations are lazier and more entitled is just another “generational effect” or form of “back in my day.”

Mackey, who says he believes in “conscious capitalism” — a business philosophy that says companies should operate ethically and serve the interests of all instead of just corporate interests — said he felt comfortable sharing his thoughts since he will be leaving the brand on September 1 after 44 years at the company.

“I have muzzled myself ever since 2009,” Mackey said, referring to an op-ed he wrote for The Wall Street Journal 13 years ago where he criticized Obamacare. The interview sparked backlash and a boycott on Whole Foods.

“My board basically shut me down. It’s like a father, they started attacking the child, and I was intimidated enough to shut up,” Mackey added.

But, the CEO said in six weeks he will be fully free to express his political opinions.

“I was telling my leadership team, pretty soon, you’re going to be hearing about ‘crazy John’ who’s no longer muzzled, and you’re going to have to say, ‘We can’t stop John from talking any longer,'” Mackey said.


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People in Bangladesh living in heaven amid global recession: Foreign Minister

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“The people of Bangladesh are in heaven compared to other countries amid the global recession,” said Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen today (August 12, 2022).

A specific faction is spreading fear that Bangladesh will have a similar disaster as Sri Lanka, however, this is baseless, he told reporters after a view-exchange meeting on land acquisition for an expansion project of Sylhet Osmani International Airport, reports our Sylhet correspondent.

When asked if Switzerland would be requested for information about money launderers again, the minister replied that countries, where money is laundered, do not wish to exchange such information.

Earlier the finance ministry and Bangladesh Bank had sought information about 67 people and their money in Swiss banks. At that time, they gave information about only one person.

Although the information was sought several times, Switzerland, a friend of Bangladesh was urged not to provide misinformation, the minister said.




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U.S. Senate Commemorates AHEPA’s 100th Anniversary

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Senate passed by unanimous consent a resolution that commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the Order of AHEPA’s founding, on August 6, 2022, announced Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas.

“We sincerely appreciate the U.S. Senate for commemorating our centennial anniversary, and we are thrilled,” Supreme President Kokotas said. “We are grateful to Senators Chris Van Hollen and Marco Rubio for their sponsorship of the resolution, Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin for bringing it to the floor, and to its co-sponsors, Senators Mike Braun and Ben Cardin, for their collective support.”

The resolution commemorates the 100th Anniversary of AHEPA’s founding, applauds its mission, and commends the many charitable contributions of its members to communities in the United States and around the world. It also recognizes the significant contributions to the United States of citizens of Hellenic heritage.

“For a century, AHEPA has become an integral piece of the American mosaic, serving as a vital vehicle for the progressive development and emergence of Americans of Hellenic heritage into every facet of society,” Kokotas said. “This fulfillment shows the promise of the American Dream is real. The resolution fittingly captures our 100-year journey, pays homage to our immigrant forebears, and sets forth the significant contributions of Greek Americans to society.”

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Business News | Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya Announces Scholarships for the Children of Martyrs

Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], August 12 (ANI/NewsVoir): In what can be called as a tribute to martyrs, on the auspicious event of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and our Independence Day, Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya, India’s rapidly growing Edtech today announced that it will be awarding 100 per cent scholarships on tuition fee to the children of Martyrs. Children studying in classes 3rd-13th can visit infinitylearn.com to register and avail the scholarship. The scholarships are a token of thanks for the services of the Indian armed forces towards the country and to its citizens and will be available between August 12-19, 2022.

“The motto of Sri Chaitanya has always been to give back to the nation. No better day to commit to this than today. This is a small step to honour the sacrifices made by martyrs and give to their Children the gift of learning and education. It’s in the mission of the Sri Chaitanya Education Group to find, identify, train and create tomorrow’s leaders. The group has been relentlessly conducting many industry-leading educational initiatives, employing innovative methodologies and instruction methods to bring about a sort of revolution in the education sector in India,” said Sushma Boppana, Founder Director, Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya.

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Speaking on the announcement, Ujjwal Singh, President & CEO, Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya said, “Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya salutes the contribution and sacrifices of the Indian armed forces and their families to our nation. We are glad to have the opportunity of contributing to making their lives easy and thank them for their selfless service with this initiative. It has been our mission to provide accessible and affordable solutions in education. The objective is to help students across the country and then train them to become India’s greatest Doctors, Engineers, and Scientists and help them find a successful futuristic career.”

Through this scholarship, Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya would like to honour the brave souls who lost their lives trying to protect the nation and secure their children’s future. With this endeavour, the company also pays its homage to our defence forces this year by facilitating education of wards of martyr’s.

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Asia’s largest Education Group Sri Chaitanya, Infinity Learn is the fastest-growing EdTech company in India. Led by people with the purpose to ‘Power Learner’s Progress’ has achieved one million-plus registered users and 100K+ paid users on the platform in a span of 10 months since its commercial launch. We have over 10 million+ questions attempted by learners on our platform so far and robust 500K+ questions in our question bank with over 300K+ solutions (including vernacular content being created in-house), making it one of the few companies in India today claiming the content leadership. Infinity Learn takes pride in making employees its priority and propagate “Think Like an Owner” in all aspects of the job and make them feel valued and respected. The aim to High-Trust, High-Performance Culture helps deliver sustained business results and make each employee become a part of the great place. And so all of them are committed to the vision of ‘Powering Learner’s Progress’ and making Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya a Great Place to Work FOR ALL.

Also well Awarded in its very first year of inception

– Awarded for “Innovation in Pedagogical Practices” at the 24th World Education Summit 2022.

– “Best use of customer insights and Feedback in EduTech services” at the CX Excellence Awards 2022.

– Youngest and Fastest growing EdTech in India to get certified “Great Place to Work” (within the very first year of our inception).

– First EdTech brand from Asia awarded as Infinity Learn, the only EdTech Brand in Asia to have Bagged Asia’s Prestigious Brands (Rising) in EdTech and Marketing Meister Awards at the Celebrated Global Business Symposium 2022.

– Infinity Learn conferred with the ‘Best Testing and Assessment Solution of the Year’ 2022 award by Entrepreneur India Magazine.

– Zee Hindustan conferred ‘The Most Promising Edtech Brand’ 2021 Award to Infinity Learn by Sri Chaitanya.

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Using nature and data to weather coastal storms

Using nature and data to weather coastal storms
As extreme weather events become more common, seaside regions are particularly vulnerable. Credit: James Peacock via Unsplash

Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and intense, sometimes with tragic consequences. Europe’s coastal cities are preparing to meet the challenges with help from nature and data from outer space.

As the people of La Faute-Sur-Mer—a small French coastal town in the Vendée north of La Rochelle—tucked into bed on the night of 27 February 2010, a was raging out at sea.

Swirling, cyclonic winds, high waves and heavy rain blown up across the Bay of Biscay combined with a high spring tide to wreak havoc as it battered the coastline of western France. Residents awoke to a scene of utter devastation.

Perched perilously between the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the river Lay on the other, the town was completely inundated by flooding from the storm surge. Homes, property and businesses were ruined.

Of the 53 people in France who died as a result of Storm Xynthia, 29 were from La Faute.

In a town with a population of just 1,000 people, it was a devastating tragedy.

Extreme weather

Such are becoming more common and seaside regions are particularly vulnerable, says Dr. Clara Armaroli, a coastal geomorphologist who specializes in coastal dynamics (how coastlines evolve).

In response, the University School for Advanced Studies (IUSS) in Pavia, Italy, is leading a pan-European project to develop an early-warning system to increase coastal resilience. Armaroli coordinates the project, called the European Copernicus Coastal Flood Awareness System (ECFAS).

“Given climate change and , we know there will be an increase in the tendency and the magnitude of coastal storms,” Dr. Armaroli said.

“What’s needed is an awareness system at a European level to inform decisions.”

ECFAS has been set up to develop a proof-of-concept for an early-warning system for . It will develop a functional and operational design.

It draws on data and uses tools from the EU’s Copernicus Earth observation satellites and from the Copernicus Services.

Central to this is how data about storm surges, magnitude of flooding and potential impact could be incorporated into the EU’s Copernicus Emergency Management Service (Copernicus EMS).

Copernicus EMS is a space-based monitoring service for Europe and the globe that uses satellite data to spot signs of impending disaster, whether from forest fires, droughts or river flooding.

Coastal flooding is not yet part of the Copernicus emergency management mix so ECFAS wants to “plug the gap” says Armaroli.

This will ensure that coastal flooding is monitored in future and that such vulnerabilities become part of its watching brief.

In addition to charting the progression of storms that break on Europe’s coastlines, the ECFAS team is integrating data about the changes to shorelines caused by coastal erosion. It’s a growing concern as sea-levels rise across the globe.

Boundary erosion

“The vulnerability and exposure of our coastal areas are also increasing due to erosion, which is narrowing the boundary between the land and the sea,” said Dr. Armaroli.

The early-warning system will gather data from an array of sources, all of which impact flood risk. This includes geographic factors such as and cover, soil type, tidal changes, wave components and sea levels.

It is being designed to provide forecasts for coastal storm hazards up to five days out. Potentially, it could work in tandem with pre-existing regional and national systems to improve local defenses.

Looking beyond the proof-of-concept stage, Armaroli hopes ECFAS-Warning for coastal awareness can play a critical role in helping areas better prepare for when disaster strikes.

“Our work has started a process, but in the future, we hope this can really help increase the resilience of our coastal areas to the coming extreme weather events,” she said.

On the west coast of Ireland, in the Atlantic seaport town of Sligo, an environmental engineer named Dr. Salem Gharbia is taking the challenges faced by to the next level.

With the project—SCORE—Smart Control of the Climate Resilience in European Cities—Dr. Gharbia’s team is building a network of “living labs” to rapidly and sustainably enhance local resilience to coastal damage.

“Coastal cities face major challenges currently because they are so densely populated and because their location makes them vulnerable to sea-level rise and climate change,” he said.

With SCORE’s network of 10 coastal cities—from Sligo to Benidorm, Dublin to Gdańsk—Dr. Gharbia intends to create an integrated solution that should help coastal centers to mitigate the risks.

“The main idea behind the concept is that we have coastal cities learning from each other,” he said.

Co-created solutions

“Each living lab faces different local challenges,” he said, “But each has been established to include citizens, local stakeholders, engineers, and scientists to co-create solutions that can increase local resilience.”

Through the network, SCORE wants to pioneer nature-based solutions such as the restoration of floodplains or wetlands that reduce the risk of flooding in coastal regions. It’s a model that is already proving effective.

One example, a project to bio-engineer sand dunes in Sligo for stronger natural defenses, is also being tested in Portugal.

The team is developing smart technologies to monitor and evaluate emerging coastal risks. In addition to using existing Earth observation data, this means the community can become involved through new citizen science projects aimed at expanding local data collection.

In Sligo, locals are already getting involved in the monitoring of coastal erosion using what Dr. Gharbia terms “DIY sensors”—drone kites—equipped with cameras, to survey local topography.

Elsewhere, citizens are helping to monitor and record water levels and quality, as well as wind speed and direction with a variety of other sensors.

Sustaining local citizen involvement in this way is crucial to SCORE’s success, said Gharbia.

“It’s essential that this is two-way for citizens,” he said. “Without engaging them fully in the process of co-design and co-creation of ideas to mitigate risks, you will never get them committed to the types of solution proposed.”

Data sources

All of this, of course, is creating a wealth of new data from a multitude of sources. But Dr. Gharbia is adamant that an integrated approach is critical.

“The main reason we’re developing this system is,” he said, “We’ve realized that to increase climate resilience we have to utilize all the information coming in from different sources.”

Ultimately, the goal behind the work is for a real-time, early warning system that could be used by local and regional policy makers to test a range of “what if” scenarios.

Currently, the team are categorizing the data and optimizing the systems and models. In time, they hope other regions can learn from the approach and develop similar living labs.

Dr. Gharbia said the impact of his research project should be “to create an integrated solution that can be used in multiple different locations and can make a big impact in increasing local coastal resilience.”

Resilience like it should spread far and wide. “The main purpose is a solution that can be replicated and scaled up,” said Dr. Gharbia. The tragic consequences of more frequent and more intense coastal storms must be averted.


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GOP spends big in state-level effort to change Constitution

DENVER (AP) — The fliers piled up in mailboxes in central South Dakota like snow during a high-plains blizzard: “Transgender Sex Education in Schools?” one asked. “Vote Against Sex Ed Radical Mary Duvall for State Senate.”

The mailers were part of a $58,000 campaign against the five-term Republican lawmaker, an enormous sum of money in a place where the cost of running for a statehouse seat is typically in the low five figures. Despite the subject of the attack ads, Duvall was targeted not for her stance on sex education but for her opposition to a longshot bid by some conservatives to force a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.

“I knew they were angry at me, but I had no idea this was going to be coming during my primary campaign,” said Duvall, who ended up losing her race by 176 votes.

Duvall opposed legislation that would have added South Dakota to 19 other states calling for a gathering known as a convention of states, following a plan mapped out by a conservative group that wants to change parts of the United States’ foundational document. When that number hits two-thirds of the states — or 34 — under the procedure laid out in the Constitution, a convention would meet with the power to amend the 235-year-old document.

The campaign against Duvall was part of a more than $600,000 push in at least five states earlier this year by the group, Convention of States Action, and its affiliates in Republican primaries to elect sympathetic lawmakers who could add more states to its column. Much of the money comes from groups that do not have to disclose their donors, masking the identity of who is funding the push to change the Constitution.

Mark Meckler, the group’s president and former head of Tea Party Patriots, issued a brief statement saying the group was committed to being active in the midterms “in a big way.”

For years, Convention of States Action has been a staple of the conservative political scene. But its engagement in primary campaigns marks an escalation at a time when parts of the conservative movement are testing the limits of the nation’s political rulebook, pushing aggressive tactics from gerrymandering to voting restrictions.

The track record of the convention group’s spending is spotty. In South Dakota, where the group and its affiliates spent more than $200,000 targeting four state Senate seats, Duvall was the only one of its targets to lose. And the challenger who beat her, Jim Mehlhaff, said in an interview that he thinks the group’s intervention hurt him.

“I didn’t appreciate the negative tone of their mailers. It probably cost me some votes,” said Mehlhaff, a former member of Pierre’s city commission who had his own base of support in the district before the intervention of Convention of States. “This is South Dakota. People don’t like negative campaigns.”

Mehlhaff was baffled at the notion that a possible constitutional convention factored so heavily in his race: “Convention of states is not my issue at all,” he said.

Supporters of a convention argue it’s the best way to amend the Constitution — especially to take power from Congress, which has to approve by a two-thirds vote any proposed amendments that don’t come from a convention. Still, no amendments have been implemented through a convention since the Constitution was ratified in 1788.

Backers argue that any amendments that emerge from the convention would have to be approved by even more states than required to call it — three-quarters, or 38 of them — ensuring that the only changes would be measures with broad support. The GOP would have the upper hand in that venue, though, as it controls the legislatures in 30 states.

One liberal group is pushing for a convention to change campaign finance laws that has won backing in four states, while another effort by conservatives seeks one to impose a balanced budget amendment. The Convention of States group is more vague on its goals, stating that it seeks a gathering that could pass amendments only to “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”

That alarms many Democrats, who see the push as a partisan effort to write conservative goals into the Constitution. But several conservatives have also balked, fearing that a convention could open the document to changes they wouldn’t favor, such as on gun control or campaign spending.

“Lots of things can happen that we can’t predict” if there’s a constitutional convention, said Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the conservative Cato Institute in Washington, D.C. “A lot of Republicans are temperamentally conservative and don’t like taking large leaps into the unknown, and they are going to be seen as dragging their heels.”

The convention group has won some successes lately. Earlier this year, it persuaded South Carolina’s GOP-controlled Legislature to approve a motion for a convention, making it the 19th state, all Republican-run, to sign on. But it has been stymied in some solidly conservative states such as South Dakota, whose state Senate has repeatedly voted down resolutions for a convention.

Duvall said that’s because Republican voters there don’t want a constitutional rewrite.

“The majority of my constituents I’ve talked to say ‘No, this is a bad idea and dangerous,’” Duvall said.

Robert Natelson, a retired law professor who formerly served as an advisor to Convention of States Action, said that’s a result of fear-mongering. He has researched historical conventions of states and said they have clear procedures and limitations. They have occurred throughout the country’s history with varied records of accomplishment, on subjects ranging from the war of 1812 to how certain Western states would share water from the Colorado River.

“This was a process designed for the people to use,” Natelson said. “If you think everything’s going well, if you’re part of the 15% of the population that has a favorable view of Congress, then you don’t want a convention.”

The movement is using money to combat skepticism. Convention of States Action and its affiliated foundation reported raising more than $10 million in 2020, according to IRS documents. As nonprofits, the organizations do not need to disclose most of their donors.

The Convention of States’ recent spending came through multiple newly created political groups that steered campaign money around the country, largely shielding donors from disclosure.

“They have gone out of their way to set up a web of dark money groups to obscure where the money is coming from and evade reporting requirements,” said Arn Pearson, executive director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which filed complaints with authorities in Arizona and Montana against the network’s campaign apparatus.

In Montana, the network spent $126,000 on radio ads and mailers to support two state legislators and a candidate for a state House seat after failing multiple times to get a resolution through the Legislature. The state Commissioner of Political Practices found the group failed to register as a political organization and report its campaign spending.

According to a disclosure report it filed in Michigan, the group also spent more than $40,000 supporting statehouse candidates there. It spent $10,000 on statehouse races in North Carolina. A group it formed in Idaho reported spending more than $100,000 before the state’s May 17 primary, including more than $75,000 against state Rep. Judy Boyle, a conservative who co-wrote a newspaper column with a liberal lawmaker about why a convention of states was a bad idea.

A seven-term lawmaker, Boyle said she’d been warned the group would target her and said their radio ads falsely claimed the local right-to-life group endorsed her opponent.

“I knew then that the group believes the ends justify the means and they would go to any length to smear me, which they did,” Boyle said via text message.

She eventually won her election — by six votes.

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Athens Community Arts and Music Festival returns after two year hiatus with a diverse line up of music, theater, and more

Athens Community Arts and Music Festival returns after two year hiatus with a diverse line up of music, theater, and more

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens Community Arts and Music Festival (ACAMF) returns tomorrow after a two year pause due to Covid. Attending the festival is free. Festivities kick off at noon and will fill the stretch of West Union Street bookended by Congress and Court Streets.

This year’s event spotlights several regional arts organizations, including the Athens Photographic Project, Ohio Valley Summer Theater (OVST), Arts West, Factory Street Dance Studio, The Dairy Barn Arts Center, Stuart’s Opera House, and more.

Participating organizations and vendors will line the perimeter of the festival area with booths, each one of them bringing something unique to the event. These booths are in addition to a stage which will host live music and a whole lot more throughout the day.

“I don’t know of any other festivals in the area that would have a set from an amazing singer-songwriter like Adam Remnant and then pieces from a musical right after it,” said longtime festival organizer Scott Winland. “In the middle of the lineup you may have a band followed by a flash mob from the Factory Street Dance Studio – which is just really cool. I like that we can mix it up, and it’s not just like going to a concert – or at least not a typical concert.”

A poster for the Athens Community Arts and Music Festival. The image is done in a cartoon style, featuring a person with a tuba wrapped around them and a painting depicting a clown face behind them. Further behind them is a rendering of Union Street in Athens.
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This will be the first year ACAMF is a DORA (Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area) event, meaning that attendees will have the opportunity to take alcoholic drinks from either of the DORA bars on Union Street (Jackie O’s Pub and Brewery or The Union) and enjoy them out in the street area of the festival. Winland said Jackie O’s will even have a takeout window for this purpose.

Winland said ACAMF has roots in the Athens Community Music Festival he first organized in 1999 with the help of local business person Jim Fuller. Initially the Athens Community Music Festival took place on the top of the City’s parking garage, but within a few years it migrated to local music venues.

When Winland became a member of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC), he posed the idea of shutting down a section of Union Street to host the festival. He found support for the idea from AMAC, the Athens City Council, and Mayor Steve Patterson.

A picture of text noting the lineup for the 2022 Athens Community Arts and Music Festival. The line up is: 12 p.m. - Another Language All Together, 12:30 p.m. - Laughing Chimes, 1 p.m. - Arts West Selections from Fun Home, 1:30 p.m. Laura Nadeau, 1:45 p.m. - Brad Swavarinski, 2 p.m. OVST Selections from various musicals, 2:30 p.m. Adam Remnant, 3 p.m. Alicja Pop, 4 p.m. Lincoln and Heather, 5 p.m. Darrin Hacquard, 6 p.m. Hill Spirits, 7 p.m. The D-Rays, 8 p.m. DANA, 9 p.m. Ernie Johnson From Detriot
The lineup for the 2022 Athens Community Arts and Music Festival. [facebook.com/Athens-Community-Arts-and-Music-Festival I WOUB]

Winland said the pandemic still impacted the organizing of this year’s festival, even if it didn’t lead to its cancellation.

“We’ve all been in this strange sort of adjustment period. I think it’s beyond ‘are things gonna be open?’ or ‘How long is this pandemic going to be impactful?’” he said. “I think also philosophically everybody had a weird shift in deciding how much they go out, how much they plan in advance for things.”

Although planning this year’s event has been different than in past years, Winland said the abundance of help he’s received in planning ACAMF 2022 has made organizing much less strenuous. Winland said one of the people who have been key in organizing the festival is Talcon Quinn, who happens to be the daughter of Jim Fuller, who helped Winland catalyze the Athens Community Music Festival over 20 years ago.

“I’m really proud of the fact that we get to do this sort of thing in our town,” Winland said. “We live in the kind of place where you can go to the mayor of the city with an idea like this, and not only do you get support, that idea flowers into something this cool.”

The Athens Community Arts and Music Festival takes place Saturday, August 13 on Union Street between College and Court Street. The festival is free and kicks off at noon.


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