Kindness Project coming to a close
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — Main Street Marshfield has released a new schedule of events at Marilyn Hardacre Park during the fall season.
“We had many events on the calendar that had to be canceled due to bad weather,” explained coordinator Sierra Jones. “Those events have been rescheduled into most of September and a couple into October. Unfortunately, there is not much we can do if the weather is not on our side. There really isn’t a place to move inside.”
In addition to the entertainment events, the Kindness Project will come to an end Sept. 21. Individuals wishing to participate should complete their act of kindness before that time.
Through the Hardacre Kindness Project, participants visit a host site to pick up a ribbon with a specific “dare” written on it. Dares are acts such as “Hold the door open for the person behind you,” “Compliment a stranger,” “Mow a neighbor’s lawn,” “Pay for someone else’s coffee,” or “Do something nice for a stranger.”
After completing the dare, the dare recipient would tie the ribbon onto the fence at Hardacre Park.
Dare ribbons may be obtained from High Street Salon, Book World, Marshfield Family Restaurant, Hub City Times, and The Daily Grind.
“So this Thursday, Sept. 21, we will celebrate our Kindness Project as a part of Doug Kroening’s performance and our Third Thursday event. We will have buckets set up at the various locations until 7 (p.m.) when the stores close. At 7 we will bring down all of the buckets with ribbons in and then have them at Hardacre Park from 7-7:30 while we disperse cake to participants. We encourage that people take the ribbons so we have no ribbons left over,” Jones said.
“For the Kindness Project, I really did not know what to expect,” said Jones. “I figured it was either going to be a big bust or people were going to get excited by it. I was hesitant to bring up the idea, but seeing the support I have received by participating businesses and Main Street Marshfield, I am very appreciative. I hope this kind of movement continues through our community.
“September is national Self-Improvement Month. We are trying to end the month with many activities that will improve our community. The Kindness Project idea plays a huge role in self-improvement and community improvement. Of course, both go hand in hand.”
The next entertainer scheduled for Hardacre Park will be Doug Kroening, who performs Sept. 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For a complete list of Hardacre Park events, visit mainstreetmarshfield.com.