Friday, October 1, 2010

Volunteers Needed This Sunday!

Bike-friendly non-profit Emerging Terrain is hosting a fall harvest dinner this Sunday, October 3, and could use your help. If you haven't heard about it, here's a description from their website:

Stored Potential

Repurposing the Mid-Century Grain Elevator

As Midwest metropolitan landscapes undergo change — from agrarian to suburban — the systems of earlier settlement become obsolete; farmsteads, rail, grain silos, etc. Many of these are demolished to make way for the new, with the exception of the mid-century concrete grain elevators and their assembled silos. Thick, heavily engineered construction renders them too expensive for demolition. These structures, with their economic condition and cultural narrative, are opportunity for compelling regional land use discourse.
Emerging Terrain is spearheading a collaborative endeavor to re-purpose a derelict, yet iconic, historic landscape structure as contemporary cultural awareness. Designers, artists, etc. will submit ideas for 20’ x 80’ images to hang on the exterior of a vacant grain elevator near downtown Omaha. Concurrent with fall harvest, a dinner table at the base of the elevator will host an epic dinner to celebrate the exhibition.
How You Can Help

The fall harvest dinner is this Sunday, October 3 at the grain silos at 3407 Vinton Street (at the end of the Field Club Trail). Emerging Terrain is encouraging guests to bike or walk to the dinner, and will be providing bike parking for guests, so that they can ride right to the site, park their bikes where the bikes will be monitored, and go enjoy the dinner. They need volunteers to help out at bike parking. (GreenStreet Cycles will also be providing a pedicab from the parking lot along the trail where those who need to drive will park.)

Bike parking will be available between 12:30pm and 5pm and volunteers are needed then. If you have some time and can help out, please contact Matt Martin ( or 402-305-1111) and let him know when you can be there. If you haven't seen the banners up on the silos yet, it's pretty amazing--and you'll be helping out a great public art project.


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