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Posted April 30, 2012

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Invitation to Participate: Meet Up - Dress Up - Whoop Up on the Trail - Sunday, May 27, 1-5 pm

Waterloo Region - This is a call for participation from the regional creative sector in a grass roots effort to “animate the trail” on May 27. The Iron Horse and Laurel trails are a busy “active transportation” corridor that connects Waterloo Park to Victoria Park, Downtown to Uptown, and all sorts of businesses, amenities, and historic neighbourhoods along the way.

The idea is to come together as a community on, along and near the corridor; mix up, move around, and whoop it up a bit; and invite the more than 7000 visitors who will be here to attend Congress 2012 of the Humanities & Social Sciences to join us, so we can meet them and welcome them to our community.

We're open to anything that can be put together in a simple, impromptu manner, as long as it is suitable and safe for public presentation, respects private property in adjacent areas, and doesn't require use of motorized vehicles on the trail. The more imaginative and innovative, the better. Activities that move along are especially suitable for a passageway designed for walking and cycling.

For safety and feasibility, we're concentrating on the 3km stretch from King / Caroline near Allen in Waterloo (Vincenzo's / Bauer Kitchen) to Queen between Homewood and Schneider in Kitchener (Nougat Bakery & Delicatessen / Joseph Schneider Haus) to begin with.

The 2nd Annual Henry Sturm Festival, including music curated by Kevin Doyle of The Boathouse and an arts & crafts sale, will be animating the trail in the Victoria Park area.

Participation from Waterloo cultural organizations near the Iron Horse-Laurel trail as it runs along Caroline and through Waterloo Park would be especially welcome: Bridging the distance from university campuses, where Congress delegates will be, to Caroline & Allen, where the trail begins to run separate from road traffic, is a key objective.

The Button Factory is already on board as project partner: They'll be hosting a drop-in “after-party” for creative sector participants from 5 pm onwards.

If you're interested, please let us know what you'd like to do. It will be excellent opportunity to network and to promote creative sector activities and upcoming events.

We'll help in any way we can and, also, connect you with what others are doing to facilitate communication, coordination, and clustering.

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