Alternatives HR hosted our very first event on June 25, 2017. We hosted an Alternative Pride Picnic at Northside Park in Norfolk. Approximately 50-60 people attended throughout the afternoon, and the weather was perfect. The picnic was held as a grassroots, community-funded, and community-focused event. While this was largely an LGBT Pride event, all friendly “alternative” communities in Hampton Roads were welcome to attend.
Funding to cover the shelter cost and basic supplies were raised through crowdfunding and a raffle at the event. As a first-time event planned in about 6-weeks, many folks stepped up to help. Community involvement was what this picnic was all about. The Hershee Bar, a Norfolk LGBT bar, stepped up to provide burgers, veggie burgers, and hot dogs for the crowd. The LGBT Life Center provided bottled water. There wasn’t a sound system so one guest brought his own to help. There were no electrical outlets at the shelter, but we got by anyway. Another guest brought a Rainbow flag and a Trans flag. A few folks stepped up to help staff the grills. The owner of Aries Apothecary, a local metaphysical shop, provided a gift certificate to include in the raffle on the spot. The show of community support was awesome!!!
Besides the food and raffle, there were a few games such as “corn hole toss” and some throwing discs. There was also a dessert contest. One of the contestants made cupcakes in the shape of the Bisexual flag. Other entries included a Vegan Peach Crisp, Vegan Chocolate Cinnamon Cake, and the most popular dessert was a Pineapple Upside Down Whiskey Cake.
We hope to hold this event again next year. With more planning, we hope to be able to offer affordable community group and vendor tables, as well as local entertainment.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success!!!