We are all connected.
Six summers have passed since we did a flash mob on Main Street during D.C. Cobbs Street Fest because it seemed like a really fun idea.
Footloose is one of my all-time favorite movies, because I will never forget the time I saw it in the theater when I was five years old, and Kevin’s character Ren said, “What's this I see? I thought this was a party. LET'S DANCE!” and all the kids jumped from their seats, rushed to the screen and started dancing along. It’s one of my fondest childhood memories, and I wanted to recapture that feeling of doing something unexpected with a whole bunch of strangers. PLUS, I had always heard about this Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon thing, and how we are all connected, and that kind of became the driving force and underlying theme behind everything we do at Mixin Mingle.
Flash forward to 2017. I’m sitting with Erica and Joe over at the McHenry County Living office making plans with my new advertising partners for the Mac and Cheese Throwdown (and other lifelong dream events) while eating White Castle sliders, which Joe can’t decide if that’s real meat, and I look over at their record player, and guess what’s spinning? Footloose.
Life is strange. But I’ve found it to be packed with so many special meanings and fun nuances. We are all connected. I’ve met the most kind-hearted people these past six years since starting my business, and we are continuing on this journey with our second shop we opened in McHenry almost a year ago. The current focus is creating a second financially viable hometown hub that people see as a community asset (and don't wonder what kind of weird single's club just opened on Green Street). Slowly but surely it will happen. Time takes time.