New organizers sought for Feast of the Strawberry Moon

Alex Doty • Aug 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum’s involvement in the Feast of the Strawberry Moon ceased with the completion of this year’s festival, and now the museum is looking to secure the event’s future.

The local museum has put out a request for proposals from organizations interested in the production and continued management of the Feast of the Strawberry Moon in 2017 and beyond.

“We do have interested parties,” said the museum’s curator of education, Kevin Geary, who is also currently serving as interim executive director. “We just want to make sure we’ve covered all the bases.”

Groups interested in completing the museum’s request for proposals should contact the museum as soon as possible at 616-842-0700. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 30, 2016.

“The Board of Directors of the museum has developed a task force, and they’ll review all the (proposals) that come in and make a recommendation to the board,” Geary said. “The way the RFP was structured will allow the task force to compare them apples-to-apples.”

The Tri-Cities Historical Museum began Feast of the Strawberry Moon in 2000 as a way to educate attendees about the fur trading era, a significant segment of the area’s history.

It was announced earlier this year that this past June would be the last time the museum would host the festival in order to focus on other periods of history, not just the fur trading era.

Museum officials say they would like to see the event continue under new management, and recognize the significance of the Feast of the Strawberry Moon to many community members and the re-enactors who’ve participated in it over the years.

“We’re excited about the prospects about a new chapter for the event,” Geary said.

He also noted that the museum will make available its event manual that walks through the event planning, as well as a contact list for volunteers and participants, to whomever takes over the Feast. 

And even though they may no longer host the Feast of the Strawberry Moon, museum officials say they’ll continue to create and hold educational, exciting and family-friendly events and exhibits for the community.

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