Immediately after extra than a calendar year of postponements and cancellations, festivals and gatherings are bit by bit making their way back to Johnson City — together with some newcomers — like Saturday’s Downtown Yoga Pageant — that goal to be additional than a one particular-off event.
Pageant organizer and Downtown Yoga Center proprietor Kim Blaine claimed the festival was manufactured probable by a grant from the Blue Plum Organization’s Blue Plum Presents Back again plan. The plan aims to “support public applications, events and initiatives that encourage artwork, new music and culture in downtown Johnson City” by offering $20,000 in small grants to these who host a festival in June.
The Blue Plum Festival alone, which commonly can take place in early June, has been canceled the previous two decades due to the fact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“First we considered we would just be a person-and-accomplished, we would just do this competition and it’d be enjoyable and that’d be it, but Blue Plum and everyone else just obtained so thrilled about it that they want to sponsor us every calendar year, and we’re likely to try and transform this into a yearly event,” Blaine claimed.
“Now it is turning out to be even larger and better, and we’re hoping this is one thing we preserve performing in the foreseeable future.”
The pageant will be from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in King Commons on June 12, and will aspect yoga lessons all over the working day and suppliers. Tickets cost $12 for the working day, and can be purchased on the web at downtownyogafestival.com.
Blaine reported she hopes the pageant will market an fascination in yoga and healthier residing in the town, and thanked her co-coordinators Ferris Kort, Melissa Glaze and Adria Pierce.
“I hope this serves as a reminder to everybody just to proceed to acquire treatment of on their own and pay out awareness to their bodies and know what selections you can make on your own to be healthier,” Blaine reported. “I’m also hoping that is residual and it impacts our yoga community more, where by persons are like, ‘Hey, this is a little something I want to do much more in my life. I’m not just heading to come to the yoga festival and do yoga for a day, I’m likely to test out some of these studios in city and make it a typical part of my lifetime.’”