In two months, the 20th Annual Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival will come to the Coconino County Fairgrounds. The MITS Beer Tasting Festival is the annual fundraising event for Sun Sounds of Arizona. When I moved to Flagstaff in 2006 I got a job as the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Sun Sounds. The manage a radio station that broadcast news and information for people who can not read because of a disability (such as vision loss). It was Sun Sounds vision statement, “the inability to read print will no longer be considered a disabling condition” that inspired me to promote their services. I thought of a disability like vision loss as being something that would permanently close a lot of doors. But imagine if through technology and a redesign of how we get news and information, if we could open doors and make vision loss less of a disabling condition.
All of that is to say that you can feel good about buying your ticket to the Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival. I mean, I know you will feel good at the event tasting a wide variety of brews, but now you can start feeling good before the event as you purchase your ticket! Speaking of which, tickets are available ONLINE; general admission is $40 and VIP tickets are $80.
This year I am helping out by administering the Made in the Shade Facebook Page. I hope that you will like the page. I will be posting updates on which breweries are coming with which beers and of course keeping everyone up to date about all the details of the event. If you have attended the festival in the past, I encourage you to post a picture to our wall.