If you want to do some good, come out to the Sumner County fairgrounds this Friday night and take part in the Gallatin Relay for Life. X-Alt! is playing an important part, which I’ll get to in a minute. But first, here’s some info about Relay for Life from the American Cancer Society:
The Gallatin Relay For Life® is a fun-filled overnight event designed to bring together those who have been touched by cancer in our community. At the event, we celebrate survivorship and raise money to help the American Cancer Society in its mission to save lives, help those who have been touched by cancer, and empower individuals to fight back. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
But, Relay is much more than a walk around a track. It is a time to remember those lost to cancer and celebrate those who have survived. It is a night for people who have shared the same experience to comfort and console one another.
During this event, we honor survivors during the Survivors Lap and we remember those we lost to cancer during the Luminaria Ceremony. We also celebrate life, friendship, and a chance to work together toward a cancer-free future.
Now, I’ll be honest, I don’t know if you need to be a volunteer, donor, or what to participate in the relay and luminary lighting. But I do know that this is a good cause, and you would be well served to do whatever it takes to be part of this. Go to the website and find out what you can do.
X-Alt has been given a great honor: we’re going to be the first act after the luminary lighting ceremony. Our job will be to transition the crowd from the solemnness of the luminary ceremony, back into the raucous party atmosphere of the the celebration. We consider it a great honor that we have been given this prime slot (should be about 10pm).
So, do whatever you have to do to be in that crowd. This might be your last chance for a while to see Almost Skinny Slarti, and we’ll be doing less of a “churchy” set, and more of a “party like backsliding Baptists and Methodists” set. I don’t know if we’ll have the horn section (there are doubts as of right now), but we’ll still be an 8-member band as it is.
Come on out, fight cancer, celebrate cancer survival, mourn cancer losses, and get ready to party with X-Alt!