You complained and we heard you!
This issue debuts a comprehensive Community Calendar, a four-page insert on bright white paper you can hold in your hands and keep at your fingertips for two weeks until the next issue of the Messenger Mountain News appears.
For tech-savvy users, the online calendar will reflect everything in the print version and, as before, welcomes the public to add their own events online. At our discretion and depending on space, we will incorporate those events into the print edition.
Problem solving takes time but clearing hurdles (“It costs money”) and outsmarting obstacles (“It’s so labor intensive”) seems to be what we do.
To make our Community Calendar pay for itself, we’ve invited sponsorships. Okay, advertising. But not just any ad. Paid spotlight events, such as Theatricum’s summer repertory of plays; Fourth of July events; art exhibits; business openings, etc., will appear on the front page. At the bottom is a banner ad space (already taken for six weeks).
Inside are the listings with a column set aside for weekly events and classes. For this issue, the back cover is a full-page ad (also taken for six weeks).
As things evolve, expect changes and refinements. If there is enough interest we can expand to more pages and incorporate Open Houses, for instance.
We must also give big kudos to MMN co-owner Bonnie Morgan, the genius who figured it out and worked relentlessly to bring it to fruition.
Words can’t express how grateful we are to those gentle complainers in the canyon who inspired us. We took it to heart.
To submit your event online go to messengermountainnews.com/calendar/add an event and fill out the form. You can add your flyer or photo as well.
To ensure that your event is printed in the Calendar you can ask to have a Featured Event for $45. If we get enough interest we will consider an “Open House” section for a small charge as well. All questions should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org