What a Day for a Shindig!

July 22, 2013 | Janie

“shin·dig [shin-dig] – an elaborate or large dance, party, or other celebration.”

OK, maybe we weren’t dancing on Saturday afternoon, but great music and a festive, fun atmosphere were in abundant supply. And how about that weather?

The Mystery Mountain Boys kicked things off with their folksy Bluegrass vibe. Our local talent did themselves proud!


The bouncy house was a huge hit…

Bouncy House a hit

As was the water walk. Many people lugged heavy, water-filled canisters and discovered just how trying and time-consuming it would be to perform this necessity every. single. day.

Piles of donated rain coats, soccer balls, medical supplies, and clothes kept growing throughout the afternoon. All of these items will find their way into duffle bags that that the team will hand-deliver once they reach Kivuruga, Rwanda.

Donated goods

Donated Medical Supplies

Michelle and Shannon sold lots of raffle tickets. It might have had something to do with their winning smiles.

selling raffle tickets

Christel Halstensgard of Halstensgard Auction Service, with husband Jonathan, took charge of the live auction and raised additional dollars for the team’s travel expenses.

Rwandan items auctioned

Cambridge Ambassadors were on hand to help the kids look, well, interesting.

Face Painting at the Shindig

Thanks, girls!

Ambassadors at the Shindig

Tonic Sol-fa wrapped things up with their acapella-style magic. No instruments and (trust me) they were never missed.

Tonic Sol-fa sings acapella

Our Response Director Steve Fredlund introduced the 2013 trip team to the crowd.

Introduction of team at Shindig

A special “thank you” to Melissa Goldsmith, Event Coordinator for the Shindig. A big job!

Melissa Event Coordinator

Steve is the master of ceremonies

When it was all said and done, Director Steve Fredlund had this to say:

“I just want to thank all of those who were involved in making the Shindig happen, including those who gave time and money, including our event sponsors. I continue to be blown away by the generosity of our community and excited about events like this that bring people together from different perspectives to talk about the common desire to change the world. All of us at Our Response hope everyone who attended had a great time. We welcome any and all feedback and have already started discussions about next year. As always, I’m proud to be a life-time East Central Minnesotan.”









  • Steve Fredlund

    Thanks Janie… what a fun day! Everyone already asking about next year.