We enjoy our relationship with Music in the Mountains — both as patrons and promoters for years. It is a wonderful performance group, embraces diversity, and in our “50s” with a teenage son, we are the next generation of patrons.
This season, tight on the budget like most nonprofits, MIM asked us to voluntarily distribute 500 of their flyers throughout the region for their “Holly Jolly Holidays” program for free.
We have a well-established distribution network throughout the region, thanks to our magazine’s success, which is why they approached us. We normally reserve this service for paid advertisers, but wanted to help out.
Sounds like a plan, but then we hear this from an MIM volunteer board member, George Rebane, who runs an extreme right-wing political blog. George is one of 15 MIM board members. He writes: “Jeff Pelline is both an embarrassment and a disgrace. His banal blog’s prime focus is to attempt engagement in the discussions on RR for which he is abysmally unprepared, so his alternative to build his readership is to denigrate RR and its readers on his own blog, and from time to time also to attempt to inject himself into RR’s comment streams. This Saturday evening he was successful because Jo Ann and I were at the Amaral Center attending a Christmas Sing Along presented by Music in the Mountains. When we got home the damage was done, and I have had to spend time cleaning up the crap. My apologies for not nipping this in the bud earlier.”
MIM: What would you do if you were us? What is your protocol for volunteer board members to show some dignity to your promoters? We are very disappointed.
Here’s a sampling of George Rebane’s “commentary”:
•”Minorities — “Unaware and Compliant Voters” is here.
•”The liberal mind: Hilary Hodge can’t connect the dots” is here.
•”The Pope and the Raghead” is here.
•”Obama is a self-declared Marxist” is here.