Finding Delight in the Details
One of the challenges of putting out this magazine is managing the myriad details involved throughout the production process. There are so many components from a variety of sources that need to be kept track of, information that needs to checked and double-checked, and then everything has to be translated onto the printed page in a ways that is fun, interesting and visually appealing. On a micro level, each printed word is a potential mistake — or at least a typo or misspelling — waiting to happen. Thank goodness for spell check! On the macro level, we might inadvertently print incorrect information or make other types of errors that could call the credibility of the magazine into question. For that reason — and because professionalism demands it — we very much “sweat the details.”
The problem is that by nature, I am not a very detail-oriented person. It’s not that I am especially a big-picture type, but rather that I try to prioritize what is important. That can be a challenge when all of the details are important.
I know, I know, there are many jobs where attention to detail is far more critical — the medical professions immediately come to mind. And event planning. OK, granted, the stakes are obviously not life and death in the latter. But having helped organize a few small special events over the years, I gained a true appreciation for the many details and variables involved when organizing an event of any magnitude.
That came to mind when editing our cover article this issue, “The Making of a Summer Festival.” After talking with organizers of several of the area’s largest and longest running summer fests, I came away truly amazed. Held over multiple days, involving a wide range of activities, and attracting thousands of people, what could possibly go wrong?
Seemingly almost anything and everything.
Yet year after year, these festivals are carried off without a hitch — much to the delight and appreciation of local fest-goers. More impressive yet is the fact that most of the festivals are run almost entirely by volunteers.
The reason it works is the passion that these volunteer fest organizers have for what they are doing. They love that they are giving back to their communities, while also often helping raise monies for local charities. No question, it is a lot of work, they say, and making sure everything goes smoothly is a challenge. But it is also fun and rewarding, which is why many keep signing on to help year after year.
As always, we have lots of other great articles in this issue, including a Q&A with Veronica Roth, author of the blockbuster Divergent series of science fiction books turned movies. To think the Barrington native started writing the books when she was a graduate student at Northwestern.
Enjoy the warm weather and, as always, thanks for being a reader!Edit Module