It’s been a long while since I’ve posted anything of significance to the project website and the social media accounts. That’s because, although this is a passion project, my number one “passion project” is my family and in recent months we’ve had some challenges that have needed my attention.
We are now trying to get back to the project and to some side projects related to the documentary that went on the back burner.
Back in the fall Production Assistant Danielle and I started working on a project we hoped would get folks from the various Middletowns involved in the documentary project, would help us promote and publicize the project and would also be a little fun: The Middletown Mascots Project #MyMiddletownYourMIddletown
Here’s how it works. Each of the 17 Middletowns that are part of the original documentary film project were given a “mascot” in the form of a plush animal. They were chosen based on the state animal (bird, reptile, mammal, etc) of that state and whatever I could find in a plush toy on Amazon.com. Believe me, that is harder than it sounds. For example, my state of Delaware is the Blue Hen. Neighbor Maryland is the Crab. Virginia is the Hound Dog. You get the idea?
Danielle and I got the ball rolling by taking pictures of the group of selected mascots around our Middletown…Delaware. And the plan is to send the 16 other mascots out into the world to explore their Middletowns and post pictures for the world to see.
We need volunteers to be the first “Host” for your Middletown’s Mascot. The rule is, for the first host, you have to be a representative of an official organization, (e.g. Chamber of Commerce, Historical Society, Main Street Society, Church, Civic Organization, School, Town Hall, etc.)
We will then send you your Middletown’s mascot and you take a picture with it somewhere in your town and post it online (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) being sure to use the hashtag “MyMiddletownYourMiddletown and any other appropriate hashtag. Then you pass the mascot on to its next town host, for them to do the same.
So here is the project in a nut shell:
PIC, POST, HASHTAG, PASS
Take a PICTURE with the mascot in your Middletown. POST it on social media. Don’t forget to HASHTAG it. And then PASS the mascot on to its next host.
This first week we will highlight the states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Indiana. Check back often for more information on these states and the others over the coming weeks.