As a Springfield native, Mama Blue has seen the area change and grow over the years. For her, PorchFest is when we get to celebrate our growth, spotlight the community, reconnect with veteran attendees & welcome new festival goers into "our lil 'hood, that could."
“The culture here is deep, diverse, rich, and vibrant, even in it's old age! Our Springfield is a beautiful garden with seeds, clippings, and transplants from all over. Seeing how PorchFest has grown and flourished here, there is no question that Springfield is somethin' really special. Her people, constant gardeners, sowing and harvesting seeds of love, kindness, tolerance, kinship, acceptance, and gratitude,” she explains. “She's gone through many seasons and changes. There was a time when it seemed that every other house was dilapidated, but the love and community remained constant and neighbors still looked out for each other. To see that happen today with new residents, I’m like, ‘How is this happening?’ How can it not? It's a beautiful garden; we can't help but grow! Our Elders are living history and are being honored and helped with repairs on their homes, so they can remain home. One of my neighbors is almost 100. She happily shares stories and reflections on her younger years here .”