HALF MOON SOBER FESTIVAL INCORPORATED

Rating: 4.71 stars   7 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: PO Box 1448 Nashua NH 03061 USA

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with this non-profit was that of a patron. I attended my first festival in 1996 and have had the pleasure to return every year since in different capacities. After attending in "96" I sought out those responsible for event with the purpose of volunteering in any capacity needed. From that meeting with representatives of the organization I became one of the festivals ticket outlets for a period of two years. Soon thereafter I relocated, a move which brought me closer to the organizations "hub", affording me the ability to do more with this non-profit and further it's worthwhile mission. After more than a decade of serving side by side with wonderful individuals I found it necessary to separate from the organization due to relocating once again. My professional experience in the field of Substance Abuse has provided me with unique insight and perspective as it relates to this organization and those it serves. I would encourage any and all who wish to attend to do so, for a day or the entire weekend. Those that wish to get involved, do not hesitate. Carpe diem!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

What is unique about this organization?

It's ability to overcome adverse conditions and circumstances, very much like the patrons they serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My first festival was back in 2010 and I have to say that I had a great time. I volunteered for the event and got to spend the weekend with old friends and got to meet some new friends. I loved how organized the event was and how comfortable I felt from the time that I got there, until the time I left. I was kind of bummed to have to leave, but I had to get back to my regular daily routine. The workshops that I attended were outstanding and the sense of fellowship was undeniable. Today I am a volunteer on the board and it was because of that experience a couple of years ago, that I decided to get active with Half Moon.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

Four star's as they're always trying to get better. My first Half Moon was 2001, 3 months sober and hateing life. Work, meetings and home( an '89 van) then studio Apt. Was so bummed that this was sobriety, then got a ticket to the Half Moon Sober Festival. From the moment I arrived my view of being sober started to change, by the end of the four days I was convinced that I could stay sober and that events like this were going to be a part of my sobriety maintenance, well that was 11 years ago. I've never missed a Half Moon in all that time and now I'm the President of Half Moon Sober Festival, Inc. Come on out and join us this 2012 Memorial day weekend.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

The first time I went to Half Moon Sober Festival I was 'living' in a shelter for homeless, newly-sober women. I had to get special permission to be gone for the weekend and be able to return and have a bed when I came back. Being that it was a sober event, I was allowed to go. I had only camped a few times in my life before this. My friends and I piled into a car and drove up. We got lost on the way and got there very late at night. The gentleman at the gate set up his own tent for us to sleep in because ours was borrowed and none of us knew how. When we woke up and asked our neighbors about grocery stores nearby, they instead shared their food with us. Every person we met that weekend had a smile on their face and a kind word to say. We enjoyed music and danced in the rain. It was the first time in my life I felt like I could be myself and let loose (even just a bit) without being under the influence. Every year since this, I have made a point of looking out for new campers nearby to help, I make sure we have extra food for those in need, there is always an invitation to join us at our fire, I invite shy people to get up and dance with me. I was so inspired by the kindness strangers showed me that I make sure others see that in me. This event truly changed my life and I recommend it to everyone who is trying to enjoy life sober one day at a time.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

A friend brought me

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

To be on the lookout for people who might need help and offer it without thought of repayment

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

We have moved to a new location located at the Ashuelot River Campground in Swanzey NH

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This was my 1st event in sobriety, and to this day is still my favorite. Now with our new location up in the white mountains. It's back to the camping experience that we all want and love. God Bless

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending the festival each year since I got sober and heard about it. Now I try to be a part of.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Fellowship

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

GREAT!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help many people

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Half moon festival is my favorite event of the year. A kick off to summer with a weekend of dedicated volunteers providing warm welcomes and a safe and nurturing atmosphere to all ages with one rule no drugs or alcohol, plenty of music, educational workshops from 12 step recovery to yoga and spiritual topics, Kids activites, hiking, horseshoes, you name it there is a possibility its there. Don't feel like cooking? The main stage has food venders, and always unique items and services. I have attended solo, in small gruops and with my family. I have vended, taught workshops and learned how to dance. My favorite music performer is Leroy White with his inspiration of love and light and helping each other and all those suffering thruogh out the world to those willing to make a difference. The festival is a camping adventure I have attended 11 staright years I have been at 4 or more locations from race tracks, boy scount camps, to now being in the heart of the white mountains. The weather is the only thing they can't control been in rain storms, wind storms and heat waves. The endurance of the staff all volunteer don't quit.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Learning how to get out of my comfort zone, learn how to dance, drum, and meet some of the most amazing individuals and non profit gruops all about empowering change.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The energy, the perservance. the guts, the creativness that is so visable.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

A group of 10-12 board members meet all year and take thier vacations from thier own jobs to put on a 4 day event for individuals and families to bond, explore and experience life without the use of alcohol and drugs. The volunteers live by example.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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