Back in August, I'd written "Two Quilt Events at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto" to publicize two quilt shows.

["A Quilt Hung for an Auction" image by Les_Stockton].

Actually the first was a quilt show and sale called "Quilts in the Creek". Black Creek Pioneer Village partnered with
York Heritage Quilters Guild in August 2014.

The Toronto Mennonite Festival runs its annual quilt auction on the third Saturday of September. The quilt auction is the major fundraiser that day, although they also sell very good food. This event, formerly known as "Black Creek Pioneer Village MCC Relief Sale", supports Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) financially.

MCC pursues "
relief, development and peace around the world". (That's relief as "famine relief" and "disaster relief", mainly in the Third World).

Disclosure: I serve on the Toronto Mennonite Festival board as a member of one of the supporting churches. I also sell Sloppy Joes (and a vegetarian version we call "Veggie Joes") at this festival. But I'm not paid for doing those things, and I'm not paid to advertise these events.

A Writing Tip for Disclosures

Today's simple writing tip is to include a simple disclosure when you write about something in which you have an otherwise-hidden vested interest.

If I were to write about "my DeHaan Services business", then it would be obvious that
I'm promoting something for myself. I wouldn't write a disclosure because I would have said "Contact me for your writing needs"! If you blog about walking your own dog, it's overtly about you; but there's no need for a disclosure unless you also walk other people's dogs for a living.

In the above article, you'd never guess that I have any involvement in the Toronto Mennonite Festival... until the disclosure.

When I promote other events, I include a "no relationship" disclaimer. See what I mean near the end of "Find the Beach Celtic Festival 2014 in Toronto".

Thanks for reading about these quilt auction, show and sale events at Black Creek Pioneer Village in Toronto.

A Writing Tip for Joint Blogs

(Added Sept. 13, 2014). Part of my mandate with the Toronto Mennonite Festival is publicity; but that is shared with several other Board members.

I couldn't post the pictures of the quilts until the people who collect and store these items had photographed and e-mailed the images. Once I began posting them, an alert reader asked "What size are these quilts"?

Oops! That's important for people bidding on the quilts; but due to an oversight no-one told me.

This writing tip says: when you collaborate on a writing project, specify who gathers the information; what data is required; and then be sure that all the facts get to the writer.

By all means, scroll through the Toronto Mennonite Festival's quilt auction page to see the latest quilts donated to raise money to support Mennonite Central Committee's projects in development, relief and social justice.

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