By AMANDA KIMBLE
GLEN ROSE (October 30, 2016) – There a bucket lists – all the things you want to accomplish before you die. And then there are life lists – all of the things you want and need to experience to fully live.
Drew Myers, host of “Defining Audacity,” a syndicated radio show airing locally on KOME 95.3 FM and app-based Texas Homegrown Radio, has made a mantra of encouraging listeners and everyone he meets to “live life on purpose.”
“I want people to stop saying they will do it tomorrow,” Myers said. “We talk about living life on purpose my show and using life lists to accomplish that goal.”
Those lists could include simple things like learning to be more organized in your daily life or being a better money manager. They could also include lifelong dreams like becoming a professional chef or photographer or once-in-a-lifetime experiences like milking a cow, zip lining or ghost hunting.
And, those are just a few of the things Myers is inviting people to experience during a festival set to take place in Glen Rose over a three-day period in November.
“It’s a fun, unique way for people to experience life and also experience Glen Rose and Somervell County,” Myers said. “The BE Festival will give them three days to mark many of the things off of their lists.”
Myers said the radio crew solicited bucket lists to determine what the inaugural BE Festival would offer. And the response was so great he was forced to cut off submissions and store some of the idea in the planning portfolio for the second annual event.
“That’s why I believe this event will be a good one in its first year – we can reach a lot of different people with everything we are doing,” he said. “The potential for the future is also incredible. We can look at new life lists every year.”
Ultimately, Myers hopes attendees leave the event with more than the satisfaction of marking items off of their lists. He wants them to walk away with a new lease on life.
“I want people to be and stop seeming,” he said. “I don’t want them to seem like good neighbors, I want them to be good neighbors. I don’t want them to seem happy, I want them to be happy.”
And Myers believes the experiences in store at the BE Festival is will be life altering, at least for some people – all they have to do is take the time to listen, live and experience it all.
What do Chet Garner, The Daytripper; Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, founder of Live the List, a nonprofit organization; and Jared Estes, resilience trainer for the U.S. Army have in common?
They each have a story to tell about taking charge of their lives and making the most of them. They will each share their stories during the BE Festival Speakers’ Series, which kicks of the three-day event on Friday, November 11.
The festival will wrap up with equally inspiring tunes from a lineup of Texas Music artists Sam Riggs, Drew Kennedy, Phil Hamilton, Buck Fuffalo, Keegan McInroe and Shane Watson on Sunday, November 13.
The BE Festival Super Hero run/walk will get moving at 8 a.m. Saturday, November 12. It’s a 1-mile, 5K and 10K event taking runners through the Dinosaur Capital of Texas.
Registration is $30 per participant, but that fee will increase $5 on November 1. Participants can register online.
But, festival-goers who purchase a VIP all-access Be Festival pass will receive entry into to the run at no additional cost.
The $85 festival pass, which is limited to the first 400 attendees, includes a ticket to the Friday night speaker series, access to each of the breakout sessions, a ticket to the cook off and one ticket to the concert. For a limited time, organizers are offering a special festival pass price through Groupon.
Meanwhile, life list activities will be set up around the square in historic downtown Glen Rose beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, November 12.
They include everything from getting an old fashioned shoe shine, stomping grapes and milking a cow to climbing a rock wall, adopting a pet, getting your caricature sketched and screen printing your own commemorative festival t-shirt.
Participants who don’t have an all-access pass can expect to pay a nominal fee per activity.
Downtown will also play host to a free kids zone featuring Kid Fish, a s’mores station, bouncy boxing, face painting and more.
Marking experiences off your life list continues at a series of breakout stations taking place across Glen Rose. They begin at 9 a.m. and some of the events give visitors a peek into many of the places that make Glen Rose a great place to visit.
You can be a cook at the River House Grill; be a paleontologist, archer or wilderness survivalist at Dinosaur Valley State Park; be a wild crafter and harvest your own herbal tea; be a photographer at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center; or be a country and western dancer at the Somervell County Citizens Center.
You will also have the opportunity to be pampered, be a ghost hunter and much more.
Individuals who would like to live the experiences can use their festival pass to gain entry or pay per session, with proceeds benefitting Live the List and the Special Olympics.
All of the breakout session are limited from 10 to 30 people each and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Check out the complete festival schedule of events and browse the BE Festival website for more information.
And don’t forget to “live life with intention.”