Be Kind Fest organizers hope small acts lead to big results
By JOHN KOZIOL
Union Leader Correspondent | April 06. 2014 9:14PM
Michael Kline, the founder of the Be Kind Fest, shares a light moment with Sandy Ruka, the executive director of the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County, at the group's offices in Conway. (John Koziol Photo)
A self-described "entreprenologist" and the owner of Kline Seminars, Michael Kline is also a member of the North Conway Village Association. One day a few years back he was thinking about how to create another springtime event in the village, but one that would offer "something meaningful."
The current thinking on the matter of hugs, said Kline and Sandy Ruka, the executive director of the Visiting Nurse Home Care and Hospice of Carroll County, is that a "warm fuzzy" not only feels good, but it actually has very positive emotional and physiological effects.
Professional facilitator and performer Michael Wingfield will coordinate the drumming circle, but apart from that, anything goes, and it's all about the noise.
Kline and Ruka understand that the Be Kind Fest may not solve all the problems of the world or even those of some of its attendees."We're not claiming anything it isn't," said Kline.