Thanks to all the families who connected with interest. Our boys program is on hold until we secure enough interest and commitment from young men (ages 12-15). Please also note, we now accept transgender and self-identified girls in our Spring Girls Rite of Passage program. For more information, contact <email@example.com>
Looking towards next year? We are hosting an informational gathering on Sunday April 30, 2017, for prospective young women and their families to learn more in a private setting. Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org> or Terri Wilde at <email@example.com>
Fall programming continues with Council of the Animals on Saturday September 23, 2017.
The last of the seats have been sold – so now you can come and stand, lean or linger while you take in the luscious Foolishness. Doors open at 5:30 pm and with good weather, we’ll open the side doors to allow for standing in the outdoor garden area. Just think – it will make your ovations easier. These fine Fools deserve it!
Visit the bar for beer, wine, cider or soda, grab a cup of chili, enjoy the photo booth, bid on Silent Auction baskets, reminisce on the ways you have been Love’s Fool… and more fun to come!
Saturday April 1, 2017
Boundary Bay Brewery Mountain Room (facing E. Maple)
Tickets at Village Books $10 Adult/$5 Youth (Sold Out)
Beer/Wine, Vegetarian Chili Available
Wheelchair Accessible, via the alley
Featuring Author Tom Robbins as Grand Jester in a rare confession of personal details on the extent to which he too has been a fool for love!
Samantha Foote, an Americorp volunteer, educator, and bread enthusiast in her 20′s
Chris Bretl, a Michigander by birth, a Bioinformaticist by trade, and motorcycle enthusiast by nature in his 30′s
Carey Taylor, a retired school counselor, turned poet, in her 60’s
David Blander, a retired filmmaker and videographer out of UCLA, currently working on two books at age 71
Jean Lehman, returning for another try at the jester’s hat this year – a retired potter of 78
In addition to beer, wine, cider & sodas, Boundary Bay Brewery will be offering Chili Colorado & Chili Verde for purchase that evening. Special entry will be 5:45 pm and doors officially open at 6. Plan to arrive early for good seats.
Tickets are selling now at Village Books. Our good sponsor will take credit card orders over the phone, and hold your tickets for you. Just call (360) 671-2626, or stop into the store in Fairhaven for pick up.
To answer your questions, no, Mr. Robbins will not be competing in the ‘vote with your heart’ segment of the evening, but he will be the one to do the crowning…
Call for Stories! is now closed. Thank you to all the foolish lovers who sent in a story. Announcements coming soon…
Our neighbor to the south, the “Cosmic Fool” himself, author Tom Robbins, will be joining us April 1st (no foolin!) to share an excerpt from his recent memoir, “Tibetan Peach Pie”. Village Books will be on hand with copies of his works, both classic and current. This is a man whose very life embraces the poetic, the juicy, the foolish and the divine. Come, see a legend offer up an authentic piece of literary Americana.
Doors open at 6 pm on April Fool’s Day this year, with $10 admission for adults and $5 for youth ages 12-17. Pre-show tickets are available now at Village Books. You can also expect a little music, some delightful vaudeville, heartfelt games, and of course, tales of romantic folly…
You still want to be among them? Great! There is one week left to send a first draft of your story for consideration. What better way to cleanse and fortify your soul in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day?
Yes, it’s true. Brave souls among us still have one whole month to submit their tales of romantic mis/adventures for consideration in Love’s Fool 2017! This year, we are celebrating at Boundary Bay Brewery, in their Mountain Room (around the corner from the beer garden). We will be guided by the lovely Carolyn McCarthy from Little Bird Theatre, as our MC, and entertained by performers and storytellers alike.
Village Books, a long-time Rooted Emerging supporter, will be sponsoring the event. So, look for juicy tales of love from local authors to be featured at the tent outside the performance space.
The guidelines are still the same – bring us your tender, your funny, your heartfelt and subtly sexual stories from the early days of romance (3-8 minutes or roughly 500-1000 words)… and we will give you the chance to be honored publicly. Pretty fantastic, right?
Here are the details: loves-fool-story-guidelines-2017
Send your submissions (hey, even those don’t have to be perfect – we’ll have one rehearsal together) to:
firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15, 2017 All Foolish Storytellers will be notified by March 1.
Happy Holidays to all of our supporters & clients!
Here’s to making a better world with all of you in the new year to come ~
Truth of the Time
What does Rooted Emerging do? We honor the transition from childhood to adolescence and support healthy sexual maturity. We offer puberty support combined with a Rite of Passage. How do we do that?
Our approach has evolved and grown over the 7 years we have been in operation. Seven years! Sexuality is a sensitive topic and rites of passage can evoke a confusing array of images, depending on life experience. Yet, when these two elements combine to lift young people up, the results are profound.
So, we continue to lay the path and invite young people and families to walk it alongside us. We listen attentively to the needs of young people, and refer to the most current research on healthy youth development. We skillfully weave in the strongest messages we hear from parents. We work on the community level, the programmatic level and the personal level. We grow.
We hope you find the information clear, concise and welcoming. We hope that the path we have laid is accessible, relevant and inspiring. Most of all, we hope you will continue to walk it with us.
For questions and/or feedback, email <email@example.com> Thank you for your support!
Board Member Jeff McKenna will be honored as a Peace Builder on Friday November 18, 2016 at the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center’s Peace Builders Award Gala, 5:30 pm in BTC’s Settlemeyer Hall. The event celebrates the accomplishments of community members in eight categories. Jeff will be given the Youth Education Award for creating MAD-HOPE, Making a Difference, Helping Other People Everywhere; a training to give youth the tools and resources for courageous and compassionate conversations about youth suicide.
Jeff McKenna has been a wise, solid and compassionate presence with Rooted Emerging for more than three years now. We encourage all community members to attend the Gala and to learn more about the inspiring work of the Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center. Congratulations Jeff!
Bravo to all who came together to make for a beautiful event!
Photography by Mari Selig (except for two workshop photos, by Vanessa Osage). Thanks again to Jeremy James of the Bellingham Musician Convivial for bringing music and festivity to our day! Here’s to Dr. Kimberley Bauer and family for outstanding event organizing, Board Member Jeff McKenna for creative puppet placements, performers Virginia Rose & Meghan Yates – and to all the families who came to be a part. We celebrate you!