Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers, to MC Jenna Bean Veatch, our musicians, and of course, the brave and beautiful tellers.
David Post was crowned the first-ever “Love’s Fool” to great renown.
* Patricia Herlevi, astrologer & novelist of romantic comedy and magic realism
* David Post of BAAY Children’s Theater & Preschool of the Arts
* Jean Lehman, mostly retired potter (at 77 years young!)
* J. Kaye Faukner, former repairman & retired professor of Economics
* Jim Milstead, former marine, entomologist & published poet
Opening us up that night will be Natalia Robinson, “Honeysuckle Rose” of Deacon’s Ruse Vaudeville Troupe!
Our Fabulous Maestro will be the ever-delightful Jenna Bean Veatch, of the “Not Creepy Gathering for People Who are Single and Want to Fall in Love” (and other fame!) Jenna has been known to create “…pure, unadultered, heart-stopping whimsy”
This is a gathering of much heart, bravery & abundant foolishness!
Send a note to Amy to save your spot <email@example.com>, or take your chances on April Fool’s Day and come on over to the Mount Baker Theater Encore Room, 7 pm …
We look forward to seeing you there!
Open call for Fools is now closed. Thank you to everyone who shared a story! The official list will be announced next week. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/475029659356878/ for first peeks at the stellar lineup…
. . . Just getting up your courage now? Yes, you can still be a Fool. Just send an email with a few paragraphs describing the content of your story. Final essays/stories/pieces can be polished over the coming weeks. Rehearsal is set for Saturday March 26. We are ready to accept 2 or 3 more brave souls for Love’s Fool on April 1!
Send your memories and musings to <firstname.lastname@example.org> Call (360) 510-3205 for more information.
Want to just come and enjoy all the foolishness? RSVP to <email@example.com> (limited to 75 attendees)
Of Love & Foolishness ~
With the first hints of spring in the air, and many thoughts turning to love, we at Rooted Emerging are preparing for a new event.
Love can be hard. Funny, mysterious and wrought with unexpected twists and turns. Early love can be especially hard. We’ve all been there. At one time or another, we each played the fool for love. Now, it’s time to laugh about it.
On Friday April 1, we will share a feast of the heart when adults ages 18-108 bravely offer stories of their foibles in early romantic love at Love’s Fool. That’s right. Before an audience. This is a celebration of that part of us which loves without wisdom, makes mistakes and lives to tell the tale.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we are gathering your stories! Yes, you. Remember that time… it was so embarrassing… all of your heart was on your sleeve and then the beautiful mess that ensued…
At Rooted Emerging we are meeting sexual maturity and early adolescence with nourishing support, challenge and celebration. Now, as one more way to show our young people that they are not alone – we are going to stand in solidarity with their awkwardness and confusion. Let’s show them how, even there, they are truly not alone. It’s time to turn your old, embarrassing tales of romantic folly into medicine for the next generation. Imagine the fruitfulness. Your trials and triumphs now have new meaning. You may even be crowned Love’s Fool!
Friday April 1, 2016
Mount Baker Theater Encore Room
7 – 9 pm
This is an invitational, RSVP event, open to ages 12 & up. Contact Board Member Amy Hockenberry to be added to our list <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Here are those story guidelines: Love’s Fool story guidelines Contact <email@example.com> for more information.
Facebook Event page Here
. ~ ~ ~ Registration is now closed ~ ~ ~
. Thank you to all families for your interest. Stay tuned for updates over the coming months . . .
We also need to honor members of the Girls Advisory Board, for their work in publicity, preparations, decoration and clean up. Here’s to Casey Groden, Gabby Recio, Lesaya Kennedy and Rosa Frost. Thanks for giving back to Rooted Emerging! Thanks also to Kira, Dave, Collin, Annie, Christen Mattix, Kelsey & Noah, Dr. Kim Bauer, David Marshak, Jake Ray, Kendra Andersen, Tom Ensign, Erin Skinner, Ron Robinson and to Dave Hewlett for capturing these images (salmon procession, credit Anni Kamola).
Lastly, to the families and brave kids who set off into the woods, for the unknown – we thank you! We will definitely do it all again next year…
We have an incredible line-up this year. To start us off, we will have the Roma-folk accordion stylings of Bellow Wing, entertaining from 6 pm on. Youth singer/songwriter Sadie Hoyle will open us up at 7 pm.
Richard Balogh of Rifugio’s Country Italian Cuisine will satisfy the crowds with comforting autumn soup, pumpkin curry scones, donut holes and hot cider. A true fall delight! No need to go home between trick-or-treat and evening festivities. Just walk on over to the Middle School…
The fabulous Phoenix Chicken will be our Maestro of Ceremonies, overseeing the Costume Contest at Intermission. There are kids and adult categories, so don’t hold back if you are inspired! Our main feature is the beloved Gallowglass, Irish music band. We are allowing more time for dancing this year, in true Masquerade Ball tradition.
Come in costume, in mask, or as you are. Fortune-telling, mask-making, bobbing for apples and a photo booth too… a great time for all!
Thanks to the talented Jess Hara, Saproartist, for designing our amazing flyer!
*** Registration is now open for both programs! To request a registration packet, click here. ***
Thanks to the generosity of donors from our Indiegogo Campaign, a few scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please send a note to the Director for more information & Itineraries <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Here’s to celebrating all of our youth as they come of age!
The changing of the season has brought new life to Rooted Emerging. First, we joined the fine folks at the Whatcom Skillshare Faire last month to demonstrate giant puppet animals and talk about our offerings. Kudos to all the dedicated people who came together to make that gathering possible (come rain or high wind!).
Then, in addition to support from donors near and far, Rooted Emerging was recently awarded a grant from the Chevron Community Pride Fund through the 4-H Foundation. Beyond offering Coming of Age Programs, we also host three community events/year as an organization. This grant was awarded to support us in bringing people together on the child, family and community levels…
First, we are holding our Roundtable Speaker event on Wednesday September 23 called, “Living with Intention: Navigational Tools for Early Teens” . This year we gather at the Shuksan Middle School Library from 5:30 – 8 pm. Mark Lazich, LMHC will lead an experiential workshop on the Four Shields Model of human nature. Working in the lineage of the School of Lost Borders, and the 4-H Rite of Passage program, Rooted Emerging utilizes this ancient cross-cultural model to normalize the experience of adolescence in our programs. Come learn about the reassurance this framework for transformation can bring.
We will also be blessed with the skills of Heather Cochran, MA MEd, guiding us in a basic mindfulness practice to increase resilience in youth. Research is showing that mindfulness enhances health on the cellular level, directly benefitting behaviors and overall positive states. We will be learning about the subtleties of this practice, to consider incorporating into our gift to youth. Roundtable session for feedback from community members follows.
The event is Free and geared towards mental health professionals, educators, health care workers, parents and anyone with a concern for youth. Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Secondly, we are hosting a new event this year called “Council of the Animals” on September 27 at Fairhaven Park. We have recognized the need as an organization to allow kids and parents to come check us out, get to know what are about and have any questions answered. So, this new gathering was born. Teen storytellers will perform on four natural stages, each overseen by a different giant puppet animal, throughout the park. Participants in grades 5-8 are welcome to participate in the challenge, responding to the stories by choosing a representative token and then moving on to the next. Performers will be led by our Empress of Stories, Anni Kamola, and guided by Return Involvement participants. This Free, all-ages event begins at 1 pm. Be sure to arrive to the hilltop stage by 1:30 for game instructions and guidance through the park. Parents are welcomed to a Question & Answer session with Director and Board members in the Upper Shelter starting at 2 pm. All walk the Labyrinth together at 3 to close.
Lastly, we are doing it again! It is almost time for our 4th annual “A Masquerade Eve” at Fairhaven Middle School Halloween night. Look for more details on performers and vendors in next month’s News…
Director Vanessa Osage will also be hosting a workshop at the upcoming Art of Death Conference & Expo on Wednesday October 7, from 4 – 7 pm at Woodstock Farm. The workshop, “Life Force, Sexuality & Rebirth: Cycles of a Lifetime” is appropriate for adults of any age and costs $20. More information can be found at their website, www.artofdeathexpo.com.
Our Indiegogo campaign is past the halfway mark now – and we are 1/3 funded! Please help us make the final sweep to fully supported. We are already building giant puppets for our Council of the Animals event September 27 and starting in on publicity. Members of the Girls Advisory Board are preparing their presentations now to invite other young people to share the experience… Can you think of anyone who would love to be a part of making this happen?
Invite, share, talk… we are on our way!
Our Rising Up!
We have been given a great gift to celebrate our fifth birthday. Videographer Robin Jacobs has created a gorgeous short video about Rooted Emerging. It captures the essence of our work and our impact – and supports us in becoming an independent nonprofit!