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!
A Council is a coming together of various beings to arrive at a greater truth. It is a conversation, inspired by a larger wisdom. The animals… well, we think they might have another perspective worth hearing.
Who is this for?
Everyone who grows, who has grown and who is growing. When the animals and Story Keeper come together to speak on Saturday September 24, we trust that this is for all young and old who care. It is for parents, kids, young adults, middle adults, elder adults. This is for everyone who has a vision of where they have come from, where they are going, and how they intend to get there.
So what happens?
People (and animals) gather at Larrabee State Park starting at about 9:30 am and prepare to be a part of something beautiful. Musicians start sharing their love of creating by 10 am and invite people to join them. An official show and experience runs until 11 something.
Then, people connect and share over lunch. Younger kids (ages 9-12) who are ready to prepare for their rite of passage in later years go sign up for workshops at the Welcome Tent with their parents. At 12 noon, Vanessa Osage and Erik Bracht (see People) set out to guide these young people on fun, adventure and discovery throughout the park. Parents and friends linger to enjoy more music, take a hike to the beach and savor the crisp fall days.
Youth workshops conclude at 4 pm. Folks are welcome to stay to enjoy the fun with the Bellingham Musicians Convivial (their official show starts on that same stage at 2 pm). You could count on them to be keeping it genial on into evening.
What do I need?
An open heart and mind, an eagerness to play and take time away from our daily lives. Willingness to dream. You can bring a blanket, a picnic lunch, water to drink, sunscreen/rain gear (you never know) and an instrument if you have one. Oh, and yes, you may come dressed as an animal.
So what do I do now?
To pre-register a child ages 9-12, fill out council-of-animals-2016-registration and scan/email, drop it in the speedy mail, or bring it all filled out on Saturday. Grab a few friends, young and old, and make plans. Contact email@example.com to ask any questions.
Council of the Animals
Saturday September 24, 2016
Larrabee State Park, Amphitheater (follow the signs)
10 am Community Show, 12-4 Youth Workshops
Show by Donation, Workshops $35/youth
Free Parking – a ‘Discover Pass Free Day’ !
Rain or Shine
Each fall, we have a burst of new life at Rooted Emerging. These days, between shifting fronts of rain and blazing bright sun, our year begins. We are gearing up now for our second annual “Council of the Animals” at Larrabee State Park on Saturday September 24. In response to parent requests, we make this year’s event a celebration for all, followed by workshops for ages 9-12.
Some fine local talent will be coming together to help us illuminate rites of passage on the Larrabee stage at 10 am. Meghan Yates of the Reverie Machine will hold the role of Story Keeper, sharing story, song and her wise, powerful presence. Members of the Deacon’s Ruse Vaudeville troupe will speak to the journey from childhood to adolescence with their signature flare and artistry. Music, story and giant puppet animals frame the experience for all to enjoy.
We also join forces this year with the Bellingham Musician Convivial, featuring Nick Taylor of Wild Hare Music and friends, who will kick us off at 10 am – and stay to entertain parents and kids alike from 2 pm on. Their show will consist of a couple of local bands, an open mic, and end with a collaborative cover jam session. Their goal is to highlight a mutual love of music in an atmosphere where everyone can get involved. Come, enjoy the overall positive impact music has on our lives!
This celebration is a way for community members to revel in the spirit of rites of passage – and for youth to get to know us in a fun, low-commitment way. Show starts at 10 am. Share a bring-your-own lunch from 11:30 – 12. Workshops and adventure for boys, girls and other-gendered youth ages 9-12 begin at 12 noon and conclude at 4 pm. Early registration is encouraged – all day youth $35 (show entry is by donation). On site registration will be available, space allowing. Scan/email or mail in the following form: council-of-animals-2016-registration
Event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/662445263917416/
Here’s to the rich and changing fury of the season!
Rooted Emerging does not hold summer programs at this time – you can look forward to finding us Saturday September 24, 2016 at the second annual, “Council of the Animals” at Larrabee State Park, from 10am – 4 pm
This year, we hold a community-wide celebration of rites of passage with storytelling, giant puppet animals and a day of activities for ages 9 – 12. Want to volunteer? Drop us a line at <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Enjoy the beauty of the season!
Thanks again to all our wonderful volunteers, to MC Jenna Bean Veatch, our musicians, photographers Leslie Grace & Jeremiah Schwarz, 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.
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