Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Procession of the Species 2009!

Thanks to all who participated in our first Procession of the Species!
It was a smashing success!
The day started out rainy and gloomy, and we thought we might be rained out- but thank goodness the weather cleared just in time.
We had many friends new and old come to our tent and make or finish masks for the parade. The giant puppets of Darwin, the deer, the sun, the flatworm, bear and the owl all looked so beautiful, especially when surrounded by so many other creatures. Drummers provided a cadence for us to process to. Attendance was estimated at around 300 at peak- wow!
Thanks to everyone for being a part of this event. Next year will be bigger and better. Please stay in touch throughout the year and get involved in next year's Procession of the Species.

If you would like a tee shirt and didn't get one- we still have some left. Please contact us.

If you have photos or videos to share- I want to start a flickr pool (label- MadProcession/ or Procession of the Species Madison) Please contact me if you have photos and video- I am still compiling footage. I want to hold a post- event get together to watch footage and plan for next year- I will be posting details soon.

New Photos on flickr!:


Thursday, June 18, 2009

Procession NEWS FLASH!

Procession of the Species is Sunday June 21st. in Olbrich Park!

Puppet making activity will be at Olbrich Park from 3 pm to 5:30 pm. Bring unpainted props to finish or make a quick mask or hat to wear in the parade. Look for our tent near the music stage.

Recycled, hand printed tee shirts with the "Procession of the Species" logo will be available for a donation ( $5 or more) Also hand printed posters ($2 or more donation)

At 6 pm our procession will begin at our tent and spiral around the park, ending in a circle around the bonfire.

We will present a very short skit- the presentation of a 200th birthday cake to Charles Darwin with a few surprises....

Music, picnicking and celebration will continue until the bonfire at dusk.

You may want to bring the following:
bug spray
food and drink for picnicking
any supplies needed for last minute puppet making

We can use a few extra hands to operate the big backpack puppets. It's fun and easy! E-mail or stop by our tent to get more instructions.

All are welcome to dress as an animal our plant and join the parade- tell your friends!...

RAIN DATE- in the event of bad weather canceling the procession, we will regroup and participate in the Willy st. Fair parade in September.

Hope to see you all there- This will be Madison's first annual "Procession of the Species"!

Laurie's cell # : 770 8374

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Weekend workshop photos...

Kids with awesome masks...
The great horned owl gets a trial run...lookout mice
The dragon being decorated...
The deer up to it's final height...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Last workshop next weekend- June 13 and 14

Come to Hawthorne Park - 200 block of Division st. on Saturday and Sunday for a final blast of puppet finishing. We will have paint and brushes and extras to paint and finish the props for the parade. Bring along any colorful latex or acrylic paint you want to use or share.

Laurie and Ted will be finishing Darwin and the deer and giving technical assistance with painting and rigging your masks and puppets.

Please remember that our storage is extremely limited here, so prepare to store your own props unless you have made prior arrangements with us.

Free Ice Cream!

Saturday June 13th 9:00 am- noon and 4:00pm to 9:00 pm
Sunday June 14th 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Call Laurie and Ted for more information
Darwin has been paper mache'd (7 layers). Back of head and ears added. Needs paint and beard and hair!
Almost done! One more eyebrow and some hairstyling. His hair and beard are made from mops.
Laurie wearing the sun. We'll finish decorating him this weekend. He needs hands and a few more costume details.
Come help paint the owl this weekend!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

the latest!...

Hi all,
Projects are really in motion now as we get closer to the day of the Procession. Here are some photos from our last workshop at the Goodman Center:
Shaping the clay for for a portrait puppet of Charles Darwin...
Making a giraffe head for a stiltwalker...

Cutting cardboard for a giant sunflower...

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

NEWS! + Free workshop Sat. the 6th...

Here is the latest news on Procession of the Species/ Solstice

We have another FREE workshop this Saturday the 6th 9:30- 11:00 at the Goodman Community Center. Demo. of clay model mask making! Hands-on cardboard sculpture!

I had a meeting with Betty from Starkweather creek about Solstice/ Procession of the Species. A few things are now set:

Day of solstice puppet and maskmaking ( with Meghan from Absolutely Art providing art supplies and helpers) beginning at 2 pm.

The Procession will begin at 6 pm

The bonfire will be at 9 (or dusk)

Here's where we're at with Procession:

Large puppets made and in progress:
deer with flowering antlers

and many other small scale masks of all kinds of creatures...

This Saturday the 6th from 9:30- 11:00 am at the Goodman center we will work on some clay sculpture masks. I will demonstrate making a clay model and covering it with paper mache to make a mask. I am going to be making one of Charles Darwin!

We talked about having a reprise from last year of a horn dance or some other musical component. The procession to the bonfire site also needs some structure or narrative- we discussed starting at the waters edge... ideas? We would love to have anyone else jump in with concepts... Feel free to post comments on the blog!

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