Rural Arts and Culture Grant Update
After much discussion, we are changing the House Parties from Sunday to Saturday, until school gets out in June. The time will remain 2 PM to 6 PM until summer, as well. Our intent has been to provide a setting where all generations can gather for music, story-telling, and conversation. Although we have been happy with the level of participation, we continue to hear that Sunday makes it difficult for those with small children, or who need to prepare to get back to work on Monday. This change is intended to ease those difficulties, and maintain the enthusiasm we've seen so far. The next House Party will be Saturday, March 8, at the home of Karen and Adam Wirth. Come join in the fun!
The T-shirt project originally planned for St. Patrick's Day has been postponed until summer. This will give us more time to work out problems with the design, and find a larger audience for distribution.
We have had a good response to our After-School Art program. About thirty children helped Deborah Harwood decorate Valentine cookies. At this time, at least twelve children are signed up for each of the scheduled activities.
Winter Wednesday enrichment classes are going well, too. Chinese cooking was a big hit on January 29, with fifteen participants dicing, chopping, and steadily stir-frying. The highlight of the evening was the delicious meal that we all had so much fun preparing. Special Desserts and Cake Decorating, taught by Sarah Myers and Tammy LaFreniere, took place on February 19. The next week Cheryl Podgorski's Herbal Workshop was held. Remember, we have to have at least 6 people sign up to hold an intended class. The March schedule offers Leather Craft with Kevin Bousquet on the 5th, Music Appreciation and Voice with Martha Guth on the 19th, and another Herbal Workshop with Cheryl Podgorski on the 26th. Flyers are available at the Post Office, with all activities listed. We appreciate prior registration; please call Cindy at 448-2960 to sign up.
We have added a Studio Art class during the last hour on Thursdays, starting March 13th. Designed for high-school students who would like instruction in various art media, participation will be voluntary. Offerings include watercolor, portrait drawing, and collage.
Beaver Island Community School will be participating in the Youth Art Show at the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey. The opening reception was held on Sunday, February 23rd, from 2 until 5 p.m. The work of fourteen students was submitted for the show. For a report on how this went, check next months Beacon.
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