Here comes the Sun! Our wonderful Sun puppet is being repaired after it’s unfortunate encounter with smoke damage!
We’re sure the Sun is coming and really, really, really putting out the message that we refuse anyone raining/snowing/sleeting or high winding on our parade!
We can always find the right place for MORE community-hands to get involved in the hands-on-process of “building a parade” and would love to have our friends, families and neighbors be a part of this awesome community art project!
Here’s a few immediate Parade needs/roles/tasks:
1.) Flyer distribution and sponsor invitation along our parade route–Mon-Thursday
2.) Puppet Repair Crew—papier maiche and experience with painting or willing to have an on the spot tutorial
3.) Puppet Transport Coordinator—Saturday April 20th 9-11 am and 2 and 4 pm
4.) Additional Parade Patrol Crew to join Nic and Dea Talantis on bike and help direct parking before the parade begins—Saturday, April 20th meetup 9-11 am
5.) Parade Pack-up and Clean-up Crew (April 21-22, Sunday & Monday)
If you or folks you know can take on any of these roles/tasks this week please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check out the Parade Week events and schedule below which outlines what’s happening and when/where this week.
2013 PARADE WEEK WONDERFUL-NESS:
Monday-Friday, Finish-up: papier maiche and building and BIG puppet repair between 1 and 5 pm, daily at Blackbird Arts
Tuesday-Thurs., Finish-up: Puppet & Mask Painting “Self-serve style” between 4 and 8 pm, at Blackbird Arts
Wednesday-Friday, Finish-up: Costume-making and detailing Masks between 4-8 pm,at Blackbird Arts
Blackbird Arts is located at 1485 Barlow St, Traverse City
Tues. April 16th, Puppet Movement 101, 6 PM-–Where you and your puppet team will be “fit” with the BIG puppets and you’ll also learn basic parade performance skills. Parade Performance Crew/Puppet Movement 101 is Tuesday evening, April 16th @ 6 PM…..@ Blackbird Arts (MORE DETAILS LISTED BELOW)
The Otter Puppet getting a good clean-up and costume repair takes a look at the storyboard.
Wednesday Puppet and Parade Workshop @ The Great Lakes Childrens’ Museum, from 4-6 pm, 13240 SW Bayshore Dr., Traverse City, Michigan, 49685
Friday Puppet and Parade Workshop at Scrap TC, from 5-7 pm,
821 Garfield next to Honey Baked Ham and the UPS store
Fri. April 19th, Parade Eve Tibetan Bowl Ceremony, 8 PM-—The night before our Earth Day Parade and traditionally we are still tweaking and finishing up our parade puppets, masks, non-motorized floats….This year our dear friend Eva, from Oryana Co-op, is going to lead a Tibetan Bowl Ceremony to help us find balance and set the tone in our final moments of preparing for and presenting this special community art project!
Earth Day Tibetan Bowl Ceremony is Friday evening, April 19th @ 8 PM…@ Blackbird Arts.
The Fox Puppet is looking forward to a freshly washed costume and looking for three good folks to carry him in the parade!
MORE PARADE DETAILS:
Our Earth Day Parade theme this year is all about seeds, and the storyboard and characters are imaginative AND awesome, and we have a few parade wizards and wizardresses amongst us that are making incredible parade art! it’s kinda’ incredible what you can do with cardboard and papier maiche!
“Seeds! Awesome Vessels of Power” is an everyday lesson and simple story about the life-cycle of the seed, and how our actions affect our beautiful, seeded world and planet home. If we care for the world, and let the sun shine on it, and water it, the crops will grow, and so will the children. If we put poison on the world, however, if we do not tend to our precious seeds then we will lose our food, our nourishment and nothing can survive. The power of this story lies in the simple beauty of a seed’s life unfolding, its simplicity, and a profound call to action!
JOIN the “Parade Performance Crew” and plan to attend Puppet Movement 101, April 16th or SHOW UP early on parade day. You and your puppet team will be “fit” with the BIG puppets and you’ll also learn basic parade performance skills.
STEP RIGHT UP! and choose your BIG puppet, or mask/costume and check in with the parade section leaders on April 16th:
Earth Section, George Meyer:
BIG Precious Seed, 4 + more people
Forest Garden-Three pole puppet, 3 People
Wolf—Mask/Costume 2-3 people
Fox—Backpack puppet, 2-3 people
Precious Seed Carriers—Come make your seed pod, as many as possible
Water Section, Chelsea Taylor, Geo:
Otter–Backpack puppet, 2-3 people
Spirit of the Great Lakes–Mask/Costume, 2-3 people
Center Section, Penny, Melissa, Geo:
Pollen People–Headgear/Costume 4-6 people, come make your headgear!
Hand Petals–Headgear/Costume 6-8 people, come make your petals and headgear
Crow–Three pole puppet, 3 people
Pollinator Bee People–Single pole puppet, 2 people
Blackbirds—Come make your headgear,as many as possible
Snake—5- 10 people
Fire Section, (Need a Section Leader here) with Geo:
Sun–Three Pole puppet, 3 people
Dragon–Northern Michigan Cultural Center
Fruits and Veggies—Come make your headgear or fruit/veg on a stick, as many as possible
Insects—Come make your headgear, as many as possible
Air Section, Penny:
Eagle—Three Pole puppet, 3 people
Dandelion people—Come make your headgear! As many as possible!
Robins—Come make your headgear! as many as possible
Precious Seed Carriers—Come make your seedpod! as many as possible!
More info at:
No worries the Sun is coming! Parade Week events….