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Oct 7 & 8: Reconnect at the Wilkins School Community Center
After a one-year hiatus, WSCC’s fall festival (formerly called Eco-Fest) is returning as Reconnect. The theme of this year’s fair is Reconnecting with Nature through Art. Because the theme is inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy, as portrayed in the beautiful documentary Rivers and Tides, the fair will open on Friday evening, Oct 7, at 7:00 pm, with a free showing of “Rivers and Tides” at WSCC. The film will be followed by a discussion and a ceremony to connect with Nature as inspiration for our artistic creations for the weekend.
Saturday morning begins with activities for both adults and children. The schedule of events is still being finalized, but we’re anticipating a plant and bulb swap, an art supply swap, kid-friendly artistic/crafty upcycling activities, a gardening lecture, nature walk, the building of a bug hotel, a nature photography workshop and a rechargeable transportation petting zoo. In the afternoon, in the spirit of Goldsworthy, we’ll make an off-site trek to make our own ephemeral installation art using only found nature materials: leaves, rocks, twigs, etc.—an activity that is as much meditation as creation. The kids version will take place at WSCC—building a mandala or Green Man with natural materials.
The day offers an opportunity to enjoy your family, friends, community and outdoors while buying nothing. There will be no trinket giveaways and no admission fees. We will have lovely activities, free events and a chili lunch provided by WSCC members.
This is a great chance to support WSCC with your donations. Start setting aside unused art supplies and plants for the swaps, a mug you no longer love for our Chill the Mug event (Fill it–with your chili—then Chill it—trade it or donate it to Goodwill), and of course any cash you can spare to support WSCC’s building fund. Most importantly, set aside time to join us.
7-9 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. If you’d like to help out with the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org