Monday, March 28, 2011

Warmer weather, here we come!

After a few tantalizing breathes of spring, cabin fever has hit with a vengeance.  To stave off the worst of it, the Medusa events committee has put together an amazing assortment of celebrations, festivities and galas, interspersed with the occasional funshop and get-together.  And that's not even counting the gallery openings coming up on April 9th, Memorial Day weekend, and the 4th of July!

On the heels of a remarkable 1st opening featuring the amazing Allison Nowland Ward, our MGS Projects gallery space welcomes Rodolfo de Florencia.  Spicing up our pallette with a little international flavor, de Florencia hails from Mexico and is bringing a fascinating, and brand new, series of work entitled GENIUS.  Complementing the evening, the Traditional Strings, an amazing local string band from around the hilltowns, will play for us, and the Store will provide some light refreshments.  Festivities start at 6pm - and as always, it's free and open to the public!

We're planning to celebrate Easter with a little pagan egg decorating on Saturday, April 24th, as well as an Easter Egg Hunt in the playground for little ones and a village treasure hunt for the rest of us.  With a little luck, we'd like to reinvigorate the Fall art series with a spring natural materials series, featuring such possibilites as natural clay, fairy gardens, natural dying and felting, and cap it all off with Withy Lanterns and Flaming Balloons and a kid-designed and organized Talent Show on Memorial Day weekend.

Also of notable mention in May is a Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer Research, hopefully happening on May 7th, and the amazing MedusaFest, on May 21st!  

As hinted at previously, we are considering a 4th of July Barbecue and a Fall music series, featuring local artists, but while I'm at it, I thought I'd mention a newcomer to our calendar: movie night!  Brainchild of the incredible Laurel Herendeen, movie nights would be organized under the umbrella of the Rensselearville Library, and feature both kid and adult movies.  Tentatively, we planning for it to be at the Firehouse, starting sometime this fall.

An the Medusa Council on the Arts has a sibling, don't forget: our sustainable community initiative.  Plans are in the works to finalize our 501c3 charter as we are planning a more generalized and still nebulous GO Local! campaign, as well as some field research at Morning Fog Farm, in Berne.  And I am rapidly, and with just as much excitement as you can imagine, racking up speakers and participants for our Climate Change Conference slated for June, 2012.

Go do a spring dance for me, please.  And as always, be a believer!!

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