(July 21 – August 9, 2011)
Hello Friends of New Old Time Chautauqua!
The Midnight Sun Tour is halfway through, and reports from the blog are rolling in:
"The people here are extremely excited to have us. They say this is the most exciting thing to happen here since 13 years ago, when Chautauqua last visited." -Blogger Eli on Takeetna
"We went to a youth program building that feeds low-income children in the summer. They were 30 of the most wonderful kids I’ve ever spent time with. We gave a very special intimate show, followed by several hours teaching them everything we could, and lastly a shared meal. “Thanks for dinner by the way!” Their faces glowed with wonder, smiles and laughter from the moment we rolled in, to the moment we rolled out, many hours later." - Blogger Eli on Fairbanks
“I haven’t seen the people that happy since I can remember last, and on Monday they were still talking about it, which is almost unheard of.” - Director of the Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham
The cast of the Fairbanks show (photo: Shannon O'Neil)
Our upcoming schedule in brief (subject to change):
Chickaloon: Thursday, August 4th - (Private Community Residency)
Homer: Friday and Saturday, August 5th and 6th - Parade, workshops and show
Ionia: Sunday, August 7th - (Private Community Residency)
Seward: Tuesday, August 9th - Parade, workshops and show
We've already been to Fairbanks, Talkeetna & Palmer!
Please join us at the shows, workshops and parades, and spread the word to all your Alaskan friends!
Amazing low rainbow seen along the Al-Can highway (photo: Shannon O'Neil)
Community Service Projects and Performances
form a huge part of our mission, allowing us to give more directly to all the communities we visit, and to leave behind tangible benefits which can be enjoyed long after we are gone.
So far on the Midnight Sun tour, we have helped in the gardens at Calypso Farm, a non-profit teaching organic gardening and sustainability in Fairbanks, worked on construction projects at the Folk School in Talkeetna, and right now are helping restore an ancient native trail and landscape the school in this Native American community of Chikaloon.
Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham (photo: Michelle Bates)
Even before the tour left the lower 48, a small group performed a rousing show for residents and staff at the Shuksan Healthcare Center in Bellingham, WA, showcasing juggling, music, acrobatics, and an old-fashioned sing-along. Days afterwards, the elders in the audience were still talking enthusiastically about our visit. In Fairbanks, we entertained and shared a meal with 30 youths in the Food Summer Service Program, and entertained at the annual Community Pride Picnic in Palmer. Still to come: a visit to the South Peninsula Hospital in Homer and other places still in the works. In many ways these are the most significant interactions on our tours, for our participants and the communities we visit.
We are grateful to the The Harper Performing Arts Touring Fund, administered by the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts, for a generous award of $10,000. for partial support of the Midnight Sun tour. Thanks for showing you support our mission, and helping us get on the road to your communities!
SUPPORT OUR WORK
The majority of our financial support comes from the small and large donations made by our audiences, friends, colleagues and community-minded supporters all across the country. We are still seeking donations to help pay the remainder of the costs for the Midnight Sun tour. Please consider a tax-deductible donation from $5 to $5000 or more. Donate through PayPal, and of course, checks may be sent to us at PO Box 70173, Seattle, WA 98127. More information about donations.
Our tours run on a shoestring - participants travel on buses, camp in tents and create group meals in our portable kitchen. This way we can bring our programs to remote areas free or for very low cost. Community members join our parades, learn to juggle, make masks, sing, do acrobatics, and try many new things in our free workshops. Our performers bring smiles to residents of nursing homes, detention centers, soup kitchens, hospitals … all free. We deliver extraordinary bang for our bucks, but we still need some to keep things rolling.
photo: Topsy Turvy on the Mini Alaska Train | Header photo "Welcome to Alaska" (photo: Shannon O'Neil)
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