Saturday, July 08, 2006

100th Day

In one way, this photo has nothing to do with 100 days of Sharon, CT, but in another, it has everything to do with it, as it somehow epitomizes why I love living here. I spent about 12 hours today at work, as today was our fifth annual Family Arts Festival. A little organization like ours, and a small event like the Festival, can make a big difference in such a small town.

Each year, we bring artists - dancers, musicians, storytellers, theater groups - to perform at our center. This year we added street painting all day as well. Many more photos of the day here. We don't charge much - it's a $10 suggested donation for adults, free for kids. We want to give everyone in our community a chance to experience different cultures and art forms, and participate in them too. This photo shows a little boy, about four years old, who just couldn't help himself from trying what the dancer was doing. The dancer, by the way, is 17 years old, and has won many awards for her dancing. (She's also a national math champion, headed for MIT, one of the US' most elite universities, in the fall!)

At today's festival, we also had a Zydeco band (cajun music from Louisiana); Brazilian Samba, a native American storyteller, a women's folk trio who sang about the perils of motherhood, including the Bad Mother Blues (I can relate!), and a fantastic percussion and break dancing group, all children and teenagers, from one of the nearby big cities, Kingston, NY. The people who come seem to really appreciate and enjoy the day and I feel such satisfaction at having been a part of making it happen.

Three cheers for everyone, in all our communities, who brings people together, helps them find the things that unite us instead of divide us, and who gives people a chance to have fun, to dance, to laugh, together. (That means, in our DP family, three cheers for Eric, Denton, Ham, and all of the Daily and City photo bloggers who help us understand one another better - together we are creating the possibility of Peace on Earth!)


Blogger Louise said...

This is a great photo. Congrats on the event.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Felicia said...

I agree with Louise. Sounds like a great event. And congrats to you on your 100th photo, thanks for sharing Sharon CT with us!

3:50 AM  
Blogger Jazzy said...

I like this colourful 100th photo very much, congratulations!!!

7:01 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Cogratulations on your 100th hope for many more from you!

7:50 AM  
Blogger Kim said...

It really is all about community. You've captured it so well in this photo and your comments. Thanks for making your corner of the world visible to us. Congrats on your 100th post! Tomorrow I will post my first! Your lovely photos have inspired me.

8:25 AM  
Blogger alice said...

Your 100th photo is very nice! Longue vie à ton blog!

9:00 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

This looks like a fun festival!!

5:02 PM  
Blogger Passante said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! I'm enjoying learning about your community.

5:50 PM  
Blogger Kala said...

great post with good message and awesome for that woman going to MIT wow

6:14 PM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Congratulations on 100! And what a picture too!

It's always wonderful to see different cultures move in unity.

1:34 AM  
Blogger Kris said...

sure looks fun! she must be great, always enjoyed the dance :)

4:05 PM  
Blogger Lisi said...

Hi Jenny, I was late to congratulate you, I was just so busy these days...your 100th photo is a cute and lovely one

8:57 AM  
Blogger Nowhere Man said...

I enjoyed this post a lot. It really does educate us outside what your Sharon is like, and also shows a side of US daily life that isn't much known about - the strength of active communities. Have you room there for a very untypical Londoner who's growing a little weary of living 10 years in a country where monaing is a national sport and evryone is a world champion...Portugal!

3:57 PM  

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