The hopping started at the Regina Beach Lionesses’ Evening of Elegance, when my cousin-in-law’s band, the Uncoolas Hit Revue, took to the stage. In the bustle of the summer, it had slipped my mind that they would be the musical entertainment for the evening. They play K-Tel Record favourites as well as hits from the 1960’s and 70’s. I had not heard them before so it was a great pleasure for me. And, within a short time, I was up dancing, as were many of the women in attendance. Jim’s cousin, Nancy, did great back up vocals to her husband’s lead vocals. And the band was musically tight! I had so much fun that my jaw was sore from smiling, my throat hurt from singing and my body ached from dancing!
I’m now thinking that there could be an after-occasion poem in me from that night. Oh, and for a change, I was the last bidder on a work of art by Susan Weir in the Silent Auction. This will look good in my orange kitchen! (PS: Art photography is an art I have not acquired.)
The week that followed was a busy one. I had a great meeting with the Lumsden and District Arts Council and reconnected with Rosemarie Schumann, originally from my hometown, Earl Grey. They fed me a delicious lunch as we talked about me leading a Words & Art workshop with them at some point in the future.
I also spent a lot of time this week talking to teachers, arranging for workshops in the schools. If your children are in Grades 1 through 8 at South Shore Elementary, I’ll be working with them. If they are in Mrs. Winter’s English class at Lumsden High School, I’ll be working with them, too. And, I think I will be working with Grades 5 to 7 at Clive Draycott School in Bethune, too!
And, the Tuesday night class is carrying on, as well. This past week we worked on gathering sensory data for writing, ekphrastic writing, and spent some time considering Julia Cameron’s, THE ARTIST’S WAY: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity. This coming week, we’re looking at re-envisioning, revising, rewriting and editing. I spent time this morning tracing the development of a poem that began in 2005 and seems to be almost finished some eight years later.
Another good week in the Qu’Appelle! Ordered a load of wood today in preparation for the cooler nights that seem to be upon us.