Five things worth knowing this week.

Roll Riptide, Roll.  A few months ago VCA was proud and pleased to help sponsor a group of Vashon High School Riptide journalists to attend the National High School Scholastic Journalism Conference in San Francisco, April 12 – 14, 2018.  The other day we got this wonderful report from two of our wonderful Riptide scribblers.

Our trip to San Francisco was, in one word, fantastic. Over the course of the trip, we got the opportunity to not only attend the National High School Scholastic Journalism Conference, but also tour city landmarks and explore various neighborhoods within San Francisco. During the conference, students were able to attend classes and lectures relating to their various interests in journalism.

A number of us chose to go to a lecture on the #Metoo movement, which delved into the law and ethics of journalism and offered instruction on talking and writing about sensitive or controversial stories. Another group attended a section on investigative reporting, in which they heard from the adviser of a school newspaper that had uncovered the fraudulence of their new principal.

One of the most beneficial points during the conference, however, may have been when we received critiques on our own publications. Overall, we came flew home with our notebooks and laptops filled with new tips and tricks for running the paper. We are eager to pass on our knowledge to next year’s staff.

Roll Ray, Roll. Students in James Culbertson’s VHS photography class worked with Ray Pfortner in a VAIS shoot-to-show residency called Urban Photography.  Their exploration of street, architecture, and landscape photography took them to the streets of Seattle and the gorgeous prints are on display this month in the Kay lobby, with a First Friday opening tonight!  I had the opportunity to tour the show with Ray as it was being hung and there are some really strong images there.

The work shows off the skills these young photogs developed as they played with the shapes, colors, and textures of the people and places they visited.  Come see their work – then take it home!  Ray’s focus on teaching students the “business” side of art means these pieces are for sale.  Enjoy!

Happy Feet.  I wandered (and wondered) over to the Blue Heron Wednesday afternoon to take in the magic of our kids at work.  The Creative Movement class is just too cute to believe.  Instructor Jessica Kennan is the picture of magic, love, and grace and the little dancers roar, preen, swing, and sway . . . well you just have to see it.  Meanwhile downstairs, local musical legend Alex Drissell was leading the Intro to Musical Theater class through their lines, songs and moves . . . more too cool to believe. So fun.

Twinkle, Twinkle.  In a nearly “all kid-goodness Fish Wrap,” I got this wonderful note from a parent of a Suzuki Violin student lead by our wonderful Gaye Detzer.

I was with my son at the regional Suzuki practice for their upcoming performance (which is next Sunday). He was in his typical stress zone. (Kicking, hitting, growling etc.) I had that moment where I thought, “Ya know, maybe this isn’t a great idea.” The room was full of violinists of varying ability from around the Seattle area, and our little guy was feeling little and strange and terrified. My husband and daughter tried to give him some comforting words, which I had to ask them to “stuff.” Because, as our son told me later, “Only you know what to do with me when I’m stressed.”

Which was, simply, to tell him: “I know you can do hard things.” (And then to pretend that everything was totally normal.)

So, we got ourselves prepped—saw Gaye Detzer cross the room, always a steadying force—and headed to the “Twinkle” aisle. From there we listened to little snippets of music (“That’s Sound of Music, mom!!!”) and when it was his turn, our little guy took a deep breath and walked toward the stage to take his place for “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”—played about 5 different ways by a room full of budding Suzuki students. It sounded rock solid.

When he came off the stage, he was so proud. “I played 5 different Twinkles! I did them ALL! I sounded GOOD!”

“Gaye Detzer makes magic happen,” is all that I can say. And not only for our son, but so many other students (past, present, future!). And the Vashon contingent was definitely out in force yesterday—lots of seasoned performers and several new students, too.

I have no idea what will happen next Sunday, of course. But we’re going to show up, because we can do hard things.

Big Weekend.  In case you somehow missed it, this weekend is non-stop Vashon on Vashon.  We have two wonderful lectures on print making as part of the First Friday festivities.  Later we’re host to Roger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella with a 30-student cast.  (And if you miss it, you can see it Saturday night or Sunday matinee.)

On Saturday, the Vashon Garden Club is having their annual plant sale over at Island Lumber.  The VIVA spring studio tour cycle kicks off . . . and don’t forget to stop by VCA.

And last, and the thing I want to end on, please stop by at 1:00 PM to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Baile Folklórico class as they perform traditional Mexican dances in the Katherine L White Hall. This event is free and open to all and will feature a live 8-piece band, Mariachi Guadalajara.

Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, the dialog with our violin player put me in mind of one of the best scenes from A League of Their Own . . . “the hard is what makes it great.”  Listen and enjoy,


Why “Fish Wrap”? Years ago, living in San Francisco, I became a devotee of a legendary journalists named Herb Caen. While he may not have been the first to use the phrase in connection with “yesterday’s news,” he is the one I remember. Today’s news is tomorrow’s fish wrap. Maybe it’s a generational thing. At any rate, we call our Friday wrap up, The Friday Fish Wrap . . . Five things worth knowing about VCA this Friday.

 

 


 

 

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