Five things worth knowing this week

It’s hard to write this week’s Fish Wrap without reflecting on the cultural richness and texture of last weekend.  Just to sample a bit of it . . .

Viva Baile Folklorico.  It is hard to overstate the wonder, charm, and magic of the Cinco de Mayo celebration our Balle Folklorica put on last Saturday. We have one of a small number of Folklorica companies in and around King County, and Nidia Sahagun and the dancers put on a stunning show in front of an absolutely amazing Mariachi band to the delight of all . . . and then the party continued in the lobby with singing, dancing, eating, and more.

The Prince is Giving a Ball.  “His royal highness, Christopher Rupert Windermere Vladimir Carl Alexander Francois Reginald Lancelot Herman Gregory James… (he’ll thank us for it later) Is giving a ball!” The cast and crew of Cinderella did Rogers and Hammerstein proud with their talent, commitment, and professionalism.  Massive gratitude to everyone who worked through all the twists and turns to make this happen.

Amazing Artist Studio Tour.  Where to start . . . well how about in our very own gallery and lobby? Quartermaster Press kicked off month two of its amazing 25thAnniversary show with lectures by both Suzanne Moore and Deborah Taylor.  On Saturday and Sunday, many of us were able to visit some of the amazing studios on display as part of the twice-yearly Vashon Island Visual Artists tour.  Speaking personally, I want to thank the many artists I visited for your generosity of spirit and graciousness towards this writer. I am continually struck by the breadth and quality of the art that is produced on this island.  I wake up every day counting the artistic richness this community creates a profound blessing.

In other news . . .

Granted.  Is it possible to be both humbled and proud as peacocks?  If so, we are.  And why?  Both the NEA and ArtsWA have  once again recognized the good work we’re doing through our Vashon Artists in Schools program with grants of $10,0o0 and $11,850 respectively.  These are important foundation blocks for our next school year and a wonderful reminder of the goodness this program has been doing for THREE DECADES!

Vashon Summer Arts Fest.  The centerpiece of July and August at VCA will be our first annual Vashon Summer Arts Fest.  This was barely a notion two months ago and has since flourished into something I think we can all point to with wonder and pride.  We close our artist call end of day today with piles of solid submissions that span the full spectrum of visual arts on Vashon.  We have piles of work ahead of us, but don’t want to let this milestone go by without notice.  So much more to come.

Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, a lovely and well known verse from Robert Frost . . . one I think of often.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

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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