Five things worth knowing this week . . .

Rrrrrrrrrrrojo! Victoria Clayton taught Art and Spanish camp this week to 13 kids ages 3-7. Paint, drawing, Spanish games and songs and a giant parachute were involved.

Backing up a minute, Victoria is our Spanish language registrar . . . and so much more.  The simple part of the job is that she’s available to work directly with our Spanish-speaking kids and parents to help them navigate our programs, select classes, and seek scholarships if needed (about half the class was on scholarship).  But with Victoria, it’s so much more.  She’s a one woman ambassador for VCA, literally knocking on doors to tell families about all the opportunities at VCA and to recruit them to come on down.

One of the best stories to come out of class was the tale of three students . . . who were not native Spanish speakers!.  Keep in mind Victoria taught the class in Spanish, which meant a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved to see the world through a different set of eyes.  The stories of the native Spanish speakers helping the native English speakers navigate truly cheer the heart.

Here Comes VSAF! You can’t possibly have missed this one!  After months of planning Vashon Summer Arts Fest begins Friday, July 6 at 5:30 sharp.  Seriously, 5:30 on the nose.  You won’t want to miss the show opening.  It will be sensational.

Getting Social.  In case you missed it, we have seriously upped our social media game thanks to the tender ministrations of Island online guru Shauna Ahern.  We are posting five times a week on Facebook and Instagram.  Check us out!

New Beer! We will be debuting tonight at the Vashon Summer Arts Fest a new beer from new local brewery Camp Colvos an absolutely stunning Farm House IPA . . . it’s been in a Rye barrel for six months and presents with an unmistakable citrus note (guava perhaps?) over a hint of pine.  Yeah, we might have had a sip.  It’s going to sell out some come early.

Upgraded irrigation.  Our intrepid facilities manager, Ian Metler, has been working his way through a list of projects around the campus.  Latest is upgrading the irrigation system for the wetlands we own to the east of our main campus.  In the past we’ve run hoses across the parking lot to power the system in the summer.  A donor dropped by a big role of 1 inch flexible irrigation pipe and a bunch of fittings so now the system is properly plumbed in.  Next up, add another zone.

Finally, and this is actually a sixth item, the bright summer day now unfolding puts me in mind of the Shakespeare’s Sonet 18 . . .

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

If you just don’t have enough summer poetry in your life, follow this link to a delightful list and commentary on ten wonderful summer poems.

 


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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