This week has been the beginning of our summer camps. Today (Friday) starts at 8:00 with the mighty Colleen Laliberte (of Skwalking Heads fame!) and her daughter Jessica (professional choreographer) whipping in the MACC parking lot ready for the kids to start showing up. And, when they do show up, they are already singing and dancing to the songs they are learning for "Seussical, Jr". It's pretty funny because they are all singing different songs... And there's a LOT of them, and they ALL have incredible energy...
35 singing and dancing kids.
Next, Chip Hancock flies in for his Summer Drummer camp. If you think the 35 children in the Drama Camp have high energy, you haven't seen drummer kids! Wow. And Chip is just a big kid at heart, and he is so passionate about kids, learning, and drums of all varieties. Currently, Room 8 is the drum room. We moved him from Room 3 which is right next to the office. Do I need to explain why? He has 4, yes, 4 (four) full drum sets in Room 8.
Remember, there are 35 singing and dancing kids all around and in the auditorium, and now 8 drummers drumming.
Next, in walks the incredible Mardi Leonard for her class called iCRE8. She has "stuff" ALL OVER her classroom. Mardi will never be caught without something she needs. She has enough "stuff" to equip a small army of artists. Then, add 7 very creative kids who want to start their projects NOW, and pretty soon there's glue and decoupage all over the kids!
35 singing and dancing kids, 8 drummers drumming and 7 kids creating.
The adult students of Val Gibson, our very talented art teacher, wander in at different times of the day. They are bringing their beautiful paintings in for the First Friday event from 5:00 to 7:00 this evening in Gallery 5. Paintings in hand, they bounce to the beat of the drumming and wind their way through the 35 dancers heading to the cafeteria for lunch. The exhibit quickly takes shape, and several artists have already sold some paintings!
35 singing and dancing kids, 8 drummers drumming and 7 kids creating, 5 artists setting up.
Brianne Hager of B's Sweets, with daughter/helper in tow, comes in to get the kitchen and cafeteria ready for her class next week. "Sweet Surprises" will be just that for 22 kids next week - a week filled with baking and decorating cake pops, cupcakes, mini cakes and cookies. I sure hope they share...
The balloons and signs are up for the Gallery event, the Drama kids are giving parents a preview performance, drummers file out after class, and people start filing in for the art exhibit and reception. Of course, I have to go test the food to make sure it is edible for the public!
As I walk the halls, taking in the sights and sounds of people who are totally engaged in learning and creating, I am thrilled to be a part of the MACC! It is in this re-purposed old school building that lives are enriched, friends are made, new talents are discovered and improved upon, ideas are hatched, and even careers discovered. If you haven't been here lately, you must come and just soak in all that's happening here. Maybe some of it will rub off on you!