Adventures in Storytelling

The adventures of The Patchwork Players, Patti Christensen and James Nelson-Lucas, as they travel the dimensions of time and space, telling their tales

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Happy New Year

Well what a year 2007 was! If you saw our Year In Review slide show (next blog entry down, click to open) you got an idea how busy we were. Since we posted last we closed the year out with some really fun stuff.

We did several school assemblies where the audiences had a great time. One fifth grade boy even remarked that we “Rock Hard!!”, while others very much wanted to know when we would be back again. We always love assemblies, we enjoy ourselves and we regularly get feedback from the teachers that the kids are mesmerized.

We also celebrated the holidays with our friends and colleagues at the South Coast Storytellers Guild . It was an evening of fellowship, good food and great stories.

The end of the year was not all work for us, however. Patti took some time off to spend the holidays with family in Minnesota, while James was off to Santa Rosa, California and Park City, Utah to do likewise. So both of us got to celebrate a White Christmas. For Patti this was a return to her days growing up and living in Minnesota while it was a new experience for James. However we both agree that it is fun to visit the snow...we prefer San Diego Winters, which reminds us of a poem about San Diego:

San Diego.

Where Spring comes in the Summer,

and Summer in the Fall.

Fall it comes in Winter time,

and Winter not at all.

When the Patchwork Players reunited, we finished off the year at First Night Escondido . First Night is a wonderful, family-friendly New Years Eve celebration. There were ten stages and craft locations, as well as tons of roving entertainment. They had everything from rock bands, to a circus, to a fourteen foot walking tree-man. We were glad to share our stage with the magician Dick Dale , and ventriloquist Joe Gandelman .We did two shows and still had some time to enjoy the sights and sounds all around us.

So on to 2008, the year we will see our first Children's book; How Baby Coyote Learned to Howl. Our illustrator is nearly done with the art, so it will not be long now before we have books to share with the world. We also anticipate another busy Summer at the Libraries with our programs: Stop Bugging Me: Brothers, Sisters and Other Annoying Creatures, and Urban Legends: Rumors to Reality. The year will also be chock-a-block full with a host of other fine events and programs as well. Watch this space and your e-mail alerts for what is exiting and new in the adventures of The Patchwork Players Story Theatre.