The Energy Cafe Spring Equinox Banquet
|Published: 24th March 2009 11:26|
An Unforgettable Event at The Energy Cafe - Sat 21st/Sun 22nd March 09
The weather was glorious - Amy & Ella always believed it would be as every event they have arranged on 21st of each month has been warm and dry and they were certainly right as temperatures soared on Saturday for their 24 hour non stop celebration.
Lynn Saunders from The Magic Music Box and her team of friends had worked their magic and transformed the site for the celebration - the tee pee was decorated inside and out (see above), an area for arts and crafts area was created all from recycled materials and she brought with her wonderful "Funky Puppets" and amazing bubble making equipment. All the children had an excellent day painting, creating and laughing, ending with a chinese dragon parade around the site. Please see YouTube link below.
Dr Realgood local rhythm and blues band (who you may have seen them locally at Upshire Summer Fair or the Queens Head pub in Upshire last summer) played a great free open air gig which started as solar powered and turned to bike powered as the sunset on the horizon - thanks to the Magnificient Revolution who ensured the music played all day and most of the night.
Alice Angus from the Proboscis Project was very impressed by the Energy Cafe outdoor experience and said "It was wonderful for my daughter to have the opportunity to sit by an open fire something she has never done as we live in a Central London flat".
Great food was served all day, starting with a picnic lunch donated by attendees (please see our Chocolate Brownie recipe for those who enjoyed it currently in the Easter section), a barbecue tea and for those who lasted the 24 hours a cooked breakfast was served in the morning expertly cooked by chef Floriean Bach who had travelled all the way from Berlin for the weekend.
The Energy Cafe Spring Equinox Banquet was part of a larger weekend of arts projects from The Arts of Common Space which is an international arts programme that expores the question "What is common space in the 21st Century Multi-cultural Society?". On Sunday we rode back to the park to experience the other projects including:
0.0 Navigation Simon Faithfull's new film on the Meridian line was shown on a TV screen in the back of a van parked on the Meridian line that runs through the Gunpowder Park - an unusual and often funny journey walking across railway tracks, under caravans, through garages and swimming across lakes along the Meridian line. For more information go to: http://www.artofcommonspace.org/site/75/298.html
Proboscis took you on a walk through the Gunpowder Park dramatic and dynamic landscape to see their different viewpoints through magnified glass at the highest point of the park and through telescopes in the fascinating woodland region of the park. They also exhibited their Being Common in the Field Centre Station, for more information go to: http://www.artofcommonspace.org/site/75/308.html
Siphonophora is an unusual project using small floating reactive devices to record and observe environmental data tracking light, temperature and pond life activity. Borrowing its name from a class of marine invertebrates, Siphonophora is an interactive research project by Rob Davis and Usman Haque that ultimately aims to explore the relationship between man and the natural world. For more information please go to: http://www.artofcommonspace.org/site/75/306.html
A huge thanks is due to Lynn of The Magic Music Box and Dr Realgood band for volunteering their expertise and enthusiasm at The Energy Cafe Spring Equinox event as they made the day extra special.
It was a true community event with the atmosphere of a festival - AboutMyArea were very proud to support and be involved. The future of The Energy Cafe is still in doubt at the time of writing, they have submitted a proposal to stay until September and awaiting a response. If you have visited the Energy Cafe, please leave a positive comment below to add to their campaign to stay for another six months.
For more information on The Energy Cafe, please see their website: http://www.energycafe.wordpress.com/ or our articles "Winter Activities" and "Inspiring Events" For more information about the work of The Magic Music Box who run toddlers groups, school workshops, children's parties, puppet shows and youth club groups, please see their website: http://www.the-magicmusicbox.co.uk/ For more information on Dr Realgood band who played on the day, please see our Music Section for details of their 2009 tour dates.
Please see a gallery of photos from the day below by Kate & Jeff Towerzey that attempt to capture this unforgettable event.
Thanks to Maggie Radcliffe for the great photo of her husband Tony with Ella and Amy relaxing at last with a drink in the late afternoon. Please see Maggie's great articles and photos - Fascinating Speaker and Speedway Now and Then