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The Energy Cafe Spring Equinox Banquet

Published: 24th March 2009 11:26

Amazing Tee Pee decorated by Magic Music Box using natural and recycled materials  

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.

     Dr Realgood band playing live outdoors by solar power        Dr Realgood playing live by bike power with cyclists peddling

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:

Simon Faithfull walking the Meridian Line black and white photo of his back0.0 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 art project of magnified glass on posts at Gunpowder Park 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 

Siphonopora project devices floating on the lake at Gunpowder ParkSiphonophora 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 EventsFor 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

Magic Music Box artworkshop with children painting and making things
Face Painting a child having her face painted and a queue waiting and watching
View of the Energy Cafe site cooking, eating, talking
Bows and arrow shooting with hand made bows and arrows
Magic Music Box bubble making equipment produces an enormous bubble
Magic Music Box art and craft area with people chatting and children playing
Magic Music Box Dragon Costume displayed
Ella, Tony Radcliffe and Amy relaxing in the late afternoon with a drink
Still around the bonfire in the evening at the Energy Cafe
Window powered eco system unit against dark red sunset
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