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New Old Time Chautauqua

Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 7:00pm
Advance Tickets: $20 for Adults, $15 for Seniors and Students, $10 for children 12 and under, and FREE for kids under 5 with accompanying Adult (limit-two free tickets per household.) Members, as usual, get a $2 discount!

The New Old Time Chautauqua is one of our favorite returning shows, and this time America’s only traveling or circuit Chautauqua, is joining forces with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for a 2016 summer tour of seven state parks and nearby communities.

 
Chautauquas were based on the idea that learning continued throughout life. The Chautauqua Movement began in 1874, bringing a mix of education and entertainment to communities throughout the nation. When a Chautauqua came to town, all normal activity stopped as citizens dedicated a week of their lives to learn, be entertained and join with their community.
 
“The idea of the Chautauqua-Parks partnership is to renew ties and to foster goodwill between the towns and their local state parks,” said Paul Magid, founding member of the NOTC and The Flying Karamazov Brothers. “Chautauquas and Washington Parks share common goals: to promote community through education and experience by being a catalyst for cultural and creative exchange surrounded by the beauty of nature."
 
“Chautauquas were always held in an idyllic setting—among the trees, by a shore, or in a park—which is why this partnership is such a natural fit,” said Debbie Fant, Coordinator for the State Parks Folk & Traditional Arts Program. “And each park on the tour can tell its own story in workshops led by local experts.”
 
Each Chautauqua takes place over several days, with events occurring one day in the nearby town and another day in the state park. Each Chautauqua includes entertaining and educational workshops in parks and towns, a community potluck in each state park, live music, speakers and a grand parade—community participation encouraged—through the town. Each Chautauqua comes to a close with a family-friendly finale featuring Broadway stars, a big band, aerialists, comedians, jugglers and more.
 
The 2016 New Old Time Chautauqua-Washington State Parks Tour schedule for Larrabee State Park and Mount Vernon:
 
July 29 - 30 
 
Larrabee State Park, Bellingham | Mount Vernon at the Lincoln
 
     Local schedule so far:
 
July 29: 
 
10:00 - 5:00pm Mount Vernon Downtown Association's Sidewalk Sale
 
4:00pm - Park Workshops starting at the Band Shell at Larrabee State Park
6:00pm - Potluck at Park at the Band Shell at Larrabee State Park
 

July 30:

10:00 - 5:00pm Mount Vernon Downtown Association's Sidewalk Sale 

Noon - Parade, West Division Riverwalk Park to Pine Square 


PINE SQUARE

 

New Old Time Chautauqua Presents:

 

12:30: Marimbas
Do you want to play a marimba? A marimba is a xylophone with wooden keys. We have enough instruments for an entire band and will teach the marimba parts to songs inspired by an African music tradition. It's fun to play and easy to learn! No experience is needed! For 8 or 9 people from ages 10 to 100.

 

12:30: Puzzle Creation - Ideas, Logic, Words, Math, and Fun! (Pine Square, indoors)
Join puzzle-maker Roderick Kimball for this hands-on workshop where we will discuss, work and create puzzles of all kinds. Well, almost all kinds. This workshop isn’t about jigsaw puzzles. It’s about words, math, logic, ideas, and fun. Everyone will create several puzzles including a 3-dimensional puzzle to take home. Bring yourself, a puzzling friend, your curious puzzling mind, and any ideas you think might be a good start to a new puzzle creation. (They are!) All materials will be provided.
Appropriate for teens and adults with an interest in learning about how puzzles are created and how to make your own.

 

1:30: New Old Time Chautauqua Performers Busking

 

1:30: How to Use Listening to End Oppression (Pine Square, indoors)
In this workshop we will walk step-by-step through the basics of using deep listening to help move through a hurt, grief, or basic every day struggle; to access the inherent clarity, peace, and love we all need to be able to treat other people, and ourselves, in ways that help dismantle fear and hatred. We will engage in a discussion about oppression- what it is, how it functions, and how it affects us all every day, And then learn some basic tools, specific theory and finally: practice! Absolutely anyone is welcome.

 

2:30: New Old Time Chautauqua Performers Busking

 

2:30: Loving Your Watershed (Pine Square, indoors)
Think of the lymphatic system as the body’s watershed, a fluid-transport system conveying lymph filled with hormones, nutrients, lymphocytes, white blood cells, proteins and enzymes as well as chemicals, cancer cells, bacteria, viruses, toxins and heavy metals through the body to be recycled and eliminated from the body. Clogged lymph nodes result in weight gain, fat and toxin storage, cellulite, exhaustion, cancer, and weakens the body making it vulnerable to disease. This workshop is designed to help participants understand the importance of a healthy lymphatic system, the potent effects of lymphatic drainage massage, and how to use daily self-care methods and tools that encourage healthy lymphatic flow.

 

2:30: Cubasere Presents: Cuban Dance Demo
Come join the fun and learn about the social dances of Cuba. Havana born instructor, Yasmare Gonzalez Pi and his dance students will demonstrate Cuban Salsa (Casino) and Rueda which is a dynamic group version of Cuban Salsa danced to a caller. Yasmare will also lead the group through some Havana Street Style moves where all are welcome to participate and join the party! Sponsored by Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts.

 

DOWNTOWN

 

All Day
Miss May’s Creative Learning Store: Coffee Filter Dot Painting
Tri-Dee Arts: Community Art Project
Tops for Tots: Wooden toy turned spin tops by Dennis Shinn

 

11:00-3:00: Skagit Valley Food Co-op: Summer Garden Party
FREE EVENT! Join us in the Co-op’s Garden Center for this free, fun-filled event! We’ve invited some of our favorite local farmers & producers to share the delights of the season. This Saturday, we'll be sampling wares & fares from Whidbey Pie, Bow Hill Blueberries, Spice Hut, Raincoast Crisps, Co-op sausage and ice cream, and more! Also Michael from Fay Farms of Whidbey Island will be there to talk to you about his great topical pain relieving products that contain CBD. And Melanie from Solis Nutritional Blends, of Mt Vernon, will be sampling her delicious super food mixes. More vendors inside the Wellness department.

 

Pacific NW Martial Arts Academy:
1:00 - 1:45: Muay Thai Workshop with Gabi Maxwell: PNMAA's newest coach has over 20 Muay Thai fights under her belt and she is certified through the World Muay Thai Boxing Association. Learn about the National Sport of Thailand, participate in some basic Muay Thai stances and bring your curiosity!

 

2:00 – 2:45 Self Defense Basics Workshop with Jeannette Shea: Awareness, soft tissue targets, and how to get out of a front choke hold using a basic Chinese Martial Art move are some of the topics that will be covered in this fun, participation-oriented workshop.

 

1:30-3:30: Musicians Busking on the Sidewalks
Chuck Dingee, Banjo and Annie (Free Range Revellers), and Kevin Summers. Brought to us by the Rick Epting Foundation for the Arts.

 

MOUNT VERNON CITY LIBRARY

 

Centennial Social: Celebrating a Century of Service

 

Join us Saturday, July 30th, 1:00 -4:00 pm, at the Corner of Snoqualmie and Cleveland (across from the Library), for an afternoon of fun as we celebrate the Library's centennial with help from The New Old Time Chautauqua. Highlights of the afternoon include; ice cream, lemonade, music, old-timey games, trivia, and performances by New Old Time Chautauqua (previewing its 7:00 pm show at the Lincoln Theatre).

 

1:00-4:00: Sun Viewing (in the library courtyard)
Astronomer Bob Scott will help visitors study the sun using a telescope equipped with special filters.

 

New Old Time Chautauqua Community Workshops:

 

12:30: Community Quilts (in the Children’s area)
Join NOTC in 25 years of creating quilts for at-risk babies. Design a quilt top to be sewn into a blankee for a baby in need. All ages. No sewing experience required.

 

12:30: Life Behind Barbed Wire (in the resource room)
Michi Murayama’s experience in a Japanese Internment camp during WW11. Photographs from her family albums and the National and Smithsonian archives and Michi’s Memory Quilt will illustrate her narrative.

 
1:30: Magic (in the children’s area)
Learn to fool your friends and family with some amazing bits of magic with professional magician Joey Pipia. Ages 7-adult.

 

1:30 Doctrine of Discovery (in the resource room)
Paul Magid will lead us on an exploration of how this law came into being, how it remains the judicial bedrock of land ownership in the U.S., and how it continues to control every aspect of Naïve American life to this day.

 

2:30: Make a Greeting Card (in the children’s area)
If you can use scissors and glue, you can make a collage card with Yanna Hanson. Make your OWN mark, not a Hallmark!

 

2:30: Clay Mazing (in the resource room)
A first-hand account of performing for Syrian refugees in 18 countries with the Emergency Circus. Discover the importance of joy in difficult situations and why laughter really is the best medicine.

 

LINCOLN THEATRE

 

12:30 to 3:00: The Lincoln Theatre will host an Open House with Wurlitzer Demonstrations by Glen Des Jardins at 12:30pm, 1:30pm, and 2:30pm. Glen will be demonstrating the power of one of the “Wonders of the World”, our 1926 Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

 

12:30 to 3:00: Painting demo by Bill Ball
Bill Ball, Fireball Bill, will be live painting a large Jackson Pollock style piece.

 

7:00: New Old Time Chautauqua Performance
The New Old Time Chautauqua is one of our favorite returning shows, and this time America’s only traveling or circuit Chautauqua, is joining forces with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission for a 2016 summer tour of seven state parks and nearby communities. Chautauquas were based on the idea that learning continued throughout life. The Chautauqua Movement began in 1874, bringing a mix of education and entertainment to communities throughout the nation. When a Chautauqua came to town, all normal activity stopped as citizens dedicated a week of their lives to learn, be entertained and join with their community. Each Chautauqua comes to a close with a family-friendly finale featuring Broadway stars, a big band, aerialists, comedians, jugglers and, of course, The Flying Karamazov Brothers

 

The Chautauqua wants our community to be involved! Please contact the MVDA if you'd like to participate in the workshops (yes, you can your own), parade, and the community service project - the more the merrier. For more information, please call (425) 321-7433, or email dep.mvda@gmail.com