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Giant Puppet Parade & Circle Up for the Earth
July 7, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
The third annual Interdependence Day Celebration! Giant Puppets! Music and Song! community “Circle Up” for the Earth, and direct action with Climate Action Now, will be held July 7th at 1PM at Pulaski Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Mother Earth, the Flying Tree, The Polar Bear, the Sun and a Drgon on a Bicycle will be some of the sights woven into what MuZen Theater event producers Beth Fairservis and Stephen Katz are calling a “Circle Up for the Earth”. Combining parading, meditation, song, story and spectacle, Circle Up participants will be guided to rebalance individual and collective relationships with Life on Earth.
Following the performance event, Western Mass Climate Action Now, a volunteer based activist organization will lead the community in supporting direct actions in our community relating to reducing energy use in Western Mass.
The community is encouraged to contribute to the parade and the Circle Up by arriving with flowers in hand at 12:30pm in one of four nearby locations, listed below.
At 1 PM everyone will parade from the Four Directions with MuZen giant puppets to Pulaski Park. While Stephen Katz underscores the event with drums, bells and layered cello music, Beth Fairservis will guide the group from sitting in silence, to conversation and song about our relationship to the Four Elements: Earth, Air, Water, and especially, Fire.
Please dress in appropriate colors and or bring a puppet of your own making that represents the creatures of that direction!
Flowers, preferably hand picked will be laid on an altar to the earth.
4 directions Parade Gathering Places
Leaving promptly at 1pm:
North: Hungry Ghost Bakery, State St.
Green or White, Earth. 4 legged creatures
East: County Court House Lawn, Corner of King and Main St.
Yellow, Air, birds
South: Behind Thornes Market Place at Tuesday Market Site
Red, Fire, humans, hands
West: Forbes Library Lawn, out front, West St
Blue, Water, fish, water creatures
You can contact Beth if you would like to be involved in puppet making and or operating larger puppets for the parade.
The event is offered for Free, but donations will be gratefully accepted at the event or you can support our work through our:
Can’t wait to see you there!