We had an amazing and wonderful event, AGAIN!
This is my self-indulgent post where I thank everyone and their dog and I get to do that because we just had an awesome day, an awesome event, and I am blessed to know and be able to collaborate with some of the most amazing people on the planet, I am convinced!
The day was hot, but we didn’t break 100 degrees this year, so I feel very blessed. We had not as much wind, no lightening, no freak rainstorms, it was a perfect day!!
We were lucky enough to have been contacted about doing a live remote on the site Friday morning. Members of Controlled Burn, Le Cirque Vagabond, and eNVision Performing Arts showed up on the plaza at 4:30 am (!!!!!) to take advantage of this amazing opportunity. Mariana Jacob from KOLO was very nice and even fired off Dave’s handheld propane shooter! You can find the story here:
Then, we were unbelievably gifted to get amazing coverage on channel 2 the day of the event. That video is here:
What can I say about how wonderful this day was for me?!? Once again, Controlled Burn showed up and kicked it in to high gear. We were worried about having everything placed and feeling rushed this year, so we started at 7am instead of 9am. I left the plaza about 2:15am.
We filled the plaza with people this year, Grin and the fire art artists really kicked it up a notch again and I am eternally grateful for Grin and his help. I’d also like to send a shout out to Bobnoxious, Grin, Rebecca “Sage”, Justin, Jungle Jim, Dale and the Red Rooster, the Trojan Horse crew and anyone in that area I may have forgotten…you made that area your own and it was amazing! I hope you enjoyed it half as much as it looked like ya did, it just seemed “right” this year =)
Lauren is the best vendor coordinator a girl could ask for. Donna was the mistress of organization, as the volunteer coordinator; she kept everyone’s schedules straight, gave them their t-shirts and moved them around if it was needed. From the performance aspect, Lucky was an amazing MC again, Mark Simon ROCKED the sound this year, and it was great to see old friends and new performing for our fair city…
David Hirshman and John Mariotti, you rocked the martial arts, Vulcan Crew and my friend Lisa Rizzoli, thanks for doing the playshops and sharing your love of your tools with the next generation. I LOVED seeing so many kids on the stage, giving it a go! Dragonfly Aerials, I hope you enjoyed yourselves! You always look so graceful, and yet powerful flying through the air, and Chels, I hope even though you couldn’t perform, you had a great time being an audience member, I think it’s wonderful that you got to do that.
My hipSwitch sisters, I love you more than words can say! Deeta and Mi Amore, your new group was very well received and your piece was super cute. Asha, you are always so awesome, and seeing itty bitty Holly doing Baby Got Back made my day =)
Boys and Girls Club and Kyle, I hope you will come out and dance for us again! I am sorry the stage was so hot, but not sure what I can do about that…
Amy and Unmata, I idolize you all for so many different reasons…your passion, your athleticism, your candor, your skills. I hope to see you some more this Summer before Burning Man! I didn’t think I could admire you more, but you took my breath away this weekend.
Changez Dance Crew, I wish I could have talked to you more, but hope you will come back. I got great feedback about how fun your piece was and I hope we can do it again!
Le Cirque Vagabond…Mr. Ben. I can’t wait until I can say one day “Ben performed at MY festival before he hit it big”….and I hope you will consider doing so again. From the early morning TV spot, to the theme, I adored everything you did. You are seriously altered the quality of performance arts in Reno just by being who you are and bringing what you do. I want to work with you more!
Aaron and all the eNVision kids…this can’t be the end. We have to find a way for this to still exist because it’s worthwhile, you guys kick ass and damnit, you deserve it! I sent you an email today, please stay in touch, I will help if I can!!
Vulcan Crew, it was great getting to hang with you guys for a bit. You are what we aspire to be skill-wise! Let’s do it again! How about in about a month?!? hahahaha. Thanks for being there again, and for filling the gap. I feel honored that quality did not suffer because another group chose to be a chooch. THANK YOU!
Obsidian Butterfly, you guys were amazing! I hope more of your group can come next time! It was great to see you, and we hope you enjoyed yourselves!
Dave King and that liquid shooter? AWESOME! You got some serious hang time this year, dude, I am just glad and feel honored that you still like doing this. Let’s do it again!!
Shelley Pinemom and family and Chef Tony, we would surely have dropped before we collectively performed had it not been for the amazing and succulent surprises you fed us all day. Fresh fruit and yogurt in the morning? Perfect! Wraps for lunch? Light and just what we needed and TACO BAR?!?! HOLY CRAP WAS THAT GOOD!! Thanks for raising the bar higher than I had any right to hope for Tony, I hope you will consider playing with us again =)
My family…where would I be without you? Joyous, Bri, Dan, and Junior…thanks for being patient while I was a crazy woman the last few weeks between logistics, planning and last minute details, feeding and taking care of the animals when I couldn’t dealing with my crankiness, and still having enough love left for me to work the event! I have the best family EVER! We might be small, but man, are we mighty! Yay, us!
Okay, my self-indulgence for this year is over, but the warm and fuzzy remains.
At times like this, I feel like the luckiest girl alive!