Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Year's Festival 2009 THANK YOUS!

We here at Wild Goose Creative really value collaboration with the people, businesses, and organizations in Columbus. None of the work we do could be done without their support and contributions. So we just want to take a moment to everyone who helped make the 2009 New Year's Festival possible, and to encourage you to thank, visit, and support them!

First, to the Ohio Arts Council for their generous grant to support the Festival!

To our performers at the amazing New Year's Eve Party:
Jesse Cale
John Reuben

To everyone who provided food to help feed our hungry crowds:
Pattycake Bakery
Lavash Cafe
Snowville Creamery
Cafe Brioso
Brittany and Maria of Brezel

And to everyone who either performed, led workshops, or in other ways provided materials and talent to make the Festival happen:
Steve Languis of Our Handyman
Central Vineyard Church
Kal, Dwayne, and all the performers from Whistling in the Dark Theatre Company
Joel Veenstra, co-creator of Improv Legends
Everyone at Studio 35 Cinema & Draft House
The Alwood Sisters
Morgan Foster of Common Shiner
Alison Chapman of Igloo Letterpress
Jenn Deafeanbaugh and everyone with Fuse Factory
Matt Monta & the Hot Coal Band

And everyone else who read poems, told stories, improvised, cooked meals, baked goodies, moved materials, provided housing, or otherwise helped in any way during the Festival! We're grateful for everyone's support, and look forward to working with you all in 2010.

New Year's Festival: Brunch!

We wrapped up the Festival today with a brunch. What better way to end a big event than with a quiet and fun meal together?

We enjoyed eggs, bacon, toast, coffee, juice, mimosas, and crepes made by Wild Goose member Andy.

New Year's Festival: Book-Binding, LED Blinky-Bugs, Theatre Daedalus, & Matt Monta

The second full day of our New Year's Festival began with a breakfast at The Best Breakfast and Sandwiches in Westerville. Wild Goose member and breakfast blogger Nick Dekker led a small troupe there. Look for a post on his blog about that. Later that morning, back at the Wild Goose space, we hosted two workshops. Pictured first is Jenn Deafenbaugh of Fuse Factory leading a workshop on LED Blinky-Bugs. Look for many more workshops and events with Fuse Factory later this year!

Meanwhile, Alison Chapman of Igloo Letterpress led a workshop on book-binding. If you haven't had a chance to visit Alison's shop in Worthington, make sure you do so soon!

Later that afternoon saw a staged reading of The Copper Anniversary by members of Theatre Daedalus. Here director Jeremy Sony introduces the piece.

After dinner and an improv comedy show, we finished out the day with a concert by Wild Goose-favorites Matt Monta and the Hot Coal Band. We hope to have them back at the Goose again sometime soon!

Thanks to our presenters, performers, and attenders who came out to make the day a success!

Friday, January 1, 2010

New Year's Festival: Lavash Dinner, Alwood Sisters, & Night After Last

We finished out our first full day of the 2009 Festival with three exciting events. First was a dinner catered by Lavash Cafe.

Then we were graced with a concert by the Alwood Sisters. We were happy to welcome them to our space again.

And we finished the night with one of our signature events: Night After Last. This is a night of readings, stories, poems, and music looking at those moments in our lives - such as the changing of years - that have affected and defined us. We heard poems and stories from a number of writers and performers.

Plus music from Wild Goose-favorite Morgan Foster, of Chicago's Common Shiner.

The Festival continues tomorrow morning with Breakfast with Nick. Meet him at The Best Breakfast & Sandwiches in Westerville for a tasty breakfast and chat about food writing. Then we pick up at our space with two workshops at 11 a.m., one from Fuse Factory, and one from Igloo Letterpress. Hope to see you there!

New Year's Festival: Improv Legends and Build Your Own Smoker photos

Workshops are a-happenin' this afternoon! We're viewing the feature-length documentary Improv Legends, in which famous folks talk about the art form of improvisational comedy.

Across the street at our new WGC Studios, Karl Boettcher is leading a workshop on How To Build a Smoker.

He's sharing some examples of his work, including smoked salmon and smoked bananas.

New Year's Festival: Serial Cereal photos

This morning we started 2010 with a big meal of cereal and a staged reading by members of Whistling in the Dark Theatre Company of Transformers: Starscream's Brigade. You wouldn't believe some of the dialogue and stage directions. What better way to start the year?

A delicious breakfast of many favorite cereals, with Snowville milk and Brioso coffee!

New Year's Eve party at Wild Goose!

Our New Year's Festival kicked off last night with our New Year's Eve party, featuring performances from Mattiburns, Jessi Cale, and John Reuben.

Happy New Year to everyone from Wild Goose Creative! The New Year's Festival continues this morning. More details on the Festival here.