By: Gigi Gadenne
This week at Arcadia was one of the celebrations. We celebrated the arrival of the sunfish sailboats by immediately taking them out for a spin – even managing to fit five people on one boat (there were some casualties in regards to falling off and wet clothes). Later that week we celebrated Emma’s big one-nine (19) with Caitlin and Zena’s famous, world-renowned carrot cake and cream cheese frosting. Lizz hand crafted Emma a pair of earrings with an original design burned into them – a celebration of the arts. Further into the week we celebrated our first class field trip with Glenn! We were amazed by what we saw and our minds were blown by the repetitive architecture of a corporate town. The controversial topics discussed in class continued to be analyzed throughout the day.
And what is a celebration without music? We welcomed Dan Berggren, a regional Adirondack folk musician, to Arcadia with open ears. He regaled us with the stories behind his songs and then enchanted us with the songs themselves. We highly recommend his music. Arcadia transformed into a concert hall with the formation of four bands. Eli, Nate, and Sean’s 70’s pop band “Milk Cup” graced us with its presence, followed quickly by two rival bands: Gwyn’s all female band “Milk Maids” and Caitlin’s band “Milk Bottle.” Meanwhile a Broad Way musical titled “Proper Dish”, performed by Emma and Gigi occurred in the kitchen during post – dinner clean up. The band’s instruments consisted of pots, pans, forks, mason jars and everyone’s melodious voices.
Along with the sudden spring up of all these bands, a contagious Backcountry British accent has spread throughout the Arcadian village. Most members can no longer recognize their normal voice – it is an epidemic.
The village’s love for hot sauce is also an epidemic. Panic struck as we approached the last few drops of Frank’s hot sauce. The next day we celebrated a miracle. The gift of a bottle of Siriacha and Frank’s came in the mail signed by the Lurky – Massawepie friendly neighborhood Lochness monster (aka our wonderful Director Cathy, although she has not admitted to anything)
We wrapped the week up with laughter and our final celebration of the harvest moon which marked our one month anniversary together. Happy one month Arcadia! and to all those inspiring individuals, professors, directors, woodworkers that we have been blessed to have met so far.