Procession of the Species 2013 – TODAY!

June 22nd, 2013

At Olbrich Park!

5:30 Procession of the Species
6:00 Giant Puppet Pageant w/Galileo & dancing telescopes!
6:30 Forward! Marching Band

8:41 Bonfire!

Restoring the Owls

June 16th, 2013

Repair work continues on two of the giant owl puppet heads from previous Processions and they’re looking good.

Starting to cover the primer on the brown owl

After previously getting layers of mache repair and primer paint, the gray owl got some finishing touches on Saturday.

New paint details

Lots of careful shading

The owls will be ready for Saturday.

non-owl mystery items

Hmmm, what are these?  Find out on June 22, 2013 at Olbrich Park.

More buffalo!

June 16th, 2013

A small herd of buffalo is beginning to appear

adding layers of mache

Adding primer paint

A little paint adds a lot of personality

Workshop progress

June 9th, 2013

Work has begun on a new barn owl giant puppet head.

Barn owl, almost ready for paint

And a new herd of bison.

Bison number one

Bison number two

And more on the way.

Stop by and check out the new spacious workshop space.  Open workshops are on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons until June 22.

Owl repair

June 9th, 2013

Two of the giant owl puppets from previous Processions get some much needed tender loving care.  At the first Saturday afternoon and Wednesday evening workshops in June, worn areas on both owls received added layers of paper mache for strength.

After a few days of drying, the base layer of primer paint was applied during the second Saturday afternoon workshop.

Almost ready for the new paint details to be added again.

2013 Workshop Schedule!

May 24th, 2013

Come help build puppets for Madison’s 5th annual Procession of the Species! The Procession itself will be on Saturday June 22, as part of the Friends of Starkweather Creek Solstice celebration.

Workshops to build puppets will be Saturdays and Wednesdays in June!

Saturdays: Noon – 4 PM  (June 1, 8, 15)
Wednesdays: 6 – 9 PM (June 5, 12, 19)
Where:  Art In, 1444 East Washington Ave

All are welcome!  Kids must be accompanied by a parent.

Procession / Solstice 2012: And there was more

June 26th, 2012

There was music and food, puppets and a pageant, singing and the bonfire.  But there was also more.

Volunteers made masks and did face painting for children who wanted to join the Procession later in the afternoon.

Silkscreen banners of Laurie Rossbach’s woodblock designs fluttered in the breeze.

Drummers performed throughout the day and added their rhythms to the bonfire at sunset.

This year saw the Beginning of an Utopian Strip Mall featuring:

Professor Remington, Typospherian and Curator of Vernacular Voracity, who offered the opportunity to operate a magical word-making machine on which to write a letter to the person of your choice.

The Mall also featuring the delightful diversions of tea drinking and palm reading.

and the singular wonder of having one’s image temporarily captured in a little box and released later for all to see.
Many of those very images will appear here soon.

Procession / Solstice 2012: The day

June 26th, 2012

The day started early and went late.
Here’s a view of some of the parts that made for a wonderful event.

The bus arrived filled with giant puppet parts.

Thank you, bus driver!

John assembled a beautiful willow archway that unfortunately was overtaken by the wind later in the day.

But his other willow sculptures braved the wind and were enjoyed by many.

The Schenk-Atwood-Starkweather-Yahara Neighborhood Association helped spread the word about keeping our lakes and creeks healthy.  Once again they offered free canoe rides so many could enjoy Lake Monona from a closer perspective.

Music was provided by Foward! Marching Band.

The Procession began with the Calling of the Species.

The Madtown Liberty Players performed The Saga of the Wisconsin Uprising.

More music by a classical sitar player and later by On A Dare which inspired much dancing!

It was a beautiful day shared by many neighbors, families, and friends.

And even though some of us felt a little tired by the time the sun was setting,

everyone’s  spirits were revived by the solstice bonfire.
Dancing and drumming continued to the last fading embers.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made
this community celebration possible.

Many hands at work

June 20th, 2012

Hard to believe it is the last Wednesday workshop of the season.  Saturday is rapidly approaching and there are still many details to finish.  Here’s a look at some of the work being done this evening.

Thank you to all the volunteer artists.
Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!

Buffalo 2012

June 20th, 2012

Some of you may remember the large buffalo puppet that debuted in 2010.  It was well received by Procession participants, but due to technical difficulties, it missed last year’s solstice celebration.

This year it has been reworked into a more functional form and will also have a small herd to join it in the Procession.