A day early?...or right on time?... Last weekend we traveled to my home state of Connecticut for a gig at CT College in New London. After showing up a day early accidentally (we did recently vow to never be late again after all ;)...we found ourselves spontaneously sharing the evening with fellow fire dancers Lady Blaze and Joe Janiki!...They welcomed us into their cozy and inspirational home with utmost hospitality. We burned the night away, sharing skills and creative ideas in a perfectly suiting backyard oasis in downtown New Haven.
Fox with LED fans at the black light party
Iso on the Mystic River
...I wonder if this thing still works?..
Iso's perfect hat
A town called Mystic that doesn't actually exist... (its true look it up!)
To top off our trip on Sunday, we decided to head over to the quaint little seaside town of Mystic. The name alone was an attraction to the Fox, and it was quite nostalgic for myself having visited there as a child. Swindling down streets with hoops in hand, breathing the thick salty air, we stumbled upon some treasures. The first stop was an old garage sale, where we happened to find a handmade hoop (of course we didn't need such a thing, for we had 30 of them in the truck...but its always good to see them around)...next stop, Mystical toys!...which turned out to not be what we had hoped, but none the less fun thanks to the discovery of some super awesome puppets! My favorite was the ostrich....She was mighty good at hooping (check out the video to see for yourself). Further more, we followed our path to an old antique and consignment shop where Fox scored a fabulous yellow vintage shirt. It came from London during the 70's and is embroidered with what Fox likes to call "Hypogryphs". (I think they are long-neck cats) The shop keeper there was very knowledgeable but seemingly always anxious about things breaking in her shop and saw us as huge potential breakers of things....since we were carrying hoops. Little did she know our impeccable spacial awareness levels ;-)...Despite her obvious worry, she was very kind..........................>
Thanks for checking out our blog! We hope you have a magickal day! Love * Iso
Fox breathing fire in New Haven
LB and Joe
College gigs rule!!...
The following day held quality family time for myself since CT is my home state after all, while Fox enjoyed some quality play time with LB and Joe...Later that night it was time for our first college gig. We weren't sure what to expect but quickly remembered just what college is all about, and realized it was all a big party! To gain an audience we lit large torches and frolicked through campus yelling about the exciting fire show we would put on, with a few added howls and yips...our freaky characters emerged as we moved swiftly through the night, gathering a trail of eager followers. We felt very in character and magickal through the whole show, beginning with an intriguing introduction, we were able to keep the audeince enthralled for the entire 45 minutes! By suggestion of Elizabeth Knights (fellow magick maker and fire bender) when we needed a break, we involved the students in a sexy hooping contest...3 guys and 3 girls showed off their skills with hoops to the silly song "Im Sexy and I Know it"...needless to say it was hilarious and everyone was pumped! Some of them were actually pretty incredible! At the end with a vote from the audience we chose a winner from each side and let them take home their very own handmade dance hoop...hopefully they were inspired and the joy of hooping and the flow arts could potentially impact their lives, or even lead to a school club!...The show continued smoothly, and everyone was amazed as we wallowed in the cloud of satisfaction. Afterwards, we jammed out and reached multiple peak flow moments with our LED props in their black light party...We loved to be able to add some spark to the environment simply by having fun and doing our thing. Every aspect of this gig was enjoyable, from the audience to the performance area, to the after show jam session, to the friendly help we had from coordinator Jeanette Williams!..One thing was very clear by the end of the night, we want to and will perform at many more colleges!!!
Fun with puppets!
All hail facebook!...art in a local gallery.
...Since he found something so magickal I was now on the quest! A tiny jewelry store caught my attention down a side street, in which we found many interesting items. I ended up with a very beautiful authentic jingle skirt from Afghanistan. I've never heard such a lovely jingle on a skirt, or a more solid construction, love it!..Unfortunately we had to pass on the amazing coined helmet, that store was a treasure chest! The lady helping us there was also a character, who was just filling in for the real character who owns the store... We then ended up at a wonderful gallery just as they brought out the cheese and yummy snacks, we were hungry and free food appeared...must be magick! There was also a bit of wine involved, some amazing artwork, and of course another offbeat shop keeper (gallery tender?)...whom we discovered had likely been drinking that wine all day. All of these people were so interested in us, and they were all a little wacky. Whats that say about us? lol...The rest of the day held more art gazing, more delicious food, a valuable marketing book find, and finally a good solid rest at my Mom's house where we learned that our belief in Mermaids was actually legitimate (documentary lounge session). Luckily our truck held out for us just well enough to get us to every destined destination we encountered that weekend and delivered us to the home land perfectly. Cant wait for our next adventure...!