Helmsley Green Day

The sun shone on Helmsley in North Yorkshire yesterday for the Helmsley Green Day, held at Helmsley Walled Garden. Well, it shone nearly all the day. It started raining just as we were about to finish learning Compost! The (mini-)Musical, so we retired to the Beer Tent, and performed to an enthusiastic crowd of drinkers there.
Visitors to the Green Day learned my eco-musical from scratch in 30 minutes

Visitors to the Green Day learned my eco-musical from scratch in 30 minutes

The performers had started learning my eco-musical just 30 minutes beforehand. They were the second Compost Crew I had trained that afternoon. The first Crew had learned the musical and performed it outdoors earlier that afternoon. (And one of them came back to join in this second performance!)

The Walled Garden is a beautiful garden in a beautiful location. Helmsley Castle looked down on us as we sang and drummed through our musical.

Helmsley Walled Garden

Helmsley Walled Garden

There was lots going on at the Green Day, including story-telling from Nettlefoot Kate, and shoe-selling from my friend Terry, who runs Roosters .

Storytelling from Nettlefoot Kate at Helmsley Green Day, 16 August 2008.

Storytelling from Nettlefoot Kate at Helmsley Green Day, 16 August 2008.

Congratulations to all those who came along and learned Compost! in such a short time, and then performed it with such gusto! It was great to see grandparents learning and performing with their grandchildren, and parents with their children, and some brave children all by themselves! Much fun was had by all.

Relaxing after our second Compost! performance, Helmsley Green Day, 16 August 2008
Relaxing after our second Compost! performance, Helmsley Green Day, 16 August 2008

And thank you to one of our talented younger performers, Elizabeth, who gave me a beautiful papier mache flower she had made at one of the stalls earlier that day. I was very touched.

Thank you too to all the people who made Helmsley Green Day happen, particularly Monica Gripaios.
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3 thoughts on “Helmsley Green Day

  1. What a lovely day it was, and thank-you for including me in your post! I was very impressed to see that Compost! could be learnt within such a short space of time, and to such a high standard. I really enjoyed sitting in the ‘secret garden’ telling stories while surrounded by faint sounds of drumming on compost bins, bright colours of papier mache tile-making to my right, workshops on my left…

    Hopefully there will be another one next year!

  2. Hi Leslie

    Thanks for your encouragement from the other side of ‘the pond’! It looks like you’re all doing great work over there at the Solana Center. If ever you want to put on ‘Compost! The (mini-)Musical’ where you are, let me know! I have all the materials ready here. You can see some of the ways we’ve put on the musical (with different age groups over different time spans in different locations) at: https://thebigbuzz.wordpress.com/category/compost/

    Best wishes, Anneliese

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