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Organizers and participants in the upcoming YS Experience weekend include, from left, clockwise: Matt Housh, drummer for The Show; dancer Jill Becker; Mindy Harney, organizer of Cirque Carnival; metalsmith Rhonda Newsome; artist Deb Housh; artist and organizer Nancy Mellon (below); artist Sarah Strong; and artist and musician Ryan Henry of The Show. (Photo by Diane Chiddister)

YS Experience focus on creativity

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Organizers of the Yellow Springs Experience are doing some things differently than at the event’s debut last year. In 2011 the Experience takes place in one event-packed weekend rather than being spread out over a week, and more activities are free and aimed at local participants.

But the aim of the Experience remains the same, according to organizer Nancy Mellon of the Yellow Springs Arts Council, which is collaborating with YS Kids Playhouse, Cirque Carnival and Destination Yellow to put on the event.

“The Experience is Yellow Springers making good times together,” she said. “It really is about experiencing what Yellow Springs is about. It’s your neighbors and you having fun together, learning about each other and making wonderful memories to talk about in the years to come.”

The 2011 Yellow Springs Experience kicks off with the Cirque Carnival on Friday, July 15, from 6–10 p.m. It will continue all day Saturday, July 16, through Sunday, July 17.

The weekend will include live music, dancing, original art, healing arts events, literature, theater, movement, stargazing, foot massages and educational programs about the natural world.

“There’s so much creative energy in this town,” Arts Council member Deb Housh said in a recent interview. “The Experience is pulling together under one roof these things that are already happening.”

And while organizers hope villagers take part in as many events as possible, they do also hope to attract those who live in the wider region to come to the village for a getaway, instead of taking a vacation to a distant place.

“In this day and age gas is expensive and it’s difficult to make ends meet,” Mellon said. “People can come here and have a fabulous staycation.”

Overall, organizers say, the Experience is designed to not just entertain, but to provide opportunities for Yellow Springs residents to do interesting things together.

“It’s the kind of learning that happens when you come together with family and friends and have a unique experience,” Deb Housh said.

Following are YS Experience events. Events not labeled “free” require payment, and those interested can find information and register at the Web site

Friday, July 15

Noon–1 p.m. Fluid Core movement class, First Presbyterian Church;

6 p.m., Cirque Carnival, Dayton and Corry Streets downtown (free);

7 p.m., Antioch Writers’ Workshop readings, Antioch University Midwest (free);

9:30 p.m., stargazing on the front lawn of Antioch College (free).

Saturday, July 16

8 a.m., bird hike in Glen Helen, Trailside Museum;

9 a.m., quick sketch artist Clarice Moore makes drawings at the Art Park, 100 Corry Street;

9 a.m., Japanese hand made paper lanterns class (continued on Sunday) at the StrongHeart Press&Studio with Sarah Strong;

10 a.m., class on creating sterling rings, the YSAC Gallery, 309 Xenia Ave.

10 a.m.– 6 p.m., walk-in wellness and spa services, EdenWorld, 253 Xenia Ave.

2 p.m., Ayurvedic healing workshop at the Yellow Springs library (free);

2:30 p.m., an introduction to belly dancing with Janet Mueller at the John Bryan Center Dance Studio;

3 p.m., art opening and book signing with Kathy Moulton, Village Artisans, 100 Corry Street, (free).

6 p.m., “Synesthesia,” a multi-art event at the YSAC Gallery (free), featuring music by The Show and an art opening by The Show band member and artist Ryan Henry;

7 p.m., swing dance classes with DJ Juju’s Dance Piazza, 100 Corry Street (free);

7:30 p.m., The Cotton Club, YS Kids Playhouse, Antioch Amphitheatre;

9 p.m., Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars, Antioch Amphitheatre.

Sunday, July 17

9 a.m., Japanese paper lantern making class continues, StrongHeart Studio;

10 a.m.–6 p.m., walk-in wellness and spa services, EdenWorld, 253 Xenia Ave.

1 p.m., foot clinic with Jill Becker, Nonstop space at MillWorks;

1 p.m., wildflower walk in the Glen, Trailside Museum (free);

2 p.m., “Myths and Truths about Coyotes,” Glen Helen auditorium (free);

7:30 p.m., The Cotton Club, YS Kids Playhouse, Antioch Amphitheatre.



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