After three weeks, the stickwork is done! Five leaning buildings that started as images of a small chapel on the lake and became a means of community.
At the celebration, gifts were given to our visiting artist Patrick Dougherty and a photo was taken of the volunteer crew.
An old-time string band, "Oh, Daniel," comprised of four talented students set up in a little circle and started to sing and play.
We talked to a woman who is a costumer at a local community theater. She's doing "The Hobbit" currently and put out a call for knitters to make squares and rectangles she can turn into costumes. She was hoping for 12 knitters and 80 showed up.
The potter was there. The poet. The cabinetmaker. The quilter. Some monks, including the icon writer and the sculptor. The gardeners weren't there (the farmer's market was going on at the same time downtown).
We drank a lot of hot apple cider and watched the children weave in and out of the buildings. Then we went down to the parish where they were serving a porkchop dinner: $9 for a grilled pork chop, with tomatoes and squash from someone's garden and home-made apple crisp.
For more photos from the celebration, visit the blog here: http://susansink.wordpress.com/2012/09/22/stickwork-part-3-lean-on-me/.