Rabbit Box went Into the Wild and thread after thread was spun by our 8 storytellers in front of a fire at Sandy Creek Park just north of Athens on hwy 441. A rapt and supportive audience of almost 200 was seated on stone benches, folding chairs and blankets. Ooey-gooey s’mores roasted on the campfire as dusk settled, the flame’s scintilla rising into the sky. The faces of our storytellers growing spookier by the moment as fireflies twinkled in the forest and the stars grew brighter. Each story tracing out into the world, taking us along for the ride as we embraced chaos and found our way back to the safety of our gathering. Magic was yet again in the air.
We heard tales of alpine trophies won by bow and arrow, the bodyguard whose protection left the protected en garde, the prayers for lost loved ones, a Bree-Bree tribe’s not-so-lilting lullaby, the checked checklist between friends and gloves purchased begrudgingly, the wildlife encountered along a Mexican beach, a journey following the mark of the bear, and the promethean love of life’s fire. Courage moved another crackerjack to the mic to tell of being buffeted by high waves and fear while canoeing. .
The following is the first half of the program. The second half, through some mysterious technological glitch, must remain “in the wild.”
Sadly, due to a technical glitch, we were not able to record all the stories that night. Someone did happen to record the final story of the evening, by the wonderful Russell Cutts. Watch for the fire at the end. It comes out of thin air.
The magic of Rabbit Box does not happen in a vacuum. It takes the help of the Melting Point, you our supporting audience, our media supporters, Nina Kelly preparing food for the storytellers, Kristen preparing our wonderful poster design, David capturing the magic by camera, Mary and Pat’s coaching, Matthew’s outreach, Roger’s MC’ing, and our director Marci’s tireless communication and organization – not to mention so many helping hands (and mouths) pitching in small ways to bring it all together.
Rabbit Box appreciates every storyteller and member of our audience without whom the Rabbit Box is left empty, and our many volunteers and organizers who each time step forward in new and helpful ways, and in particular Sarah Barlow and the so-helpful staff at Sandy Creek Park.