by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA
Monthly Archives: October 2012
by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director
It was a fun and successful day at I Spy Pie!, our fun fall fundraiser, at Central Market. We rocked it with so many pie fans supporting Creative Action who purchased pie tasting cards that gave them a chance to sample 10 delicious pies presented by our five bakery participants: Tiny Pies, Texas Pie Kitchen, Central Market Cooking School, Central Market Bakery and Madison Street Desserts. Many thanks our wonderful MC Shana Merlin and to the fun music from Biscuit Brothers and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds.
Thank you to our sponsors: Do512 Family, Central Market, H-E-B, Austin City Limits, Austin Family Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, Madison Street Desserts, Peace Through Pie, Texas Pie Kitchen Tiny Pies, Trace, and Trophyology.
Big THANKS to all volunteers for making this a fun and smoothly-run event: Corinna Archer, Pam Archer, Texas Tower PR, Racimony Hun, Lauren Luscombe, John Green, Karen Vinson, 4-H Capital, Austin Community College, ACE: A Community for Education, Austin Kiwanis Young Professionals, Bank of America, Chi Beta Delta, CMC eBiz, Dell | Global Communications, Diversys Learning, Dun & Bradstreet, East Avenue Lounge, Hire Priority Staffing, Longhorn Outreach, Texas Longhorn National Residence Hall Honorary, Real Role Models, St. Edward’s University, Stony Point High School, Sustainable Food Center, Tau Beta Pi, Texas Alpha Phi Omega, Texas Zephyrs, UT Austin, The Long Center, Tickled Ivories, Texas Longhorn Chapter- UT Austin, Westwood High School, Women in Medicine-UT Austin, Ann Graham, Susan Kirr, and Amy Averett, Carol Park Acurso, Alicia Santana and so many more wonderful individuals who made paper bag hats, served up pie, wrote pie poems, ran our parachute game and pie walk, painted faces, and made crafted kid-sized aprons. Thank you!
by Alyssa Ely, Texas Tower PR
This past weekend was Creative Action’s huge fall event I Spy Pie! located at Central Market. The weather was perfect for the family-fun activities offered such as crafts, games, face painting, live music, and of course, pie tasting!
The festivities kicked off at noon including a wonderful performance by the Emmy Award winning duo The Biscuit Brother’s, who did a great job getting the children up off their feet singing and dancing along to the music. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when they had a song about watermelons and needed a participant to count to ten in a language other than English. An adorable little girl stood up, took the microphone and started counting in Arabic and Chinese. It was very impressive.
By 12: 30 p.m., people were lining up to get their tickets to taste the wonderful pies that were offered by Central Market Bakery, Central Market Cooking School, Madison Street Desserts, Tiny Pies and Texas Pie Kitchen. Many UT student organizations, including Tower PR, were there to volunteer at the craft and pie tasting booths.
The two awards up for grabs were Judges Favorite and the People’s Choice. After everyone tasted the contestant’s pies, they were able to cast their vote for which they thought had the tastiest pies. Our three celebrity pie tasting judges Jim Swift, Nina Seely and John Bullington, Executive Chef had a really hard time awarding their favorite pie. They were all so delicious!
The enthusiasm at the event was lively and appetites for pie were at an ultimate high. As the pies underneath the tasting tent began to dwindle down to only crumbs, the awards were announced. Tiny Pies won the People’s Choice award for their delicious Bourbon Buttermilk Chess pie and Madison Street Desserts took home the Judges Favorite award for their Meyer Lemon Meringue pie (which was my personal favorite too!)
It was an amazing day for everyone and how could it get better when we get to taste the best pies in town! A huge thanks to Central Market and all of the bakeries involved for their support towards a great cause!
Earlier this month Sarah Rinner, our Elementary Program Director, shared some exciting news about our New World Kids (NWK) curricula. NWK engages children with the creative thinking process by exploring the Sensory Alphabet, including:
- Color, and more
The addition of New World Kids to our Afterschool programs meant we were able to add a lot of new children’s books to the Creative Action library. Here are a few of my favorites:
Color Zoo, Lois Ehlert explores shape by using animals’ faces constructed out of triangles, rectangles, squares, and circle cutouts. Flipping through the pages of this clever storybook a bear face morphs into a lion; a lion becomes a rabbit; and a rabbit transforms into a mouse.
Lines that Wiggle, Candace Whitman explores line by following a glittery line through various escapades like the wavy lines of an octopus’ arms; the lines that sprout a seed; and rainbow lines that are way up high.
My Friends/Mis Amigos, Taro Gomi explores movement by following the adventures of an adorable little girl who likes to walk like her favorite animals. She climbs trees like her friend the monkey; kicks like her friend the gorilla; explores the earth like an ant; and studies like her friends the teachers.
In other Afterschool news, today is Lights on Afterschool! Lights on Afterschool is a nationwide celebration designed to call attention to the importance of afterschool programs for America’s children, families and communities.
Join us at I Spy Pie! on Saturday, October 20th at Central Market North. 12 – 3 p.m.
Family fun, arts and crafts and pie for families of all ages!
by Austin Malcolm, Texas Tower PR
This past weekend was the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), one of the biggest music festivals in the nation in Zilker Park. Every year, an area of the park is sectioned off for Austin Kiddie Limits (AKL), a kid-friendly environment that includes a stage for bands like School of Rock and Rocknoceros and tents/tables set up by many children orientated organizations. This year, Creative Action (partnered with H-E-B) hosted the Alter Ego Factory, a magical machine that allows kids to meet a variety of fantastical characters that will help them discover their inner Alter Ego. The factory was a hit and at one point had a line stretching across the AKL grounds.
As a volunteer, I can say that I had just as much fun participating in the factory as I did at any of the concerts at ACL.
Friday morning, after making it through the crazy sequence of buses and shuttles to reach Zilker Park and across the vast fields of people, I finally found myself at the Austin Kiddie Limits. Dressed up as the “Cool Blue Beach-Lover” I was overwhelmed with what my eyes saw. The simple white tent provided for the event was turned into this wonderful headquarters decked out with beeping gizmos and blinking doo-hickies, something only a mad scientist could dream up.
- Kids were rushing in with their alter ego name cards ready to design the look of their alter ego, which was described as “adjective, adverb, noun.” For example, “Beautiful jumping princess.”
- After they created their alter ego, they got their face painted and then finally receive the much-desired piece of costume their alter ego needed, whether it was a cape for the super heroes or lots of fur for the pop star divas.
As with everyone who’s ever worked with children before, its a lot of hard work, especially when there’s close to 100 of them; but in the end, it was definitely worth it to know that the kids who attended ACL/AKL were leaving with crafting experience, knowledge of some new vocabulary, and of course, a smile on their face (as well as some painted shapes.) We’re ready to come back next year for more creative fun!
by Amanda Davis, Guest Blogger
In the last 7 months since finishing my service year at Creative Action, I have been hard at work learning more about my own creative power to take something that someone else might see as trash and turn it into something beautiful.
Refurbishment of the items that we already have in this world is such a critical aspect to take into mind. When you get the chance to look at something in shambles and that some people think is junk, and then get the chance to create it into something new it brings about such a great joy. I recently watched a video, which I found while reading a blog about this young lady who searched through the dump for bike parts. She would take apart a bike and then turn those pieces into beautiful chandeliers. She used her creative power to take someone else’s trash and create it into a beautiful piece of art.
This month, I am working towards the recreation process of items that just needed a little tender, loving care. At a yard sale last month, I picked up what used to be someone’s jewelry box that they had decoupaged magazine and family pictures onto. I have begun the process of tearing it apart and sanding it down to its original wood. Then, I will add on new hardware and stain it to become a beautiful piece. I hope that this great box will then become a new vintage style box purse for a new owner. (I will add a finished photo in the next blog I write).
Every time I get ready to start a new project, I always think about how Creative Action has been working with recycling of items and creating new from old. If you ever want the chance to see how the recreation projects from Creative Action turn out, just take the opportunity to head out this weekend to I Spy Pie! at Central Market.