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Save The Date

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

It’s time to save the date for Creative Action’s 2nd annual Big Hair Country Fair, where everything is BIG, not just the hair!  This not-to-be-missed event will take place on Saturday night, March 23, 2013.

Nestled under the old oak trees at the Salt Lick pavilion, attendees will enjoy all you can eat BBQ and a flowing open bar, play wild carnival games, get their hair done by some of Austin’s best coiffeurs, and snap photos in a vintage western photo booth.  They will also be entertained all night long by the musical styles of two great bands.

This is a key fundraising event for Creative Action and we could not have been so successful in previous years without the wonderful support from our community: attending the event, sponsoring the event, and donating fabulous prizes for our auction.  If you are interested in any of these great opportunities, please contact me at

I Spy Pie! Features Family Fun

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

We’re getting really excited about I Spy Pie! on Saturday, Oct. 20!  Join us from 12-3pm on the deck and the lawn at Central Market North.

Your children can listen and dance to The Biscuit Brothers as well as Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds.  They can write their own Peace Pie Poem, create a moving Pie Puppet, compete in the Pie Walk for a chance to win their own pie, make their own Chef’s Hat, decorate an Apron for Baking, and get their faces painted.  All of these fun activities are free!

For $5, you’ll receive a tasting ticket so you can taste 10 different pie flavors from Austin’s favorites: Central Market Bakery, Central Market Cooking School, Jeffrey’s, Texas Pie Kitchen, and Tiny Pies.  Then you will get the chance to vote and help determine the winner.

Purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to will any one of three fabulous prizes:

Grand prize – 2, 3-day wristbands for Austin City Limits (ACL) 2013

2nd prize – 2, 3-day wristbands for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

3rd prize – Central Market gift basket and gift card to Trace at W Austin
Hope to see you on Saturday!

My favorite pie is a difficult choice because I like so many of them!  It’s a tie between apple pie a la mode and pumpkin pie a la whipped cream.  Fun fact:  The Long Wharf Theatre, where I worked in Connecticut many years ago, held an annual pie competition.  I entered with a homemade chocolate pie with oreo crust, topped with chocolate shavings in the shape of the symbol “pi.”  I lost the contest, but the next year I was selected to judge.  Being a judge was much tastier.

Family Fun this Fall at Central Market

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

The weather has begun to cool slightly and there’s been rain in the air. Fall is creeping in, and one of my favorite projects to work on in the fall is coming up Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12-3pm: Creative Action’s 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Central Market North.

This year’s event is the I Spy Pie! and dessert pie is the theme for the bake off. The participating bakeries are:

Guests at the event will try the pies, alongside the following celebrity judges:

Pie-tasting tickets cost $5, which includes a taste of each pie and a voting ticket to help select the winner.

There will be live music from the Biscuit Brothers at noon and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds at 2pm. Meet the bakeries and judges with MC Shana Merlin at 1pm.

Family activities will be available from 12-3 on the lawn, including:

  • Creative Action’s famous giant parachute
  • Face painting
  • Apron decorating
  • Chef’s hat decorating
  • A “pie” walk for prizes
  • Create pie puppets
  • And a help create a community craft pie with Peace Through Pies.

There will also be raffle tickets sold for an amazing Austin Staycation package of prizes.

Hope to see you on October 20!

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Prepare for Pie Festivities

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

We’re busy at Theatre Action Project (TAP) planning our 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Central Market.

I SPY PIE! is the latest spectacle of delicious treats and arts brought to Central Market North by Theatre Action Project and HEB. Five local pastry chefs will compete for top honors, and families will be entertained and delighted by live music, arts and crafts projects and of course, PIE… all in support of TAP programs to nurture creative artists, confident leaders, critical thinkers and courageous allies.

Current participating Bakeries include:

The Celebrity Judges are:

Live Music includes: the Biscuit Brothers.  Family activities include: games, crafts, face painting, and more.  Pie-tasting tickets will be $5, and you’ll have the opportunity to taste all the pies, as well as vote for your favorite.  We can’t wait to see you on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Central Market North from 12-3pm.

P.S. My favorite first day of school memory was in 2nd grade.  A new student came to our school, and I was chosen to be her guide around the school for the day.  I enjoyed showing someone around and we became fast friends.  In fact, we’re still friends to this day!

Being KIND at Camp

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) was “kind” enough to visit Theatre Action Project (TAP) a couple of weeks ago and deliver a delicious breakfast of KIND breakfast bars and granola.  They also provided us with the proper toppings of fruit and yogurt for our granola.

The staff had the opportunity to hear a little about KIND bars, both the way they try to make all of their ingredients comprehensible to those eating the bars and the way they try to give back to the community.

We’re hoping to collaborate again with them soon. I was able to take a bunch of KIND bars to our summer camp and snap some shots of campers eating these healthy snacks.  Perhaps you’ll see KIND at more TAP events in the future.

Campers love KIND bars

For more information on our summer camps:

Summer Pageant Makes a Great Community Gathering

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

The last 2 summers, I have attended Theatre Action Project’s Pageant in the Park at the downtown farmer’s market.  It was so much fun to see all the great puppets the kids had made, and march in the parade with a giant piece of paper mache fruit.

It’s a great feeling to be a part of the community gathering, teaching youth and their families about how our food grows.  In addition, it’s a fun spectacle to watch.

This year’s pageant will take place on Saturday, June 23 at 10:00 am.  Hope you can make it out!

P.S. I have plenty of summer camp memories.  Having spent 9 summers of my life at a camp in Bruceville, TX, I’m excited to return this summer for a camp reunion.  They’ve made so many additions to the camp, including creating a garden of their own, to teach campers about growing local produce and healthy eating.  I can’t wait to see what they’re growing.  Perhaps I’ll get ideas for my own garden.

For more info on TAP summer camps, and to register click here

TAP’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival a Success

“Texas Angel” by Dobie Middle School’s Lorena Castillo

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

Congratulations to all of the students who performed and shared their work this past Saturday at Theatre Action Project’s 5th annual Youth Arts Festival. The festival, at the Boyd Vance Theatre at the George Washington Carver Museum, was an opportunity for our middle and high school students to share their work from the year in front of family and friends.
Schools featured at the festival included:

Check out some of the photos from the event on Facebook!

Now that we’re finishing our end of year presentations and the school year is winding down, we’re busy preparing for summer camp!  Where will you be this summer?