Last weekend 40 fans of flying kites arrived at Jones Family Farms to participate in a community kite fly. The kite fly was a part of Shelton’s participation in The Big Read 2008. According to http://www.neabigread.org/: “The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest.”
Two key cities in southwestern Connecticut, Bridgeport and Shelton, are combining their efforts to create a unique regional approach to The Big Read. The cities are coming together to create a comprehensive program accessible not only to residents to the key cities, but to those in all the neighboring towns.
The area is densely populated and is compact enough to allow ease of travel to all events within a 15-mile radius. This combined effort creates a unified approach and the profound impact of hundreds of thousands reading the same book as one.
Events will draw from all aspects of Chinese life—from the literature, to the music, from the food to the language. In addition, The Big Read will develop programming to highlight the experience of immigrants from all areas of the world into the United States. Avid and reluctant readers will be brought into the mix through a variety of activities. There is truly something for everyone.
The people in this area learned to draw dragons, write memoirs, discussed the book, and flew kites among many activities, that are still happening! You can go to http://www.neabigread.org/events.php to see what is still on the way.
Here at Jones we had kites of all sizes and shapes. We had store bought and home made. We had Barbie, a shark, a bi-plane and beautiful hand painted/designed kites that local children put together at the Plumb Memorial Library.
People of many different ages enjoyed the hour or so we all spent at the top of Candy Cane Hill in the beautiful sunlight. Our birch trees even wanted to play along and kept one of the Barbie kites for their own enjoyment.
Till next time,
Be well! – Keith