Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes! 9/16/2013


A sunset over the Common House. Photo by SunGee.

Greetings everyone! I hope this column finds you in good health. I’ve heard more than a few coughs and sneezes on my way through the village this morning, no doubt the result of the recent rain and temperature drop. As much as the rain was needed, I can’t help but imagine how nice it would be to build in the sun. After about a month without rain, and several low percentage forecasts that didn’t yield any, it seems some of us started taking the dryness for granted. There were definitely a few people making a mad dash to cover building materials and put away their things (myself included), during the big rain.

This is Brink writing to you after finding someplace warm to nest up for a while. Feels kind of funny to say that after trying desperately to beat the heat of weeks past. Even after living my whole life in northern Missouri I still find myself surprised at how quick the weather can turn.

In recent news several Rabbits gathered together over the weekend at a local buffet style restaurant to eat some tasty food. A fun time, and full belly, was had by all. We had quite a time at the park as well. There were swings, a slide, and a merry-go-round, which I quickly learned wasn’t a good idea after 4 plates of catfish and other such midwestern delicacies. I also felt very inspired after visiting the Island of Misfit Lawn Ornaments; viewing such sights as a bird made from several broken garden tools, and a large fountain created from two old satellite dishes and a tractor tire. An example of repurposing used materials at it’s finest, if you ask me.

After being here for over a month, it almost seems like a different village. When I arrived everything was a bustle of activity. Well, I suppose there’s always a bustle, but things seem much more manageable now. It feels like more and more visitors, guests, and work exchangers have left, and at this time of year it seems not many are filling their spots. The preferred gathering spots have also changed. Just a couple weeks ago I’d go take a midday dip in the pond to wash the sweat from my limbs, and see about 10 other people with the same idea. Now I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t see anyone down there even if I were muddy and brave enough to visit. The Common House has taken up the ponds slack as a nice, comfortable hangout area.

As empty as the village feels compared to my first couple weeks, the visitor season is hardly over. Ziggy and his cob oven are finishing up the first of a few workshops to come, and I believe there are still some spaces available in future ones. Interested folks should visit our website for more information on his and others workshops. There’s also another visitor session coming up in October, which I’m sure everyone in the village is as excited about as me. Our annual Open House/Village Fair is also quickly approaching. Come on down Saturday, September 21st at 1-4 pm for a good ole’ time seeing different crafts, activities, and to learn all about why straw bale houses don’t get blown down by the big, bad coyotes.

Another event, Land Day, is coming up as well. A local holiday celebrating Dancing Rabbit, everything that has been and will be accomplished, and of course, the beautiful prairie and timbered land that makes it all possible. I’ve heard it’s quite the gathering, and I am much looking forward to the festivities!

And if a Village Fair and Land Day weren’t enough, there’s also the Contra Dance Weekend to look forward to. This particular event seems to be shrouded in mystery, for the few people I’ve asked haven’t quite been able to explain what contra dancing is. I suppose I’ll just have to wait and find out for myself when it arrives at the end of this month!

Here’s hoping we’ll see you this Saturday at the Open House! Stay dry and farewell!

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and educational nonprofit in northeast Missouri focused on sustainable living. Don’t miss our annual Open House and Village Fair, Saturday September 21st, 2013 from 1-4 pm! FREE tours begin every half hour between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. See our website for more info. We also have regular village tours on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month: the next one will be September 28th, beginning at 1:00 pm. Tours usually last one and a half to two hours, and you don’t need a reservation. If you need directions, please call the DR office at 660-883-5511 or email us at dancingrabbit@ic.org. Find out more about us on our website at www.dancingrabbit.org, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DancingRabbitEcovillage.