The Yellow Springs Experience takes charge
By Tim Walker
Are you experienced?
Hendrix’s late-‘60s psychedelia notwithstanding, the question will definitely be answered in the affirmative by anyone who immerses himself in the upcoming Yellow Springs Experience, a three-day event taking place the weekend of July 15, 16 and 17 at various locations in the village of Yellow Springs.
A series of workshops, classes, exhibits and productions serve as a showcase for the unique talents and sensibilities that help make Yellow Springs such a singular place, the Yellow Springs Experience is truly an event that could take place in no other locale on Earth.
“The Yellow Springs Experience really is just that – it’s experiencing Yellow Springs,” said local artist and member of the Yellow Springs Arts Council Nancy Mellon. “Yellow Springs is made up of many different kinds of arts and many different kinds of interesting people doing really interesting things, so the Yellow Springs Experience is a lot of different things. It’s going to be three days this summer – last year it was a 10-day week of events – and one major part of it is the Yellow Springs Cirque Carnival. That is where they close off a section of Dayton and Corry Streets downtown and there will be live bands performing and they will have aerial dancers, fire dancers, food and various different artisan booths.”
In addition to the Cirque Carnival, Friday’s events will include Antioch Writer’s Workshop Readings at 7 p.m., which are free and open to the public; a fluid core movement class with Jill Becker at noon; stargazing with the Wright State University Astronomy Club from 9:30 to 10:30 p.m.; and an appearance by the Traveling Gum Wall – described by Nancy Mellon as a “disgusting, interactive public art project” – from 6 to 10 p.m.
Saturday’s schedule of events – while lacking the Traveling Gum Wall – still promises to be exciting and well worth your time. The 8 a.m. Bird Hike starts the day off on Corry Street, and an eclectic selection of events and activities follows; a sketch artist will be on hand from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the nearby Art Park; workshops will take place throughout the day where attendees can learn everything from belly dancing to creating Japanese paper lanterns and sterling rings; a healing workshop at the Yellow Springs Community Library; dancing with DJ Juju at the Art Park in the evening from 6 to 10 p.m., and a book signing and art opening with children’s book author and artist Kathy Moulton at Village Artisans from 3 to 6 p.m. “Synesthesia,” described as a free multi-art event, will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the YSAC Gallery and Exhibition Space on Xenia Avenue and features live music by the Show and an art opening by artist and musician Ryan Henry. Then – as if all that weren’t enough – the YS Kids Playhouse will present The Cotton Club, an entertaining musical for all ages, at the Antioch Amphitheater on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. The production of The Cotton Club is directed by John Fleming and will be immediately followed by “Ballroom Dancing Under the Stars” at the same location, featuring live music, prizes and a cash bar.
Rounding out the weekend, Sunday’s events will include a wildflower hike from 1 to 3 p.m., a foot clinic with Jill Becker from 1 to 3 p.m., more workshops, and a lecture on the “Myths and Truths of Coyotes” at Glen Helen Auditorium from 2 to 3 p.m.
Educational. Provocative. Informative. Artistic. Fun. Don’t miss this chance to experience a weekend filled with sides of Yellow Springs you might never have been aware of.
The Yellow Springs Experience takes place over the weekend of July 15 -17 in the village of Yellow Springs. Although many of the events are free and open to the public, some of the workshops do require registration and there may be some fees required for participation. For more information and to register for the various workshops, go to www.yellow-springs-experience.org. The YS Kids Playhouse production of “The Cotton Club” can be seen Thursday through Sunday from July 7 through 17, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Antioch Amphitheater. For more information, call (937) 767-7800 or visit www.yskp.org.
Reach DCP freelance writer Tim Walker