View full PDF News: Reaching Out – Reaching In Vol 20 Oct 2018
From the Editor:
The late-summer fragrance of blackberry and fennel will soon be surrendering to wet earth and soggy leaves. As autumn approaches and winter looms, we at KindTree “Autism Rocks” will be coming in out of the rain. Our 16th Autism Rocks Friends and Family Camp at Baker Boy Scout Camp was our largest yet: 287 people, over 25 above our usual head-count. My personal high points were seeing guests and young kids volunteering, and watching people enjoy the activities started and led by guests and other volunteers. What makes our camp unique is that it’s fueled entirely by the inspiration of our autism community, who come from all walks of life. As an activity leader for the arts and crafts, I am always inspired by people’s creations—the brilliant watercolors, the crazy collage marionettes, and the whimsical architecture of the cork birdhouses. As usual, the food was succulent, and the bands and theatrical performances rocked the Buck Badley Lounge.
This autumn brings monthly Fall Gatherings for adults on the spectrum. The Fall Gatherings will meet at “C” Space, 530 C Street in Springfield. Talk, eat and socialize.
“Say say two thousand zero zero party over, oops, out of time/So tonight I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine” at our Disco Halloween Extravaganza (Friday, October 26, at the Vets Club Ballroom). Delve into your future at the Fortune Telling table. Sneak a kiss with Deano at the Kissing Booth. Compete tooth and nail in the costume contest. Have fun and win prizes!
Mosey on over to the Lincoln Gallery before October 28th for the “Look Me in the Eye” show, which includes art by KindTree artists (including myself).
Don your gaudiest holiday sweater for the Ugly Sweater Contest on December 15 (Saturday) afternoon at Mac’s at the Vets Club. If you don’t have a holiday sweater, there will be a sweater uglification table for you to doll up your otherwise overly tasteful one.
Shop ‘til you drop for art by KindTree “Autism Rocks” artists at Springfield’s Second Friday Art Walk on December 14th at Cascade Center for Spiritual Living (741 Main Street in Springfield).
Keep your eyes peeled, your nose to the ground and your finger to the wind for other late-breaking news and activities on our website. Boo!
With autistic hugs and affection, Mary-Minn Sirag, Editor
camp photos, 2018