Watch, experience and taste this bread-making demonstration and conversation, while Smith bakes over an open fire and onlookers eat the results fresh from the flame. Conversations about bread and its place in history and culture extend the performance beyond the palette.
Lexie Smith is a New York-based baker, writer and artist who utilizes bread as a way to explore culture and society. Smith believes bread is essential to a large slice of human experience, and that there is nothing more telling than the way people engage—or don’t engage—with bread. Her publishing platform, Bread on Earth, is a “bread web,” built to support the diverse dialogues that stem from our relationship to grain. Smith recently collaborated on Landing Pages, a two-month literary performance project in a defunct Hudson News at New York’s LaGuardia Airport. She was named to the 2019 list of Forty under Forty by the New York Food Policy Center. Her writings and recipes have appeared in many online and print publications, and she has exhibited in galleries and conducted residencies around the world.
The Guilford Green
Be the music in this all-ages workshop/class/celebration of rhythm, drumming and improvisation led by Peter Hawes, percussionist/teacher and team-building facilitator. We’ll use voice, body percussion, movement, drums and other instruments to make a joyous, heartfelt and synchronous racket on the Guilford Green—while learning about the rhythmic traditions and music of West Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia and elsewhere. Instruments provided; bring your own if you’d like. Drums and percussion instruments provided, or bring your own.
Peter has studied West and North African, Middle Eastern, Japanese and central Asian drumming, as well as music improvisation, and is a certified Music for People teacher of improvisation as a mode of self-expression, creativity, communication and collaboration. A former member of Framework Percussion Ensemble, he’s led community drumming circles throughout the Northeast and facilitated drumming- and improvisation-based team-building programs for USAA Financial Services, Silicon Graphics, Oppenheimer Funds and the American Society for Training and Development. He’s taught at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Rowe Camp and Conference Center, and Norwalk Community College.
The Guilford Green
Step right up! The Air Temple Arts circus will perform aerial silk, hoop and sling acts, and keep the whole family entertained with juggling, tumbling, side show, stilt walking, unicycling and other ground-based circus routines.
Air Temple Arts is a circus training studio and performing company based in Woodbridge, Connecticut. It offers a variety of classes for teens and adults in aerial dance, circus, movement and yoga; offers circus entertainment to the public; and produces dramatic circus shows featuring Air Temple Arts coaches, students and outside collaborators.
Les Tordus will perform and teach traditional music from Québec, Appalachia and Scandinavia. Learn the history, rhythms, music and instrumentation of this old-time dance music—and the toe-tapping reasons for its resurgence in popularity today.
Les Tordus are four Shoreline musicians who play traditional, upbeat Québécois and American old-time music, along with a smattering of tunes from Scandinavia and elsewhere. “Tordus” is French for bent, crooked, or off-kilter … and so is the band’s music, which is sure to get your toes tapping! The band features Guilford High School student Rosalie Coleman on fiddle; John Zachos on guitar; Sarah Prown on whistles, mandolin and banjo; and Ken Karpowicz on accordion, tenor banjo and foot percussion.
Hyland House Museum
With probably half of the fiddlers in the Western Hemisphere already present at the Hyland House for the Skunk Misery Ramblers’ performance, rosin up your bow, grab your guitar, your horn, your whatever and join the fun. Sarah Prown, who plays in the Skunks, Les Tordus and The Racket Downstairs, plus plays almost every instrument ever made, leads a musicians’ jam based on the age-old tradition of community music making. All ages, all instruments and all levels of experience welcome!
Sarah Prown plays almost every instrument ever made: guitar, bouzouki, flute, saxophone, fiddle, mandolin; we could go on. She heads the band Les Tordus, which performs Quebecois, American and northern European old-time music, plus plays in the Skunk Misery Ramblers and The Racket Downstairs.