Spring Concert SlapOur Spring Concert is an elaborate affair. I am the stage manager. I help our director, the music teacher, organize all the minor and major details that happen behind the scenes. One of my jobs involved guarding the drums. Many of the instruments my school's music teacher uses with her clubs, such as Orff Ensemble, Drumming Group, and Percussion Ensemble, are her own personal possessions. Due to the order of the acts, some of her huge drums had to be stored in the hallway by our gym, so that the performers would bring them on stage when it was time. The drums were terribly tempting for people to touch and it was my task to tell them to stop. A three-year-old was vigorously playing the drums and I said "No no, don't touch the drums".
And he hit me.
I was taken by surprise. I don't even remember what I said next. I went to take the irate boy's hand to lead him away, but I withdrew - he was very mad and in no mood for dealing with me any further. . There was a line of parents and guests waiting to enter the gym early to get the best seats and they witnessed the whole thing. The boy's mother finally came forward to speak to him - and he hit her too.
The rest of the evening went very well. The students did a wonderful job I look forward to compiling the photos taken for the yearbook layout to commemorate the event. Of course, after reading last week's post, you'll know that I'll remember that slap for a while.
TCAF JoyTCAF has been around since 2005, if my numbers are correct, and I've been happy to do my little part volunteering to make the annual celebration of the Comic Arts a success. That's where I met my friend Scott Robins. He is the children's programming director for TCAF. His team includes the very sweet Gina Gagliano - I discovered she and I were both "virtual panelists" for an upcoming Graphic Novel Reporter column. Small world! All those great people create some wonderful events. Chris Butcher at the Beguiling is the head honcho for TCAF and they manage to attract the most wonderful comic creators to come. This year, they had a first - a day specifically for Librarians and Educators. It was a great day. Babymouse creators Jennifer and Matt Holm spoke in the morning and I received a free gift bag with lots of goodies just for volunteering to read! I was invited to be on two panels - the morning one with comic creators Kazu Kibuishi, Andy Runton, Mark Siegel, and fellow librarian Eva Volin, and the afternoon one with fellow Minecrafters and comic-friendly educators Denise Colby and Liam O'Donnell.
|Morning panel - thanks Denise for taking photos for me!|
|Denise, Diana and Liam after our afternoon panel work.|
|Denise, Colleen, me, Andy's mom, Jane, Andy, Suzanne and (aah, forgot her name!)|
|My kids and Andy Runton - yes, the girl's wearing an owl hoodie!|
|The Brothers Leung and the Maliszewski siblings.|
|Chad and my kids with his latest book.|
|Coming to a YouTube channel near you!|