Monday, April 24, 2006

Doin' Time in Cookeville, TN

Wonderful weekend in Middle Tennessee for a show (and I got to visit a friend to attended LIA with me.) The Cookeville performance went VERY well with an amazingly diverse crowd that went from high school students to eldery Quakers with plenty of genderqueer radical faeries, middle-aged lefties, college students and straight couples in the mix.

I was hosted by Diana and Annie at the Hidden Springs Orchards. They run the Hidden Springs Nursery, that provide organic, pest-resistant specialty fruit trees. Needless to say I had the freshest organic produce possible, amazing blueberry jam and wine AND something I have always wanted to try--Acorn bread. (Acorns are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet and take FOREVER to peel, leech and prepare, but hmm, very good.

I also met some amazing people including Miriam and Indigo, a lesbian couple from Bristol, England who are in the states for a few months to learn about organic farming. Loads of fun!

Oh! and I got to see the divinity herself, Suzie Crashcourse (formerly Cynaide), who currently resides at a queer commune near Cookeville. What a thrill to see this individual who is a living work of art and activism.

I'll let my photos speak for themselves.


At 11:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those pictures are awesome! Why doesn't MY job allow me to hang out on organic farms all weekend?....

When are you going to visit me in Philly? (I will be moving away in June or July, after all....)


At 3:36 AM , Blogger Willie Hewes said...

Wow, great pictures. Love the butterfly! (Butterflies can be really tricky to snap, so kudos!)

Glad to hear you're having a good time.

At 11:03 AM , Blogger SoulPony said...

Glad you like TN. Maybe that will bring you back around again.

At 12:20 PM , Blogger Contemplative Activist said...

Wow - nice pics!!!

Sound like you had a lovely weekend :)


At 6:57 PM , Blogger Peterson Toscano said...

Willie, yeah it took a few tries with the butterfly before I got it just the way I wanted the shot. There was one space I past with literally HUNDREDS of butterflies filling the air. Ah! Love it.

At 11:44 AM , Blogger Nonsequitur said...

ooOOOOooooh, beautiful pictures! It sounds like you had a great time. Truth be told, I'm rather jealous :).

At 12:32 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw Peterson in Cookeville. It blew me away! I am a UU who is very much involved with LGBTQ issues in Cookeville. Advocacy is on the rise and BIG KUDOS to The Blacks (Hector & crew) for making this happen. Quakers Rock! I remember that Peterson said that the only way we are going to be able to depolarize the country is by telling our own stories. That's poetry and so very important. Peterson's show was a DEAR, DEAR memory of my time in Cookeville. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL YOU DO!!!


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