Images of a Magic Barn Dance

Posted by Heifer Sonoma/Napa On Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Maybe all barn dances are magic. To tell you the truth, this is the only one I've ever attended! But, somehow a barn dance lives in my hard wiring. Perhaps, all of the westerns I watched as a kid; maybe because my relatives are Okies - a name I use with pride. My mother came from a family of women. Her father died when she was just 10 years old. Her mother and four sisters supported themselves on a subsistence (not sustainable!) farm/ranch in a place called Moyers, Oklahoma. You can take the Okie out of Oklahoma but you can't take her out of the barn, or something like that. I was born in California and raised in Hawaii but somehow the barn dance spoke to something deep.
The (excuse the much over used expression) "sense of community" was strong. I am so impressed with how the community of volunteers pulled this together and how the larger Heifer-community-supporters came and danced their asses off! We had the thought before hand that we would have to encourage folks to dance. No. It was wonderful!! It was fun!

Green String Farm and the interns were amazing! We are thinking this dance was the "First Annual Heifer International Sonoma County Barn Dance". The first of many!

I need events like this to keep-on-keeping-on. They work like a vitamin pill; an antidote for what seems at times to be a world of trouble. The world is also full of amazing people, many of them connected to Heifer International.

The magic begins as the volunteers arrive in a steady flow until the event's official opening time......5pm. The interns from Green String Farm hung the overhead globes and the brave Heifer volunteers climb to string Holiday lights.

In other areas around the space busy workers do their jobs. It was like an ant colony or something! Everyone seemed to know what they were doing (or at least gave a good imitation) and it came together beautifully.

I come in peace, little cow.

That is a young miniature cow (the one on four legs). The want-to-be cow is Caroline Bonnet, the only one of us brave enough to wear the cow suit... or maybe she's fulfilling some sort of inner need.

Five pm! Let the fun begin!
I'd like to donate to Heifer International....

Pre-dance pep talk.

Garret and dressed!

Isaac Egge awards runner up for best dressed.

A brief history of a Sea-going Cowboy

Don Emmel, one of the original Sea-going Cowboys!


Chili-stirrers extordinaire.


You put your left foot in....not...way better than that.

Music and movement....yeah!

My left or yours?  (Contra Dance)   (Line Dance)
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