Inspiration and energy came from MVP (Museum Volunteer Partner) extraordinaire Lara Eventide, with the encouragement of our Kinetic Coordinators Group. The parade entry for the Mendocino County Museum featured our upcoming benefit, the Willits Kinetic Carnivale, and a band of "Kinetickeers", among them Jeremy Miller, Chad Eventide, and Megan Wolf, who helped decorate, juggle and dance, as well as several other great volunteers, and DJ Tigerfish, a local disc spinner, with unerring musical taste for vintage swing. Low-key no more!
I was sitting in the truck cab - Rose Foster, a talented miniature maker and MVP, was sitting on the truck bed - and we could see the point at which the music would catch people along the road and move them to dance to the beat. I couldn't help but wave with the rhythm. We had a great time. Thank you to Sparetime Supply for the truck and wonderfully patient driver who made our float possible, and to Mazahar for loaning the parasols.
The Museum sponsors the Kinetic Carnivale to show how history can be fun. We can earn from long ago times and faraway places. We can interact with history and we can make our own history. Events like Frontier Days, for over 80 years, and the Kinetic Carnivale, going on our second year, are part of the history of our community coming together, celebrating our shared past and looking forward to our shared future.
Be sure to stop by to see our display of historic flags in the Long Gallery. It's amazing what can be done with red, white, and blue stars and stripes. Notice waving up front our current United States flag and a flag with thirteen stars and stripes.