Our most fun photo. Everyone's personality really shines here.
Today was our last day together. We gathered for the last morning's singing. It was clear that everyone was feeling a lot of big feelings on the last day. On the one hand, we were celebrating a successful town, a fun Mini-Fair and all the times we shared this summer. For the same reasons, we were also sad to leave. We sang our favorites with a lot of emotion. Several homesteaders danced around the circle as we sang, arms waving emphatically as they acted out the action of each song.
From singing we dove head-first into cleaning up camp. We took down our mini-acres and disappeared the perimeter markers of the town. Homesteaders removed fences and filled in pools. Homes were removed and set aside to take home. There was much discussion of importing buildings for next year, so that they could "move on to other stuff quicker, like government and businesses and stuff."
We accomplished an incredibly ambitious agenda today for our fourth Friday and Campfire Day!
From singin' our favorites and a new one (to some) called the Sun Song, we moved quick to retrieve Peeps and get started with announcements. There was so much to do!
After singing we convened in small groups to discuss personal finances and progress towards completing their tiny homesteads. We're checking in often to make sure Homesteaders have in mind that home appraisals and loan repayment deadlines are coming up soon! The fifth week is almost here!
A real accomplishment is that everyone has finished their houses, and all but a few have moved from the workshop (where they are their final touches) to the land!
After checking progress we gathered for an "open format" Town Meeting.
A little background: There have been a lot of contentious changes in the Peeps political scene of late! Two competing political factions have arisen. One of the two groups is the town council--the f…
Today at Village was all about getting ready for Appraisal Day. The weather seemed to understand our sense of urgency and let up on the rain as Homesteaders worked steadily throughout the day to put final touches on houses, fix up fences and made ready to show of their Peep's miniature Homestead.
We started out with some Swangan' Sangan' in the circle outside. We hardly needed the lyrics as we belted out our favorites. By now we've developed a common repertoire and Homesteaders needed little prompting as they suggested song after song. People didn't discuss, they just started up singing the first lines and everyone joined in. There was barely leaving time to breathe after finishing one song before we began another! We sang about Llamas, the Dones, the Candy Land, a family of sharks, poor Eddie Cootcha-Ketcha-Cama, Black Socks and Meatballs.
After sangin' everyone was anxious to get to work in Werk Berzerk I. Michelle's Peep Gus was here to teach homestead…