These words are painted above the front doors of In the Heart of the Beast Theatre’s small corner lobby; always beneath the Mayday “Story Boards” and always above those who enter and those passing into the world who have the “most important fight of all – you [who] live in the heart of the beast.”
On Sunday May 4, 2014, we will celebrate the 40th Mayday Festival—born from the Phillips Neighborhood! THANK YOU! You make Mayday happen!
Last year at this time I wrote you an in-depth letter about our yearly and critical need for volunteers and monetary support. This year I write with gratitude for the massive response from you all, as well as a heart filled with so many memories from the past 39 years. Thank you!
Here is an invitation for the upcoming Community Planning Meetings, a call for your much needed donations to assure Mayday’s continuance, and an invitation for you to submit your special stories/ photos /video clips from the past 39 years.
HELP KEEP MAYDAY SOLVENT
Every year we raise funds to have Mayday pay its way. In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre is the creator and producer of Mayday. Contrary to popular assumption, the City of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Park Board DO NOT finance this event. In fact we pay fees to both to enact Mayday. It is truly the generosity of many neighbors that makes Mayday happen. Mayday will cost the theatre nearly $140,000 this year. If each person or family or group who enjoys Mayday contributes, we reach that goal easily. This means 20,000 people contributing about $7.00 each! (or 2,000 people contributing $140 each or 1,000 people contributing $280. You get the idea!) WE CAN DO IT!!!.
Please send or bring your contributions to “Mayday/In the Heart of the Beast Theatre” at 1500 E. Lake Street, 55407. I am including our budget so you can share in how this huge public event happens financially with thrift, with responsibility to City and Park fees, and with the donated labor and joy of many many many people.
By Carstens Smith
Krumkake (KROOM-kaa-ka) is a light, delicate Scandinavian cookie, fragrant with cardamom and rolled into a cone. The northern cousin of the Italian pizzelle, which is usually flavored with anise, it is easy to make once you have a few tips from an experienced baker. Ingebretsen’s has such an expert, Emily Barker, who will teach a class in making traditional krumkake along with a number of variations on Saturday, February 8 from 10 to 11:30.
“My Norwegian heritage is important to me and I like to share traditional recipes. But good food in general is important, so anyone who likes baking would enjoy learning to make krumkake,”says Emily. The name means “bowed” or “arched” cookie and refers its graceful shape when it is rolled. For people who want to venture into shaping the cookies in less-than-traditional ways, they can try their hand with Norwegian “fortune cookies,” complete with Ole and Lena jokes to tuck into the folds. Emily also shares a gluten-free krumkake recipe and a variety of filling recipes. To register for the class, call Ingebretsen’s at 612.729.9333. The class fee is $5.
Thomas Hospital was a project of the United Church Hospital Association whose membership was primarily composed of Norwegian Lutherans. For $1 a year, members could vote on the UCHA’s board, and anyone who donated $25 was entitled to a lifetime membership in the organization. Norwegian Lutherans were not the only ones who had a stake in trying to eradicate tuberculosis and a number of organizations, some secular, some representing other religious denominations, provided considerable financial support.
Individual and group donations were not enough to build a new hospital. George Christian, a milling magnate, contributed $50,000 of the $75,000 construction cost in honor of his friend, Bishop Elisha Smith Thomas. Christian and his wife, Leonora, knew that, although tuberculosis was particularly prevalent in working-class families, the wealthy were not immune. Their son, Henry, died from tuberculosis in 1905.
By Peter Molenaar
It is now past a month since the good surgeon replaced my worn bone-on-bone left hip with a joint of cobalt and plastic. It was a three-day hospital stay, during which a royal treatment was rendered by people from all over the world. However, it is about time to re-enter…movements, meetings and protests, and yes, the job at Smith Foundry.
Of course, the recent down-time did induce some self-examination, which in turn led to some re-ordering of living space. Hence, an old scrap-book revealed the photo of a proud Boy Scout saluting. Patriotism was a simple thing back then.
Then came the clouds of napalm and agent orange, tear gas and uncertainty. Indeed, our ruling class has stashed enough wealth in foreign accounts to pay off our nation’s debt, if only they would.
What is meant by the word “revolution?” A revolution constitutes the ascendency to power of a social class and its allies over and against the power of the old ruling class…in order to clean house and transform property relations.
Nevertheless, I am pleased with the last election to our city’s government. Alondra Cano is, I think, quite excellent. Moreover, Mayor Hodges’ emphasis on early childhood intervention is an important key to social advance. We are, after all, in the period of “preparation of forces.”
“Social Democracy” is that political outlook which seeks to reform society within the framework of the capitalist system. Presently, we engage a “united front” with social-democratic forces in opposition to right-wing extremism.
Will I live to see the revolution? Well, I intend to live another thirty years but, for all concerned, time is running out.
- Monday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Zumba at Powderhorn Park Building (3400 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis)
- Tuesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Yoga at East Phillips Cultural and Community Center (2307 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis)
- Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Zumba at Powderhorn Park Building (3400 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis)
- Friday 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hip Hop or Brazilian Dance (alternating weeks) at Powderhorn Park Building (3400 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis)
- Saturday 10-11 a.m. Yoga at Powderhorn Park Building (3400 15th Ave. South, Minneapolis)
- Saturday 1:30-2:30 p.m. Yoga at Central Neighborhood Organization (3736 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis)
On Valentine’s Day, ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men in countries around the world. Take a stand and show the world our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.
Please join us in Powderhorn Park for our second annual event! from 6pm to 8pmn Feb. 14th, 2014 Music, dance, speakers, hot drinks & food!