Feed them and they will come
is always good policy, especially for educational activism that may sometimes be
hard to swallow but is vital for our collective
The fusion of great food and "more, please!" education was just part of the genius behind Judy Wicks' White Dog Cafe. When I met her nearly two decades ago she was producing (in addition to outstanding, moderately-priced, local food) a newsletter packed with fun and interesting classes and speakers. Each event was catered with delicious White Dog fare, or held at the restaurant itself.
Judy partnered with many community organizations including Spiral Q Puppet Theater. When the White Dog Cafe newsletter announced a workshop at the headquarters of this renowned maker of giant puppets (lunch included!) I dragged the ex into the car and we went. At Spiral Q we played with paint, cardboard, tape, glue and staples.
Look what he made (photo, above right)!
And look what I made! (right).
We enjoyed lunch catered by the White Dog, then toured Spiral Q's Living Loft Puppet Museum where I photographed a few of the many amazing giant puppets (below):
Judy sold the business a long time ago, long after these photos were taken, but she's still active. Read more about what she's up to at www.bealocalist.org.
(Permission to use Spiral Q's art in my photos was granted by Liza via email 2-13-2013. -- LKM).