Sunday, July 27, 2008

Slow Entertainment

We held a fundraiser for our newly formed orchestra Friday night. We screened the film, Radio Cape Cod, which is set in Woods Hole (here on Cape Cod), and the director, Andrew Silver, and his son Julian Silver (both appear in the film) came to the screening to introduce the film and answer questions about it. Among other things, the film promotes slow food and a gentler, more laid back lifestyle. In addition to being the opposite of fast food, slow food is an actual movement, promoting natural foods, local foods, sustainable agriculture, and taking time to enjoy cooking and eating.

Our orchestra, which rehearses in an auditorium that used to be a research center for renewable energy, organic agriculture, aquaculture, and housing alternatives, seemed a likely choice for showing this particular film. We added a string quartet prior to the screening, and a brass quartet afterward, and lots of reasonably nutritious foods to munch on. It was a very nice evening of, as one of our members put it, slow entertainment, with lots of time for socializing, and a very community feel to it all.

Time will tell if we can play music together (I do think we can), but clearly we can throw a party.

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