Wiscasset Art Walk in July visited by a group of campers from Texas

During July’s Wiscasset Art Walk, Wiscasset’s Rick Burns makes cajóns while a group of campers from Houston stop to watch. Wiscasset Art Walk picture

While serendipity is a happy accident, an unexpected yet delightful adventure, young visitors to July’s Wiscasset Art Walk have had many serendipitous moments.

At July’s WAW night, Union’s Jim Doble and Wiscasset’s Rick Burns handcrafted percussion instruments under tents on the sidewalk. Steve Almasi, a percussionist, set up his cajón, a Peruvian box drum, nearby. Just then, a group of boys in brightly colored tie-dye T-shirts passed by, clearly intent on something energetic to do. Almasi invited the boys to play his cajón and after his 20-second demonstrations, the boys came in, one by one, to give it a try. According to a press release from Lucia Droby, coordinator of the artistic walk, the spectators were impressed by these spirited children as they encouraged and applauded each other for their musical audacity.

The 12 campers, 8 in high school, are from Houston and were on a summer camping trip to Wiscasset with Camp Serendipity. Their local base of operation was Winter’s Gone Farm, the Wiscasset home of Jan Flowers, who, with the support of her husband Larry and other colleagues, founded the Texas camp nearly 20 years ago.

Before retiring in 2019 and moving to Wiscasset, Jan had taught at a private school for children with learning difficulties. And during the summers, she started taking them on trips. Jan explained that there are two essential elements needed to set yourself up for success. It was very important to know the parents, she said, and to have their trust. She explained to parents that their children would work hard, sleep in tents, help cook and keep their spaces clean – no pampering. For the campers, she set expectations from the start of the adventure by letting them know “this is how we act, and this is what is expected of you”. She found through experience that if she provided the instruction they needed to succeed, they would meet expectations. And the results, consistently, were that campers deepened their friendships, gained confidence in their abilities, and had fun.

Another aspect of this saga is that Jan’s first helpers were his nieces and nephews who accompanied him on camping trips. Now they are grown up and doing the Serendipity trips from Houston with the Flowers’ home in Wiscasset as one of their destinations.

When Jan thinks of the many camping trips she has planned and the many campers she has come to know, she proudly says that some of these young people “are going to make a difference in the world because they think outside the box. . Even though they have learning differences now, she says, they are able to look for unexpected solutions, and this, with constant encouragement, will help them know their own strengths. Wiscasset Art Walk was a small but happy stop on their journey.

During the next Wiscasset Art Walk scheduled for 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, the cajón and other percussion instruments will be on the sidewalks of the village for visitors to play and create their own incidental moments.

Wiscasset Art Walk 2022 is made possible through the generosity of Title Sponsors Donna and Frank Barnako and Major Sponsors Ames True Value, Big Barn Coffee, BIRCH Home Furnishings & Gifts, Bradbury Art & Antiques, Carriage House Gardens, First National Bank, Fogg and Dalton Art Restoration, Industrial ME, J. Edward Knight Insurance, Newcastle Realty, Ozias, Peter Eaton at Lilac Cottage, Red’s Eats, Rock Paper Scissors and Sherri Dunbar/Tim Dunham Realty. Additional sponsor support comes from Cod Cove Inn.

For more information on Wiscasset Art Walk, visit www.wiscassetartwalk.org or email [email protected]. Wiscasset Art Walk is a program of Wiscasset Creative Alliance.

Discover the other upcoming events in the region!

” Previous

Comments are closed.