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Another Parade! What to Wear?

Regular readers may recall that LiFT, Little Falls Theatre Company, is not doing a Shakespeare play this summer.  This has rendered the summer a less busy and a little sad.  This weekend is the Little Falls Canal Celebration,  one of the venues we perform at.  However, LiFT will have a presence at the parade on Friday, Aug. 10.

Last year I did not participate when LiFT marched.  I just felt too tired.  Of course I regretted it, because they had a fun time, and I do love a parade.  So when I received an email saying we were going to participate this year, I jumped at the chance! (Metaphorically speaking, of course.)

But what to wear?  I could NOT wear my wizard costume again!  I wore it for the Doodah Parade in Ilion.  It would be a faux pas to wear it again so soon, even if I switched back to the wizard hat I wore for the March of Dimes in May.

And, yes, I did pretty much have a silly expression on my face most of the time I wore the outfit.

I append a couple of pictures for those of you who missed my wizard-attired exploits (and to pep up the post, like I did yesterday).  The above was a rehearsal of the outfit for March of Dimes March for Babies.  I also made myself a wizard wand with a knitting needle, a few odds and ends, and a hot glue gun.  I can be dangerous with a hot glue gun. I modified the outfit slightly to march in the Ilion Days Doodah Parade.

I was a hit with the crowd, if I do say so.

I wore the witch’s hat, because it has a brim to offer shade from the sun.  I added the sunglasses for the same reason, and the necklace just because I liked it.  My dear friend, Kim, gave me the wooden wand.  I still had my homemade one, so I used both to cast spells on the crowd as I rode in the back of the pick-up truck.

But I need something different for Friday.  Something light, and light colored.  Maybe a set of wings from the dollar store.  Maybe a quick trip to the Thrift Store. What can I come up with? I spent most of the morning at work pondering options and formulating plans, while trying to stay hydrated and not get too far from a fan, because hot and humid seems to be a way of life these days.

Regarding the latter part of that last sentence, let’s just say I was not successful.  I am susceptible (wow! I spelled susceptible right on the first try!) to heat injuries.  I got too light-headed and nauseous (I had to google nauseous) to handle it, despite the perseverance that has seen me through many difficult runs.  I went home, ignobly calling my husband for a ride, because the nurse didn’t want me to drive and neither did I.

So I am really re-thinking this march through the heat in a costume idea.  However, I hate to let my LiFTer friends down, especially my friend Kim.  And I have lost a whole afternoon I could have been working on a costume, because I am still feeling like crap.  In fact, I wasn’t even going to make a blog post today.  I was going to take a blogger’s sick day.  But look at me, I am over 500 words with two pictures.  That’s one thing I did right today.  Let’s see how I do tomorrow, on Wuss-out Wednesday.

 

About That Parade…

As promised, here are a few pictures of the Doodah Parade, part of the Ilion Days festivities in Ilion, NY.  As a matter of fact, they are not of the whole parade but only of the Ilion Little Theatre contingent.  During the parade, I could not take a decent picture, because I was riding in the back of the pick-up truck.  I had enough to do to keep my own balance (with one epic fail).  Oh, I know, I could have sat quietly in the lawn chair, like I did last year.  But I was a wizard (in a witch hat).  It was more fun to wave my arms around casting spells on people.

The witch’s hat, sunglasses, necklace and bracelet were new additions to the costume since I wore it for the March of Dimes March for Babies.

The utterly fabulous red dress you can see in the background is my friend, Kim, who I stupidly did NOT get a picture of.  In my defense, it’s hard to take pictures with a Tablet in the bright sun;  I can barely see the screen.  But I got a few snaps.

Aar, mateys!

Alas, I don’t know how to crop, so the pirate family cannot be centered.  When I used to work for a newspaper, we cropped with an Exacto knife and a ruler.  That’s how old I am, in case you needed a reminder.

Luckily I got the shot before the balloon blew in front of her face.

I don’t know if you can tell how fabulous this costume was from the picture, but I liked it.  The lady wearing it said it was not too warm, despite being dark, because the fabric was lightweight.

Just a couple of candid shots.

Despite appearances, she did not float away.

This was after the parade, when we took all the balloons off the truck.  Last year, the girls got into letting them float away in memory of loved ones who passed.  I did not like to discourage them at the time, because it obviously meant a lot to them to do so. However, this year before anybody got that idea, I pointed out that it is very bad for wildlife and the environment.  So this sweet young lady ended up with all of them.

Of course we were properly identified.

This is last year’s banner, but it worked perfectly well.  It is a little wrinkly, because it was in the backseat of Kim’s vehicle as we drove to the parade grounds, and I could not keep from leaning against it.  Her car was a bit crowded, but I was grateful for the ride.

So one more Doodah Parade is in the books for Ilion Little Theatre.  I hope some of the people who enjoyed our “float” come to see some of our shows.

 

A Wizard for the March of Dimes?

When I said I was taking a break from theatre, I did not mean I was taking a break from putting on costumes and acting up.  I just meant no real plays.  With that in mind, nobody needs to shake their finger at me (or their head or their booty) when they hear that I am, along with other members of LiFT Theatre Company, participating in Mohawk Valley March for Babies this Saturday, May 19.

The Walk spreads awareness of prematurity, birth defects, and infant loss.  Walkers support the March of Dimes, which strives to give every baby a fighting chance.  Full disclosure:  I don’t know a whole lot about the March of Dimes, but it is a cause near and dear to the heart of a dear friend, Laura Powers.  She is chair for the event.  When she asked for volunteers to dress in costumes and interact with people, to add to the festive atmosphere, I jumped at the chance.  Dress in a costume and act silly?  Right up my alley!  And for such a good cause, talk about a win/win!

Now to figure out what kind of costume to wear…  Naturally, I have many costume pieces in my attic, from my theatrical endeavors as well as my Halloween high jinks.  When I suggested a wizard to Laura, she liked the idea.  First I had to search my attic for my wizard hat and black-and-gold caftan.  At first I could not find them, but I found a purple graduation gown, which I had purchased at a rummage sale.   At the time, I had some idea of being the one-eyed, one-horned flying purple people eater for Halloween, but I haven’t done that yet.  Still, if I couldn’t find the caftan, I could do something with a purple gown.  Hmmm…. Then I found the hat — and the caftan!  Score!  I brought everything downstairs.

I made Steven take my picture for use in this blog post.

“I cast a spell on you!”

When I saw that the hat was not on straight, I asked Steven to take another picture.

I went for a less wizard-y post this time.

I tried on the graduation gown for good measure, but I think the caftan is the way to go.

I tried for another wizard-y pose.

I grabbed the feathery thing off our telephone table. I think it is a relic of some long-ago flower arrangement.  I shall try to come up with a better wand by Saturday.  I shall also decide on a pair of shoes.  Or at least I’ll paint my toenails.

Mohawk Valley March for Babies is this Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mohawk Valley Community College, 1101 Sherman Dr., Utica, NY.  For more information, you can check out the Facebook event.