flash mob at firstworks

Last Saturday night, the artists, students, staff and volunteers of Festival Ballet Providence hung up our pointe shoes and tights and pulled on our sneakers and jeans.  We swapped ballet for jazz(/line dancing?) and wowed the crowd at downtown Providence’s Firstworks Arts Festival with a spontaneous flash mob.  That’s right, a big group of us learned a dance in secret (choreographed by the roommie and I), quietly blended into the crowd, then- when the music started up – one by one we began dancing until all of us were swaying and jumping and turning all together!  It definitely surprised the crowd and, if I may say so myself, it was quite a hit.

Also wowing the crowd that night were the San Francisco-based Bandaloop aerialist dancers, who defied gravity as they floated away and toward the window-filled face of a super tall building, restrained only by a thin chord and harness.  Incredible stuff.  Truly better seen then described…

All around, it was a successful night for the arts in Providence, with waterfire, food trucks, and a cultural celebration that made me proud to say I’m a Rhode Islander.

hope street fall festival

Tegan and I had a fabulous time at Providence’s Hope Street Fall Festival yesterday!  Thanks to our prime apartment location, the festival was a mere block’s walk away – and BAM – we were immersed in an abundance of autumn activities.  There was Seven Stars cookie decorating, free apple eating, food truck admiring, boot and sweater wearing, vanilla chai drinking, horse-drawn hay carriage riding, local band listening, and of course, flash mob workshop dancing!  That’s right, the roommie and I donned matching tank tops and leggings (you know you’re jealous of our coolness, don’t try to fight it), to teach a crowd of adorable kiddies (and kiddies-at-heart!) some of our flash mob moves- more news on that later!

After all of yesterday’s festivities, it’s safe to say I’m beyond ready for all things fall.  Which meeeeeans: apple cider, apple sauce, apple picking, pumpkin carving, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin bread, fall garland crafting, cashmere, boots, leather jackets, colorful trees, cozy nights on couches, tights under dresses, performance season (!!!), burgundy, army green, and candles that smell like cinnamon.

What gets you in the mood for the shift in seasons?