Our second show was at a youth center associated with migrant farmworker housing in Shafter, a small town just northwest of Bakersfield. The kids were much more reserved than the young people I am used to up in Humboldt. The kids who came up from Bakersfield for the show were a little bolder than the ones from Shafter. From their comments afterward, it seemed they were most impressed with the segment on Sitting Disease and the importance of physical activity.
The center's coordinator Chris Carrera is very dedicated to improving the lives and expanding the horizons of "her kids". I hope to return in the fall to do some puppet making workshops with them. It may have been the beer we drank after the show (1 each, after the kids were gone) that made it take an hour to fit everything back into the car.
Our camp that night was at Colonel Allensworth State Park. a former post Civil War all black utopian community. Many of the buildings have been restored. One of the rangers there happens to be a fellow amateur puppeteer who does interpretive shows with a custom made Colonel Allensworth puppet. We could not induce him to bring it out for us. He also does ghost tours. Maybe next time.
Dr. Wendy Ring is a family physician who set aside her clinical practice to educate and agitate for climate action..