Saturday, April 19, 2014

Willis Guthrie: Mother and child; S'wonderful, D. Krall; Teaching; All you can eat

MOTHER AND CHILD by Willis Guthrie
on permanent display at the Congregational church
100 E Broadway, Waukesha

Wis Guthrie is known for his assembly of found objects.
Discarded things sometimes pulled out of dumpsters.
He has been a Quaker friend of our church for decades
backing up his wife Ina, SS superintendent
and since her passing Wis still attends services.

Here is an assembly by Wis of old picture frames
with the incidental but central focus being a silhouette outline cut with a
small saw, of Mary and Jesus.

Wis explained MOTHER AND CHILD thusly:

"I wanted to combine old picture frames, even a plastic one,  around 
representative icon Mother and Child in the way one finds sometimes in 
European art museums.  Where the central art object may be missing
but suggested by a silhouette as I have done with this.
The ornate framing thus becomes what people see.

I took a piece of worm-eaten wood, mitered it and it became part of the whole."

Wis has frequently bequeathed his principle of 'random' beauty, even worm-work,
to art students and those taking his Carroll (University) art history course
sometimes for the kicks.  The kindly professor, 96, has been retired
for some years but still gives talks when asked.

Note:  The church owns this featured artwork through the generosity of
 George and Edith Love.


 S'wonderful. Diana Krall



Teaching Mavis to Ride a Bike

We practiced in Baltimore's alleys with her dress
tucked in so it would not catch in her wheels.

It was late summer and we waited until after supper
when the sun melts. I held the seat and handlebars

and she pedaled as fast as she could. She has
such thin legs, such balance. It did not take

long before she left me standing in place:
hands in my pockets, throat full of hope.

"Teaching Mavis to Ride a Bike" by Faith Shearin, from Moving the Piano.  
 State University Press, 2011



A trip last weekend to Appleton
had us visiting our daughter Erin
and her accomplice Ben in their home
in a renovated old paper mill buildng
along the Fox River within walking
distance to the Lawrence campus
where both are employed.


The Fox river flows by as folks converse.

Dee arranges tulips for kitchen counter.

(Picture taken from across the vast room with zoom)

Smaller rooms fit from large industrial space.

Antique family water color from Grandma Bunker via Erin's
grandmother Ruth (Dix) Hale, fits, too.

Erin accessorizes with a birthday gourd, - 'Treasure Gourd' - I made
for her 10th bithday, Jan. 5, 1996.

Burned into the gourd are these words:

"Erin's ten, and then again,
she'll be much more
I'll not guess when..."

Ben accessorizes with his gourd elephant horn,
a Xmas gift from us since he collects elephant-ware.
He cleverly adapted his instrument with a
dryer vent-tube in the bell end.
In that way he's muffled the trumpeting blasts 
for the benefit of neighbors, though the walls
at the Fox River Mills apartments are nicely thick.

Erin shows us the Lawrence reunion brochure she worked on.

One of the purposes of the Appleton excursion was to attend
the second concert of VENTO WINDS community wind band
she is playing in, a gifts-contributing volunteer start-up group
of high caliber.  It was good to see Erin back at her music.

Vento Winds conductor Andrew Mast, Lawrence University Conservatory

Mill tower out Erin and Ben's dining room window.

A Mourning Dove nested on a window ledge.

* Asterisk notation from above:
On the computer screen, top picture, is our friend William
serving 'all you can eat' extra helpings at the previously-reported
1st Congregational UCC pancake supper.
(Wm is in the orange T shirt.)

From the windshield
our northern drive weather was ominous
both going and returning home,
rain causing bursting clouds,
making floods and catastrophes
and leading us to say that even this fits
- as this is Good Friday - when we put
finishing touches on the Sat. Raccoon.

And tomorrow:


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Cap for earless bunny; Being read to; The irrepressible; Annual pancake; Posting two follows

This Easter Dee gets down the old bunny figurine.
I 've tried to reglue the broken ears back onto it several times
but the glue never holds
so this year Dee found a beanie beret for him.

The orange garment was once played with
by the girl pictured below doing the reading,
It fit one of her playtime dollies...
then it was played with by our Erin.

Earless Easter rabbit problem solved.
It will get an egg on the carrots at the right time.

Subject boy - showing great bump on his forehead
both in this exposure and the one above -
being read to by his mother,
having hit his head on the sidewalk 
next to the Baptist Church at Grand and Wis Aves.

He was walking a pipe fence for the benefit of his
schoolmates coming home from Union School kindergarten.
The bump lasted for a long time.
Some say the boy's brain was addled to this day...


The Irrepressible,

Wis goes to church last Sunday...

picked him up here...

and we hopped, skipped, and jumped to the Congo, center spire.
Picture taken from the roof of the parking ramp
halfway between Wis's and our residence.

Joe Beringer and Ron Abrahamson
buddies at breakfast, Christina's,
their long-time hang-out, 4-10-14

Jim Golding, Pewaukee, also member of the Joe Beringer Breakfast Club.

The annual Pancake
Supper was again a community-wide event
at the Congo (1st Congregational UCC Church)

and the pancakes get made on an antique (now) pancake machine
turning griddle.  It was made in the 1950s by Greene Machine Sop
in Waukesha for both the Congregational Church and
the Waukesha Rotary Club.  We were to own it 50-50 which 
is the case today.  So we share it for our separately-conducted
pancake events.

It is its original configuration and happily no one has
taken the notion to paint it. Clean as a whistle and original paint.

The batter is mixed by a machine which we (the church) now own.
But previously some of us drove out to Phantom Lake YMCA camp
to borrow theirs for our supper, which they graciously allowed us to do.
Then we would take it back to the camp right after, all cleaned up.

I remember the last time we made that Mukwonago trip 
for the machine, Jim Barron and 2 others whose names I momentarily forget,
and we stopped for breakfast on the way back, in Mukwonago.

Bill Huelsman is the traditional operator of the batter dropper
as is pictured in an earlier Raccoon, but this year Bob Gordie
did the honors.

Bill Glasenapp, holding his checklist, sees everything is running smoothly
at the beginning of the supper that starts at 3:30 pm and runs until 7.

Days/hours of preparation ensue before that, work done by Bill and
a host of volunteers from the church.
Men, women and children.

As part of our successful capital fund drive,
this year's pancake supper was the first use of the renovated basement kitchen,
many sweat-equity people working hard to get it finished in time.
No small task but done!
More irrepressibility.

Behind John Kennedy who is loading sausages is the old warming oven
which did not get disposed of, at least not yet.  The old range shown below is now replaced.

Cannot guess over the years how many church meals were prepared 
on this ancient appliance.....
gone but not forgotten.

Cont'd at link following

Pancake, once upon a; Cont'd

More Pancake photos 

From sanctuary outward


The Raccoon News thanks all church members and friends 
for giving these microscopic slides
these ephemeral snapshots of too brief moments in your lives
for our likewise transitory effort.

They are clear (though brief) likenesses
for the most part - unless I shook the camera while taking
or improperly operated this wonderful image machine
given us by brother Les Dix of N. Carolina.

S/ Editor, SRN