I take K, N, and S on a short hike before the action begins. N is the resident artist for the symposium and he has created a set of origami figures to be distributed about the farm as markers. He asks me to take him to some significant places. We have enough time for the squatters cabin. Then we continue farther up to the beautiful twin cedar stumps. On the return we stop near the Grave of Vitus Bering where another one of my favorite stumps stands. N leaves a figure at each. Perhaps he leaves a few more, but I am busy watching where I am going.
The symposium starts at 10. A more interesting and personable group of people could not be found anywhere. As an inter-disciplinary artist, I find the symposium to be more to my liking than most any other gathering at Smoke Farm. Burning Beast, as much fun as it is, is about food - it feeds the body. The Lo-Fi Arts festival does a great job of feeding the heart. But, I find that the symposium feeds my body, my heart, and my mind. It is a delightful day of people that I wish I could spend more time with.