Before we get into all of our fun adventures from this past week, one small piece we forgot from the previous week: The sidewalk we performed on in front of the town hall in Hanover, New Hampshire is actually part of the Appalachian Trail. There's a performance venue for you!

On Tuesday we got up nice and early and headed out to the farmers market in Keene, New Hampshire. It wasn't very busy, but we had a few enthusiastic audience members, and came away with a beautiful loaf of artisan bread and a wedge of delicious cheese. We moved on downtown and performed a few times in Keene during the lunch hour. Next we cruised over to Brattleboro, Vermont, and discovered it to be a very lovely, welcoming little town. We found a beautiful little park with a perfect semicircle of benches, and had a great performance there, and then another in the plaza with benches at the Brattleboro Food Co-op. There we met a couple of new friends, Fox and Chloe, who are students at the New England Center for Circus Arts. We had a great time talking with them and learning a little about the CCA. They recommended that we come back on Friday for Gallery Walk, a big downtown event on the first Friday of every month in Brattleboro.

That night we made it to the tiny town of Leyden, Massachusetts, and Emily's parents' house. There weren't any bustling town centers or crowds for us to perform for in Leyden, but the Milky Way stretched across the sky at night and the mist rose off the mountains in the morning. On Wednesday, after the misty morning, we drove out to Greenfield, Massachusetts, and performed for some interesting crowds there. It's always fun when the employees of whatever restaurant or cafe we're near slip out to watch for a bit. Hopefully we help to break up the monotony of the work day.

We ended the day back at the Caffery homestead, spent another restful night there, and struck out southward to Northampton, Massachusetts. We performed several times there at a couple of different bus stops. This included our first public performances of our new show, Fool's Gold. It went well, all things considered, while also highlighting the flaws in the show and the aspects that still need major work. We spent the night befittingly parked in the theater building parking lot at Hampshire College. 

On Friday afternoon we had a very fun and successful performance on the library lawn at Hampshire. With the audience mostly comprised of my (Forrest's) friends and professors, we had the pleasure of performing for a large, attentive audience. We performed all three of the shows we've been performing, our first time showing them all to one audience. Then, taking the advice of our new circus friends, we drove back up to Brattleboro for several performances during Gallery Walk. This marked our first time performing after dark. We had a lot of fun learning to perform by street lights.

Saturday morning found us performing in Amherst, Massachusetts, at the farmers market. The market was bustling, and we had yet another first: rotating through our three show repertoire, we did a total of six consecutive performances in one location. After that marathon, we spent a little time wandering downtown Amherst, ate a little frozen yogurt, and went back to spend another night at Hampshire College. This morning was rather rainy, but with hopes of sun, we headed back north a little way to Conway, Massachusetts, to check out the Festival of the Hills and see about performing there. Unfortunately, the rain only increased as the day went on, so performing was not viable, but we did have a great time exploring the festival: we held owls, split logs, ate fried dough, and watched a parade. On our way back south we stopped in the Yankee Candle in Deerfield, which is disturbingly enormous, and includes an indoor Christmas Bavarian village, a fudge shop, a toy store, and of course lots and lots of candles.

Now we're visiting Hampshire again very briefly, but by bedtime we'll be near Worcester, Massachusetts. Our approximate schedule for the next week and a bit is as such:

Monday, Oct. 7th: Worcester, MA
Tuesday, Oct. 8th – Friday, Oct. 11th: Boston, MA
Saturday, Oct. 12th: farmers markets in Providence, RI
Sunday, Oct. 13th: TBD
Monday, Oct 14th: New London, CT
Tuesday, Oct 15th: Middletown, CT
Wednesday, Oct. 16th – Thursday, Oct. 17th: New Haven, CT

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The troupe at a bus stop in Northampton, MA. Photo by Troy David Mercier.

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Emily and Nathan in Mr. Rabbit Takes Mr. Wolf for a Ride at Hampshire College. Photo by Troy David Mercier.

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Mr. Rabbit makes a friend at the Amherst Farmers Market.

And a slideshow of our adventure at the Conway Festival of the Hills:
 


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