Tomato Tossing Reprised

TomatoFest.jpgTracy and I are going to restart our tomato tossing. That’s right, that messy expression of differing opinions on the arts and economic development is going to be revived.

Not really. However, it would have been both a great ice-breaker and parable for tonight’s gathering at the NCRC.

Northfield’s newest body of citizen-based local government, the Arts and Culture Commission, is holding a meeting tonight, Thursday (Nov. 8th) at 7:00 p.m. in Room 103 of the NCRC. The meeting will include some information sharing on the Arts Commission, a brief overview of their priorities and initiatives, and a discussion about forming an Arts Collaborative, voluntary association of local arts groups.

Our tomato tossing skit might be entertaining, and would certainly illustrate the downside of conflict instead of collaboration, but is it art?


  1. Ross, I do not like to correct people, mainly because I am wrong a lot but, the new commission is the Arts and CULTURE Commission. We cannot forget the Culutre part of this commission!

    November 8, 2007
  2. Rob Hardy said:

    I’m quite interested in this, but unfortunately it’s scheduled at the same time as one of the biggest arts and culture events of the school year: the district band concert. I hope you will post a follow up…

    November 8, 2007
  3. Rob Hardy said:

    And speaking of arts and culture, anyone who hasn’t done so should rush out to see ON THE TOWN at the high school this weekend: 7:30 pm on Friday and 2:00 and 7:30 pm on Saturday. You don’t want to miss the spectacular comic performance by Tracy’s daughter.

    November 8, 2007
  4. Wait, which one is Tracy’s daughter?

    November 8, 2007
  5. Rob Hardy said:

    Madame Dilly, Ivy Smith’s voice teacher. She’s so good, she even has her own fan club on Facebook.

    November 8, 2007
  6. Tracy Davis said:

    Rob, thanks for the comments about the comedic genius of my offspring. She’s a lot of fun to have around the house even when she’s not drinking.

    And I’m also glad you brought up the play – I haven’t seen as much promotion of it as I’d like. (If anyone knows any veterans, bring them to the performance Friday or Saturday night at 7:30, or to the 2:00p Saturday matinee – the cast has dedicated their performance to all veterans with a special acknowledgement of the WWII vets.) It’s an ambitious undertaking for a bunch of high-school kids, and they and director Bob Gregory-Bjorklund deserve a lot of credit for tackling this one.

    And now, back to our regularly scheduled topic.

    November 9, 2007
  7. Tracy,

    You ask your luverly daughter what I said to her after her performance on opening night last weekend.

    Go ahead… ask her!

    I probably can’t hardly even be sort of arrested for it this time!

    There were two performances that raised that play above standard high school theater fare, and your daughter’s was one of them. Don’t get me wrong, most of the actors did a good job with a tough piece, but she just squeezed every ounce of funny out of everything she did.

    She has superb comic timing. You can hear it. It’s damn, damn hard to teach that, and almost as hard to play it correctly on stage.

    I hope she continues her acting pursuits long into life.

    November 9, 2007
  8. Ohh, and I made this judgment before I even knew she was your daughter. I had never made the connection between the two of you before Rob Hardy’s comment (above). She should be very proud of her performance in this show.

    November 9, 2007

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