Date:         Tue, 30 May 1995 13:27:57 EST
From: Paul BarfootPaul Barfoot 
Subject:      WHTMALF5
To: Multiple recipients of list WORDS-L 

I'm back from Lucyfest V
It is officially the Lucille Ball Festival for New Comedy. Sponsored
by the Jamestown Arts Council, the festival usually attracts about
15,000 people to the Jamestown (NY) area and includes performances and
sales of Lucy memorabilia.
Jamestown is one of those typical Western NY towns which used to rely
heavily on manufacturing but now has an economy based almost entirely
on tourism. (It is on the shore of Chatauqua Lake.) The downtown area
is very depressed but the surrounding towns are full of malls and
fancy shops and other tourist traps.
Open Hand Theater was invited to do two performances of our Puppet
Circus for the school kids, two performances for the late night
comedy show, and some street theater. We have quite a variety of
large and small puppets, stilters, dancers and masks. It is a very
colorful and unusual style of performance the likes of which most
people had not seen before. It was well received, and we have been
invited back for Fest VI.
Also performing at the Late Night show was Chris Fonseca. Some of you
may have seen him on television (not you Natalie). He calls himself
"Crazylegs" because he has Cerebral Palsy. His routine centers around
poking fun at his CP and people's attitudes toward him because of it.
sample: "I was having dinner in a restaurant the other night and I
started to choke, so I tried to give the sign that I was choking"
(arms flail wildly) "But then I realized that I had inadvertently
proposed to the deaf girl across the room."

...to be continued

Br Paul

Date:         Wed, 31 May 1995 15:51:30 EST
From: Paul BarfootPaul Barfoot 
Subject:      WHTMALF5 II
To: Multiple recipients of list WORDS-L 

 The people at the Lucy Fest committee had promised us a "nice" place
to stay. We were, however, not at all prepared for just how nice a
place it was to be. They put us up in the Paul Bush House - a 10
bedroom cottage(with towers) on Chatauqua Lake.
 Paul Bush made his fortune by manufacturing plastic furniture for
the k-mart crowd,(I'm sure that none of his products have ever been
in the house) and he now lives in Florida, visiting the Chatauqua
House only a couple of times a year. His staff maintains, cleans and
keeps the house stocked for the use of visiting artists, occasional
family members and other guests. It is, without a doubt, the nicest
place I have ever stayed. We were given a key, a tour, and told to
use anything we wanted.

...to be continued

Br Paul