LEAF is an wonderful fall experience. It’s set in the hills of Black Mountain and between the fall leaves in the trees and the colorful tents campers pitched for the weekend the landscape is unbelievable. And the human geography is filled with people you know and opportunity to meet new people who love the outdoors and the arts! The coolest thing is there are kids everywhere having a great time. From little ones that fit in a day pack to teens enjoying music, dance, drumming, face paints, puppetry (shows and how to make their own), crafts (kids made and sold their crafts in the kids village), tight rope walking, juggling, paddle boards, boating, food – plenty of meat eating and vegetarian options, cookies, ice cream, hot apple cider and the chocolate factory truck for incredible hot cocoa. It just goes on and on… The LEAF festival is a true family fun-filled weekend. There is something for everyone. From awesome wandering animal puppets and people on stilts to zooming zip lines. You and your kids will be amazed by the creativity and adventure you are surrounded with. Live music and salsa dancing, seeing children perform djembe drumming with The Drumbinos from Nasheville and little ones putting on improvisational puppet shows are just a few of the surprises you might happen upon. There were several talented professional puppeteers too: one named Peter Hart particularly captured adult and children attention alike with his skeleton puppet and great storytelling. The Ashevillager loved the Toy Boat circus folks teaching kids to do trapeze art and seeing people in costumes everywhere. We also saw lots of ironical tie-dye and many bohemian straw hat wearing folks pulling kids in red wagons. I have to put a shout out to the Asheville middle and high school kids for making powerful metaphor and a meaningful moment with their spoken word poetry slam! That was truly memorable!!
I can’t wait for Spring LEAF 2014 (May 9-12)! For more info visit: http://theleaf.org/