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November 2007

November 27, 2007

My Cat Goma [55]

Goma3 How do you follow a vlog about socks and one about puppets?  With GOMA of course!

Sachie Tani began blogging about her Himalayan cat Goma in May of 2007. 

At first, she used her blog to connect with her family in Japan.  Then people outside her family began to ask, "How is Goma?"

Sachie's 37 Goma videos have been seen over 92,000 times on YouTube.  "Cat VS Cotton Candy" is the most popular with over 60,000 views.

Sachie did not anticipate such a massive response to her blog, My Himalayan Cat "Goma" but is pleased to share her Goma joys with others.

Call her a crazy cat lady if you must, but Sachie is unabashedly in love with her cat Goma and how can anyone find fault with that?

This song seems made for Goma:  The Smittens, A Little Revolution, "Twitterpated (Mfdod Remix)"

Eva's note: In the interest of fair disclosure, I must admit to being a crazy cat lady myself.  Two days after this interview, I got the same kitty backpack Sachie is sporting in the end of the video. 

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

November 20, 2007

Viva La Voce Puppet Opera [54]

Puppet26 Viva La Voce Puppet Opera performed Die Fledermaus (The Bat) at the Flynn Space this weekend. 

Thirsty puppets, jolly opera singers, vengeful bats, and graceful waltzers converge in 19th century Vienna to bring this Strauss opera to life. 

Randy puppets run rampant in this high octane production and opera has never seemed less stuffy.

Die Fledermaus was Viva La Voce Puppet Opera's 3rd production in the past three years.  Their founder, director and singing starlet, Roxanne Vought has plans to bring more puppet operas to life in the future.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

November 13, 2007

The Cabot Sock Sale [53]

Socks3 The 28th Annual Cabot Sock Sale was held this weekend in Northfield Vermont.

Each year thousands of visitors flock to the Cabot Hosiery Mills factory to pounce on the heavily discounted, high quality, VT-made socks.

Coinciding with the start of Vermont's deer season, the sale was originally billed as a party for "Hunter's Widows."  Nowadays, men, women, teens, kids and even hunters all flock to the sale.

Cabot Hosiery Mills has been in the Cabot family for three generations. They are the only sock company remaining in Vermont and one of the last sock companies in the country.

The sock sale will be continuing the weekend of November 17th and 18th in Northfield Vermont.

Music by Colin Clary, "Kisses," Sweater Weather or Not, These Are the Songs I Got

Editor's Note: Want to learn more about hunting season in Vermont, read these 7 Days articles!

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

November 06, 2007

Jeh Kulu's West African Dance & Drum Festival [52]

Jeh_kelu9 The 13th Annual West African Dance & Drum Festival took place this weekend in Contois Auditorium in Burlington Vermont. 

Master artists from Mali, Senegal, and Guinea taught West African dance and music classes.  Festival participants traveled from far and wide to soak up the knowledge.

Saturday evening brought the high octane premiere of "Inu Sene" (Welcome Home), a celebration of West African dance, music and song to a sold-out house.

Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater was founded in 1993 and is comprised of 16 artists who share traditional rhythms and dances from the countries of Guinea, Senegal and Mali, West Africa.

How did the 3rd oldest West African Festival end up in Vermont?  Watch and learn.

You can watch this video on YouTube here.

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