Keep St. Pete Lit, Bluebird Books Bus, NOMADstudio, and The Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve join forces for an experience that should transport you far away from the same ol' same ol' this New Year's Eve.
The event/interactive installation Passages will offer an afternoon and night of free hands-on creative activities inspired by voyages both literal and metaphorical, and will take place in conjunction with First Night St. Petersburg on Wed., Dec. 31, from 4 to 10 p.m., in the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club courtyard at 559 Mirror Lake Drive N.
According to Bluebird Books Bus founder Mitzi Gordon, the shuffleboard club will be transformed into a "magical art space" with beautiful live birds, free interactive arts projects, and a sailboat cruising over waves of books.
Gordon will also lead in the creation of a Senbazuru, a group of 1,000 origami paper cranes (example above), held together by strings. An ancient Japanese legend states that folding 1,000 origami cranes will grant health, long life, or wishes to the creator, she says. Bluebird Books Bus and Mitzi Gordon Creations are working on a senbazuru with the intention to wish for and promote a healthy world. See their progress as Gordon and her cohorts display the first five strands during Passages.
Visitors are invited to write a love letter to St. Pete, or make their own handheld book onboard one of two colorful arts buses, among other activities. Click here for info and updates.