The Internet is the Remembering Place.
Anything you put out there—words, pictures, brief updates, mundane statements or the cumulative versions of your as-yet-unfinished novel are kept for all time in the massive virtual library of Everything that it’s continued to become.
So I had to hold my breath as I read the original Blog from which this new one, 5 months its junior, takes its title.
In the time since it was posted, much has changed. The Center has been reconfigured twice, most recently to allow us to start doing more medium-sized theatre, literary and music events. We’ve reduced the size of the coffee counter and made it an extra treat for our patrons rather than an income stream.
Most importantly, the Vision of two has become the Vision of Many. On any day of the week you can find a growing number of teachers, students, collaborators and patrons filling the two classrooms and common areas. In the past month we had two sold-out performances of A.R. Gurney’s “Love Letters,” the opening of the visual arts show “I am not other” and tomorrow night is our third “Fresh Friday” open mic night.
Our calendar is filling fast with all types of theatrical events and we are looking at ways to expand into dinner theatre to make New Mystics more of a draw for bus tours and theatre enthusiasts.
Yoga is offered 5 different ways on 6 different days. Pictures from our first Digital Photography class hang over the piano and in through the spring and summer our playwriting students will be having staged readings as part of the “Emerging Playwrights” series that will also bring playwrights from Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Maryland, and New Jersey.
On any given week you are likely to find us in the local paper or on the news.
And we have come to a crossroads in just 6 months, thanks to an ever-growing Vision. Because of our growing popularity and the success of our theatre performances, we are in need of a space that will allow us to seat about 120 people. Lots of minds are working to make this happen. And in the face of the continuing economic and political crises in our country and the larger world, this kind of coming together for the Arts, and for Community, shows the power of a Vision.
New Mystics continues to strengthen and grow. And there’s ever more to do to see its future secured. But with so many believers, so many friends and colleagues and collaborators, we are sure to achieve what we have been working toward these past 6 years in New Jersey and 22 months in West Virginia.
So let the Internet keep its record of our plans. And let’s look back every now and then, while knowing full well that in order to feed the Vision, the moment that matters in Now.