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Spirit & Place Goings-On at the Library

October 29, 2010 by Reader's Connection

The 2010 Spirit & Place Festival will run from November 5th through the 14th, with “Food for Thought” as its theme; and Central Library will host three S&P feasts.

Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday ThingsFeast #1: The “Play with Your Food” program on Saturday, November 6th, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., features three tasty presentations.

From 1:30 to 2:30, local artist Terry Border, author of Bent Objects: The Secret Life of Everyday Things, will help children 8 and older create food art.

Participants must be pre-registered for the food art program. Call (317) 275-4119


 2ueMusic for younger children will be provided elsewhere during that hour by Uncle Eye (as seen on PBS Kids-Jakers!) & Ms. Melody.


Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kids in the Kitchen



Then from 3:00 until 4:00 Chef Antonio Frontera, co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Kids in the Kitchen, will share “tasty, nutritious recipes and fun activities for budding chefs and their grownups.”








African American Foodways : Explorations of History and Culture
Feast #2: On Wednesday, November 10th, way up on Central’s 6th floor, in the Nina Mason Pulliam Indianapolis Special Collections Room, author Anne L. Bower will speak at a presentation called Service through Sponge Cake: Cookbooks Shaping Communities.


The program as a whole has a few different components and runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Ms. Bower is the editor of African American Foodways : Explorations of History and Culture and wrote the introduction for The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro.




The Historical Cookbook of the American Negro


She pioneered the idea of using cookbooks for historical inquiry, and will present and discuss charity cookbooks. (I’m too busy salivating, now, to write my own copy, so I’m microwaving text from the Spirit & place website.) Participants will have an opportunity to peruse the new digital, searchable collection of Hoosier community cookbooks dating back to the turn of the 20th century. At a reception prior to Ms. Bower’s talk, you can partake in some of the tastiest recipes from the historic cookbooks included in the online collection. (That last bold-type thing is not a malfunctioning website link. It is intended as a Pavlovian taste-bud-exciter.)




Feast #3: A travelling exhibit called Food for Thought, about Indiana food culture, will be on display at Central Library from November 5-14. Eat hardy.



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