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by Vito Zingarelli

The sun has finally begun to grace us with more than an occasional appearance here at Hedgebrook.  The result is that beauty abounds and the blossoming of orchard, garden and forest brings forth both bounty and sustenance for all the residents of our 48 acres.

It is always around this time, end of April/early May, coinciding with the Hedgebrook

HWPF al fresco dining: L to R - Playwright Alva Rogers, Amy Wegener (Actors Theatre of Louisville), playwright Radha Blank, Braden Abraham (Seattle Repertory Theatre), Madeleine Oldham (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), Julie Dubiner (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Women Playwrights FestivalTM, where we hope and expect the sun to return, allowing us the pleasure of al fresco dining and dramaturgical exchanges around the retreat grounds.  This year was no exception, although it was touch and go right up to the last minute, and we enjoyed a glorious opening weekend of play readings and community here for this year’s five playwrights and our theatre guests from around the country.

This week saw the departure of our playwrights and dramaturgs-in-residence and we have once again welcomed a new roster of writers of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir and screenwriting.  The writers-in-residence program is once again back in full swing and the cottages are filled with the diverse creative energies fueled by brisk sun-filled late spring days that are elongating towards the solstice when the last light of day here in the pacific northwest lingers until 11pm.  Perhaps a month away but the inevitability is apparent.

We have long awaited the ‘great drying-out’ from this year’s record rains and will now bid farewell to the overflowing ponds and running brook that came alive this year as Nancy, our founder, had envisioned 24 years ago.  It seems these wet days are now ending and we welcome the lush aftermath of such intense moisture now encouraged by the returning sun.

Hedgebrook is in a full court press to summer………….

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1 Comment

  • Jocelyn Fujii
    5:11 PM - 21 May, 2011

    I recognize the picnic table and garden. Oh what a glorious spring message! I can just taste the salads and fruit (Italian plums to come? Figs filling out? Asian pears in the bud?) and Deniseʻs brilliant creations, fueling fertile minds. Weʻve had a lot of rain, too. You can always read the weather by how green Diamond Head appears. Bless Hedgebrook and all of you for tending the garden of good. Love to you from Hawaii! Aloha, Jocelyn

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