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Monthly Archives: July, 2009


Our last service of the season was this past Sunday, July 26th. The theme was WATER and LIGHT, inspired by summer. The painting above is by Robert Lucy, aka Bobby Lucy, and his Oregon Seascapes were the featured visual art of the day–there were 18 images on the walls, beautiful and crisp. Full of water and light. For more of his work, check out his website, Here’s the artist himself:

Here’s our dear Liz Morton reading the Cultural Calendar:\
The service was designed to cool the body and relax the mind, especially as summer in the city sets in. We watched a great clip from Footlight Parade, and old Busby Berkeley musical from 1933? Or is it 1935? Can’t remember right now, BUT, it was the heart of the depression, and here comes this incredibly opulent, magnificent and over the top music number, BY A WATERFALL, starring Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell. Hundreds of young women in very sexy swimsuits, frollicking and dancing and playing in the water, a HUGE pool on a soundstage, with lights and fountains and an endless variety of patter and design. Just beautiful.
We thought it might be a small crowd, due to the summer vacation factor, but lots of NEW PEOPLE came, like Cusi Cram.
Here’s a few more pics of sweet folks who joined us for the service…
Here’s Danyon, service his food offering, WATERMELON JUICE (fresh squeezed…)
Betty and Clare–
Joanna and Katie–
Hannah, Jeremy, Danyon–
And here’s Eric with Ella Rose–our youngest member.
Caitlin and Meredith–
So, a lovely time was had. By most, I think. And a season comes to an end. It’s been an amazing year of growth, and joy and creative faith. We’ve watched movies, listened to stories, tasted foods, witnessed escapes, looked at pictures, collages, weavings and more…we’ve discussed the sea, and memories, we smelled things together, chatted and mingled, we were apprised of goings on all around the city, we honored the deaths of many great artists…and, the organization itself grew a LOT this year–people gave money to ensure that the services continue, and fundraising continues, and the mission blossoms. The Secret City is now a place where artists come to relax, renew, refresh, and to commune with other, like minded folks, AND, to be reminded of the holy calling of the artist in our society. Oh, I know, spelled out like that here, it can sound kinda precious, but really, that’s what we practice, that’s why we gather, to remind one another that creativity and imagination are sacred, they are what makes the world, and what remakes it, too. And, it WORKS!!! Again and again, and isn’t it right to celebrate them? Yes.
We’ll be back at the end of September, with our regular monthly services. In the meantime, there are grants to be written, and a HUGE walk to be planned. THE SECRET CITY WALK is September 12th, a whole day to walk nearly the entire length of Manhattan. More to come. Until then, LOVE.


ECSTASY!! our service from June 28th

We had a magnificent gathering at the end of June. Here are some pics from the service–the theme was ECSTASY, inspired by Gay Pride, and Independence Day.

New York artist Harry Krishna created an instillation for our service that day. It was mostly found images, several of which were depictions of Michael Jackson. Harry had put the piece together the day BEFORE Michael Jackson died.

The wonderful Jennifer Miller performed for us that day–

she escaped from a straitjacket RIGHT BEFORE OUR VERY EYES! Here are some other fun images from that day. SHOES!!
Danyon and Emma!

Nikki and Gib!

The fabulous Patrice Quinn arriving just in time for The Mingling Ritual!

The remarkable Justin Sayre read the Cultural Calendar with aplomb!

We re-enacted that old acting exercise, HA, and laughed our asses off for a few solid minutes…IT WORKS!!

Who else but Jammie and Michael, in the most ECSTATIC outfits of the year. By the way, Jamie also contributed the food offering for this service, Sister Emily’s Pralines–dear lord, they’re heavenly. (ouch). As Jamie taught us to say, in the words of dear Sister Emily, “Comment-t’allez-vous, y’all?”

Our dear Jack and Jonathan.

Mona Mansour and her birthday cake!

A group of lovely pals–John Kellam (visiting from LA), Laural Meade (also visiting from LA, and sang for us in the service), Joanna Pee, Kelly Mares and Gib Frazier. Wonderful company.

Those sparkly Coloff sisters, Leah and Rachel. In a bit of synchronicity, Leah had her Coney Island purse on that day, which has the sign for the CYCLONE on the flap.

Here I am with two of my dearest dears–Laural and Patrice. Scrumptious!

LOOK! It’s Patrice and Bobby!

And now, our own Jeremy Bass, eating cake.

Incredible day. Thanks to Bobby for taking the pics, and to all the amazing people involved in the service, and to all the friends, old and new, who came out on a sparkling summer day, with the gay pride parade going by just a block away. It was an ECSTATIC moment. Love and Happiness.




Playing catch-up on the blog!! Here are some pics from last month’s adventure, which I wrote about in the monthly sermon, THE PERFECT ESCAPE. Bobby and I went to Coney Island one misty, Friday morning. AND, we rode the CYCLONE. First stop–The Boardwalk. Misty morning in June.

I guess i would be the FREAK.

George Tilyou, the great Coney Island impresario once said, “Coney Island, between June and September, is the world.”
But on that misty morning, Friday in early summer, no one was going to Coney Island but Bobby and me.

We snuck into the back of Dreamland, which was still shut that early in the day. We wandered around and got to see some of the locals up close…
FINALLY, we made it to the famous rollercoaster–the ultimate goal.
The entrance to the ride…after this, I would never be the same.