I just got back in town from the first annual NC Merfest in Cary, North Carolina.
How do I describe this experience in words? I can do my best to describe the magic, share the art, and reminisce about the sheer, unadulterated joy, but somehow words just aren't enough.
NC Merfest was created by Christomer Starfish, the Mer King. The Mer King decreed that all his subjects should come together and celebrate life, joy, and all things aquatic for one amazing weekend, January 3-5, 2014.
Fire Pixie was honored to be invited to do a fire show at the closing luau and an aerial circus act during the Mermaid Fashion show produced by Mermaid Atlantis. And of course, I brought my body paints and my mermaid tail and did lots of swimming, competed in the Mermaid Olympics, and flipped fins with some of the most gorgeous and talented mermaids in the world.
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early. Today was the fashion show, and there was lots to do. I hurried to the Cary Town Center by 8:30 am to assist Revonne Carter with her body painting. She had 5 models in the fashion show, and her regular assistant had called in sick. She was using waterproof paints for the first time -- I guess regular paint won't stick to real mermaids -- and as all body painters know, using an entirely new kind of paint is really a challenge.
She gave me some direction and vision and turned me loose with a brush, and we got to work as the mermaid models chattered and the fashion show production went on all around us. The colors shone, the energy bubbled up, and the morning flew by.
Even with unfamiliar paint, unfamiliar models and an unfamiliar assistant, Revonne's show turned out absolutely stunning.
The show was opened by 3 fantastic aerialists from Cirque du Vol, including the most accomplished young aerialist I've ever seen - she had to be 7 or 8 years old and her act was stunning!
Next came the fashion show itself. The parade of undersea creatures included a stilt walker, a lion fish, lots of sea punk designs and even a 12-person Chinese dragon parading around. And of course, Mermaids!
Our circus act was show's finale. I slipped my gorgeous Red Riding Hood cloak over my circus costume and skipped lightly down the runway, twirling and swirling my cloak like a fashion model. After a moment Darrell appeared on the stage in his silly Big Bad Wolf getup with a howl. He owned the runway, strutting and swishing his wolf tail. I ran around looking for a place to hide, and soon found myself at the top of the aerial silk where I pelted the Wolf with stuffed penguins until I hit him squarely in the snout, and knocked him out. I dropped the cloak and launched into a fun, irreverent aerial dance.
|Bet you can't guess which one is mine.|
|Amazing photo by Way Beyond Productions|
|Good thing Darrell pulled that fire snake out of that merman.|
|"Heated Patio" indeed..|