Imagine that you are tidying a room after a meeting and you find that what was left behind is actually treasure placed there for you to discover. Imagine that you hold another meeting, and another, and another, a meeting almost every week for four years and, every single time, new treasure is left behind. There is so much treasure that, when you spread it out across your living room floor, it is three layers thick. There is so much treasure that it would take almost another four years to sort through it all but you never do sort through it all because there is always a new piece that catches your eye and makes you go back to savor all the pieces you looked at before. Imagine that each piece is priceless and the pieces just keep coming.
This is what life is like for Grey Havens YA facilitators because, every week during our book discussions, we give our participants markers, pencils, pens, and paper then let them go. They use the materials to illustrate discussion points, to express their wry humor and poignant dreams, to confidently create. From clever scribbles to detailed drawings that take more than one meeting to complete, they have left behind treasure in the form of small glimpses into their intricate minds. Creative and critical thinking, that’s what we’re all about. Astonishing ideas emerge during every Grey Havens YA book discussion. Not all of them are spoken.
Send Us an Owl: Our photos don’t do justice to either the quality or abundance of art we receive from our YA members. Send us your own photos or, if you are a YA member, tell us about your favorite work of art from a Grey Havens YA meeting!
Take a look at this recent article in The Longmont Times-Call about our recent magical summer camp! Here is some more of the feedback our young adults received on the magical camping experience they created:
“My son participated in the Hogwarts Preparatory Academy, and I wanted to inform you of how impressed I was. Right from the beginning I knew it was going to be a completely magical time for him. That magic stayed throughout the whole week. He had a wonderful time, and he still is talking about it.” -Stacie F.
“My daughter was looking forward to her Hogwarts camp for months and I’m happy to say she thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ve loved listening to her talk about all the activities (and then showing the rest of us spells, potions, palming reading, etc). Thank you for such a fabulous experience, it completely exceeded my expectations!!” -Muggle Mom
“I think this was one of the best camps either of my kids have yet attended. Your creativity and attention to detail just made it so fun and magical! [My daughter] loved it! It was great! She says to continue doing everything! She also says, ‘I think you should remember to clean out your cauldron next time.'” -Angela J.
Yes! Next time we WILL remember to clean out our cauldron!
And that’s not all! One of our assistant professors, 145Barbarian, put this video together to showcase the camp. Check it out, and journey to Hogwarts Preparatory Academy for yourself:
“Hey everyone! I am happy to present a video I made for Hogwarts Preparatory Academy. Though the pictures might not be the best quality, I’m proud of the video.”
For more information about Grey Havens YA programming, including at the Longmont Museum and Cultural Center, visit our Community Programming page.
Grey Havens YA has been invited back to host Hogwarts Prep next year. Some students want to sign up now! The problem is that we don’t know that our group will be ready by the summer of 2016 to repeat and improve upon this very detailed, labor-intensive camp. Can you help us to create the time and resources to meet demand? Thank you for helping us to make magic!
You never know what treasures will come out of a Grey Havens YA meeting, like this line from a recent meeting: “The writer is the wizard who transports you to other worlds with the runes that they use in their books.” -Eliza
At our last book discussion meeting, we were transported to the spooky moors where the Hound of the Baskervilles is rumored to roam but one of our members also did some sketches for a multi-fandom project he is working on. He is developing an elaborate story that centers around these strange, technological beings. It is amazing what our members come up with!
A lot of our imaginative young adults are interested in storyboarding for movies and games but we do not yet have the resources to support them in these endeavors. Let us know if you know of anyone who can help!
Like my favorite dog, we are taking a break from reading Sherlock Holmes. Two weeks ago, we had Fandom Theater from Fandoms Unite, and last week we welcomed a guest speaker. (Watch this space for more on that soon!)
Send us an owl: We are already taking nominations for our next book to read and discuss as a group. Have you read any good imaginative fiction lately?
Cirdan’s note: What fantastic post and video from 145Barbarian. Please enjoy.
It is time for us to celebrate a year of Grey Havens YA. A place where we can all be geeks, nerds, and most of all, ourselves. Thank you Kelly and Robyn for making this group happen and allowing us to be where we belong.
(The video does skip around in some parts, and that is my fault because of editing, but anyways…enjoy!)
Longmont, Colorado is not only home to Grey Havens YA and its parent organization, the Grey Havens Group, it is also the home to a beloved annual exhibition celebrating Dia de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. The exhibit features beautiful altars, carefully constructed labors of love, honoring the lives of those who changed ours. This year, the Grey Havens Group and Grey Havens YA contributed an altar in memory of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings and the first book Grey Havens YA ever discussed as a group, The Hobbit.
These are the skulls decorated by our YA members. You really have to see them in person to appreciate all the inspired details. For photos of the altar itself, click on this link.
Cirdan’s note: Check out this awesome post by one of our videographers, spock0528. He’s got a great music video that he shared at Geek Show, and he’s also included a playlist of his Fandom tribute videos and reviews on YouTube!
Here is the video I showed at Geek show:
And a new log I made for our videos:
Send us an owl: Which video was your favorite?? If you have movie reviews, be sure to post them/send them to us in word or video! Woohoo. 🙂
Cirdan’s note: It is my pleasure to share with you this wonderful sketch drawn by one of our amazing Grey Havens YA members. (Her blog name is still to-be-determined at the moment, but it may be awesomediginerd.) Check it out!
In addition, one of our members, madamekovarian learned how to write our SLOGO (that’s Grey-Havens-YA-speak for “slogan or catchphrase”) in Tengwar, the Elvish alphabet! I am so proud.
This is not the first time we’ve shared fantastic drawings by our YA members. Be sure to check out our previous fan-art post too. I am excited to share many more pieces in the future. Our members are so creative!
Send us an owl: Not that one should ever judge a book by its cover, BUT… if Grey Havens YA were a novel, what do you think our cover would/should look like? P.S. Can you write in any other languages?