Buxton’s Big Gay Cake Off

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Buxton’s Big Gay Bake Off

The Buxton Pride Picnic

Saturday 20th July

2 – 5pm

Pavilion Gardens, on the lawns in front of the Swimming Pool

free and wonderful

bring soft drinks, a rug to sit and some sandwiches

if you need emergency sustainance

17012398_10156364158482925_2101722666_nFollowing two previously successful years, and a Spirit Of The Fringe Award, Buxton Gay Pride will host their third annual Gay Pride Picnic, celebrating Buxton’s LGBTQ+ community and their friends. Event organiser, Gordon MacLellan, said “This year’s event has the theme of “Buxton’s Big Gay Bake Off”. Attendees are encouraged to bring a cake or dish to share. Entries will be judged by fabulous local drag queens Kate Butch and Marilyn Misandry. There are no prizes for cakes but there will be rosettes for winners and lots of laughter and cheering for everyone!”

Yes, we’re looking for cakes but we are expecting to award points as much on the wonder of their names as on their taste and appearance. We are hoping there might be some:

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  • or Bi-forest Gateaux
  • or Trans Flans
  • or Lesbian Tarts
  • or Camp Croissants
  • or Polari Muffins
  • or just a flutter of Fairy Cakes
  • Seductive Scones?
  • Risque rock-cakes
  • Who knows…..

Who knows?

Just to be clear:

  1. This isn’t a very serious competition
  2. Entries can be brought along when you come to the Picnic but they must all be registered by 3pm
  3. The only prize is everyone else’s delight and acclaim. There might be a rosette or two and the chance to taste someone else’s cake
  4. The Judge’s Fabulous Decisions are Final
  5. Make sure your cake is edible – no cheating with glue and plaster please
  6. You are responsible for your own cake so please make sure you take any of it that is left away with you when you leave the Picnic

Inspiring, mouth-watering, delicious cake pics

c/o our lovely friends at Little Chelly Cakes

 

Stone and Water and the Buxton Pride Picnic team gratefully acknowledge the support of Derbyshire County Council’s Action Grant scheme, The Closet market stall, Waitrose and look forward to thanking the other organisations who are offering support

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The Lost Beasts of Buxton

what beast would you become?

The Lost Beasts of Buxton

make a mask, a hat, a monster

1 – 4pm, Saturday 29th June

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

 

Make a carnival mask or hat inspired by our very own sabre-tooth cats, cave lions, wild horses and mammoths.

Once upon a time, and not so long ago, there were wolves in the Peak District hills, wild boars in the woods and beavers in the rivers. Once there were wild ponies here, and cave lions, reindeer and bears. There were scimitar-toothed cats and straight-tusked elephants. Before that, long and longer ago, there were strange sharks swimming in ancient limestone seas.

What wonderful animal would you celebrate?

You might make something that lives here now, something that lived here once or even something that really should have lived here (unicorns, maybe?)

 

are you a colourful shark person perhaps?

This event is free, no booking or tickets needed. Children under 7 should bring a grown-up with them and you need to allow 45 minutes to make an animal hat

Venue:

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

Terrace Rd

Buxton

SK17 6DA

 

Celebrate the ancient animals of the Peaks and join Two Left Hands in the Buxton Carnival Parade on Saturday July 13th. Check the Two Left Hands facebook page for parade details and meeting points: Two Left Hands.

2LH at Buxton Carnival, 2018

This is the first event in our new “A Year In Our Town” project. We are aiming to have at least one event a month that will encourage people to find out more, explore and celebrate Buxton and the High Peak

Look out for the next events!

 

Lost Beasts is a Stone and Water event in partnerhsip with Buxton Museum and Art Gallery and Creeping Toad

 

Hats for a Pride Picnic

Summer Hats

Sunday 30th June

1 – 4pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton*

How will you decorate yours?

With ribbons and ruffles?

With beads, flowers, butterflies and bits?

Will there be pom-poms and fringes, and tassles over your ears?

 

 

It’s summer! And with the Buxton Pride Picnic on that flowery horizon, we’re having an afternoon in the Gardens sort of getting ready. We’ll bring card and colours, staples and tissue and tape. We’ll bring rugs to sit on and a welcome to greet you. We ask you to bring a smile and a hand willing to have a go and a conversation waiting to be shared. We’re going to be making some wonderful hats to wear at the Picnic. But you don’t need to. It would be good simply to meet people – so come along, renew connections with old mates and maybe make a new friend or two. Help us build our Proud Family

Where to find us: we’ll be at the site we use for the main Picnic and will spread some groundsheets and rugs on the lawns in front of the swimming pool

The event is free. We’ll provide materials.

Weather: and this event is fine-weather dependant: soggy tissue-flowers and dripping pom-poms are not much fun. So if the weather is looking unpredictable, we will post a final decision on the morning of 30th here and on our facebook page (look for Stone and Water)

No booking or tickets needed but this event will be weather dependant so check in the morning for any change of plans. If it looks wet (always possible, it is Buxton after all) we’ll go and sip tea and eat cake somewhere near by!

 

Buxton Pride Picnic 2019: our Pride Picnics celebrate the diversity of Buxton and the Peaks, a gathering place for laughter and reflection for LGBTQ+ people and all our other friends as well. More details will follow shortly. And get ready, start planning your campest cake ever for the Buxton Big Gay Bake Off!

Date of Picnic: Saturday 20th July, 2- 5 pm

Venue: Pavilion Gardens, on the lawns in front of the swimming pool

*Pavilion Gardens: St John’s Rd, Buxton SK17 6BE

We gratefully acknowledge support from DCC’s Action Grants scheme

 

Pride, Cakes and Picnics!

Buxton Gay Pride Picnic

Saturday 20th July 2019

 2pm – 5pm

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, SK17 6BE 

From gay gateaux to outrageous hats, this year’s Picnic

looks set  to be our tastiest and most colourful yet!

Everyone is welcome to join our 3rd annual celebration of the LGBTQ+ community of the Peaks. Bring a picnic for an afternoon of light-hearted silliness and determined delight. Fabulous summer hats are invited and why not bring a cake to join our Buxton Big Gay Bake Off?

 

Our theme this year is A Fabulous Garden Fete and to support this we are encouraging people to come along wearing their most fantastic hat. There might be flowers, or flamingos, or frogs (as long as no animals were harmed in the creation of the hat….) and if you don’t have such a piece of exquisite millinery, don’t worry! We’ll have a cheerful afternoon of hat making in June and there will be resources on hand on the day for people to improvise something, well, fabulous!

 

More than this, our Picnic is also a statement of presence and pride and courage and we hope you will join us and be bold. Be who you are and not who other people say you should be: all we ask is that you join us to rejoice in our diversity and to celebrate all of us and each other with strength and joy.

 

That won’t be the end of our Garden Party, however. There will be games: hula hoops to hoople with, face paints for a bit of emergency slap, spontaneous sing-alongs*. And there will be cakes or we hope there will. Like any Garden Fete we are hoping for an intense but simply Proud bit of cake baking and we invite people join the

 

The Buxton Big Gay Bake Off!

 

Bring a finished (and homemade, please!) cake along to the Picnic on the day. Prizes will be awarded as much on the description as on the appearance and taste of your culinary mistresspiece (masterpiece? Personpiece?). So we might meet

could we ever match the wonders of Little Chelly Cakes?

  • Gay gateaux
  • Dykiest desserts
  • Sapphic Sponges
  • Faggy Flans
  • Trans Flans
  • Biforest Gateaux
  • Butch brownies
  • Camp carrot cakes
  • Lesbian Dacquoise…..

 

Judging: entries will be judged by our very own Dame Marilyn Misandry

Prize giving: will be awarded by our mystery Guest of Honour. if we haven’t got one, we’ll draft a passing stranger

Prize: will be a slice a someone else’s cake! And a wonderful, magnificent, dare-we-say fabulous, Rosette that you can wear to boast of your prowess!

 

This year we acknowledge our friend Chris Hughes who died in 2018 and who was an enthusiastic supporter of these Pride Picnics and a noted Provider of Cakes. Thank you, Chris. We miss you

 

How can you resist? Drift elegantly along on Saturday 20th and grace the Pavilion Gardens with your wonderful presence

 

  • everything is still at the “hopeful” stage just now – we’ll confirm as people do….

 

Photos:

Pride stones and banners by Chris Hughes, artist Kath and members of Brighter Ops Buxton

Little Chelly Cakes: https://www.littlechellycakes.co.uk/

Look for us:

  • in the Buxton Festival Fringe programme,
  • on facebook: Stone and Water
  • on twitter and instagram: try @creepingtoad

Creeping Toad

 

 

 

 

 

 


Gawain

November 2018

a dragon waits…

There was a long dark forest,

wicked woods, wild, wind-blown and whistling woods,

Where twirling leaves trembled on tall, terrifying trees,

With treacherous twigs to tempt you to a terrible fate

We are having a wintry Gawain and the Green Knight season this month

wooden spoon royalty

a new friend, or a new foe?

The Sir Gawain project saw a lively and successful weekend. There was painting, a new artwork from Sue Prince (with mass community participation, paintbrushes and pennies), walks, talks and excitements from Clive Foden, and  some 40 people, and more, joining us (Stone and Water, Creeping Toad, and Sarah Males) on Saturday to make a cast of medieval characters on wooden spoons at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek

I am also working with the children of St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School, Longnor, and Manifold C of E Academy, Warslow, to write the further adventures of Gawain. These are taking shape in exciting and unpredictable ways and now we are making puppets to animate our narrative poems….

But the long road home was waiting

A perilous path through the wild wastes

Where a wild wood grew over the hilltops

Through the dales

There were terribly twisty trees

Where owls rested on the branches

And wary wolves watched from the shade 

 

There were robbers in those woods

But fighting fierce foxes and

Struggling bravely to battle big, bad badgers

Gawain finally made it through the fierce forest

(Manifold)

enchanted forest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the woods in safety

Gawain stopped by a cool, relaxing pool,

The home,

But he did not know it

Of mysterious mermaids,

secretive mermaids

Who can sing, or scream, as loud as trumpets

Mean as monsters

Swift as snakes,

With claws as sharp as sharks’ teeth

They would drag you down, down to the depths

Down to your drowned death 

the Mermaid Pool at Blakemere

And of those mermaids there was one

Who had once asked the fairies of the forest

For a friendly favour, a wild and wonderful wish,

To become the most mysterious, the most marvelous,

The most powerful mermaid,

Ever 

 

Gawain rested by the water,

trailing his tired toes in

The cool refreshing water

When he felt a tug on his leg,

A hand pulling him into the dark water,

And down, down, down….

(Longnor)
So many people to thank here – all those artists, puppeteers and poets and Borderland Voices  who are coordinating my Gawain workshops in the schools

Rock guitar and apples….

Apple Day

Dove Valley Centre,

14th October 2018

early for apples maybe…

An applyfish, not to be trifled with

Small feet flapping on a tablecloth,

small hands wave with fruity good cheer,

an angel flutters wings

and a strawberry fish and an Appllyfish* swam together through the waters of the Dove….

 

This was a Creeping Toad event for Stone and Water, I do hope no-one was expecting sensible….

 

There was a musician, a musical apple, who couldn’t play but who could hold his guitar and head bang dramatically……

 

We were at Apple Day at the Dove Valley Centre. A celebration of old orchards and new trees, a wonder of cakes and apple juices. Apple Days are almost always lovely events. This one was wet. Very wet and very cheerful with about 80 people over the afternoon coming to taste and test apple cakes, sip apple juice and help crush the apples that arrived in bags and boxes and baskets from trees across the Moorlands and the High Peak.

 

Quietly, there was also a chance to think “owl”, to watch images, to talk about help and listen to their stories, to see what any of us could do to support these beautiful, mysterious ghosts of field, meadow and open moor

 

And I was there to tell stories and lead people astray…so we did

 

There will be some film of our assorted puppets posted shortly

 

the strawberry fish, very rare, very wiggly

Apple Rock Star, one day

 

(* like a jellyfish but freshwater and probably tastier)

 

This event was a combined one with partners including Stone and Water’s Summer Excitements! project and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery’s BM125 project

The next Summer Excitements! activity will be posted on this blog soon

The next BM125 activity will appear on the Creeping Toad and Buxtom Museum pages soon

Leaf-wolves and danger-rabbits

Leaf-wolves and Danger-rabbits

Corbar Woods, Buxton

light through the leaves

Corbar Woods are one of the oldest woodlands in Buxton. For Victorian visitors there were walks and elegant arbours, curving bridges and beautiful vistas. All that is gone, but the older heart of the wood remains with some wonderful trees, bluebells in spring and a whole community of the strange and dangerous. There are soul-suckers in these woods. There are leaf-wolves, toothed birds and beech-vampires. There are hunting rabbits and glittering eyes keeping watch, spinning gently under the canopy. But there are beautiful angels too and occasional fairies

So take a walk through Corbar and who knows what will trip you up…..

 

 

With many thanks to all our artists and makers, to visitors and enthusiastic dogs,

and everyone who came and just joined in on Saturday 15th September

A Summer Excitements! event in conjunction with Buxton Civic Association and Derbyshire Wildlife Trust