? Staff and volunteers gathered for the annual Christmas party this Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm in the Cafe. The party started with a potluck of hours d’oeuvres and a great selection of dessert. The most outstanding dessert was a large gingerbread construction of the existing buildings at Arcosanti, patiently put together by Melissa Soluski and Wendy Wu,. ? Staff and volunteers gathered for the annual Christmas party this Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm in the Cafe. The party started with a potluck of hours d’oeuvres and a great selection of dessert. The most outstanding dessert was a large gingerbread construction of the existing buildings at Arcosanti, patiently put together by Melissa Soluski and Wendy Wu,.
[from upper left] Melissa and Wendy. Some of the wonderful details were a pile of sand in the Gingerbread Foundry, little fountains in front of the Ceramics Apse and East and West Housing, the Swimming Pool, in the East Crescent red licorice beams from the middle pillar to the individual units finger panels, candy coated cypress trees, all together an absolutely wonderful effort. Paolo Soleri admires this delicious version of his project.


? At 6:30 pm the crowd moved to the Sky Theater for a special performance of Pictograph. This is a combination of music, light and dance projected against the mesa south of the Arcosanti site. The performance was choreographed by Project Director Tomiaki Tamura to the music of ‘Radio Head’ and ‘Moby’. Performers were Murray Natkie, Rick and Debbie Frost, and Charlie Wicker. After the performance all the local children enthusiastically took to the stage and shadow danced. The glow above the mesa is from the city lights of Phoenix, 70 miles to the south.


? The party continued with a lively dinner in the cafe.
[from upper left] As every year, after dinner Paolo distributed Christmas presents, with helper raindeer Melissa Soluski. Each person, including the kids, was called to come to the front to receive their gift and give a big hug to Paolo. The best entertainment of the evening was Melissa’s very graceful and funny introduction of each person. Volunteer Jung Ju Lee makes a Heart with Paolo, for the camera. The foundry had produced a special collection of tiny bronze bells and everyone received one of the bells. The Italian volunteers made a lively cheering section. It was a wonderful party with many funny moments.

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