Thanks to everyone who participated in the Constellation Coloring Party last Saturday! (out of the more than 50 people who came to the Collections that day). Brent tweeted some pictures here: @oulynx. Particular thanks go to those who came from beyond the central metro area, from as far away as Durant, Woodward, and Lawton! That took special effort!
The coloring began right at 9 a.m. and continued right up through our closing time at 1 p.m. Amber kicked off the starry night sharing with a poem by Elizabeth McFarland entitled "Constellations." Brian shared a Cherokee constellation story. Someone recited Tennyson: "Many a night I saw the Pleiades rising through the mellow shade, glitter like a swarm of fireflies tangled in a silver braid." Rachel shared a beautiful poem she wrote incorporating the astronomy of Middle Earth. Hannah read "The Star Splitter," by Robert Frost. Jessica read a poem about "you have constellations lining the cathedral walls of your chest, a moon for a heart and the sunlight pouring through your skin" by Tyler Kent White. Melissa shared a Story Bots video about the stars that she uses in her classes. Kerry shared skylore about the constellation "Princess Leia's Buns" (a.k.a. Coma Berenices, beautifully illustrated in the Bode atlas). Candace read the illustrated story Follow the Drinking Gourd, about navigation by the Big Dipper in the days of the Underground Railroad. And Katherine brought starry night blueberry muffins for all to enjoy!
We'll plan to hold coloring parties with new constellation coloring pages on about a quarterly basis. Most of Saturday we were at capacity, so in the future we may need to split into two rooms, moving back and forth as needed between the Tea House and the Harlow Room. We'll hold coloring parties for adults (particularly educators and volunteers), distinct from family days that will be devoted to coloring and other activities for kids. And we'll adopt a more structured program, as indicated in the now-revised description of coloring party events (look under "meetups" under the "Participate" menu on this site). Send us other suggestions!
Many thanks again to all of you who came! We look forward to seeing you again. Reminder: The constellation coloring pages may be downloaded as pdfs from the "OERs" section here at oulynx.org. The event featured coloring pages adapted from Bode's star atlas, which is on display in The Sky at Night exhibit, now open. Download a pdf of Bode's original plates here; cf. constellation activities.
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Sincerely, Kerry Magruder and Brent Purkaple
The Sky at Night gallery