Event Recap: Feasting on the Cornucopiad

Last weekend’s reading “The Cornucopiad: Nourishing the Muse” was a grand success from both the artistic and the culinary perspectives.   Sunday Best’s dedicated Food Committee proved itself once again during the after-reception, offering up a table of quiche and other delectable treats.  However, the Committee’s performance behind the microphone was the true revelation of the afternoon.

Food Committee members Rita Calderon and Donald Wilen engaged the audience with their highly appetizing memoir pieces.  Widely published poet Nancy Haiduck thrilled us all with a series of poems dedicated to her husband Neal, who later serenaded the event to a sweet close with his clarinet.

Featured reader Nicole Peyrafitte provided the assemblage with a hearty main course of multimedia works that combined music and visual art with the word, both spoken and sung.  Nicole’s dazzling performances drew for inspiration upon everything from Ovid’s Fastis to the fish tank at the Dragon Land Bakery on Baxter Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown.   This eclectic mix of ingredients was blended together with the innovation and virtuosity of a five-star chef and delivered with the sophisticated charm and humble generosity of home-made cooking.  The feast that Nicole offered was more than enough to sustain her audience creatively and spiritually through the final weeks of what has been a very hard winter.  Indeed, for the first time in many months, a few rays of sun still shined through the Lounge windows at 6:00 pm when the reading wound to a close, giving hope, to allude to one of Nicole’s works, that Ceres would soon return.

Please stay tuned to the Sunday Best Reading Series blog for announcements about next month’s event and photos from The Cornucopiad and other past readings.

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