Wondering what Poi is? Do a YouTube search for Fire Poi and be prepared to be mesmerized. It is an ancient Maori dance and training exercise from New Zealand that has spread to all points of the globe. Above all, it is fun to practice and super cool to watch.
FEE: $15per member. This fee is going to the performers to cover their expenses for the show. This is a reduced rate from their normal performance rate so please take the time to thank them for accommodating us.
*** This event is open to spectators ***
*** Bring your family and friends ***
DESCRIPTION: Matt Weston is an accomplished poi dancer and fire artist (that's him in the picture shown). He and his friends have volunteered to teach the basics of poi manipulation so we can all get a sense of the skill involved in the fire dance. As I mentioned, it is also a LOT of fun.
After the lesson, Matt's crew will prepare for a performance and you will have the chance to get some practice shots in order to set up your camera and get your settings prepared. As the sun begins to diminish the magic will start.
FOR YOUR SAFETY: This performance uses flammable fluids and equipment. Aside from the performers, there will also be fire safety personnel. Please listen to and follow all safety rules for the evening. Watch out for the performers and their equipment and avoid staging areas and other areas designated as off limits. If in doubt, ask.
ANYONE CAUGHT BREAKING ANY FIRE OR SAFETY REGULATIONS WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE PREMISSES, NO EXCEPTION!
This is for your safety as well as the performers and other guests. You have been warned.
WHAT TO BRING: A nice wide to normal lens is ideal in order to capture all the action. If you have a wide to telephoto all-purpose lens that should be all you really need for optics. Don't forget extra memory cards and batteries. Dress appropriately as it's starting to get chilly.
ABOUT THE LOCATION: "The Mary Stuart House Bed & Breakfast is located in the northwest corner of Connecticut in the heart of the Litchfield Hills. Owned and run by Mary Orlando, this recently restored 1798 historic colonial home has been in the family for over 65 years. Mary has been welcoming travelers and vacationers into her home since 1998."- Taken from their web site.
Please be mindful that we are guests there. Carry out what you carry in and follow ALL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS given by the performers and their safety personnel.