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THE PALM BEACH POST TUESDAY, MARCH 31. 1998 4D Scrapbooks more than just photo albums Company closely mirrors! spirit of Acadian people :' Dance review y hm V Ui. v J f ) Ml By Charles Passy Palm Beach Post Dance Writer LAKE WORTH How do you capture the spirit of a people in dance? It's a question only a handful of choreographers have dared to answer. Think of Alvin Ailey and his . definitive work, Revelations, a sweeping statement on the lives of black Americans: It sets a mighty benchmark. Elisa Monte, a veteran New York choreographer, comes close to that high standard in Feu Follet, the focal point of her company's program at the Duncan Theatre on Saturday night. Billed as A Cajun Love Story, it's really a story of Cajun culture: the flight of the Acadian people from France to Nova Scotia to Louisiana and the spunky joys of their music, dance and storytelling. A love story, based loosely on Longfellow's Evangeline, does frame the action, but not in an intrusive manner. The brilliance of the two-act .work is how Monte and David Brown, the co-artistic director of the Elisa Monte Dance Company, manage to tell any kind of story without relying on the cliches of pantomime. This is a modern-dance troupe, not a ballet company, and MonteBrown make that point by building their piece in impressionistic steps rather than literal ones. The journey into the bayou, for example, is captured in a tentative walk across the stage. You can practically feel the alliga- A page from Wellington mom Kim Critelli's scrapbook chronicling her pregnancy and the birth of her son Notes in the scrapbooker's handwriting lend that 'personal touch,' Critelli says. Tools you'll need i-t- rv,, ,-t ho airl.frpp Americans conservative tors snapping their jaws. (Clifto Taylor's creepy lighting adds mightily to the effect.) Moreover, MonteBrown s choreography doesn't rely on duplicating folk movement. The dancing has a folk feel, but it s couched in a more contemporary tone. Similarly, Richard Peaslee s slap-happy score does to Cajun music what Riverdance did for Irish: It gives it a modern context without ignoring tradition. Monte's company handled its duties with no shortage of personality. The ensemble dancing had an ebullient, rustic appeal, while Caroline Nehr's solos conveyed the right combination of strength and vulnerability. The rest of the program di fered somewhat. Monte's Volk-' mann Suite was a sculptural study of two men (Marden Ramos and Andrew Vaughn) and one woman (Nadine Mose), their bodies gracefully interlocking in a manner that recalled the work of companies like Momix and Pilobolus (Monte is a Pilobolus alum). Brown's Kaa-mos, intended to describe "the seasonal period between deep winter gloom and the renewal of spring" according to the company's literature, just seemed a longv unfulfilling exercise in abstraction.. Then again, there's no deep winter gloom in South Florida. prs. Still, she muses out loud, it's not too late to catch the rising purple wave perhaps, say, a stroller with a grape body and plumb-fabric piping? ' , ;rj "Maybe a whole stroller in silver could be wonderful," "she says. Or what about something "space shuttle-y," with a shooting star on one side and an arrow, on the other? "Here's another idea.-Airbrushing. All the hot motorcycle things and people with tattoos that whole feeling where everybody's doing body painting?- It could carry over nicely to strollers." "I'm not sure I want airbrush-" ing for Olivia," huffs Linda Ferguson, 32, of Dorchester, Mass.: wheeling her newborn daughter around the Boston Common. There are signs that things could change. New jog strollers and bike trailers for babies hayg more different hues. Bright colors also have appeared on infant :car seats and some of the cheapx fold-up strollers. ' An open spectrum, howevef,tS bound to spread very slowly, at such places as Fisher-Price InC. where spokeswoman Laurig Strong describes the "Perfect Fit Tandem," the company's newes stroller, as "really, really navy.' And what might Maclaren, the; popular British stroller-maker,; i ; m;nA fnr thi fiitnrp? Kelt. in picking stroller colors SCRAPBOOK Frow ID Their goal: Bring archival-quality memory book products to the consumer. They adopted the TupperwareMary Kay Cosmetics principle of using local consultants - to sell their products. They started with six consultants, and today there are more than 35,000. - One of them is Kim Critelli, a ' Wellington mother of three who " holds workshops on how to make . scrapbooks ana invites clients to her home for parties. On a recent Friday night, six women gathered around her dining room table with their photos, supplies Critelli and albums. - Critelli watched, like a school-marm over her pupils, offering ; praise and suggestions. As the ' women looked through their photographs and thought about their Journal entries, stories poured out of them like sighs. This one's honeymoon, that one's pregnancy And it's those stories, those . feelings, that make a scrapbook great, Critelli says. Family historians - "We're reestablishing the tradition of the family historian and storytelling," she explains. "It's so much more than just sticking photos in a book." . Alongside your photos, you tell the story of what is happening : in the photo and to whom. These - snippets of memory in your own handwriting convey the character of the moment. Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, words identify people and places, thoughts and feelings, joys and sorrows. By using the right products, the photos you took of your son or daughter yesterday might be around in 2150 for your great-great-great-great-great-grandchild to see. And photos are just the beginning. Scrapbookers often include a lock of hair, birth certificate, marriage license, newspaper clippings or other memorabilia. What's most important, Critelli says, is that whoever is looking at your book in the future will know who you were and how you ' felt. A Brownie 'memory book' Critelli has already introduced more than 150 people to scrap-booking. 1 The average person spends more than $60 at a Creative Memories workshop or on a trip . to a crafts store. Some spend '. much more. ; Representatives earn commis- sions on what they sell and can ' purchase their own products at wholesale prices, a fringe benefit . to consultants like Critelli. "The biggest rewards are getting my own albums done and staying ' home with my kids," says Critelli, . who works about 10 hours a week. Depending on how many hours worked, consultants can make about $5,000 a year. Cre- ative Memories' senior directors can earn up to $200,000. Sometimes, a group will get together to work on a project, like ' the Brownie troop members who made a memory book for their leader. ' "I have a lot of mother-daugh-'. ter teams who work together," Critelli said. : : Like Bonnie Mutz of West ' Palm Beach, who made her moth-! er a beautiful album about her daughter Katie, to give as a birth- day gift. Mutz also brought her ' stepdaughter, Jessica, 10, to the i cropping party, and they worked together on their latest project ; an album for Jessica's mom. : The archival products are ' made to last for generations. Acid-free paper and ink are museum-quality and permanent. A woman whose album was saturated by a flood found that the ink had survived, even if the photos hadn't. And that also brings up the ,No. 1 rule of scrapbookers: When 'you leave the house in an emer-'gency. take the kids, the pets and !the albums. Or better yet, as if 4 1 ' IVIdLCIiaia inuoi wv- uviu ..-w , , photographs. The problem with conventional albums is that the paper and plastic, tape and glue we used in the past all contributed to the breakdown of our precious pictures. Read the labels carefully to be sure the products are acid-free. Here are things you need to do your scrapbooks: TEMPLATES: These are reusable plastic shapes you trace onto your photo that you cut around, or that you use to make mats out of paper. Shapes are stars, circles, ovals, etc. ($o.50 from Creative Memories.) MATTING PAPER: A heavy bond colored paper you use for mats around pictures, accents, really anything where you need a splash of color. You can also use printed paper (such as gift-wrap) to decorate a whole page - a real switch from one solid color or, worse, basic white as your background. (About 25 to 60 cents a sheet, depending on color or print.) SPECIAL SCISSORS AND CUTTING TOOLS: Zigzags, Victorian-edged, scalloped scissors are used. The Rag Shop on Military Trail in West Palm Beach offers more than 10 different edge choices, plus corner-cutting scissors. There s a small photo cropper for quick, straight edges. A Fiskars scissors for $10 99 has a built-in ruler. You'll use it for more than just cropping photos. And, my favorite, the rotary paper-cutting board with three separate wheels. (Scissors run about $6 corner rounders about $8, and a circle cutter for making all those perfect circles is $24.50.) TAPE: A tiny tape dispenser takes just one hand and one second to apply just the right amount of tape to your photos, mats, etc. You can use Vfc-inch or as much as you want. (About $6 for the dispenser; 33-foot refills are about $4.) Many types of adhesives are available, so this is one area where it s important to do your research. PENS: Bold, razor-tipped and calligrapher's pens , are all necessities (prices run $2-$5 each at craft stores, or $16 for a set of six pens from Creative Memories). You can also get press-print letters and numbers in a variety of colors. But remember that personal handwriting adds character to an album. STICKERS, CUTOUTS AND OTHER DOODADS: Umbrellas, bicycles, seasonal and holiday cutouts in fact, nearly anything you can imagine, someone else already has made a cutout of for you. These handy, perfect little additions save so much time and make this a project even the artistically challenged can handle. Janis Fontaine 1 .... A.&UtV ;sed. j ' V ' ' i 't, 'for ! tf) nmteCt VOUf - i(,4 I i 'm-fbu. er. There's only one store in Flor ida, in Merritt Island, devoted solely to scrapbooking. For more information or to find a Creative Memories consultant in your area, call (800) 468- 9335. MM - , Photos by JENNIFER PODISStaff Photographer Rules, tips and tricks for scrapbooks No food or drink on the table. Period. Don't choose your biggest, most important project as your first. You'll learn and get better with practice. Save that most precious project until then. Measure twice, cut once. Or, as Kim Critelli says: 'When you start cutting your photos, it's a very scary experience. Cut less! You can always cut more (later). Plan your idea out on a separate piece of paper first. To remove photographs from an old album, use a piece of dental floss. Slide it carefully underneath the photo, and voila! No tearing. Pay to have vintage photos reproduced. It's inexpensive, and you don't have to cut a family heirloom to put it in the book. (Eckerd's photo lab charges less than $1 for a 4-by-6-inch reproduction of your photo. But since the pictures are sent out to a lab, it takes 5-7 days.) SCRAPBOOKERS JARGON: LIGNIN: a substance found in tree pulp that causes yellowing and brittleness. CROP: to cut a photo into a shape or to accent a certain part of it. ACID-FREE: paper that is made without any chemicals the acids in paper are what turn your photos and other papers to dust. Acid-free paper contains no chemical and has a pH value of 7.0 or greater. ARCHIVAL QUALITY: means that these supplies should last 150-200 years. WANT TO KNOW, DO MORE? CHECK OUT THE MAGAZINES ON SCRAPBOOKS. Memory Makers is published six times a year and boasts a circulation of 150,000. Cost is $24.95. Call (800) 366-6465. Creating Keepsakes is also published six times a year and costs $19.95 for six issues. Call (888) 247-5282 or fax (801) 225-2878. MAY 2 IS NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY and Creative Memories will be offering workshops. Call Critelli or Creative Memories to find out about workshops in your area (795-4773 or 800-468-9335). STROLLERS From ID lament that they could do better if, like clothing designers, they could play around with color schemes. Barry Gevertz, owner of Lullaby Lane, just disposed of some ultra-sleek Italian strollers that he had consigned to his in-store clearance center. The last one to go, a fancy Milano model from Peg Perego, ordinarily would have sold for $360, but Gevertz had to chop the price to $250. "It was blue, but it had white, green and maybe a little purple," he says. "No one wanted it." "We've tried lime-green strollers, red strollers, black, and they haven't sold," complains Jerry Quast, a sales representative for the Chinese-built Regalo brand. Last year, Regalo introduced a green stroller aimed at eco-friend-ly yuppies. "I had read several articles where green is a hot color," Quast says. "Not in our industry" But color consultant June Roche, who has spent 38 years telling manufacturing bigwigs how to pick hot hues for station wagons, carpets and such, says the industry is out of touch. "Those damned baby-stroller people," she says. "They should have jumped on teal when it was popular in cars. They should have been right in there." Teal blue had an eight-year run in this country, Roche says, long enough to teal-ize ski parkas, cars everything, it seems, but stroll- Teaching kids The Washington Post Some practical advice beyond never drink and drive that parents should give children? Warn against drinking for the sake of drinking, or as a game, experts recommend. Warn against drinking to forget one's troubles. Drinking on an empty stomach is a bad idea. So is drinking more than one alcoholic beverage per hour about the limit most people can handle without becoming impaired. Teach them to know when they've had enough and how to stop. Tell them not to leave alone someone who is drunk. They need to know that drinking too much too fast can be fatal, that the alcohol itself can poison their system and stop their breathing. "I think the dangers of drunkenness are very real unlike the Have ill iiiuiu wi -" - ( 1 1 Kaiser, president of KidCo Incj! I! the company's U.S. distributor-,: If it discloses that one idea is to ao a navy on navy." " r about alcohol -? dangers of drinking," save Dwighl B. Heath, professor ot antnropoio-gy at Brown University. Heath espouses taking alcohof education in the home to a level some would say is controversial.'- He recommends parents who are comfortable with the idea emulate the ordinary practice -of French, Greek and Italian homes where youngsters are introduced to watered-down wine or a sip of beer early in life. . "In the privacy of their homes, many people would do well, in effect, to teach their kids how to drink appropriately," says Heath, who believes that helps to under mine drinking's mystique. "Perhaps serve a little bit to them on occasion. In some states, that's against the law. But drinking in small volume really needs to be part of their education," he says.'. the Trojan Horse. The specialty publications Memory Makers and Keepsakes show that scrapbooking has become more than a fad. scrapper Kedrin Kuss says: "For these, you buy a waterproof, fireproof safe!" Creative Memories has little in the way of competition locally, hut craft stores stock the sup plies, and prices are slightly low i ; 1 m ; 1 BE THERE Set off on a journey throuRh the kficnds of ancient Greece. From the First Olympics to Be there as the torch is lit for the very first time. t i CREEK ODYSSEY ALL THIS WEEK AT 8PM f f 1STOKY THE HISTORY CHANNEL. W HERE TMC PAST COMES ALIVI.