What a week! When Kelsey arrived in Minneapolis on Friday after 30 plus hours of driving cross-country, Alicia had a mostly assembled shanty waiting in our build space. With just a week to go until Opening Day the next several days were a whirlwind of activity. Long days of building and running around preparing forms and files but mostly helping the 20 Shanties install on the ice. The weather swung from 55 to 7 in just a few days and so out on Medicine Lake Shanty Wrangling became our daily occupation.
From levering shacks out of gaping holes to chasing down speeding runaway shanties, we were kept very busy.
Opening Day in Shantytown was on the 14th. The Department of Everything Else was bustling with activity as visitors applied to become Shantytown citizens and filed for permits for hot dogs, dancing, building, children and yellow among other things. We are sleeping on the lake full-time now. With no running water or electricity our lives have become slower, colder, and simply beautiful. Our oatmeal tastes better cooked over a woodstove.
The Popular Apothecary will be open next weekend. Come concoct a cure for what ails you – homesickness, envy, terrible dance moves – the possibilities are endless. Bring a jar or ingredients (such as herbs and found objects) to help make your cure.
We’d love to get a letter from you! Send us notes, poems, drawings, knitted things, or other creations to:
The Department of Everything Else
c/o Alicia Dvorak
2205 Bloomington Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(be sure to let us know where to send something back!)
As the opening weekend of the projects nears, the Department of Everything Else is hard at work nailing, typing, sewing, driving cross-country and raising funds. As we prepare to abandon our former lives for a new life in Shantytown, we’re asking for your help to make our month on-ice sustainable. Check out our video on Kickstarter and peruse the great thank-you prizes we’re offering! Strap on your boots everyone, the lake is firming up!
Once upon a time there was a floor
then some super awesome folks came along (plus tom, where are you?, you escaped the photo) and made things HAPPEN
look at all those beautiful windows.
next up: ROOF
This was a couple days ago. Now there are some windows and scraps of lumber and some other junk strewn about. The wall panels are pretty much assembled, minus inserting the windows. Work party tomorrow will hopefully get them stood up in place!
Shanty season is in full swing and things are falling into place for the Department. There’s a large pile of lumber ready for building (pictures of the process will be coming soon!). We’ve secured a woodstove source (thanks soozin!). The Kickstarter proposal in submitted (you’ll be hearing from us when it’s up and going!). There’s a website (you found it!).
Wool and mittens and books and accordion files – in a few short weeks we’ll be on the ice!