This is the third in our series of favorite Imago moments for 2018. Look for Mo’s story of running her first sit spot, Adrian’s favorite in our new kitchen, Chris’ story of cave adventures from summer camp, and Devin’s giant honeysuckle story from the Honeysuckle Hunt.
It is hard to believe that Imago hosted the 17th annual Music in the Woods celebration on September 15, 2018. My experience with Imago goes all the way back to the very first Music in the Woods in 2002. Through the years it has been one of my favorite events and I have only missed a few of them. It is an Imago event that has grown over the years but always manages to keep that special feel that is unique to Imago. I have met a lot of people over that years that attend Music in the Woods and I have noticed that many of them have a special connection to nature.
We spent the next hour or two wandering around asking people if they would like to share a nature story.
I have loved hearing those stories over the years and I thought it would be really nice to capture some nature stories. As it happensc I am the co host of a podcast called Nature Guys. Bill Creasey, my partner in Nature Guys is the former head naturalist at Cincinnati Nature Center. Bill was a naturalist at Cincinnati Nature Center right out of college and worked at CNC for 43 years. He knew of Imago but had never been here. So I thought it would be great to invite Bill to Music in the Woods and have us go around and record nature stories that we could put together in a podcast.
To be honest I was a little nervous inviting Bill to come. After all he was a professional naturalist at one of the top nature centers in the country with over 1000 acres of protected habit. What would he think of Imago, a smaller and still “healing” nature space that is smack in the middle of the urban center.
All the stories were compelling and heartfelt and they all deserved to be told
I should have known how my good friend would react. He immediately picked up the friendly vibe of the people and we starting asking people for stories. We spent the next hour or two wandering around asking people if they would like to share a nature story. We harvested stories about oak trees, spiders, snakes, deer and ended with a story about baby owls. Bill was his usual curious self asking great questions around the stories and in some cases providing answers to nature questions.
Back at my house listening again to the stories I was trying to figure out what the order should be and what I should cut. We had almost forty minutes of stories and our podcast is usually about twenty-five minutes. In the end I decided to leave the order alone and to cut nothing. All the stories were compelling and heartfelt and they all deserved to be told. As a long time nature lover we encourage people to go out in nature, have experiences and then come back and tell your story. We gathered eight great stories and retold them via our podcast so many more people could enjoy the magic of that night.
The first time after Music in the Woods when I saw Bill, he couldn’t wait to talk about that night. “Wow” he said, “I can’t believe it took me so long to discover Imago. Thanks for inviting me to share that special night.”