This website was created to give a voice to all the long-standing kitchens, bakeries, tea houses, info booths, mud cafes, and performance spaces of the US national rainbow gatherings and the humans that build them, work in them, and love them. After 45 years, Rainbow now has a rich tapestry of hipstory, and these vortexes hard work, love, sweat, and dedication have been a key piece of it. Although mostly older kitchens were interviewed first, the intent is to give voice to a wide variety of individuals and groups: “shanti,””dirty kid,” and everything in between. Through perusing these pages we’ll hopefully get to know each other better–I know I’ve already learned a lot.
This site and everything to do with it still a work in progress, so please be patient if you’re looking forward to your interview being posted. I also have a few more interviews to do of members of key kitchens before posting, too. In the end, I’m hoping to do a blog post once a week featuring a different kitchen, person, or kitchen aspect. (Please note, while I’m using the word “kitchen,” many groups and entities interviewed do not ascribe as such and that will be clarified on their individual pages. For example, Lovin’ Ovens is a bakery, Tea Time only serves tea to the greater gathering, Info deals in information, Granola Funk is a performance space, etc.)
Note: If you’re looking for the larger hipstory of Rainbow as recounted through our “earlies,” please see The Sounds Of Rainbow website Tenali put together.
Another note: Permission was meticulously sought for all photos and postings. The only exceptions might be if your back was toward me, but in general, photos like the one above were taken with the entire kitchen either opting in or out.
All photos and writing was done by me, Teryani, unless otherwise specified.