The civic health club Warm Cookies of the Revolution hosted a letter-writing party at Buntport Theater last night, where attendees wrote letters to loved ones, publication editors, and city and state officials. But they weren't the only ones celebrating the holiday season by writing letters. Another letter-writing party was held at the Shanti Cafe in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, India.
Warm Cookies founder Evan Weissman says that friends in India liked the idea of a letter-writing party, and decided to host one in solidarity. The idea was to have simultaneous parties, but due to the thirteen-hour time difference, the event in India was held Monday mornig (by MST, at least).
Although Weissman doesn't yet have details on how the party went in India, he was happy with the turnout at Buntport, where seventy people showed up to write letters and ponder the importance of handwritten mail. "People were just in great spirit," he says. "I think they were excited to get the opportunity to write letters."
The speakers at the event included Claire Martin from the Denver Post and Nora Kimball, aide to Denver City Councilwoman Jeanne Robb.
The next Warm Cookies event, which will be held in January, will probably have a "bring your own goverment" theme, working off an idea concocted by Weissman and comedian Andrew Orvedahl. "We're going to get three people from across the political spectrum, they're going to get about ten or fifteen minutes to tell their ideal government, how it would work," Weissman explains. "And then everyone there would give feedback." This would all happen while attendees build a giant Lego city and, of course, eat warm cookies with milk.
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