(click on thumbnails above for full size pics) When Bay Area Hoopers formed several months ago, I don’t know that we even thought that much about creating a hooping community. We just wanted to hoop and we didn’t want to hoop alone. As the weeks rolled on there were times Vera and I were the only ones showing up, but we kept hooping for the sheer joy of it. With last weekend came the merging. Our crew met up with Missy and Cinthia and Tree and their hooping friends at Golden Gate Park. Jason showed up as the new arrival in town. Everybody who hoops occasionally all came on the same day. Everybody was hooping. People just walking through the park were even inspired to grab an extra hoop and join us, some for hours. This weekend we met at Live Oak Park in Berkeley and it was pretty great to see our hoop group community spirit carry over to the East Bay. We took over most of the park. It was nice to see Heather, Derek and Min Jung out with us for the first time, especially since the idea for BAH came about at a party at Min Jung’s house.
One of the most exciting things in recent weeks is that new and isolated hoopers are finding us through hooping.org. Antonia showed up last week for the first time and even taught a few us a new trick. This week Nora arrived with her super-fresh homemade hoop she’d just finished making. There were many new faces, as well as people I’ve met recently who are already becoming favorite faces in hooping life. Bay Are Hoopers has truly sparked and we’re catching and spreading like wildfire.