Heart of America Bus Tour


On Thanksgiving Day, Chef Tom French embarked upon a journey across the country to ask the question - "How do we bring the heart of what we love to the challenge of eliminating terrorism in our world?" Joined by some other wonderful souls, they visited community centers, firehouses, schools and homeless shelters. Along the way this band of spirit warriors created community feasts and expressive arts events. I felt the call of this journey and flew to Washington DC and New York City to join the Bus Tour the week before Christmas. (Visit www.bountifultable.org for more on the journey)

It is difficult to find words to express the magic of this time. It felt like weeks of living packed into one. We had the deep honor of being welcomed into the hearts of the firemen at midtown firestation - Engine 24, Ladder 1. We prepared a dinner for 350 undocumented immigrents whose families were affected by the events of 9/11 (see photos below), including collecting hundreds of toys and art supplies for their children in a 24 hour period. We of course visited Ground Zero, as well as the Cathedral of St Divine, which had a major fire the day we arrived in NYC.

Washington DC...
Touch Drawing and Stone Soup for All

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Stone Soup


Stone Soup Drawings

by Deborah Koff-Chapin

soup drawing

  soup drawing

soup drawing

Tom in the Fire Kitchen

soup drawing

soup drawing


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Chef Tom created a pot of 'Stone Soup' right in downtown Washington DC, during their Farmers market. It was made from food donated by the vendors. I set up my drawing board right there next to the soup pot and brought through the spirit of lovingly shared food in images. It was also fun to let people give Touch Drawing a try right there on the street.


setting up
Tom gets the cooking
pot going

market
The market
giant veggies
What a Find!

selecting vegetables
Tom selects vegetables
for the giant pot of soup

DC market with Bus
D. C. market with Bus

bread
lots of bread
to go with the soup




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Then to New York...
Dinner for
Undocumented Immigrants
bus arrives
bus arrives at Food
Service Union Hall in NYC
band
band and gifts
dinner hall
dinner hall
Tom serves dinner
Chef Tom serves dinner
group
group
steve
Steve Theberge
fixing santa
fixing santa
santa
santa
stuffed animals
stuffed animals
presents
presents

We held a dinner at the Union Hall in New York City
for undocumented immigrants who were affected
by the World Trade Center disaster.




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Ground Zero
angel
Angel near
Ground Zero

the hole
The Hole
Angel
ground zero
ground zero

more ground zero
more ground zero

ground zero portrait
ground zero portrait




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Sister Monk
Concert at the Open Center
Sister Monk Concert

Sister Monk Concert
Sister Monk Concert

Sister Monk Concert




click here to see photos from the Tour in New York City,
Dinner and Touch Drawing Portratits for the
New York City Firemen



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