You know you're at a folk festival when…
• so many people have beards this long you stop counting them after you get to 10.
(At first I thought I'd keep a tally of super-long beards, medium-length beards, and plain old scruffy faces…
but then I forgot and watched the music instead :) )
• People fill a hall to hear a man with a voice and a loop pedal sing about water bears.
(…and did you know water bears can survive in a vacuum?
…and can survive a hundred years without food or water? Fascinating!)
This song comes with the tiniest of language warnings. My girl didn't even notice it, which never happens.)
• The program for a single day
is two pages long,
is this packed,
and lists a Woodie Guthrie theme concert.
• Chinese Lion Dancers
steal your friend's shoe
(just because they can).
• Stalls sell everything
from henna tattoos to hare krishna vegetarian curries
(my girl's first sno-cone!…and last. Too sweet and too melty!)
• The performance sheds are decorated with chandeliers.
• A woman from this band plays violin while sitting on a man's shoulders. Wild!
• Bagpipes happen.
• A man plays with a ball on the grass
and makes it look super cool…
(…which my boy would have loved to see, but this day was the beginning of
a week-long jazz camp adventure, with his dad. Very cool.)
• Hay is everywhere.
• You see a whole lot of violins…
• … and even more accordions!
Most of all,
you see a lot of happy faces like these
and you're awfully glad you came.