04 October, 2009
(Pearl and Annie Fain singing old songs)
(Garland dancers silhouetted at the Festival Barn stage)
When I arrived here a week ago yesterday, people were already talking (okay, stressing out) about Fall Festival. I couldn't believe it until I saw it with my own eyes, but over ten thousand people are currently milling around the Folk School, listening to little bluegrass and old time bands play on the two stages, and watching Morris dancers, Garland dancers, cloggers, and storytellers do their things in between. There are craftspeople demonstrating blacksmithing, timber framing, spinning and weaving, wood carving, and wood turning. There are 250 vendors, or thereabout, and more festival food than you can shake your ever-expanding booty at. (Yesterday I had an Italian sausage, some ribbon fries, a candy apple, some barbeque, and helped polish off a bag of kettle corn. Oh my GOD.) All the fields are full of cars, and all the paths are full of onlookers doing the slow-walk shuffle. We hosts and workstudies and maintenance workers are going full tilt (well, when we're not hiding) doing all kinds of random jobs.
Here are some highlights and things I thought were too beautiful to not pass without even a reminder.
I LOVE this ring.
I got yelled at for taking this picture!?
The everpresent alpaca farm.
Hooray for friends who visit!
We're off to explore it all again before it's time to gear up for another week of classes!
at 11:43 AM