Folklife, Part 2

I had very lit­tle to do on Memo­r­ial Day, the last day of the fes­ti­val, other than repair some easels and dis­trib­ute a cou­ple of spon­sor ban­ners to stages for spe­cific shows. So, I was able to spend most of my time walk­ing around, tak­ing pic­tures, and lis­ten­ing to music. There’s always at least one Taiko group at Folk­life, and the high-energy shows are always fun to watch. The group I saw this year was Inochi Taiko, which per­formed early Mon­day after­noon. Other high­lights of the day included a pro­fes­sional jump-rope troupe (I had no idea such things existed), a per­for­mance by my friend Jerin, and per­haps the last thing I expected to see/hear at the fes­ti­val: a sing-along per­for­mance of Mozart’s Requiem Mass.

Punk Fid­dler

Mon­day evening, it was time to start break­ing down all of the fes­ti­val gear. I went around to the var­i­ous stages and areas, scram­bling to take down signs as soon as the pro­gram­ming in each place wrapped up. I worked until about mid­night, and man­aged to get most things pulled down that night. I was happy that this year — unlike every other year I’ve worked the fes­ti­val — none of my ban­ners were taken out by overly tall box trucks. After the pro­duc­tion crew and I had fin­ished for the night and locked up, we set out for some cel­e­bra­tory bev­er­ages. As soon as we turned around to start walk­ing, a Pepsi truck sped up the road in front of us and — BAM! — hit a ban­ner, rip­ping out two cor­ner grommets.

With the help of my able assis­tant Whit­ney, all the sig­nage was taken down, sorted, and put away by Wednes­day morn­ing. I then threw my efforts into help­ing pro­duc­tion fin­ish all of their stuff. I think we were done in record time, and quickly com­menced the annual unof­fi­cial pro­duc­tion wrap party/bar crawl. As always, the fes­ti­val was a lot of work, but also very fun. After doing the same job for five years, it’s fairly low stress for me now.

I’ve posted another dozen or so pho­tos from Mon­day — click any of the thumb­nails above to see them.

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