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.
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.