Fest Recap – 4th Weekend 2017

Saturday – I went to see Stary Olsa a couple of times. My spouse and sister-in-law visited and brought L with them, in civvies in his stroller. We took L to see the lemurs at the Petting Zoo, which he loved.

Sunday – I watched Stary Olsa a couple more times. L was with me and I really wanted him to hear them play “Ob la di Ob la da” or “The Wall,” which are his favorites, but he couldn’t sit through a whole show and anyway, I don’t know if The Wall was in any of their sets. I never heard it. 😦 My parents also came to visit and came to our 11:30 set at Folkestone, which was nice. We went to see the lemurs and coatimundi and porcupine again. Then L took his first llama ride. At first he said he wanted me to ride with him, but when I said I was too big, he was fine and went by himself, with only a little nervousness. Afterwards he saw people riding the “war horses” and said he wouldn’t want to ride those because they don’t have a “blue safety thing” like the llama. ❤ Blue safety thing!

My parents left around 3:30 or 4 and offered to take L home with them, but I thought that was too early for him to leave. Supernanny B stayed until 5:30 to watch him during our 5:00 show at the Rock (which wasn’t rained out for once); she took him to the Fairywing Forest, which he loved so much they went through twice. Other L highlights were interacting with the Mechanical Man and Baby, the unicorn. We went to musician’s jam for a few minutes, but L wasn’t really having it so we left and went out front to say goodbye to people. Then it rained and we got wet.

A lot of people were feeling a little bit of a funk from the audience this weekend. Hopefully next weekend will be better!


Fest Recap – 3rd Weekend 2017

I missed doing this last week because 3rd weekend– Labor Day weekend– is three days, with only 4 days in between to recover and get stuff done. Now unfortunately I am struggling to remember it. So here are some quick highlights:

Saturday – We were playing our afternoon (4pm) set at Queen’s Pub, which has been rather hit or miss in terms of audience engagement and tips, and a woman, seeing my bodhran, asked us to play a song with bodhran. I only play it on like 2 of our songs just to give me something to do when there’s no flute/whistle part, and I’m not great at it, but one such song was coming up in our set later so we told her so. When we reached that song, one of my bandmates said something to the effect of, “I have good news… the next song has bodhran in it!” And then I said, “But I also have bad news…. I’m not a very good bodhran player.” People laughed, as was the intention, and the woman said she didn’t care, she just likes the bodhran and wanted to hear/see me play it. It was a nice interaction.

Sunday – My neighbor, P, visited. P lives across the street in a group home. He had expressed interest in attending, so I gave him 2 tickets so he and one of his staff could attend. I was glad I was able to do that, but P also has a tendency to overstep boundaries and is sometimes not great at picking up on subtle cues, which made for some awkward moments. That’s all I’ll say about that.

Later that evening, as I was leaving, I happened across the proprietress of Queen of Sheba, who was dragging a box of succulents-in-glass thingies from her shop to B gate. It looked like it sucked and I wasn’t in a rush so I helped her carry it. We had a nice conversation and then she gifted me with a small succulent thingy. This was completely unexpected, but I was very touched.


Monday – Everyone was tired. I drank a lot of coffee. It rained at about 5:00, so we skipped our 5pm set at Narrows Rock and hid out in a friend’s shop. The we tried to go to music jam but no one was feeling it so we gave up.