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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Under a gorgeous sky

By Craig Terlson

Sweltering days, where the sun sucks up every drop of moisture you pour into it; lines of happy (neo-hippie) people chat as they wait for glacier cold lemonade, ice cream that melts before the first lick, or a long gulp of water from the tap; sunscreen slapped on hourly, in rhythm to the drum circles that emerge from the field like somehow they were always there; fried bread mixes with sugary smells, far eastern and western smells of noodles alive with chilies, golden wedges of homemade fries, towering salads with greens from every corner of the province, somehow even the tangy melon, mango, berry smoothie fragrances lift out into the air; kettle corn, hot, sweet, addictive, enough said; kids dance, guys in "manskirts" dance, seniors, not feeling a day of their age, boogie, jugglers toss lighted balls, another drum circle plays in the background of fire dancers, and fire flies, and dragon flies, and flying fingers on guitar strings; accordions bump against double stand-up basses, fiddlers stand next to violinists, horns bop along with ukes, and everybody sings, and laughs, and sits in each others arms as the moon comes out and dances with the wisps of clouds that tantalize the crowd with a shot of lightening or two; and the sprinkle of rain baptizes the crowd as they sway to yet another moment of creation under a sky that no human could have painted.

Winnipeg Folk Fest – that's where I am, over by the kettle corn, again.


Blogger Patricia said...

oh god, I love this, oh, I want to be there, this is so lovely Craig, you should send it out to the local paper or somewhere, it's wonderful, xoxo

Sun Jul 09, 04:09:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Andrew Tibbetts said...

I saw Jane Sibbery at Sounds of Summer in Waterloo. After performing, she sat in the crowd with everybody else and watched the rest of the show. A little kid pointed at her and said, "its the lady who sang!" But nobody else bothered her. Only in Canada, in summer, at a festival!

Mon Jul 10, 07:24:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger Tricia Dower said...

Craig, I've never wanted to be in Winnipeg so badly. Beautiful, evocative work!

Mon Jul 10, 01:08:00 pm GMT-4  
Blogger Antonios Maltezos said...

Lovely, Craig.

Tue Jul 11, 09:39:00 am GMT-4  
Blogger craig said...

thanks all - just recovering now, what a weekend. I scribbled this down as I was leaving for the Sunday concerts.

It really is a magical place (to use a cliche) - you should come, all of you, I'll show you around, buy you some kettle corn. Andrew, bring your mom, bring her bike.

Tue Jul 11, 12:54:00 pm GMT-4  

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