Whew! What a week I had last week! I'm glad that things are settling down a bit, and I can get back to business as usual. I've got some more fun Halloween stuff coming up before I get into the holidays.
What did you all do this weekend? I know it was raining in a lot of places, but I hope you all managed to enjoy yourselves despite the weather. It rained on and off most of the weekend here, but that didn't stop folks from making their way out to the Richmond Folk Festival. It seems that in three days over 150,000 people turned out for the annual event celebrating "the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance traditional crafts, storytelling and food."
With various stages set up, and dozens of musical performers from all cultures and backgrounds, a steady flow of music kept festival goers movin' and shakin' throughout the weekend. Tents set up with crafts and demontrations also entertained folks with lessons about making insturments, baskets, decoys, boats and more. Beer, wine, and food trucks and tents stationed around the grounds kept bellies full, and the people warm and happy.
We weren't able to make it out for all three days, but enjoyed ourselves on Sunday, listening to Bluegrass, Blues, and West African dance music, and grubbing on some good (but not so good for you) festival food. We also partook in a few adult beverages, including my new favorite Mill Race Bramble cider, from the Blue Bee Cidery, which is perfectly located in my neighborhood. The highlight of the day was the Tezcatlipoca Voladores, from Mexico, who performed the "Flying Man" Sundance. This deeply rooted Mayan tradition "requires five people – four “flyers” plus a Priest, who represent the rising and setting sun as they ascend and descend the eighty-foot-tall pole central to the ritual, which represents our earthly connection to the divine. Once everyone ascends the pole, the Priest offers the Creator a song, playing a flute to represent lightening while dancing on a drum to signify Mother Earth’s heartbeat. As the Priest plays, the four flyers peacefully descend, making 13 revolutions before landing. This number, 4 x 13 = 52, symbolizes Venus, the morning star, and her influence on the earth." An act I saw once while backpacking through Mexico, and never expected to see here in Richmond. A quite crown stood stunned as the five men performed this seemingly death-defying act.
Next year we'll have to make sure we set aside the whole weekend, so as not to miss a thing.
Quotes sourced from richmondfolkfestival.org.