Saturday was a long, happy blur.
I got to Bhakail Yule later than I wanted but I was in time to say hi to woodwindy
(Mina is Level 10 Lawful (?) Adorable!) and siobhan1214
. We even had time, before and after a quick trip to the proteinaceous dayboard, to work in a few songs and I met a new lady who plays recorder and sings. loosecanon
had a smile and a generous offer re: the car situation. I have the most awesome friends evah.
Too soon, I had to leave for the Phoenixville Firebird Festival and Busking In Teh Great Outdoors. I learned that my motley coat fits over top of my down jacket, which made the two-and-a-half hours possible. I set up outside a well-lit, "green" store called Earth Mart. My store liaison was a local artist who was doing children's activities (looked like cookie-making or Play-doh). They brought me cups of hot tea once an hour. They had steady streams of customers/lookers which was great for me. The Bag Ladies / Wandering Gypsies worked their tag-team comedy, along with several other young Pennsic denizens, most of whom were juggling / manipulating fire, torches, fire-poi spinning, to keep with the Burning Bird theme. I sang most of the funny songs I do in the subway, with some "churchy" Christmas carols (I can't remember all the words / chords to "Frosty" and "Rudolph"....pathetic, I know. People seemed to like "Greensleeves" and "Silent Night", and some of them sang along, which I love when there's no alcohol involved 8)
The deal is that the festival starts at 4 pm with a bunch of craftsmen / merchants in the area near the bird, which, unfortunately is un-lit. Earth Mart was up the street but along the route most people took to get to the bird. There's a parade of puppeteers and drummers about an hour before the bird goes up, some fire-manipulation, then they light the bird. They had a portable outdoor stage and a few acts working there which I didn't see due to working 8) After the parade went by, it was time to go down to the bird, put away the guitar and the hat, sit on my chair and spectate.
Later, the Bag Ladies took me to a party at "Lorraine's" house where I met a large crowd of high-school and college-age kids, had some delicious pizza, and learned "The Austrian Paper Game" which involves alternating sentences and pictures on papers which get passed around a circle and added to. I can't wait to play it again -- all I need is six more people...
I was scared by the thin coat of ice on my car when I went to load up ("Dottie" had offered me crash space at her house twenty minutes away), so I decided to trek home late and crash at home. The drive (on the Schulkyll, then to 295/turnpike) was mostly rainy, only slushy when I got near Staten Island.
Yesterday I slept and worked up a shopping list for some desserts I want to make for this Friday. Watch this space for the newly-tested recipe for "Mendoza Cake"!