Monday, August 23, 2004

Silverton Fine Arts Festival

Silverton is an hour south of Portland, Oregon. After a solid August of hot sunny weather, thunderstorms rolled in on the first day of the festival. The artists scrambled to cover their work with plastic and batten the hatches while patrons ran for cover. Fortunately my booth was on a slight rise, but some of my neighbors were not so lucky, and their tents were soon resting in shallow bodies of water which the hard baked ground would not accomodate. As novice festival vendors we clumsily scrambled to remove the more vulnerable pictures to our truck, and address the growing reservoir of water collecting on one corner of the tent roof. The pictures were saved from damage, but I managed to soak myself.

The second day of the festival brought sunny and clear weather by the afternoon. In spite of everything, we had a great day. Oregonians are a resilient breed, well adapted to their aquatic environment.


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