Sunday, September 5, 2010

Staycation Day 1

We never go away for Labor Day weekend. There's a lot that one can do around here without leaving a 10 mile radius, and the Ford Arts, Beats & Eats festival is one of them. Knitting is another. I'm glad I chose not to mix the two.

My husband and I went to the festival yesterday afternoon, spending $15 to park a half mile from the event, $3 each to get in and $40 for food tickets, half of which we didn't use. Still, the weather was perfectly cool with a high of around 60 degrees with winds out of the north (thank you, Canada!). The crowds were enormous, the food really good and the music at the different band stands was decent.

Can't figure out why people are standing in line for free flax samples.

I'd never heard of Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas before this week and now I've seen her twice. The first was on a morning news show and I'm enamored with her voice. And look! She looks cute without going all Lady Gaga on the audience. While she has tats, her bits are actually covered. LG was in town last night, too, though her venue was at a concert hall where ticket prices ranged from a low of $75 to the heavens. I really think I got the better end of that deal.

This is the first time we've been to this festival. Prior to this year, it's been held in downtown Pontiac where the festival had a hard time attracting vendors and crowds. This year it's in the town next door to us. It's so close, we could have walked if it weren't for my back. I don't resent the parking fee. It helps the host city recoup its costs for police, sanitation and the like. The admission fee goes to charities.

The festival runs through tomorrow night, and I may go back for the music. The lineup for the rest of the weekend includes War, Clint Black, Macy Gray, Alexander Zonjic & Friends and Kansas, just to name a few. There are different stages sure to appeal to everyone.

Be prepared for the monumental size of the crowds if you decide to go. At times it felt as though we were in a cattle chute.

Oh...sometime last night, my brain clicked in and despite the varying yarns, I was able to read my knitting to see where I'd been and where to go from that point. It's almost a shawl!


SkippyMom said...

Sounds like you had an awesome time - but those crowds? WOW. Too many people [even if I have Pooldad with me.]

What was your favorite thing you ate?

And what is up with the $$15 parking, dang - that is expensive to park on grass. :D

Gail said...

Perfect first day! Enjoy the rest.

Finding Pam said...

The weather must feel awesome. I might feel like doing something outside if it weren't still so hot.

We had some friends over last night and sat on our deck, but the honey bees and yellow jackets kept bothering us.

I love going to little fetivals in the fall. Love the colors in your shawl and I am so glad that you found where you left off.

Stephanie V said...

I'm waiting to see how Day 2 tops that festival. What fun! And you're welcome for the cool wind.

BJ said...

That sounds like an awesome festival! Glad you got to enjoy some time off with the hubby! And the weather....just perfect! We've had a bit of a change here the hight 70's the last couple of days......just lovely with lows in the 50's at night. Good open window sleeping...unless you're afraid of the allergens out there....which I am! LOL.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. BTW - the shawl colors are just beautiful!

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

wow your festival looks like a huge success! and the shawl too. good for you honey!

smiles, bee

Brenda said...

We had a festival similar to that here, but our weather was horrible. Extremely hot and storms the night before that brought in floods to the vendors. It was just a couple of weeks ago...the last part of August. Now we have cooler fall like evenings. Great to see a photo of you and your hubby!

Rose said...

What a great vacation!! All the comforts of home plus some fun. Great idea. Enjoy the rest of your time off.

Domestica said...

$40 on food tickets, $15 for really bad parking, a day spent outdoors relaxing - it's all good. Great post! Hope you went back for the music!

Sandy said...

Looks like you had fun. I have heard on the news that Detroit is burning! Several homes have gone up in flames. Are you anywhere near there? Hope you are safe.