"The chief source of art is man's pleasure in his daily work, which expresses itself and is embodied in that art itself."
William Morris (1834-1896)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Ann Arbor Street Fair, the Original

On the way, it was really powerful to see all those windmills in Western New York! WheW!

We arrived in Blueberry Michigan on the evening of the 13th of July and started setting up our tent at the Ann Arbor fair on the 14th. The original show was celebrating its 50th year!! Way back when, we always thought of this show as 'the pie in the sky'. We feel very fortunate to be part of it. The quality of the participating artists is excellent.

The University of Michigan Campus is beautiful with many trees and different flowers planted each year very aesthetically. I always look forward to seeing what flowering plants they chose to put where each year.
Once the tent is up, we sneak inside to unpack so we would be warmer. Ann Arbor's weather was atypically cool for July.
Wednesday was the beginning of the fair. There are four other shows in town piggybacking onto the Original. The whole town gets into the spirit of things with the merchants even putting their sales out onto the sidewalks. There is a lot of entertainment as well. Besides the special groups under the big tent, Mr. B, the blues pianist always keeps the crowd happy....

The fair opened at 10 am. everyday... after everyone got their coffee.

By day four, Saturday, even Mr. B had to have the piano tuned...refreshed for the last day.

Notice that the piano is on a spring supported platform that is built onto a bicycle.
so at the end, he just rode away......

Packing up for the trip back home....

a very successful show for us...

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