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Sunday, June 10, 2007

A Day to Come Out and Play

There she was. Dance-at-outdoor-festival woman. (That’s how I think of her.) She’s always there. Dancing on her own. Madison is big on neighborhood festivals. I went to the Marquette Waterfront Festival today. In my neighborhood...almost. It’s not huge. But the neighborhood turns out. Picture lots of people who wish they’d been Deadheads. That’s them. My neighbors. They drink beer out of clear plastic cups. And dance. Women with tattoos. Men with graying braids. Caps. A guy in a skirt. The Jamaicans. Kids lay on blankets drawing while their parents come out to play. The veggie bratwurst are big sellers. Boats pull up and stay for the day. I see the butch woman who has a new girlfriend every summer. I look for a Grateful Dead shirt. I spot it. But then, when I look closer, it actually says, “Grateful Dad.” During the week they work for the state and the university, and as real estate agents and artists, moms and doctors. But on the weekends, they come out and play.

The Rousers, a, well, aging band, that’s learned how to pace themselves, take the stage. More dancing. They thank event sponsors which range from community radio to Grampa's Gun Shop to Mother Nature's Diaper Service. And there are beer sponsors. It is Wisconsin after all.

16 Comments:

Blogger jen said...

that sounds absolutely perfect.

10:23 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Sounds lovely. We have our favourite outdoor music festival coming up in a month, and dance-at-outdoor-festival woman is always there too - swaying to the music at the edge of the crowd.

10:27 PM  
Blogger meno said...

Oh the fun of summer festivals.

10:31 PM  
Blogger QT said...

What a perfect weekend for it Lucia! I am glad you had a great time.

6:48 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

I've heard about those festivals. They're quite lively.:)


Peace,

~Chani

9:03 AM  
Blogger Sanjay said...

Sounds fun. :)

9:14 AM  
Blogger Citymouse said...

This is why i love summer. I missed pride fest in Wis --- joan jett played-- but i did make it to blues fest in chicago

1:28 PM  
Blogger ThomasLB said...

Around here we have a lot of bluegrass and gospel festivals. I always go (even though I'm not Christian).

There's a certain joy and energy you get from live music that can't be reproduced on CD.

6:13 AM  
Blogger Maggie said...

I love the summer festivities myself. There is a summer festival downtown here - last year we saw 10 foot tall machier puppets with people on stilts in them. It was awesome.

7:13 AM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

It's almost as if that same crowd travels to every state and every city to every festival... the same group is here too, by the beach in slightly less clothing.

And our summer festival is always country-themed: Greek Festival, Italian Festival, French Festival and so on.

8:56 AM  
Blogger Tink said...

I love summer. All the occasions for celebration and pretending to be something you normally are not. :)

1:57 PM  
Blogger kat said...

The local Grateful Dead tribute band round here is called The Deader Heads. They seem to have the same audience as the one near you. I think I know this lesbian of which you speak.

10:39 PM  
Blogger gr said...

veggie brats! beers! deadheads!
heaven.

10:50 AM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

That sounds pretty fun. Nothing like a cold beer on a hot day. And I ddon't care for regular brats, so maybe I would like a veggie brat.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Renée Gasch said...

I love the Marquette Neighborhood Festival! It is my favorite!!! I vow that someday, I will be the middle-aged woman with tattoos and mildly inappropriate clothing dancing by herself at an outdoor festival!

9:14 AM  
Blogger Snooze said...

You describe the summer festival crowd so accurately.

4:07 PM  

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