The Adventures of Teal Neal at Folk Fest, pt 3
Two Fests in one! Up here at Birds Hill there is a tent city full of arty locations and inventive citizens; some of whom never make it to Main Stage, though they should.
Last night in the campground I stayed with some tree planting friends, sitting around the fire, playing some Stan Rogers songs on the Ukulele. Someone rolled up with a guitar and banged out a "Nickleback Tramp Stamp" song, which could have been an original, or a cover by Dan Bern. Wild stuff. I tired out my new banjo song, "Human Sun Dial" and everyone seemed to like it, but they were in the mood to like everything I suppose. The campground is one of my favourite parts of Folk Fest where you can chill at a different speed surrounded by games, tricksters, invitations to express and explore, and to "Paint what you Feel". I finally managed to get to sleep to the sound of drums and shouts near my Teal Tent at I Dunno O Clock.
In the morning I went to see Ian B and buy some of his home made dried Apples and Bananas. His fruit and veg stand in the campground is a must visit spot for locally sourced produce, Folk Fest cookies and granola! That's my favourite morning stuff. Next door is Pollocks Hardware who have been repairing wagons and broken sunglasses all weekend. Read the guest book and play some Crokinole, or just stare at all the wild stuff on the walls. I discovered the Nickleback reference nearby! There is a temporary tattoo stamp hut near a giant plywood moose that has a limited hand drawn tattoo! 85 people already have the Canadian rock band on their bodies but it will stop at 100. Ink artist Marco said it has to stop eventually. I agree. Maybe he should offer Arlo Guthrie tattoos!
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