The Adventures of Teal Neal at Folk Fest, pt 4
Teal Neal doesn’t often speak in the third person like a super hero, but that’s how Teal Neal is feeling right now maybe it is the scorching Manitoba summer day. Teal Neal went wandering through the Handmade Village, ran into a little girl wearing a unicorn head (in this heat!) danced with the folks to Söndörgö at Snowberry, met up with some old tree planting friends by the blue showers and then got misted by these two dudes with pressurized water units on their backs. Teal Neal is very happy. OK enough of that superhero talk.
I am not endorsing any one person or thing to the exclusion of any other awesome Folk Fest encounter; the experience we all have here is wide and varied and could fill several tomes. Very Folky Tomes. This is the Teal Neal version. I'm feeling very free verse right now.
Saskatchewanian David Freeman in the Hand Made Village makes Guitars and Ukuleles and loves to talk to Manitobans, who he claims are easy talkers. "The Folk Fest has such a good vibe. One person described it as Utopia!" He showed me a special guitar that breaks down with nine connection points for easy transport. Unique! The smell of Matt Jenkin's hand cranked forge wafted through the village as he told me about the Ukulele revival of recent years. (I personally own one by Fred Casey but didn't tell David.) The sound of kids hitting a dozen drums mixed in with Matt's hammer and anvil as he made another iron hook for your heavy winter coat. Maybe it's a shade of teal? Mine is.
Beyond the Village Tower Söndörgö from Hungary was whipping up the crowd into a dervish dance as a little girl under a tree wearing a white rubber unicorn/horse head stared at the proceedings. "You look great!" I said "can I take your picture?" Silence. The unicorn just stared. A nearby adult waved at me in an assuring manner. I turned on the camera and got a few shots. Then a little face with blonde hair peeked out from under the mask, and peered at me, but was still silent. "You look great!" I tried a second time. She ran off to sit on the blanket. Kids. Hilarious.
By the blue showers were some tree planting buddies from last summer. We talked about sore backs and black flies, and the Nopiming Slash Monster (that's a tree planting joke) and we promised to meet up later in festival camping. I'm so happy I'm at Birds Hill right now, and not shin deep in muck and leeches.
Two big dudes named Morgan and Kerry with pressure sprayer contraptions on their backs were wandering around misting people with water. Heaven! Several people were shouting that there should be an official Volunteer Mister Crew. I endorse this! Morgan and Kerry also play in a band called the Hairy Prairies. Watch out for them at Shine On! As we were talking people were walking by. "Mist me! Mist me!" Morgan and Kerry love their job. "When you mist someone, you get to see their primal reactions of oohs and aahs and shudders." It's like painting them with truth I said. "Yeah! We're painting them with truth!"
As I continued my wandering I found new love in the KVSC radio tent in the form of Bridgett and Dave who met at the St Cloud radio station and are now engaged. Their first date was about a year ago when they had a drink over their next trip to the Winnipeg Folk Fest and the coordination of the live radio DJ's. They had seen each other at the radio station for years, but then, one day they just ran into each other and it clicked! That's how the Folk Fest magic happens. An unplanned encounter can turn into a "meant to be" thing. (Now everyone go Aawwww...) Teal Neal, over and out!
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