June 6th, 2010

green little review

Poem for Sunday and Washington Folk Festival

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We spent a very nice, very warm afternoon at the Washington Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park. We arrived early so we would have time to look at the pottery in the yurts and visit the craft displays, where there are always fabulous tie-dyes and beautiful handmade jewelry, before going to the main tent where the festival opens, where we saw the Rockville High School Pipe Band march and perform before Ocean Orchestra took the stage. They played several favorites, including "T'was on One April Morning," "Neptune Reel," "Summer Will Come Round Again," the Green Man song, a song about the sun to the tune of "General Taylor," and "Waves," which is my favorite of Jennifer Cutting's post-Songs for the Night Sea Journey songs and I haven't heard it in a couple of years now. They also had Stephen Winick come on to sing a song in Manx Gaelic and the Foggy Bottom Morris Men performed with them, so it was a great set.


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We brought a picnic and ate lunch under the tent, then walked around the festival some more -- Andrea Hoag and some other musicians were playing Swedish music on the Cuddle Up stage when Ocean finished, and we visited the House of Musical Traditions tent and watched the Morris dancers perform by the Spanish Ballroom. Eventually the kids demanded to go home so they could go to the pool before it rained (which it only did briefly), so we dropped them off, then went to the food store. We had been talking about the Black Sox scandal with the kids after watching The Great Gatsby because of the line about fixing the Series, so in the evening we watched Eight Men Out, which I hadn't seen easily in a decade -- I had completely forgotten that Charlie Sheen and David Strathairn were in the movie, I mostly remembered John Cusack and Christopher Lloyd. I enjoyed it a lot, particularly since I hadn't seen old Comiskey Park since they year they tore it down, which was also the year we moved to Chicago for grad school.

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