It may sound strange for those who know me, but Saturday is still a special day. I don't keep a conventional schedule -- no Monday-through-Friday work week, exactly. But even without that conventional measure of time, Saturdays remain a respite from the normal routine.
Today is a bonus, since it's part of the three-day Labor Day weekend. Not only will there be an extra day of leisure on Monday, but The Powers That Be have created once-a-year activities that I look forward to with great anticipation. I love celebrations, especially those that bring large groups of happy strangers to the same place at the same time.
Today it is the Arts Festival at Oklahoma City Community College. This has grown into a great event that's taking on an international flavor. The music is always great -- this year Brasil Brazil performed one of the nightly concerts. The Oklahoma City Philharmonic also will perform. And since it's Oklahoma, we have to have a great country act. This year it's Ty England.
More than 250 artists participate in a juried art show; it's among the best of the best that festival lovers will see. All kinds of visual arts will be represented and the artists make it accessible to just about everyone, even children, who get to shop among works donated by each of the artists. Kids' prices are practically give-away.
What festival could exist without food? Right, none. I mean, after all, doesn't "festival" mean "walking around with food?" I can't wait to see this year's offerings.
The amazing thing about this festival is the price. It's FREE. Parking costs $3 a car.
I'll pace myself. After all, the Great State Fair of Oklahoma opens in 12 days. This festival will be the warm-up race.