Saturday, June 16, 2007

About a decade ago, living in NYC, I often found myself leaving the bars and walking through what can only be described as a homeless bazaar. Homeless people would gather the useful junk – old magazines, baby formula, rims – that they had collected during the day and try to sell it at night.

A little tip to the interested parties – the Franklin Farmer’s Market should not be reminiscent of that bazaar.

I went down to the Farmer’s Market this morning to pick up some produce to make a big leisurely lunch, and to check out the Saturdays on the Square which had been promoted as featuring artisans and crafters along with produce. We’ll chalk up the lack of produce to a bad season, but the “crafters”. Oh my.

There was a guy selling (empty) beer bottles and Miller Light mirrors, another table that included a completed paint-by-numbers of a Golden Retriever. Another stand had three seedlings for sale along with a sign that said that they would write family histories “cheap”.
There are about 7 gazillion really talented local crafters out there. Why aren’t they taking part in this?

I sent in my and my daughter’s entry forms for the Oil Heritage Art Show yesterday. It’s still not too late for you to join in the fun. Consider volunteering as well.

Know anyone interested in staging a one act play? A high school violin recital? Want to try some comedy? Meadville Council on the Arts’ Coffeehouse LIVE is a new monthly performance activity involving the live arts of music, acting/ theater, poetry, stand-up comedy, and other art genres, all in a quaint comfortable candlelit coffeehouse setting. Contact the MCA at 336-5051, or to schedule a performance time slot.

Desperately trying to cling to your fading youth and vitality? Why not start a garage band?

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