Saturday, July 23, 2005

The Long Saturday Post...or Kate & Liz go to the Highland Games

Liz at the spinning wheel

The OddBall at "work"

Today was the NB Highland Games and Festival, held on the lawn of Old Government House in Fredericton. Through serendipitous means, Liz and I were recruited to do some demonstrations of fibre things. Liz usually weaves tartan at the event but the call for service didn’t arrive until late Wednesday, so it was pretty much giddy-up, go and off we flew, by the ass of our pants, as usual. Have spinning wheel; will travel. Have felting needles; will travel. Okay, the travel bit meant from my house, across the river and Liz could have walked if it wasn’t for towing that pesky spinning wheel bit but you all get the drift here…

It was a great day. I mean, it was a hellish hardship. We were marooned in a spacious tent that was completely set up for our arrival, and no need to ask for furniture. The tent was instant habitable with tables, 6 chairs and a large piece of plywood for the spinning wheel. Volunteers from the Games kept interrupting, asking if we had anything and could they offer yet more assistance. We were in the middle of the action, right on the main drag through the festival, 100 m from the whiskey tent, possibly not such a good idea, and 10 feet from the ambulance service, . Oh yeah, and then there was the part about having to listen to some of the best Highland bands and pipers in the county playing their thing and the “might as well be front row seating” for the concert tents. Yeah, it was a hardship all right…all that Celtic harp music and the incredible Gaeleag singers. And the men in kilts…who, of course, I didn’t look at. We had such an awful time that by mid-afternoon, we were plotting what we were going to do for next year’s festival when yet more of those pesky Festival volunteers arrived with the table loom they’d picked up for Liz to use tomorrow. Oh, make us come back…

Again, I spent most of the day talking about needle felting. I’m sure poor Liz is to the point where she could recite my ‘spiel’ in her sleep, she’s listened to it so many times. But the crowds were good and there was a great deal of interest in people learning it, so I think we’re going to offer some workshops in the fall for it.

I had a great day. Many thanks to the Festival organizers with their hordes of ever helpful volunteers. Count me in for next year, please…I’d love to come back. I'll knit you a pretty shawl...

Talk to you’se all laters; thanks for reading.


At 12:31 a.m., July 25, 2005, Blogger Dudleyspinner's Tie Dye Rovings said...

Kate,looks like you and Liz had a great time. You are going to have the winter booked up with needle felting workshops!

At 3:43 a.m., July 26, 2005, Blogger Liz said...

little does she know that the kilted men were more plentiful on sunday when I was alone, she was slaving at the mundane job, I was hobnobbing with our illustrious Lieutenant Governor and his lovely wife. Seems they like weaving and He would like to learn.Hmmmm.
The games want us back, bigger and better next year for the 25th anniversary.
I have found a new pipe instructor for the boy, and she lives a block away!!!
The one bad thing about the games was the lack of good beer on sunday. moose light and alpine are not real beer.sleepy must rest.


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