Kat (feliskatus1) wrote,

Festival 2009

I've been going to Grand Rapids Festival of the Arts since I can remember. My first trip was probably when I was 6 or 7 and I assume the tradition began with dance. Every year I used to dance at Festival with Caledonia Dance Center and when I stopped dancing I kept going to Festival just the same. I've only missed one Festival and that was due to my being very very sick. I look forward to Festival every year, it's a highlight of each summer. This summer was no exception.

The weather was wonderful, which was a pleasant change from what I'm used to. Most years it's either unbearably hot, or torrential down pour...or both. This year was in the mid 70's and partly sunny. Friday Mike accompanied me to Festival to see my sister dance on the famous Calder Stage. We each got a saigon sate (meat on a stick), CDC did wonderfully of course, my dad and brother, as well as my aunt, my cousin and her two daughters were there to see Ripsy as well. After the dancing I got an elephant ear and Mike and I headed home to watch the Tigers.

Saturday morning began a full day of celebrating Brooke's upcoming marriage. I had souvlaki (meat on a stick, in a bun), a shrimp skewer and fresh squeezed lemonade. We watched several dance groups, listened to some bands, and painted some pictures. The adult paint-in was probably my favorite aspect of the day. I created three pieces, one titled "Fuckin' around" a second which I call "Piece of Shit" and a third which was an untitled tribute to TMS.

Around 6 o'clock on Saturday Brooke, Amanda, Megan, Renee, Amy and I headed back to The JW Mariott where we had booked a room for the night. There we showered and made ourselves pretty for a night out on the town. We headed down to Bull's Head Tavern at 8pm for dinner and met several of Brooke's other friends including my friends Laura Jakel, and Amy Boom. After dinner we walked to Raggs for a night of alcohol, dancing, conversation, disgusting bathrooms and weird guys.

Brooke drank several free shots, Amy had her boob squeezed, Amanda talked to everyone, Laura drank lots of water, Megan left early, Rochelle and Nikki arrived late from a burlesque show, I don't really remember seeing Renee...and I saved my sister from a sleaze ball meat head. I slept width wise across a Queen size bed shared with Amanda and Renee.

The next morning we piled into Renee's truck and had breakfast at Big Boy on Pearl and headed on our own ways. I went to Mike's house, drifted in and out of sleep while trying to watch the Tigers game, we went to Meijer and bought groceries, and brought Jimmy Johns home to have while watching the documentary The King of Kong: A Fist Full of Quarters.

Good weekend! :D
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