Take 6 pallets of pottery, 12 artists unpacking and filling shelves add 4 music stages with bands playing the blues, 50 thousand festival shoppers, mix in dust and you've got a recipe for a fun and busy 4th of July.
For the past four years, I've worked at Oregon Potter's Empty Bowls booth at the Waterfront Blues Festival selling ceramics and glass to benefit the Oregon Food Bank. I'm always amazed at the boxes and boxes and boxes of beautiful pottery and glass that goes on display. And equally amazed at how we pull it all together into a creative and intriguing display that brings smiles to festival buyers and food on the plates of needy people in our community.
I love the 4th.
Many, many happy memories of dancing with sparklers, cheering the fireworks, eating barbecue and marching in the neighborhood parade. Now that my children are grown up, it's usually much more quiet. But this year, there's a lovely family 'crowd' with grown up 'children', their spouses and a precious granddaughter.
And, yes, music plus fireworks to dance around in the cool, dark night.