This week started out very nicely ... and then went downhill.
On Sunday, I went to neighboring Westfield for my first visit to their 26th Annual FestFall street(s) fair. Wow. They know how to put on a street fair! Most of their downtown business section, made up of several streets, was involved. There were foods of every kind imaginable, crafts booths, bakery booths, even a Polska Kielbasa booth! At least two streets were dedicated to children with rides, activities and booths with stuff kids enjoy. Local businesses had sales. There was an artist who does drawings and paintings of your home. His work was truly detailed. There were civic groups and a local ski club I knew nothing about. I haven't skied since moving to New Jersey after being a ski addict for years.
There was something for everyone there -- something I feel lacking in Plainfield street fairs. Almost everything street fair I've attended in the downtown area has seemed focused on either hip hop or Hispanic and definitely geared more towards the young crowd. Sure, I have missed some street fairs because I work on Saturdays. The FestiFall is on Sundays, a day off (usually) for me. But we don't have anything this huge with something for everyone to enjoy all in one fair, either.
On Monday I got good news at work. So, the start of the week went well.
Then came the downhill -- bad weather, constant rain and a virus going around my workplace caught me. Gah. I'm still under the weather, both figuratively and literally. Okay, my roof is under the weather more so than I am. However, it's still grey, cloudy, rainy and windy here. Due to the bad weather and the fact that I haven't felt well, my photos this week ended up being mostly the Westfield FestiFall. Oh, well.
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|Proving once again ...|
... that flowers DO bend with the rainfall.
|It made me want to be 10 again|
They didn't have stuff like this when I was ten years old! One side has a rock-climbing wall, but it's the bungee/trampoline side that's so cool! The kids sit in harnesses and bounce off the trampolines high up in the air. They can do all kinds of acrobatic feats. I wanted to do it. I refrained.
|AC/DC and the NJ Workshop for the Arts|
|Mingling in the crowd|
There are aliens among us! I saw this dude setting himself up with a new balloon face. He's just a teenager roaming around like that (to the delight of children). He didn't seem to have affiliation with any of the booths.
I really enjoyed this three-man band. I found them on their Facebook page after much searching. They played music I love hearing -- old Beatles, Beach Boys, Pink Floyd, The Doors and more. For a three man band, they were really pretty amazing. But they really have to change their name. Searching for them, the first thing that comes up is a pretty popular Beatles tribute band.
|Even more food|
I'm a huge fan of Brandon Stanton and his Humans of New York photography. He often posts photos of young kids with a "Today in Micro-Fashion" caption. When I saw these two, I thought of his work. He would have gotten a kick out of them.
|Ohh ... a minion hat!|
I have a friend who would love one of these! And, she's not a kid, either.
|I like their approach|
All of my photos, even the edited ones, are Photoshop-free. I've never spent several hundred dollars for a computer program. I use free stuff like GIMP and photocat.com.
This boy scout inspired me to buy the giant box of microwave popcorn he's holding. It's good stuff. While I hadn't planned on spending that much on popcorn, it averages out to about $1 per bag; each bag making a big bowlful. And, it is indeed tasty.
|My favorite food booth|
I didn't have the alligator sandwich, though.
|Edited FestiFall street scene|
|Vincent caught licking his nose|
He's a silly cat!