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lamarca 2005 Getaway Reflections Here... (635* d) RE: 2005 Getaway Reflections Here... 21 Oct 05

I consider complaining about the food to be one of the traditional and fun activities that go hand in hand with folk festivals! I can't think of a single folk event that I've been to over the past twenty-odd years (some of them odder than others...) where whinging about some aspect of the food wasn't part of the ambience. Like the year NOMAD moved and we had to buy food from the high-school "Hospitality Service-in-Training" class instead of local ethnic food vendors. Or Sandy Paton and KarenK's dislike of the ethnic food providers at NEFFA (too much "Weird" food, not enough hamburgers or chicken fried steak!) Or the long lines at booths at OldSongs. Or the formerly inedible Kosher meals at Camp Isabella Freedman (they've improved over the past few years, thus depriving us of a source of amusement in crafting interesting ways of describing the strange green spinach goo and other horrors). Or the complaints at the Washington Folk Festival about Dave Laning's bulk-purchased turkey salad sandwiches - until the year he stopped doing the food, and folks complained that the new sandwiches weren't as good as the old ones...

This is a sociologically important way in which members of a group forge community through shared adversity. Let's hear it for RoadKill Helper!

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