Memorial Day Weekend
Some days it feels like I never left school even though I’ve been out for over a year now. This spring has been so busy I’ve had to consider if I prefer finals over all the things that have been going on. So much has happened recently on top of all my work events that I have barely been able to think about writing it all up. I have several posts I want to write up about some of these recent events so I’ll be trying to type away in the down time I have during tech rehearsals (more on this show in an upcoming post).
This past weekend was Memorial Day weekend and, boy, was it far from restful. The theatre plays host to a section of an event called Artsfest, which is held in Harrisburg every year (I hadn’t realized this was a nationally recognized festival until this year). The section the theatre hosts is called Kidsfest.
Kidsfest is meant to be filled with kid friendly vendors (so games, toys, cotton candy, those types of festival like things) where as Artsfest is host to local artists selling artwork, pottery, soaps, brooms, garden items, and the other unique items that are found at a crafts festival. The theatre hosts a free craft tent where kids can stop by and make some form of hat or crown to wear around (this year we had pirate hats, crowns, superhero masks, and monster visors), a face painting tent with simple, fun designs (like flowers, spiders, baseballs, suns, etc.), and sets up a tent for the Free Shakespeare in the Park show that opens in June. Along with those tents, the theatre preforms two children’s shows for free each day of this event and several other vendors also host free performances (such as magic shows and readings from the local library).
With Kidsfest, the core company of the theatre works every day of the weekend so we rotate who gets a day off. My day was Monday so the boyfriend and I were able to head up to my parent’s for our annual Memorial Day picnic. Surprisingly, almost the whole family was at this one, only a few of my cousins were unable to attend (so we had about eighteen people crammed onto my grandmother’s tiny deck, which is more than we normally have at any one event). It was as fun as most family events can be. One aunt and uncle were afraid of my parent’s dog so we had to tie her to a tree in the yard (Abby is a pit bull and is the sweetest dog we’ve had yet, but they accept the stereotype for these dogs sadly). All in all it was a pretty uneventful day otherwise. We left around dinnertime to help tear down the tents at Kidsfest (that was my deal for getting Monday off because two others also had Monday off).
So that was the weekend. Then my week started off with my best friend moving back to the city from Delaware. Now she’s only about twenty minutes away instead of three hours! I took off half the day on Tuesday so I could help her move in. She didn’t have too much to move (no furniture yet) so we got that finished pretty quickly and then had a little time to chat and catch up before I headed off to work. I’m really excited that she’s closer so I can actually see her now. I’m also excited she moved back now because this summer will be a much lighter work load and I’ll have more time to spend with friends instead of being at work.
For now, I’m continuing my busy routine and pining for my next day off. I’ve got quite a bit of down time during these rehearsals and performances for once so I’m going to try to get some writing done in these spare moments. Thanks for reading and I will do my best to be more regular in my posting as well as get back to my regular schedule now that some of the craziness has died down.