Summer is here, full bore. Last week was Grassroots, a music festival here is our little village-- which is usually the hottest few days of the year--so hot in some cases, that the wooden floors radiate the temperature, and the only relief is total submersion in the lake followed on by great horizontality with fans pointed on you. Not this year. It was bliss. Temperatures were mild. No rain to make it a gloppy mess. Great civilized behavior. It was a walk in an english park by comparison to the hot, hazy and harried days of past festivals. I went for a few hours during the weekend and had a great time hearing lovely music and visiting with half the festival. It was hugs and kisses all around and a chance to see all those dear people I love so much in this vortex we live in. Once again, we live in the best place on earth.
At Grassroots, our friend Alan heads up a group of very talented people to do a community build. Meaning, they design and build a structure that can be used beyond the music festival. There have been tiny buildings built as play structures for our Tburg kids (the mini village with a firehouse, a library, a school). There have been buildings for the Tburg Farmers Market from our Market Managers Building, Bandstand, and secondary stage....along with the whole pavilion structure but done as a different build. This year, these intrepid souls built, moved and finished a brand new bathroom from the top of the roof to all new plumbing, new toilets, new sinks (made of stainless mixing bowls)....and it is a wonder. (note shot above). The team decided that as these were special toilets, the concept of a crescent moon on the door needed to go some place, so the two sides were christened the "waxing" or "waning" sides, with the phases of the moon depicted on the doors. I didn't mention that this structure held 10 stalls (photo shows only one side). Then, this building was beautifully landscaped with great hydrangea and other plants....and it became a locus at the festival. Funny how that is. And, in the spirit of doing things right, 8 of the 10 stalls were designated women, and two for men. We were hoping they would go totally Hampshire and make them non-gendered...but hey, maybe Tburg isn't quite ready for that.
Just wanted to get the old blog going again. I have been whaling on some design work with little time to spare...but I should spare a bit to chat with you. I've missed you.