We’ve been working on a village, the Doo-Nanny Village, down in Seale, Alabama. Yesterday we got the poles in the ground, including three Cedar trees, one with its root-ball sticking straight up in the air, for the Cabaret Stage, which is going to be filled with Dancing Girls in about a week or so. There was a big pile of dirt with little plants growing out of it in the front of the spot where it is going to be and a Guy on a little tractor, called Mark, Smoothed it all out and it was full of bricks, so now hundreds of bricks have sprouted all over the ground where there once was a mound. I made a little triangle of bricks in front of my station, which is called the Junk Shun and which is part of an Arts Collaborative, that includes the Dynamic ART Gallerie, the Mad Tea Tree House (Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel, complete with stage), Krek Prints (Arts by Jason Krekel) and the Arts and Music of AK Lorraine, plus Tesla Jamieson’s (Intergalactic Hobo) Leather and Feather belts and head-dresses, and We’ll Be hosting Bethany Adams of Rhetorical Factory. It’s going to be jam-packed here in the back but we’ve got a great view of the Cabaret Stage and today we will present a scab-array, wherein boards will be scabbed together and supported to build the floor and stage, the walls are all pallet Boards and the roof, shingles of various sized pieces of tin. Bob7 is the director and Chief Architect and I am the assistant and also main worker on the Junk Shun right now. Jason Krekel was here working like a Mad-Man all weekend long and also cooking us wonderful foods, so We do miss him on many levels and We hope he hurries back soon and brings his partner, Miss Ami Worthen, with him to complete their Crew. Jason also played for us the Electric Guitar at night-time by a fire, it was quite amazingly wonder-full. Two Women came from NYC to do an interview with Butch Anthony, our host and the Father of Intertwangelsim (an international Arts Movement). They were on assignment from HUGE Magazine, an outfit from Tokyo, Japan.
This Year was the Fifteenth Animal OUR Fest. I attended for my Twelfth year in one row. The event is held annually at the Brushwood Folklore Center in Sherman, NY. Brushwood is a Clothing-optional Artist Colony founded by Frank and Darlene Barney many years ago. Maury Rosenberg started his festival there in 1997 as an answer to the Music Industry’s Corporate Festivals and has maintained it ever since as a very small, original Event.
Maury’s Band Hypnotic Clambake is the Annual Headliner and West Virginia’s Stewed Mulligan have attended every year. Also such Favorites as Snake Oil Medicine Show (who I first went to OUR Fest with back in 2000), Mad Tea Party, Baby Gramps, Redheaded Stepchild and the Buddhahood have graced the Stages there and delighted the Small but dedicated Fan base. The OUR Fest has become more and more like a Family Reunion.
There is a plan in place to bring a lot more Art to the OUR Fest in the future and I am trying to help make that a reality. This Year I brought Singer and multi-Instrumentalist Anita Lorraine Kinney along with me and She performed 3 sets of music. Also, my dear friend Robert Seven from Candlertown, NC, came a decorated the Grape Jam Stage and Amy Kemp brought Her Rapture Bus. Our friends Anna and Andy came all the way from Athens, GA for their 7th visit to Brushwood. It was a really fun time. Everyone asked where the Mad Tea Party and Snake Oil Medicine Show were this year, my guess is that They will be back next year.