Music, storytelling, dance, good food....the Ocrafolk Festival has it all. Festivities began Friday evening with a huge (and I mean huge) pot luck dinner at the Community Center. The building was packed, and folks spilled out into the parking area where tables had been set up. After the meal the auction started. An hour and a half later the festival was almost $4500 richer, and participants went home with handmade pottery, jewelry, paintings, and a feeling of solidarity.
Yesterday was non-stop music and storytelling on both the Howard Street stage and the Live Oak stage (on School Road). Artisans and craftspeople had booths set up between the stages, and there was great energy and high spirits throughout the day.
This morning musicians and singers kicked off the day with a gospel sing. The school gymnasium was filled (rain was threatening so the festival organizers decided to move indoors) as lively songs and familiar hymns filled the room. The audience joined by singing and clapping and tapping their feet.
More activities are scheduled later this afternoon. If you missed this year's festival consider joining us next year (it's always the first full weekend in June). We'll save you a seat under the shade of the cedars and live oaks.
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