Day 186 Art and Traditions

June 13, 2015

(This is part of a 365 project during my 70th years where I write and illustrate a blog on each day’s gift.)

Nakia Ballard (R) sits next to her mother Casalene Corbin at the Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival's crab picking contest. Nakia came in first with the most crabbed picked during the timed even.

Crabs, drums, painted screens, Homes, Native American flutes, faux finishing, racing pigeons, pisanki, Ethiopian coffee ceremony, duck decoys and roasted pigs. What do they all have in common? They were all spice in my day today. So much was happening in and around Baltimore that it was impossible to savor everything on the banquet table.

Maryland Traditions Folklife Festival held at the Creative Alliance is a small but full gathering of Maryland traditions in food, music and art of all kinds. David and I spent the most time listening to a blues group of the famed Wendell Holmes of the Holmes Brothers, apprentice Brooks Long and drummer Eric Kennedy. What a treat! We also spent time looking at Edwin Remsberg’s photos of Marylanders involved in traditional art. His photo exhibit of traditions of the past was combined with a trend of the present and future where viewers use an app—Arasma— that delivers a multidimensional experience via a smart phone. 

We then returned home to spend a little time at a neighborhood picnic across the street from us, a mingling of people who differ from us politically but share the same traditional philosophy of neighborliness.

The night ended at Edith May’s Paradise, a house concert and open mic where we heard some more good music. At the open mic, we heard one of the musicians play a variety of Native American flutes that floated haunting tunes through the soul.

My gift today was a smorgasbord.
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