Sunday, October 21, 2007


Last weekend, Ladycub and I got to help our friend Tim with his jewelry stand at Catoctin Colorfest, a huge juried arts and crafts show in the shadow of the mountains where Camp David lies. His wife Diane makes their jewelry, although she hasn't made quite as much lately since she gave birth to their first child back in August.

After work on Friday, I met Tim in Thurmont and helped him set up his tent and tables, joking all the while. We then had lunch at the Shamrock, a wonderful Irish restaurant just north of town. The food was excellent; I had a crab cake while Tim had fish that he couldn't finish, there was so much of it. But what really makes the Shamrock is its atmosphere; the decor makes it feel like you're having dinner in your grandparents' dining room. We found it incredibly relaxing. In the background, a Celtic Led Zeppelin album was playing. Never heard "Black Dog" done in that style before.

On Saturday, Tim and Diane staffed the stand as the crush of people came through. Well over 100,000 people attend Colorfest, with the majority of them coming on Saturday. Take your pick: come on Saturday and experience the crush of people, but find the best stuff among the vendors; or come on Sunday and find Colorfest much less crowded, but much of the good loot gone. A lot of crafters have found that NFL merchandise sells well, but we found that by Sunday, there was very little Ravens stuff remaining. Deadskins and Squealers swag is also popular.

After we toured the festival on a more fall-like Sunday morning, we joined Tim at the booth. It was fun learning a thing or two about earrings and bracelets, and despite the smaller crowds, we did a fair amount of business. Procuring some scrumptious pulled pork sammiches from our church's stand a short distance away didn't hurt any!

Over dinner at Pizza Rut, Tim told us that he was going to be baptized into the Greek Orthodox Church, in which he and Diane had been married. He felt that the spirituality at his Catholic parish was dead, there was no reverence among the parishioners, and there was too much feel-good-ism going on. In the Orthodox Church, he said he felt more of the mystery of God's presence. We really couldn't argue with him much, because so few Catholic parishes are worth going to these days. (To get a sense of what it's like now, check out the Spirit of Vatican 2 blog. It's satire, folks.)

It was nice to spend time with a close friend.


ignorant redneck said...

Celtic Led Zepplin? Might be good!

I pesonnaly like AC/Dixie--trad coutry style ac/dc. sound better than the originals!

Cygnus said...

Check the link in my post, IR: it has some samples of the tunes that were played.

I've also heard "Dred Zeppelin," a band that does Zeppelin songs Rasta-style . . . with an Elvis impersonator on lead vocals.