On the Road and In Your Backyard

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Today, pictures from valued commenter ruemara.

They do this every year and this was the 50th anniversary. It’s our little Woodstock on the Quad, The Whole Earth Festival. Student led & organized, the whole shebang is a little slice of hippie culture with yoga classes, sustainability exhibits, activism, music, great food (garlic fries, y’all!) and tchotchkes. Because you can’t be centered, grounded and aligned without stuff. This is often my warm-up event before the local music festival, where I’m shooting for 5-6 hours & running between 3-4 venues. But mostly I go to soak up some vibes and enjoy the day.

Taken on 2019-05-11 00:00:00

One of the lovely dancers of Momentum Dance & Fitness, here from Sac to perform

Taken on 2019-05-11 00:00:00

Whole Earth Festival

Love him. He’s one of my regulars. I always see him. He takes his spot in front of the stage and mostly dances to the music all day. Eat, dance, rest, repeat. The man knows how to live. It’s his worship method, he says. Right on.

Taken on 2019-05-11 00:00:00

Whole Earth Festival

This was part of a duo performance. One doing the belly dancing you think of when you think belly dancing, the other doing what looks like either Balinese style dancing. I’m not familiar with it, so those who know, enlighten a girl! Love it. And it’s so fun to compare the different styles. Shout out to big girls who move as well.

Taken on 2019-05-12 00:00:00

Of course, we get a lot of bands, because this is a 3 day event. Did I mention that? I’ve never made it to a Friday because I usually have work and I don’t get paid for this. But concert work is a lot of fun to do and you get some cool moments. Like this. This was Tempest, very hard rocking Celtic folk stuff.

Taken on 2019-05-12 00:00:00

The woman on the left is another of my regulars. She’s also here every year. Sometimes she’s doing labyrinth meditations and sometimes she’s out dancing before the stage. Always in a long flowing dress and smiling. There’s a ton of food and a ton of crafts and if you’re in the region next year, stop by. It’s free. And the garlic fries plus the multiple variations (Thai garlic fries, y’all) are amazing. But there’s no meat. Everything is vegan and bring your water bottles. And your dogs, on leashes.


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9 replies
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    JPL says:

    What a fun celebration!

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    Raven says:

    Years ago my brother graduated from McGeorge Law in Sacramento and I flew out for the event. We have a Vietnam Vets Campout here and I was missing it and the Moving Wall that we were hosting. I was driving from SF and I stopped off at UC Davis and they had another Moving Wall there!

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    HinTN says:

    He’s one of my regulars. I always see him. He takes his spot in front of the stage and mostly dances to the music all day.

    For years, year after year, if you were in the Gospel Tent at the Jazz and Heritage Festival, there was a young man who was a whirling dervish of a dancer. He’d come racing in and dance with abandon while the choir raised the roof. It’s magnificent to see folks let music take them that way.

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    J R in WV says:

    Great pics of happy hippies having a great party!

    Thanks, beings back great memories of the anti-war movement of the late ’60s and the annual summer solstice party next month, still partying after 50 years.

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    The lady in the blue looks like she is doing Bharat Natyam, one of the classical dance styles in India. Her hand gesture is called tripataka.

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    stinger says:

    We don’t get a lot of people pics here, and these are fantastic! Thank you so much, ruemara! They make me want to get out to some local summer festivals!

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    Miss Bianca says:

    Nice photos!

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    susanna says:

    These are terrific and make me, also, want to go festival-hunting this summer. I’d prefer these smaller venues and will look into this one for next year.
    Thank you for the inspiration to get (more of) a life!

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