I can’t remember the last time I had gone to the Lotus Festival here in town. But I had a day off from work, and my parents were going to help me hang curtains in my apartment anyway. So, we had time to go, and we went. Brief drops of rain came and went, but other than that, the weather was amazing.
Hopefully, my friends are not the only ones who read this. So, for those who don’t know, Lotus Festival is a music, arts, and cultural festival in Bloomington, Indiana, my hometown. It usually last for four days, and most often occurs in the second or third week in September. Artists in various mediums come from the world over to share their talents. Up until recently, I had always taken it for granted. Early in its inception, my elementary school classes would take a field trip to the Convention Center for Lotus Festival. As I got older, I realized how special it truly was. It has become part of Bloomington’s legacy, and long may it last, hopefully.
I had also done a volunteer shift at WonderLab earlier in the day, and we got there at around 2:45 in the afternoon, after parking and several other stops along the way. After walking around, various booths were setting up. There was a group with banjo, an upright bass, and others. Artists from the state of Indiana showed up, many of whom worked in lesser-known artistic mediums – for example, one man weaved fishing nets, and another was showing how to carve people’s names onto headstones. It was also nice seeing a friend from past acting projects while waiting in line for a lime snow cone. We caught up and wished each other luck in shows that are coming up soon. The last time I went to Lotus, I was reluctant to try things. This time, I felt more eager to go. I hope that my mom would have been proud of me. She was very active in the Bloomington community, although she grew up in Tennessee. It’s been a really strange time right now. Three weeks from tomorrow, the revival of our show will be over, and I’ll simply go back to work and prepare for the holidays that are coming up. I am trying to take it one day at at time right now, but sometimes it’s harder to do than expected. The festival gave me a chance to have some fun on a day off.
The main attraction of the day was a band called Trio Brasileiro. One of the original band members was unable to make it due to unforeseen circumstances, but a friend of theirs from Portland filled in nicely on the mandolin. The two other members were brothers, one on pandeiro (like a tambourine) and the other one on seven-string guitar. Their style was a certain music called choro, which is largely instrumental works. As they took the stage, member Douglas Lora mentioned that they were pleased to return to Bloomington, having played there three years ago. It was an amazing show, which lasted around forty minutes. That was the last event of the day, although the band does have another event tonight.
Additionally, I bought the long-sleeved Lotus T-shirt for twenty dollars. Quite an impressive design, if I do say so myself, and very comfortable at that. The picture of it can be seen below.
I’m glad I went to the festival today. I had meant to go in previous years, but time commitments prevented me from doing so. With IU football improving to 4-0 for the first time since 1990 (when I was three years old), I’d say it was a good day to be in Bloomington.
By the way, the curtains are not entirely done yet, but only because the fabric length needed to be adjusted. I think I’m really starting to do some good things on my own. Not a bad way to spend a day off from work, if I do say so myself.