Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival 2012
Last Saturday night was the Renfrew Ravine Moon Festival. A mid-autumn celebration of the moon + bountiful harvests!!! Since this is my new neighborhood, I really wanted to get out there + hang with my community!
Unfortunately, Jeff had to work a six day week, so he was unable to attend. At 14 hours a day, a six day week equals sucky time for poor Jeff. But this didn’t mean that he didn’t put in some yard chores before work!
This guy is outta control, yo!!! R-E-L-A-X, don’t do it!!!!
My lovely sister-in-law Deb, my nephew Matt + Deb’s sister Tammy came to the house – MY FIRST HOUSE GUESTS!!!! I was so excited to show off “Sally” (my house is named after Sally from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” because it’s sweet + all patched up).
They brought me some tulip bulbs, which I can’t wait to plant + a gorgeous flower container filled with pansies + herbs! Thanks, guys!!! I love them!
It was a short walk from the house to Slocan Park where there was food, music + fanfare. Here’s Deb, Tammy + Matt in line for harvest soup, gussied up yams, baked potatoes + of course, moon cakes! We expected more Chinese inspired food, but maybe next year! Hint, hint. Oh yeah, + more trash cans + port-a-potties!!!
A tender pastry exterior with a dense sweet bean filling. Matt was psyched!!!! It’s really refreshing to be around kids who embrance other cultures + are adventurous eaters!
I wasn’t sure whether or not the Moon Festival was going to be scary or amazing. As in, “Wait a second, are we at the Renaissance Fair?”. It was a little bit of both. Either way, I knew there was going to be sensational people watching.
They were wiggling their bodies around + saying, “Glub glub. Glub glub.”. Maybe I shouldn’t have, but I started laughing really loud + hearty. This is where the Moon Festival borders on the scary drama-theater club periphery.
This guy was my FAVORITE part of the festival. Bird Guy. He flapped around like a bird, perched on things, stuck his head out like a bird as he walked. He was actually really very good at it. Here he is proudly + elegantly balancing on the fence post.
So amazing. I loved him + his crazy ripped tights + bare feet. He was really into it. High school drama club for shizzle.
It was a bit of a kerfuffle with the large amounts of people trying to wind their way down the narrow, dark, silty hill. And it was DARK, y’all. I could just see the uptight peeps in Los Angeles crowing, “Well, this is just a lawsuit waiting to happen!!!!”. Another reason why I’m not in LA.
We didn’t realize how much of a beautiful, otherworldly community art instillation it would be once we reached the ravine!
Towards the end of the path, a shape of a woman (goddess?) was wound to a tree up high with her arms wide spread. It freaked us all out as we approached, because we thought she was a live person strapped to the tree. The cold moon in the background.
Once we all reached the “main” festivites + came out of the wooded lantern pathway, we were all tuckered out. There was more food + entertainment to be had. We will all hopefully return again next year! It’s a great cultural + artistic festival to share with kids!!! And most deffo we are all showing up with some boss, hand-made lanterns!!!! You know it!!!