Folklife Festival 2010, May 31. Andie was a little more than 1 week old when we decided to bring her to the Folklife Festival at Seattle Center. We had never been, but it’s basically a big Free street fair with amateur music, street food, and crafts. To be frank, I had never wanted to go. It was pouring rain when we decided this would be our first big adventure and it was relatively painless and rewarding to prove to ourselves that we can, in fact, live in a world outside of our house. And the great news, nobody got stabbed or shot (unlike previous years)!
Because Folklife is a “free” event (you are encouraged to donate), there seemed to be a lot of the stereotypical people who seek out large, free events. This includes, but is not limited to, a ton of teenagers. Observing this teen behavior was relatively interesting. There was a predominance of signs that said Free Hugs amongst the teens, even the ones who appeared to have homes.
Now, I’ve been to a bunch of Dead shows and if not fully embraced, at least tolerated the faux closeness garnered at events, but at Folklife I couldn’t think of anything I’d rather do less than hug some random person. I did a little digging after the event and found that there is a free hug movement, and it has surprisingly nothing to do with psychedelic drugs… or so they say.
You can learn all about their free hug movement at the “Official Home of the Free Hug” – jesus, even Oprah is jumping on this bandwagon. I’m pretty sure this is how David Koresh and the Jonestown guy got started.