It was not at all like Frank Costanza described it to Kramer. There were no Feats of Strength. Unless you count the little poles holding up some of the vendors tents, there was no official Festivus Pole to speak of. (I had heard there would be one, but I never saw it.) And I didnt overhear any exchanges that would qualify as the Airing of Grievances.
But Seinfeld disparity aside, make no mistake, there was a Festivus miracle last Sunday. In my eyes, the miraculous thing about this bustling holiday arts market at the corner of Magazine and Girod streets was just being there! Being there and perusing the wares of a good number of indie artists and artisans jewelry, ceramics, textiles, artwork, house wares, etc. and seeing all of the other shoppers who came out, not just to support the local arts community, but to buy some really cool stuff.
And for just a moment, caught up in the middle of all the activity, I almost felt like I was at one of those great outdoor markets in Soho in the summertime. Im sure the warm weather we had last Sunday had a hand in facilitating that little daydream. But mostly it was the lively mood of the crowd and the general good-spirited vibe both of which might have had something to do with the sounds of live music and the happy mingling of aromas in the air: baked goods, chocolates, soaps, essential oils, candles, crepes. And it didnt hurt that there was also an eco-friendly angle to many of the goods being sold: made-new bicycles, vintage remade items, and art made from recycled materials.
But exactly what is this Festivus, you ask?
Heres what is says on their Web site: Festivus is a holiday market for the rest of us! Staged each December, we provide a human-scale alternative to the loneliness of on-line shopping or the hassle of big box holiday parking lots by featuring the best of local cottage industries whose business reflects our core values of ecology, fair trade, craftsmanship and personal customer service. 12 noon to 4 pm on the first 3 Sundays of December.
Thats right. You have one more chance to experience Festivus for yourself this year.
(It sure beats fighting the crowds at the malls!)
Check it out this Sunday, December 16 from noon 4 p.m.
Thanks to the folks at Crescent City Farmers Market and marketumbrella.org, there is a
Festivus for the rest of us!