Sunday, May 20, 2012

Fringe Beer Tent

The Orlando International Fringe Festival is now in full swing. I strolled the green lawn of fabulousness and found Tod Caviness taping a string of Christmas lights to his poetry vending machine. He was glad it was sunny out, but he warned me that a storm was coming. My first order of business was the beer tent. I searched for the beer ticket booth and asked for one $5 ticket. Beer taps come right out of the side of the beer truck. I decided to order a German beer because I liked the bright yellow tap handle. It was a sweet smooth blend and I suspect it will be my beer of choice this year. I took a few sips and then started drawing the truck. Puffy white cumulus clouds looked thick and friendly. Twice I had to extract dead bugs from my drink.

Later that evening, I planned to see "Well Since You Asked" starring Kate O'Neal. Denna Beena had suggested I make this my first Fringe show.  Logan Donahoo suggested I see "Cannibal! The Musical" which was written by one of the South Park writers. Actress Marty Stonerock saw me sketching and gave me a warm welcome. "I know the Fringe has officially begun when I see you sketching away" she said. She was a fireball of excitement and energy. She had volunteered last year and had a blast. She couldn't wait to get started again this year. She took a photo of me at work and shouted, "Act natural!"

David Horgan, one of DEM Guys, stopped to say hello just as I was finishing my sketch. He stood in front of me posing with his cooler. Darn, I could have worked him into the picture had he arrived just a little earlier. He had posed for my Mennello Museum mural last year. DEM Guys are, David, Ed, and Myron. Every year they compete to see who can see the most shows. They also sponsor one of the venues. David hopes to see more than 60 shows this year. He gave me a DEM Guys pin which I was proud to put on my bag. With the sketch finished, I ran off to my first show. I felt at home. Happy Fringe!

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