I’ve always liked to get ready for parties, and then the cleaning up afterwards. I love the parties, too, but the organizing and then putting-everything-back-in-place time is special as well.
So I’m just getting ready to head out to the Celtic Festival at Yeatman’s Cove today and tomorrow. Clothes are easy to pick out – we dress in Celtic medieval garb – which I’ve modified just a bit so I don’t feel quite so squished.
Then I get out the checklist I created a couple of years ago so that nothing gets forgotten. Business cards, table signs, easel signs, sign in sheets, clothes for the chairs, tables, extras just in case. All the decks I’m taking today are Celtic – the Merlin, Faery Wicca and Celtic dragons – I actually have more, but three is enough, so they tell me.
My office turns into a staging area, and as each bag is packed, it goes out to the front door, from whence down the steps and then into the car. Today means wedging the tent into the back seat, taking tables, chairs, tent lights – and the tent sides, since we’ll close everything up tonite and come back in the morning to start all over.
I always get a little wound up before a festival – a version of stage fright / butterflies, sort of. Just gets my energy ready. It is going to be a beautiful and cool day on the river – perfect. I can’t wait to meet all the people I’m going to do readings for – what a wonderful day I’m going to have!