Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Bele Chere 2011

My apologies for not posting for a while - we had a kitty crisis here with our older cat Chica and that took up most of a week of ehr being hospitalized.  She is home and seems stable for the time being.

Couple decorated their balcony in the tropical theme.

On the last weekend in July our town hosts a huge festival downtown called Bele Chere  for the 33rd year. In spite of the heat  it went on this year as usual.  I attended on Friday the opening day to bea the crowds.  It ran thru Sunday with food, art, music and plenty of entertainment.  The theme this year was tropical - as the local paper called it "Bele Chere" Island!  The name means beautiful living in ancient Scottish dialect but as the paper noted in Island dialect it describes waking dreams of flying with no wings!  Let's fly into the festival via my photos.

The crowd makes for great people watching.

Eclectic street entertainers.

Experimental R&B band The Secret B-Sides

Young entrepreneur on a side street

Plenty of local art for sale...

and local beer.

Ultimate Air Dogs was created by former Detroit Tigers pitcher Milt Wilcox as part of a grass-roots dock jumping club in Michigan.  The goal is to jump the furthest off the platform into the pool   This pup was afraid to jump most tries!

Love the pink on this girl.  She had on a pink bunny back pack too.

When the heat got to ya...you cooled off under the misters!

Nashville band The Apache Relay kept the crowd on its feet.

Guitars, mandolin and violin provided foot stomping tunes.

I don't know how they did it in the heat!

This little girl enjoyed the band! Hope you enjoyed the essay.


Jo said...

What a lovely tour through the streets of your town and an enjoyable festival too. I hope Chica is doing well. Blessings, Jo

Riet said...

That must be a lot of fun. Thank you for sharing

Carver said...

I hope your cat will be ok.

Looks like a fun event although I fear the heat would have kept me away.

Kim, USA said...

The little girl is so cute and that lady wearing pink dress is pretty hehe. Festival is fun and your words are right thanks for sharing!
Red gems

Old Kitty said...

What a brilliant community event!! I love it when people get into the spirit of local celebrations like these! Fantastic!! And such wonderful indivuals in these pics - I love the woman with the balloon hat and of course the young lady with her pink frills! Excellent!!

Thanks for sharing! Hugs to sweet Chica! take care

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a fun festival. I'm sure people appreciated those misters in the heat. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

There was something for everyone!


Come in, my dear friends, and be seated, please—
Oh, all of you reds are such a big tease!
Scarlet, you creep over cheeks in a blush;
Crimson, you’re always in such a big rush!
Cherry, you’re tasty and pleasant to see;
Carmine, you utterly satisfy me!
So come in, my friends, and be seated, please—
Of all the colors, I’d rather have these!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

Little Red Shopping Bag

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a great festival. I love people watching. Great misters. I really love the look and feel of your blog and the photographs.

Mecky said...

I am glad that your kitty is doing better.

You fest sounds like fun.

It would be fun to watch the dog jump!! I am sure there were alot of people who wouldof liked to jump in the water, too! Great idea with the misters!

chubskulit said...

Looks like a fun event to attend to!

Wet Rides

Anonymous said...

So glad to hear your cat is stable!

I thoroughly enjoyed your photos. Looks like everyone (except perhaps that dog?) had a wonderful time!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

With the extreme heat of the summer this year, the dog has the right idea.

WATER GARDEN - Fountains Do stop by for a visit if you can find time. Hope your day has been treating you well!!!

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Great Pics , looks very fun !

Tanya said...

great pics and what a fun festival!!

Odie Langley said...

Always great to hear about the festivals in your neck of the woods.


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