|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.|