We've all done it. We walk through an art & wine festival, look at the art, listen to a band or two, marvel at the crowds, and maybe sip a glass of wine. Maybe even buy a book by a local author.
But we never stop and think of what it takes to organize hundreds of exhibitors, coordinate with the town's chamber of commerce, the police and fire departments, trash collectors, the health authorities, and yes, even the porta-potty companies.
It's a huge job, often thankless, and after months or years of planning, sometimes the permission gets yanked.
For many years, I've exhibited at the Mountain View (where Google headquarters is) Art & Wine Festival. It's been a hugely successful show for 5 decades, drawing monster crowds to Mountain View's downtown the second weekend every September. Apparently, the show was canceled at the last minute.
The organizers scrambled and managed to put together a smaller show over at the CalTrain station and only for one day instead of the usual two.
Like many exhibitors, I wouldn't be able to make a one-day show in a new location work, so I didn't sign up.
Maybe they'll get back to normal next year?
So sorry for any of you who wanted to make the show. The closest I'll be on the peninsula this year is the San Mateo Harvest Festival November 12-14.
Thanks for your patience!