Folklife Festival 2014

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is back! I went yesterday to check things out. This year’s festivities feature China and Kenya.

This was the most interesting display: Searching For Human Origins
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Originating out of Kenya, Homo Erectus spread all over the world.

These are the sorts of things that keep me coming back year after year though.
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I love watching people make crafts.

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I love seeing throwaway items finding a second life. This was made out of recycled flipflops.

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This man is making a hut out of empty beer bottles. I spotted a Jim Beam in there too.

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And the music and dance.

This year’s festival was missing the old Folklife Festival bus that’s usually on display every year. It was the loud gaudy mascot of the Folklife Festival.
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Instead, they replaced it with this large bamboo display. Just as loud. Just as garish. Way way bigger.

Since I was on the Mall, I paid a quick visit to my favorite farmer’s market in the area, the USDA Friday farmer’s market. It’s even more than I remembered it to be. There’s a kettle corn stand that is very popular. A long line snaked along the lot with people holding refillable buckets.
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I used to buy 20 lbs of zucchini and eggplant every Friday when it was in season and lug it home on the metro. I didn’t get anything this time though since I wasn’t going straight home.

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