April 08, 2013
The luminary processional from the Farmers’ Market commences!
It was great to see so many veteran and first-time Fools participating in FoolMoon 2013. Their energy was amazing — enthusiastic, creative, welcoming, friendly, and, as always, totally Foolish! Also, the weather more than cooperated, which isn’t something we in Ann Arbor take for granted. I’ve said much more in the captions (and images!) below.
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The FoolMoon theme this year was “Foo[L]d” — that is, “Foolish Food.” And the community delivered a veritable smorgasbord of divine delectables. I believe (and please correct me if I’m mistaken) that the eye candy above includes a scrumptious futomaki roll and a couple of mouth-watering Moon Pops.
Sue Watts with one of the animatronic luminaries she co-designed. | Ketchup, banana, and sushi actually go very well together — don’t knock it till you try it. | “Honestly, who throws a cupcake?” (I couldn’t resist the Austin Powers reference — truly, that cupcake looks good enough to eat!)
FoolMoon haute couture. And bubbles!
A beautiful luminary backlit by the city lights at dusk. This year’s FoolMoon truly felt like it had a yummy cherry on top.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was being chased by a family with two cats.
What could be more magical than strolling down Catherine St. with a good friend and your very own (or borrowed) hand-made luminary?
By the time we arrived at Washington and Main St., it’s a standing-room-only feast for the eyes.
I believe that blowfish evolved their special “puff daddy” maneuver to deter would-be predators. But this particularly lovely specimen was nevertheless devoured by admirers wherever it swam.
“Maize and Blue!” Thanks to the Movement Center
, with their wall of windows facing Washington, I was able to capture the party from higher ground.
Without a doubt, this event was perfectly catered with mouth-watering goodness. (Once again, thanks to the Movement Center for the amazing view!)
Luminaries as fashion as poetry as dance.
The performance was orchestrated by Meryl Waldo (center, of FoolMoon Luminary Kit fame
), posing for the paparazzi with her co-conspirators.
FoolMoon favorite Patrick Elkins was back with his ghoulishly adorable shadow puppets.
And we appreciate the strength and stamina that goes into his roving puppet shows!
Predictably, there was a long line waiting at the Orbit
tent for food-insprired hairstyles (and moustaches).
Oh no! This poor guy has a ton of candy stuck in his braces! Several well-meaning passers-by attempted to help. But one false move with the metal tongs and the patient gets mercilessly ZAPPED! Thanks to Trevor Stone and Spontaneous Art
We never know who is going to come to FoolMoon to dazzle the crowd with light.
Another unexpected treat: Giant green balloon-men (actually one’s a woman) with sparkly stars inside them — dancing!
And before departing, we bumped into this wholesome-looking chap. (Kudos on the hand-made armor!)
Me and my best boys bid you adieu. See ya at FestiFools!