Thursday, June 22, 2006

I know I will seem cruel 

The WWW Fest's end, I had hoped, would also kill off the Lemonade Art Fair. This event has always opened the festival, and it happens on our campus on a day when summer school is in session. When I'm teaching summers, this day usually involves a mad scramble for parking. There is nothing more disconcerting to me than seeing menopausal women driving trailers full of "crafts" that they spent all winter making, most of which you walk by and wonder how the hell anyone puts that crap in their house. And I can now hear some band playing loudly outside my office window. And it's impossible for me to drive off campus and return this afternoon, and I'm hungry. "Well they have food out there, King!" you say. Yes, but it's craft show food like kettle corn, horse bits on a stick or some such.

So when I heard WWW was ending, I thought it would be the end of this plague on our campus, but no.

Several individually funded events associated with WWWFest � the Lemonade Art Fair and Concert and the Liberty Savings Block Party � will continue on their own.

The Lemonade Art Fair and Concert is organized and paid for by St. Cloud State University. The popular event, featuring hundreds of artists and musicians, has been around longer than WWWFest.

Can anyone explain to me how this is a good use of taxpayer dollars?