After a hotel with author-themed rooms, we returned to home base where the main theme is dust control . . . and the dust is gaining ground.
Splendid summer weather in Salem for our two days back. More Saturday marketing for Saturday dinner. More dogs at market than last week as well as more buskers; both signs that summer is heating up.
We paid a brief visit to Salem’s “World Beat” festival at the waterfront. Masses of vendors and purveyors of everything from Peruvian knitted finger puppets to Indonesian print shirts to Hawaiian shave ice to Philippine lumpia. We saw ospreys and dragon boat races. We saw children playing in the water fountains and other children learning how to play African drums. In a city with a very pale past, it was great to see the tremendous diversity that makes up our community . . . a diversity that is still too often not seen.
Turns out our Saturday marketing was wisely done because Saturday night’s dinner was another grilling success.