Saturday, October 13, 2007

Wish you were here

RICHMOND, Va. (Saturday, October 13) – As predicted, the weather has blessed the National Folk Festival. Clear skies and temperatures about 70 as of 2 p.m. provide a pleasant atmosphere for all.

The music today began at noon at all venues and with a variety of musical offerings. Maggie Ingram and The Ingramettes gave a rousing performance at the Ukrop’s/First Market Stages. Moges Seyoum and the Yared Choir opened at the Genworth Financial Stage. The Jerry Grcevich Tamburitza Orchestra was at the Dominion Stage. Melody of China performed at the Comcast Stage, and the Paschall Brothers opened at the NewMarket Stage.

The Holmes Brothers returned to the stage this afternoon – to a full Times-Dispatch Dance Pavilion and an enthusiastic reception from the crowd.

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One of the most stressful jobs of the festival is that of WW. WW, who prefers to remain anonymous, is the transportation guru. His job is coordinate the transportation via shuttle of performers and staff between the festival site and the hotels where performers and staff are staying.

WW juggles several walkie-talkies, one radio, several charts and innumerable pieces of paper to get everyone to their scheduled destinations on time. He has to make sure each vehicle is large enough for the personnel and equipment that need to be moved. WW estimates he had 30 schedule shuttle runs Friday, with 60 scheduled for today and 45 on Sunday.

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