For me, WestFest has been divided into two rather different elements: the volunteering portion and the event portion.
For the first time in rather a while, this let me feel like I was making an immediate and concrete difference in an outcome of some importance – that someone else could have done a lot worse at responding to the same conditions.
I should volunteer more.
Tonight’s artists were very talented and I will definitely need to investigate a few. Buffy Sainte-Marie was extremely powerful and impressive, though many of her songs raised difficult questions about the degree to which we can inherit guilt or grievance from our ancestors.
Tomorrow morning, I will be back among the volunteers.
P.S. Supposedly, the plastic cups and bottles being used by this festival are made from corn and biodegradable. I collected several dozen tonight to determine whether I will be able to find a method of biodegrading them.