On the lovely day of Saturday, September 11th, we spent the day tabling on behalf of Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC at the 18th annual Waterloo Arts Festival that took place on Waterloo Road between Calcutta Avenue and East 161st Street.
This event is produced by Waterloo Arts, a 501(c)3 whose mission is “to enrich the neighborhood culturally and economically by creating a stimulating arts environment through quality exhibits, performances, special events, and educational programming for people of all ages.”
On this day, musical entertainment took place on five stages and there were countless vendors proudly showcasing their artistic wares. Along these lines, we were greatly impressed with the number of vendors who were young entrepreneurs marketing items that they had created themselves.
We, ourselves, tabled right next to Ms. Aja Dandridge and almost directly across from Mr. Thomas Smith, two young originators whose promising careers are just starting (i.e. their moms helped them staff their booths) and near Ms. Darla Davis, a veteran craftsperson of great expertise.
Throughout the day, festival goers stopped by to chat with us including a young woman whose great-grandfather immigrated to the United States from Italy in the early 1900’s with only “$11.00 in his pocket” and became a very successful businessperson.
Of course, we left our table a few times in search of food and frequented Forgotten Fruits Ice Cream because we couldn’t get enough of “Elderberry Crumble” which composed of vanilla ice cream, elderberry jam, and streusel pieces.
Unfortunately, due to the parking situation, we couldn’t leave the festival until it ended at 7pm so we missed out on some international-flavored happenings that we would have really liked to attend such as a Mexican Independence Day Celebration in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens and a Columbian Carnival in Solon put on to raise funds for a Columbian Garden.