Archive for Saturday, September 13, 2008

Haskell festival attracts a crowd despite wet weather

September 13, 2008

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James Hopper, left, and his wife, Marilou Cavin, inspect decorative gourds by artist Marty McKinney of Columbia, S.C., at the Haskell Indian Art Market.

James Hopper, left, and his wife, Marilou Cavin, inspect decorative gourds by artist Marty McKinney of Columbia, S.C., at the Haskell Indian Art Market.

Silver and turquoise rings decorate a stall at the fair Saturday. Darrell Slim, a Navajo artist from Albuquerque, N.M., makes the rings by hand.

Silver and turquoise rings decorate a stall at the fair Saturday. Darrell Slim, a Navajo artist from Albuquerque, N.M., makes the rings by hand.

Water-soaked grounds forced the cancellation of some performances but did not hold crowds back from partaking Saturday in the 20th Annual Haskell Indian Art Market.

"It's just water - I'm not made of sugar," said Ursula Foster of Kansas City, Kan., as she strolled Haskell Indian Nations University's Powwow Grounds.

About 140 vendors set up their stands beneath tents, selling a variety of jewelry, pottery, paintings and other items.

The wet weather prevented some vendors from making the trip and spurred the cancellation of two of three daytime music and dance performances, but market-goers did not seem to mind.

"We've got some die-hard fans who come out here," said Kerry Girty, booth coordinator for the market. "They're walking through in flip-flops. Some of them have the mudboots on."

Some festival-goers headed straight to the food area for frybread. Others slowly meandered along the rows of arts and crafts.

"The people are so nice here," said Cherie Marshall, of Lawrence, who went to the market with her sister. "They have jewelry that's super nice and reasonable, and it's handmade."

The market continues today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Comments

Charles L Bloss Jr 6 years, 9 months ago

It would have been nice if they posted a sign after I turned in at the huge sign on 23rd street. There were no signs directing me to the art fair after that. I drove all around the campus, assuming it was inside, and never saw a sign directing me to it. I missed it because they failed to help people who had never been on their campus before, find their fair. I really wanted to go, too. Maybe next year they will do a better job of helping people find it. I hope so. Thank you, Lynn

geekin_topekan 6 years, 9 months ago

Lynn,are you sure you were on Haskell's campus?Lawrence,Ks?Maybe you thought the circus was in town and the five huge tents were the big top,animals and wardrobe?Are you sure you should be driving?

blindrabbit 6 years, 9 months ago

lynn: Either you were blind or otherwise distracted. Did you bother to ask anyone on campus?? If you drove down Mass. Street, south of 23rd it would have been impossible to miss.

jumpin_catfish 6 years, 9 months ago

It was a muddy mess and sounded like a Obama campaign while we were there. There could be no doubt who the MC thought everyone should vote for in November, very inappropriate on federal property but not surprising.

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