Every year, Simon and I look forward to the Arts Festival. It’s not that the art is really all that great, but the weather is usually fantastic, and the food is always a highlight. Nine years ago, we were seniors in high school (1999!) and had just started hanging out together. I don’t know how we decided to go to the Arts Festival, but it became our tradition, even when I came home from Pepperdine the next year. I think we’ve only missed it once in the past nine years. Last year, I was (barely) pregnant with Jude, but all I could think about was how fun it would be to bring him to this. Granted, we didn’t stay long last year as I was nauseated, and the food was not sounding so hot. Anyway, it was with great anticipation that we headed downtown tonight.
There’s always a great variety of food. Inevitably, we end up at the Gopuram Taste of India booth and chow down on yummy chicken tikka masala and naan. The wind was whipping like crazy tonight, and I was just sure that I would end up with a lapful of masala.
Finally we just wandered and hung out in the beautiful green park around the Crystal Bridge. It was the perfect lighting outside – the sun was starting to set, and it was just gorgeous. So of course I wanted to shoot photos of my two favorite subjects. 🙂
We also enjoyed the annual Festival of the Arts dessert classic: Strawberries Newport. Jude made friends with some little girls and enjoyed listening to the live music. All in all, such a delightful night. We drove home with the sunroof open and came home to a happy Mazie.