Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sand In The City and Comment Controversy

This weekend in Olympia was the annual Sand In The City event.  Bruce and I went down to the Port Plaza on Saturday to check it out.  It is a fun family oriented festival of sorts to benefit the local Hands On Children’s Museum.DSCF6288 

A lot of folks were there participating in the free (donation suggested) events and programs.  270 tons of sand had been trucked in for the sand sculpting teams to play with.  Their artistic talents are amazing as you can see from some of the displays we observed.  There was a team sculpting competition.

                                                            This looks like Bruce and me watching TV at night.DSCF6278

                                                            Title:  Camping Gone WildDSCF6280

                                                                     I thought of Bayfield Al with this sculpture.DSCF6272

The warm sunny day brought out even more of the locals.  There was a giant sandbox set up for the smaller children to play in while the parents sat nearby or played too.  They even had games for the kids like Splash Ball, Bubble Hut, and Chalk Walk to name a few.  The usual face painting booth was on hand.

                                                           Could you even find your kid in this mass of people?DSCF6286

                                                                           On a warm day WHY do people have to dress their dog?DSCF6289

There was live entertainment every hour and it was very good.  While we watched, a group from the Comerford Irish Dancers performed.  In traditional Irish dance the arms are held straight at the dancer’s side.  Think Lord of the Dance here.

                                                           Beautiful young ladies entertained the crowd.DSCF6290

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There were many local businesses represented here with food and beverage for sale.  All their proceeds were going as donations to the Hands On Museum.  What a great community this is and very generous, as well. 

                                                           Tables were set up for eating, if you could get to them.DSCF6287

It was a nice day and a change of pace from the world of babysitting.  There is always something going on in the greater Olympia community and that is one reason we do enjoy spending some time here.

COMMENT CONTROVERSY, OH MY!

If you read my post from yesterday you may have viewed the comment section as well.  I never intended for my post to open a can of worms or create a “bear pit” (as Al once called it on his blog) and I’m sorry if feelings were bruised and so forth. 

We all have our own thoughts, opinions, way of life, etc. and I just want everyone to be comfortable in what they are doing.   I try to respect everyone’s blog and the comments they leave on mine.  I appreciate all comments and I will publish them all as long as they do not include offensive language.  After that I leave it up to the reader to determine what they will after viewing them.  After all, we are all entitled to our own opinions and have the right to express them.

Thank you for stopping by….and Please feel free to leave more comments.

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Until next time…..so long for now!

16 comments:

Kenny And Angela's Adventure said...

The sand art is awsome it looks so real. Thanks

Kimberly and Jerry Peterson said...

Love those sand sculptures. While on the Outer Banks in North Carolina last year a co-worker got into it and she did some great work.

Looking at their masterpieces is fabulous, but actually doing them is not for us. Some folks seem to love it, we on the other hand have different loves. This is what makes this world a wonderful place, we can each have our own likes and dislikes and opinions but still be able to live with one another.

Carol K said...

I thoroughly enjoyed our pictures of "Sand in the City". I find large sand creations to be so interesting. I like to see all the detail and creativity that goes into the sculptures.

As to comments, I see that one of the problems with blogs is that when we try to express ourselves, we are sometimes misunderstood, a misunderstanding that probably wouldn't happen if we were talking in person. It's just the nature of the beast.

Rick and Paulette said...

Margie, your Sand in the City event was similar in many ways to our own Cobble Hill Fair yesterday - an inexpensive, simple and fun day for kids and adults alike. It just shows that kids don't have to have a boatload of electronic gizmos to have fun.

Great pics of those sand sculptures too!

Gypsy said...

The sand sculptures are so creating and interesting.

Freely Living Life said...

The sand sculptures are amazing! This event looks like a lot of fun and very family friendly! Thanks for sharing your day with us. =)

pidge said...

I love the sand sculptures. I wonder if the people that create these are artists in their real lives, and just do this as a hobby or what?

The Gypsy G-Mas said...

Margie ~

As usual, I'm a little behind and after reading this blog I had to go back to yesterday's and read through all of the comments.

First, I want to thank you for sharing your history. I had no idea you started out so young. Even though I am 99% sure we are doing the right thing, every once in a while that 1% of doubt surfaces and makes me question if we aren't being short sighted. And it's mostly from a long-term financial perspective that the doubt creeps in. It restores my faith that we can do it when I am reminded that there are others who have paved this path for us. So thank you for sharing. It is so much more than just an interesting story.

Second, about the comments. Everyone will have their views and are entitled to their opinions. While I tend to live by the motto "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all", not all agree with me and tend to share what ever is on their mind. I guess that's just part of this wonderful, but sometimes odd, blogging world we live in.

It sounds like the comments posted started a lively debate, at least between 2 of your readers. I happen to follow both of their blogs and will continue to do so. But it's unfortunate that it took a little turn toward nasty and it's more unfortunate that it had to be on your blog.

But enough of the negative. Thank you again for being you and sharing your life with all of us. I realize that very few of us realzie the impact that we make just by writing our blogs, but you are truly an inspiration!

THE BAYFIELD BUNCH said...

Ummm, I think it was Rick who first called it the Bear Pit but that's OK, I'll take whatever I can get:))

Sue and Doug said...

A sunny, sandy day!!..looked like it was great fun!!!!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

I am always amazed at what they can do with sand. Maybe that is because I have zero talent in that area.

I guess I have to go back and read the comments and see what the flap is about.

Sam&Donna Weibel said...

That festival looked like good clean and sandy fun. Don't have any desire to get into squabbles in the blogging world, I guess some people have more time on their hands than I do. keep up the good work, I blog because I l;ike , not to satisfy any one else. Be safe out there. Sam & Donna.

Judy and Emma said...

You know, I've always wondered how they get those sand sculptures to stay together and not crumble away. Do they mix something with the sand besides water??

As for the comments, I have recently become aware of how some comments don't always come out the way I had intended. I agree with whoever said it's because you can't see the face of who is making the comment. Oh, well. Life goes on. :)

Jerry and Suzy said...

We didn't get to your blog yesterday, so missed the hullabaloo. We'll go back now and take a look. In the meantime, loved the sand sculptures! They are fantastic!

Dennis and Donna said...

What neat sand sculptures!...Thank God it didn't rain!! You have a fine blog...keep on bloggin!

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