Kids are everywhere in all shapes and sizes, including on the beach, totally oblivious to the wonders of the art world unfolding in the tents and display booths along the pathway in the park or snaking around the edge of North Idaho College's grassy campus.
|Scott Dodson's sand sculpture|
But for the first weekend in August, Coeur d'Alene shines. And we all fall in love with this place all over again. And maybe some newcomers, too, realize the charm of such a place. Sure it's crowded. But it's a festival. A celebration of the arts. And community. A chance to see old friends, like the parents of students and even former students themselves, including the one who excitedly showed me his first art purchase: an enamel by Allen and Mary Dee Dodge.
We bought some trinkets for friends--a great place for jewelry--and a few for ourselves. And we ate well (why go to Spokane for Azar's gyros when you know they'll be coming to you during events such as these!). But mostly we marveled at our good fortune for living in such a lovely area.
And then we went home and napped. Ah, summer.