April 10, 2011
10 Reasons Why the Best "Boyfriend" I've Ever Had Is My Cat
I was talking about men the other day. And the thought occurred to me --- not for the first time ---- that my cat has a lot of qualities that I wish men in my life had had. So I decided to make a list.
Facetious, but still holds a lot of truth.................
My cat, Trilby Kitty, a better "boyfriend" than many
If you want to read more about my cat, Trilby Kitty, check out "The Devotion of a Cat" or "In the Mind of a Sleeping Cat." And if you own a cat or a dog, then "7 Scary Things You Didn't Know about Your Pet's Food" is a must read.
The University of West Florida's celebration of Spring, Festival on the Green, is my favorite of all the Pensacola's festivals. The presence of the college students and the fact that dogs are welcome are just two of the reasons that it has a different feeling from any other festival here. Being put on by a university, it also has an emphasis on education and history that you won't find at other festivals. Held on the campus, it's got lots of room to spread out, but it doesn't draw the crowds that the downtown festivals do. Conversely, this results in you having both more room to breathe and a greater feeling of intimacy at Festival on the Green as opposed to the "sardine in a can" feeling the big festivals can have.
This year Festival on the Green was last Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2. On Saturday, the Festival has three entertainment stages plus the canine area so there's a lot to see. There's so much going on simultaneously, it's impossible for one person to cover it all. Here are some highlights.........
Fine Arts and Crafts
The artist at work
Fine Arts display
From stained glass...................................................................................to lace doilies, there was a variety of wares.
Where you have students, you have student activists.
Cheerleaders practicing behind the scenes.
More causes ROTC
Campus life Live plants, one of the more popular items for sale by the students.
Fantasy: Past and Future
SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) Star Trek
Astronomers set up their telescopes for views of the Sun.
An entire section of the festival is devoted to living history.
More reenactors The past meets the present.
Clown and balloons in the Saturday Children's Festival
An exhibit from the Naval Aviation Museum Even for children, education is emphasized with this exhibit on marine life.
The Native Americans brought their mobile museum. The two littlest Irish dancers. The youngest is only six.
A display of origami. UWF has strong ties to Japan.
Middle Eastern Belly Dancers The art of Japanese swordsmanship
The local Beatles tribute band, Not Quite Fab
UWF symphony and singers perform selections from "Brigadoon" "A touch of Gray" opens the Main Stage Saturday morning
Dogs are full participants at Festival on the Green. Everywhere you looked there were dogs. People were welcome to bring well behaved dogs.
Dogs were the star performers at the Canine Arena.
The most exciting event of the festival: Fly Ball!
Who needs hands? Carrying two balls at a time. Canine agility
One Lone Cat
Campus Cat -- not invited to the festival, but clearly a permanent resident
If you'd like to read more about the Pensacola scene, check out "The Sounds of Pensacola: The Seductive Stylings of Songstress Holly Shelton." Or check in the Archive for The Sound of Pensacola series.