|Gretchen helps us take down our sidewalls|
We had saved the one dry spot -- in the very middle of the tent -- for our intrepid CCTV videographer Simon, who arrived and cheerfully helped us anchor the sidewalls and banners with rocks Jo had brought in a bucket from Maine. Gretchen Ruppert-Allen, artist for our recycling program, arrived and plunged in to help us tame the billowing walls. David Nelson, who had volunteered to be our sound tech, was marveling at the challenge of setting up a sound system with no supply of electricity. (The rest of us were wondering about electrocution, if wires were going to be laid in the puddles.)
Just when we were all thoroughly wet, the announcement came from the Commonwealth: THE RIVER FESTIVAL HAS BEEN CANCELLED! And it's official:
The Department of Conservation & Recreation along with the Cambridge Arts Council have decided to cancel the Cambridge River Festival due to severe weather conditions, concerns for public safety and possible flooding at stages. There is no rain date for the event.
It's all undone now. We have tried to reach all the generous volunteers, performers and presenters, and we want them to know how VERY grateful we are, and how terribly disappointed.
BUT: There's next year. And we have some terrific programs, all planned. Stay tuned!