Every year I'm offered the Gazebo at the Coldwater Steam Punk festival. It's located at the Museum side, on the other side of the highway from town. The festival arranges a bus to transport guests and visitors back and forth from town to the museum side, as there's lots going on at both sides of the festival.
I do love doing readings in the gazebo. Having to set up a tent to read in sometimes gives me a bit of anxiety. I worry about the wind, and is my tent secure enough? The gazebo is big and breezy and solid, and I can focus on my readings. Usually. There IS a lot going on with all of the costumes and music and events.
I bring a little brass cauldron filled with stones to hold down the cards, in case the breeze gets out of hand! I have a little table set up inside with a few chairs. This year I brought a bunch of my art to sell, as well as some gypsy cards and Angel Oracle cards and some metaphysical new age books. I found that so many people weren't brave enough to come up into the gazebo, so we set up a few little tables on the ground level and had a few things displayed there.
This year I only did 8 readings. That's half of what I normally do. There was some singing and even though the couple performing were across the field, the gazebo just grabbed onto her voice and sent it straight into my brain. I couldn't 'hear' the voices, and I found I was having to yell at the clients across from me. I was sad to have to tell a handful of people who were eager to read with me that I just couldn't do it with the singing going on. They all got a business card and I hoped that they would connect with me here.
I was concerned about giving them the best reading possible. And I knew I couldn't do it when it was just so loud. The readings that happened before that were amazing! But the last lady to sit with me was when the singing was going on, and I couldn't get anything for her. (This disappoints me, too. It rarely happens, but when it does, I am let down too.)
I was doing $10 for 10 minute readings on Saturday. They almost always end up going longer, just because I'm not going to leave someone with half a reading. AND I never bully anyone into paying for another 10 minutes, if there's more message for them from Spirit. That is just not my style.
There were so many costumes and I met so many new people! We had a beautiful day for the event.
My friend Wendy does readings also. Her tent is always set up near mine. She was selling handmade wands as well as some beautiful pendulums. I went to visit her during the day to check in, and give us both a boost half way through the day. It's a funny thing to be working all day in such a busy environment. (For the most part for me, it all feels like fun, but there's always that 2pm "i need a break", when I need a snack and some tea!)
This was my third year at the festival. It's so well organized and is always full of amazing things to see! They had a magician doing tricks (and he was so funny!) as well as some people dressed up as knights and vikings who did a bunch of fighting shows, and there were some shows in a big tent that was set up, with a tonne of music and interpretive dance.
If you made it to the Steam punk Festival in Coldwater this year, leave me a note! And if we met there, I'd love to reconnect!
Lori-Grace writes about paranormal occurrences, dream work, tarot readings, and ponderings.
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