Yesterday was Somerville’s greatest summer festival: ArtBeat!
It was my 14th year and Jacoby’s 4th. We have the tags to prove it!
Every year has a theme, and this year’s was “Micro.” One of the events was a “Micro Mini-Me Parade” wherein people were encouraged to “Bring your adorable double (pet, child, puppet…), wear matching outfits and join us in the ringing in this year’s ArtBeat!” So of course Jake and I were all over that action.
I wore leopard print and green to match his harness and added my cat ears. But instead of him being my Mini-Me, I was his Macro-Me!
I also brought along the latest Strollercat action figure.
It’s still not perfect, but it’s the best little toy stroller I’ve found yet.
Our first stop was to our friend Kim and her Stella Marie Soap booth.
Jake attracts fans no matter where he goes.
You think these two boys were here for the soap?
Sadly, our friend Mike Ritter of Ritterbin Photography did not have his booth set up this year. We missed him – he always takes such awesome photos of us! But my friend Dora got a nice portrait of Jake and me with my friend Barb.
Then there was Strollerdog.
Of course, you know Jake and Strollerdog just had to meet!
It was super hot…90! Luckily, Jake has his fan, and also a fancy mister to help keep him cool.
He’s a little less fond of the mister than he is of his fan.
There are a couple of things Jake and I always do at ArtBeat. We checked out the puppet booth.
This time we found a little kitty hand puppet that Jake took a liking to.
We had our traditional Redbones BBQ for lunch.
And we listened to some music.
The first band we stopped to watch was called Porch-i-oke and they did sing-a-long songs.
There are a couple of different stages for bands at ArtBeat. We saw a few bands play on the big stage behind the T station because it was on the grass and was a nice, cool place to sit.
Well, cooler than being on the pavement, anyway.
The last band we saw was called Muck and the Mires.
They were described as “a cross between 1964 Beatles and The Ramones,” and they were awesome.
On our way back to the Red Line, I got Jake this little button for his stroller. He needed it.
I look forward to ArtBeat all year long.
I think Jake does, too.