Pauline from Security
Laura from Security
Laura shares some of her thoughts on the folk fest and some stretching tips for the security folks!
Security tells it like it is
Isaac John Lewis is watching the gate of the Volunteer only area behind the main stage. He is a first year volunteer and from the look of his business card, a very talented painter. He liked the idea of taking in some free music in exchange for helping out, and he and good friend Gabriella Klein were told by their friend Jacqueline Walters that they should definitely try it out. Jacqueline is volunteering for her second year in a row and fell in love with “the energy, the spirit and the camaraderie” of the volunteer experience.
When i asked Isacc what the biggest security issues were he mentioned dealing with drunk people could be very challenging. This being the first year the Festival has a beer garden there seems to be a lot more of it than past years. Gabriella chimed in on this issue, saying she understands they need the beer garden to make money but felt it would be good to reflect on after the festival and ask, “What’s the impact of the bad stuff?” that the increased consumption of alcohol brings.
The three of them agree that the changes to the “bazaar” or folk market outside definitely change the whole flavor of the festival. The folk market outside the gates used to be a free-for-all opportunity for local vendors to come and ply their wears and services to the greatly increased traffic at Jericho Beach because of the Festival. Gabriella mentions a friend who would make an extra $400 of income to support herself but cannot afford the new $200 (plus tax) fee the Festival charges for the spaces. Isaac also mentions that changing the location of the vendors and removing them from along the beach pathway removed a “natural barrier” and people were jumping the fence all night last night.