*This article from The Franklin Counter was republished with permission.*
A new tentpole for Franklin county’s already in-tents summer schedule has been announced by the Mayoral Council for the City of Schumacher. Local businesses show tentative support.
The first-ever annual History Festival, set for June 6 & 8-11, is expected to draw new blood to the area for a weekend of culturally themed food, entertainment, and craftsmanship. Attractions include a Thursday night concert from award-winning Latin hip-hop artist Busta Luego, a traveling exhibit from the Museum of Slight Curiosities in Quebec City, as well as “enough food trucks to hold enough food to feed enough people to consider the event a financial success,” according to the council.
“I’m really thinkin’ this is gonnabe a really good festival, I do,” said CHLOOE Joones, an archivist for the Museum of Slight Curiosities and a very entertaining person to listen to. “It’s gonnabe oot-a-this-woorld, and I’m glad I could be one of the people that could help bring it aboot.” She’s the one in charge of curating their exhibit, carefully selecting the quote-unquote “curiosities” that are most culturally consistent with the Quebec sector and the ones which will wow the museum guests the most.
“I’m especially excited aboot sharing the one and oonly copy of the 1904 French-Canadian silent film La Noubeau Chateau. It follows a young girl through the streets of Montreal as she tries to pick dandelions for a present for her mother because she […].” (At this point I was too distracted by the accent to listen to the rest of the words that she said, but I assure you that you won’t want to miss the presentation.)
The Busta Luego concert is also sure to start conversations–hopefully not during the performance, though. The rapper/actor/children’s magician was in the news earlier this year for accepting his Latin Grammy while blindfolded, a feat he claimed to have learned when he was 8 years old. As of press time he did not comment on how said feat was achieved, but we didn’t exactly ask.
“I can’t wait for the festival to start already!” said Mayor of Schumacher MR. Louis SCHMOUIS. “I won’t wait. In fact, time doesn’t exist, so nobody ever has to wait for anything. But, seriously, I’m super excited.”
Mr. Schmouis received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and was turned down for every job in the field that he applied for. He decided to go into local politics and hasn’t looked back since. Whether it was because he was happy with his job or because of something else, nobody knows.
“My entire council has been working around the clock to make sure that the first ever History Festival is a smashing success!” he added. “The clock is starting to get tired of us working around it. I think it wants more space, and I can’t help but oblige because I’m so giddy!”
Of course, there are always the worry-warts.
TYRA Nt, a resident author and skilled golfer, has spoken against events of this nature in the past and will likely continue to in the future–although as journalists we’re discouraged from making these kinds of assertions.
“I’m just afraid that once we start bringing all of these people into our city for what should be a good time, that after the festival is over, we’ll realize how boring everything was before and just be kind of disappointed,” she told those gathered for a town hall meeting on May 5. “I think what we need to do, if anything, is make a barricade around the city, but hide it until the festival starts, and then BAM! A wall around the entire city. Right before your eyes. No time to process it. That way they can’t leave and we just have to party on forever, or until the barricade falls down, but that won’t happen because we’ll have contractors do it, we won’t do it ourselves, or wait, even better, […]!” (This was the point when I walked out.)
Still, things are moving; passers-by won’t want to miss out on the goings-on at the first ever History Festival in downtown Schumacher, June 6 & 8-11. (That Wednesday, regrettably, is Farmer’s Market.) Save the date and don’t be late!