Greenwood’s Clark Park (near Greenwood Community High School at 615 West Smith Valley Road) hosted Saturday’s second-annual WAMM Fest. $10 bought admission to the event that featured wine, art, music, and microbrews, as well as a nice-sized crowd and plenty of sunshine. A spattering of sprinkles taunted at least one craftsperson who leaned out from under his awning and said, “It’s not raining… right?”
- A vase by Judy DeGan
My day began with a small glass of a dry red from Chateau Thomas Winery (6291 Cambridge Way) and scads of people-watching in the food vendor area while The Woomblies played original tunes and covers from INXS to AC/DC. Several sample foods were available for sale from the many vendors, including Moe’s Southwest Grill (7853 U.S. 31 South) and Carrabba’s Italian Grill (4690 Southport Crossing Drive). While the music played, I checked out the arts vendors, immediately noticing that photographer Robert Clark had a booth set up. I bought a small vase (pictured) from a potter named Judy DeGan and browsed by a booth with metal flowers whose petals were made from faucet knobs. My friends delighted in found-art sculptures made from teakettles, old phones, buckets, toy trains, and probably enough other stuff to win a decent prize on "Let’s Make a Deal."
Shortly after 3:00 p.m., NUVO readers’ favorite Jennie DeVoe took the east stage and performed a 90-minute set. Years ago, when DeVoe could be found performing between the stacks at a bookstore or at small clubs, I was quite the groupie and was happy yesterday to hear her sing songs I hadn’t heard in years. Even though it’s a cover, I always liked her version of Ani DiFranco’s "Little Plastic Castle" and found myself swaying in the heat while sipping a second glass of cabernet. Next year? More money for crafts and a camp chair so I don’t have to chase people away from seats that appear to be but are not available.