"Rain or shine" is always the policy of craft shows. Sometimes rain is not at all as bad as predicted. We've been through enough bad weather shows to know the difference. However, every once in a long while, you are faced with potentially dangerous conditions for vendors and patrons. So, we are still waiting to hear about Art On Main in Hendersonville, NC this weekend. They are going to let everyone know in the morning. It's a lot for them to consider.
Truth be told, we are not looking forward to being out on the street for two days in 100% rain. Sitting there might be fine if there is something hot to drink and anyone around to talk to, huddled under tents. But let's take a moment to think about the logistics:
Unloading a van full of tables, shelves, wrapping paper, paper bags, business cards, electronics, personal affects and of course your heart and soul in the rain, is not for the faint of heart. Then it's decision making time and you need to move fast. What can get wet, and what can't. Don't forget that water is not just coming down on your head and sideways splashing, it's also at your feet running under your boxes. Are you on a curb that is designed to slope and funnel water into the sewer? Are you in the grass that will get muddy in no time flat? Is it windy? After you get things situated and toweled off (not all artwork is so user friendly) it is important to display it to accommodate for the nasty weather and make it look inviting. Inviting? Well, yeah. You might as well leave it all packed up if you don't want to make it look good. After the first day of talking about the weather, you have to secure your tent and leave it overnight. A restless sleep is next, spent hoping the tent near you doesn't come crashing into yours from a nasty gust of wind, or collapse from the weight of relentless water. Hurry back in the morning, assess any damage control and start toweling it all off again. Now it's time to be glad for the last day, and wait. Wait for that person who decides to come out with their umbrella, full belly, and ask how you are. You have to lie. You don't want to lie, because that's not nice, and they most likely just don't know what else to say. But if you really tell them everything you've willingly put up with the past 24 hours, it's going to sound a lot worse and guilt ridden that a simple "Oh, fine. Rain never hurt anyone." And then you pack it all up again...wet.
I kinda hope they cancel.