The first of three videos about the Regatta is now up in the video section of the Daily Globe site.
The others will come up as soon as my laptop can process ‘em; I edited them before I came to the beach today. They were all filmed by my editor, Ryan McGaughey, who was a good sport and agreed to drag the camera everywhere he went yesterday while I liveblogged from the Globe tent. He did an awesome job and got video of tons of people doing fun things. In one of the videos you can see the couple in the photo dancing.
And remember, the audio clips are here.
And we’re back on sunny Sailboard Beach!
The wind has picked up slightly, which is good news for the windsurfers. I doubt anyone will be setting any speed records today, but they are moving.
There are fewer people here this afternoon, but there’s still DJ music and Double Shot is scheduled to take the stage from 2 to 4:30. They’re sandwiching the awards ceremony in there at 3 p.m.
There’s still free coffee, provided by the Beach Nook, at the Daily Globe tent, as well as free water, provided by Culligan. And we’re selling T-shirts, and the vendors are all still here.
I believe I am going to go and see if I can get some pictures and maybe an elephant ear to go with my coffee. Mmm.
Drinking coffee and chatting with people on the beach. My job is so hard.
There’s a ton of stuff going on down here at Sailboard Beach, but unfortunately, it’s time for me to leave for the evening.
My 10-year high school reunion is tonight, and I’m looking forward to seeing old friends and classmates, all of whose names I have no doubt forgotten. Oh well.
I greatly enjoyed going to Jackson County Central High School. It was a great school with awesome teachers and kind-hearted students, and even though I only started in Jackson in the middle of my 10th grade year, everyone always made me feel welcome.
So: I will return to Sailboard Beach tomorrow for more live Regatta coverage. But you should really be here yourself, if you possibly can! It’s the place to be!
This is Samara Nordby, 6, of Worthington. She was playing with a balloon in the Globe tent. We’re handing out helium-filled balloons, but Samara found one that hadn’t been filled yet and playing with that instead.
Lots to do for kids here at the Regatta!
There’s artworks and of course, about every kid here has a balloon and a cute little lei from the Globe tent. We also have free water, provided by Culligan, and free newspapers. We had free coffee but that was gone before I got here. I went to Java Nau and got some tasty medium roast caffeinated goodness there instead.
And yes, of course there’s windsurfing. My low-powered camera doesn’t take great photos from this far away, though, so I haven’t taken a lot of windsurfing photos while I’ve been here. Brian Korthals, our real photographer, will probably have some awesome photos of windsurfers, so stay tuned for that.
Remember, audio clips of the Regatta can be found here. Check them out!
When the Regatta’s over I’m going to link all their websites here, and I hope some of you consider buying a CD or two. I haven’t heard a bad performer yet, and I’m fairly sure all of them will be excellent.
Folk singer Johnsmith has taken the stage. He plays sweet, melancholy acoustic folk music, and a little bit of country and old rock.
I’ll try to have an audio clip or two up soon.
I haven’t said anything yet about the vendors here at the Regatta. There’s quite a few of them, and I can’t cover them all, of course, but I did go and grab a couple of photos so you could see what’s out here.
The above photo might actually be a windsurfing trophy for the Regatta, but it’s also a good example of the work of Jeff Hegwer, whose booth for Treeage Wood Craft has a vast assortment of gorgeous woodcrafts. I have no idea how many hours something like that windsurfing rig takes to put together, but it’s beautiful.
I believe these blown glass vessels were made by Jeff Adamski, who is also a windsurfing instructor. He calls his operation Wind4Life, according to the card on the table. The glass pieces are gorgeous and I’d be afraid to touch any of them, they look so delicate.
There’s so many pretty shiny things I’m about ready to go into shiny-shock and just stand here gaping. These are pendants at the Hot Glass by "D" booth. They’re made by Deb and Dan Olsen, of Blue Earth, and there are literally tables full of pendants and earrings and other pretties.
I collect teapots, so of course I snapped this photo when I went by the Spafford Pottery booth. They have all sorts of handcrafted mugs and even woven pottery baskets.
And I didn’t even catch the name of the booth selling these instruments.
There’s the sun!
Most people aren’t brave enough to dance in front of other folks if they’re the only ones, but the couple in the photo above sure cut a rug (a block of sod?) when they danced to the Roe Family Singers. They were great dancers, knew all the steps and made me wish I didn’t have two left feet. Oh well.
Not everyone was that energetic.
And then there’s the non-walking demographic.
This is one of the many dogs of all sizes here at the Regatta today.
Though the Regatta folks can’t forbid people from bringing dogs to Sailboard Beach this weekend, they prefer that people leave dogs at home, because there’s a chance dogs can become stressed out, hyper, noisy or just generally misbehave. They can also get kicked or inadvertently stepped on by crowds.
And then of course there are a few people who don’t clean up after their dogs, so that you always have to watch where you step.
I haven’t seen any of that happen yet, though. The tiny little dog shown was quite well behaved, and the other dogs I’ve seen have also been well-behaved, and I haven’t seen any dog droppings on the ground yet, much less stepped on any.
These folks brought a portable playpen for the baby and set up to watch the Roe Family Singers.
Lots of kids were playing along the beach, making sand castles and wading. It’s a little too cold for them to swim at this point.
The sun didn’t happen to be shining when I took the photos above, but it’s out now that I’m in the Daily Globe tent typing. Go fig.
The Roe Family Singers have taken the stage. They’re an old-timey bluegrass band with a hillbilly feel. Kim Roe is playing an autoharp in the photo above, and yes, your eyes are not deceiving you, that man is playing a saw. Check it out:
When I get some audio clips up, you’ll be able to hear what it sounds like. In my opinion, it actually sounds like a lower-pitched theremin, very eerie and quavery, or a woman with a lot of vibrato singing a long way off.