terrapin hill

October 03, 2004

Story and photos by LIZ MAPLES

Helping Hands:

In a switch on most household realities, the kids at Terrapin Hill picked up after the adults. The Helping Hands project gave out sandwich bags to children, who filled the baggies up with litter and traded it back in for a prize. The prize box had bouncy balls, chalk, beads and plastic toys.

Two ropes were tied between neighboring trees, and filled with baggies attached by clothespins. Asked why there weren't more bags, Lydia Pope said, "There's not that much trash this year."

Munch healthy:

The General Store was stocked with healthy snacks and sundries. Big Valley Coffee in Danville roasted a special batch of beans for the festival. Cups of joe and bags of beans were on sale. Raw sunflower seeds, raw almonds and dried apples were bagged up by Full Circle Market Health Foods in Winchester. There also was locally harvested honey, pickled asparagus, ice, unbleached tampons and an assortment of sundries for sale.


Just call me Watermelon:

Watermelon Boyd, of Chicago, was behind her booth braiding hemp necklaces. Some vendors set up booths for their tie-dyes, wall hangings, flowing skirts, silver jewelry and clever-slogan T-shirts. Others just spread their wares on a blanket and sat in the grass.

Or Sometimes:

Sometimes, who claims to have no last name, and his girlfriend, who didn't want to be named at all, spent quite a bit of time at the front gate. She left Pennsylvania three months ago and drove to West Virginia, where she picked up Sometimes.

"I wanted to start over," she said.

They stayed for three weeks, and then, as Sometimes likes to sometimes say, the pair went on tour. The duo claimed to have passed through New York, Ohio, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Atlanta, New York, Tennessee, Maryland and Delaware, just for a moment.

They were waiting outside the Terrapin Hill gate with their no name dog waiting for someone to pay their way inside. Sometimes was the last one to be allowed to volunteer; he was assigned to cigarette butt pick-up detail. Lots of people short on dough came and asked to pay for their ticket with sweat equity.

Eventually Sometimes, his girl and her dog were let in.

Life of Buddha:

Monique Stinson, of Chicago, was relaxing Friday afternoon to the sounds of PaPaw's Dog, a jam band out of Ohio with a stray member from Frankfort. Stinson had a comfy collapsible chair in the grass, listening to the tunes and reading "Buddha" by Karen Armstrong.

Rainbow connection:

Yo Mama's Kitchen, an offshoot to the Rainbow Family of Living Light, volunteered and camped at the festival. The Rainbow Family is a non-organized group of folks started in the 1960s to roam the country in peace and help others. Compass, who goes by no other name, is the navigator for Yo Mama's Kitchen. The group sets up impromptu soup kitchens in towns. The group is out of sorts at the moment. One of their vans is on the East Coast and the other on the West. Rainbow members were on their way to pick up one out West.

They try to operate their lives without cash, so Compass helped at the front gate, but didn't take any money for tickets.

"Life should be free," he said.

Instead he worked the will call lists, checking off bands, vendors and guests and letting them through the gate.

Compass had $2 in his pocket, and said it was more than he'd had in several days. Everything the group earns goes into a common pot, and is shared.

"If it sounds strange, it's because it really is," he said.

Yo Mama's Kitchen hoped to be back on the road and feeding folks vegan meals again soon.

A not so funny thing

happened on the way

to the show:

Kentucky State Police set up roadblocks on either side of the festival on Ky. 152. They wrote 22 citations. No one was arrested. Four of the tickets were for possession of alcohol by a minor. The other 18 were for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.

No more than 8 ounces of the drug was confiscated from anyone. The citations basically read the same. The police asked and people turned over their marijuana, cigarette rolling papers or glass pipes. Most of those arrested were from out of town: Lexington, Ohio, Nashville, Mount Sterling and one fellow from New Hampshire.

The Mercer County Attorney has waived the requirement for anyone to show up in court. Each will be allowed to pay their fines. It cost $300 for possession of marijuana, and half of that helps to pay for drug prevention education in school. There is also a $146.50 court cost fee. The cost is divided into $1 is for Crime Stoppers, 50 cents to maintain the law library, $20 to the county and $125 to the state.

Several other citations were written for failure to produce insurance cards and expired registration or plates.

Private security companies hired by the festival stopped vehicles before they left the festival to check that the drivers were sober.

Paint the Sky Blue:

The painting with "Paint the Sky Blue" was themed "Near Life Experience." The one with the clock is themed "Vital Commotions."

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