1. The clothes change as the sessions change – What Good Are the Arts? inhabited by paisley/scarves/tweedy/horn-rimmed glasses/pea-green velvet smoking jackets AND A CRAVAT, while both the Jill Dawson set and the Michael Otterman lot are a mix of the twin-set and pearls crowd and the casual-rumpled-suit-sans-tie guys.
2. Some people have really cool toys: I sat behind a woman yesterday who was reading Mark Twain ON A KINDLE. And David Levithan did his on-stage reading FROM HIS i-PAD. I forgot to ask if I could touch it, but perhaps that’s for the best …
3. It’s still perfectly acceptable to knit before, during and after sessions.
4. Also to just randomly buy tickets and not have a clue what a session is about till it starts. I love this, and say, Big Ups to you brave and passionately supportive people. After all, every session is going to be a winner on some level.
5. It is actually possible to begin to miss vegetables.
6. Shoes. Shoes are really important. You should, however, be careful never to wear pink patent leather heels with your burnt orange long-line cardigan. No, really, don’t. Also, two-tone lace-up brogues appear to be the shoe of choice. I’m still looking for the ultimate ‘Festival Shoe’, but will let you know when I find it.
7. Festival volunteers are here because they love what they are doing, and we love them.