Saturday Market in Eugene
Ayala sells her fiber fantasies in an equally fantastic setting--the community open-air craft market mounted every Saturday ("rain or shine") in the center of downtown Eugene. Rules of the market demand that all of the crafts offered be created exclusively by the vendor. The merchandise varies from exquisite (Ayala's) to predictable (oodles of tie-dyes), all of it cheerfully displayed and sold with good humor. Ayala evolved the wooden and fabric booth she uses over the ten years she has participated, and she intentionally located it by the stage to enjoy the variety of live music presented throughout the day. She offered me space in her booth inwhich to hawk my books, CDs, and art prints, and encouraged me to sign up to play music onstage. I had a wonderful day doing both.
Market banners by the square
I applied for this privilege sixth months ago over the phone with Kim, the assistant manager of Saturday Market. I finally got to meet her in person. "She has the best wardrobe," Ayala commented, "and I love working with her. Everyone on the staff at Saturday Market is pleasant and cooperative."
Kim comes by the booth to say hello.
Ayala and me at our booth. On the left
is one of her fairy coats in a pink floral.
Jam Jamboree, a duo specializing in audience participation
Breughel-esque crowds mill in the food court
Music Schedule for July 15
I played an hour of original songs in a
variety of tunings, some from
After my set, Ayala gave a stirring
speech in favor
I met a number of Ayala's dear friends
throughout the day.
Earth Star came up from Santa Barbara
Andrew, the youngest of Ayala's five
sons, has scarcelly removed the angora
At the end of the fair I traded a book
and a CD to Raven Moon for one of his