A splendid time was had by all
So many people came by and had fun with us at the 2001 Folklife Festival, it's
hard to capture the enormity of it. But we'll try anyway...
Ace-King-Queen: As soon as graffiti muralists Tats Cru finished
their bogeda mural, we moved in and started what felt like an 8-day marathon
game of Ace-King-Queen. You may call it Chinese Handball, and you might not
play with boxes, but literally hundreds got a great start on our court.
Skully: OK, we used to play it on the street and drew the board with
chalk. But the plywood-and-electrical-tape DC version worked great! People
young and old were fascinated by this most unique of city games--a lot of
newcomers were great at it, too! And yes--you can call it skelly.
Stickball: The grass made for some interesting bounces, but the most
essential of street games, stickball, ruled the festival. We played all
varieties, from fast-pitch to fungo--and even imported the NYC big boys on one
weekend to play a game announced by none other than Guardian Angel founder
Stoopball: We played for points. We played like baseball. But mostly,
we just played and played. And for anyone who thinks this might be a sport
for wimps, we'd invite you to try it--especially when you have to navigate
tent poles in center field!
But wait, there's more: We played Chinese Jumprope, marbles,
flipping-cards, and many other games at the festival. We've added some shots
here--and we'll add more as we get them from the many people taking pictures