It was a rainy weekend at the Elk Grove, California annual Dickens Faire. But many people came anyway, to make merry for the holidays. Vendors were invited to dress in period costume, and I did! And many guests came dressed with hoop skirts, bustles and top hats, as well. Strolling jugglers and decorated dogs added to the fun. I sold many a French tablecloth but few people really understood what they were; they thought I had hand painted them!
Sixty years ago I left Elk Grove as a child. It was a cow town then, but not anymore. It now counts 171,000 souls. But living à la française is still a little exotic for the locals in this suburb between the railroad tracks south of the state's capital, and sandwiched between fields of hops and cattle pastures.
Nevertheless I enjoyed myself and the welcome visit to the past and yesteryear. Having a little fun can be as simple as a change of habit, and costume. And welcome returns to family gatherings during the holidays can start with the tablecloth. A Table!
Morgana was born in Les Lilas, France, and recently finished her degree from UC San Diego . She and her mother live in San Rafael, CA.