Leave it to the Fells Point Fun Festival to bring another magical moment and post to my blog. After last year, I didn’t expect to write about anything for 2016. And not in any negative away, I just didn’t have any expectations or was actively looking for this week or next weeks post. Several lessons can be taken from this, let it come to to you, and expect the unexpected. I need to keep reminding myself that.
For us in Baltimore, this event means so much to us. Many of us don’t know why we love this festival exactly, but its sentiment rings true. The neighborhood has changed, so has the city, maybe we’ve changed ourselves. I should speak for myself, maybe I’ve changed too. Actually I know I’ve changed. But nearly 15 years of doing it, it seems to have been rejuvenated the past couple of years. The allowing of drinking in certain part of the streets definitely play a part but I truly believe the heavier emphasis on local vendors and local business is the true backbone and the true revitalization.
And we’re talking upwards of 100,000+ people that attend. This being the 50th anniversary, you know that’s going to add to it.
Saturday was rainy, the skies were gloomy, but my friends and I weathered the storm and enjoyed ourselves. That’s what life is about. We drank, we ate, we shared laughs, we hopped from one place to another. It doesn’t get any better.
Sunday felt like a rebirth. The early afternoon looked ominous but the skies cleared and then it still felt like Summer. I know it’s October but it was akin to a new sense of hope and possibility. It also led to more casual strolling and a more focused energy on seeing what was outside of the madness.
After that extended monologue (prologue?) I’m grateful to have found within that hectic sea of humanity, the most charming of booths, the Wight Tea Company.
Again I almost just walked by and thought I have enough content to last throughout the year. There will never be enough content. And never enough to support local business.
I’m glad I turned backed around. Izzy who was working the booth was kind of enough to let me try all four samples. There were four, and if I get them wrong, I hope I’m corrected.
This sounds like a cop out but I liked them all and likely in that order. White and Green have always been favorites of mine. White teas in general have been a regular staple in my sipping repertoire. Chamomile was once I tea I avoided but as ones palate expands and evolves, new interests develop. That may be a reflection on me growing as a person too.
By virtue of this blog it has made me try and uncover new teas, new companies, and new start ups.
This is a start up that I’m rooting for. I had the pleasure of meeting Brittany and Joseph Wight, two siblings who are the brains and brawn behind this operation. You couldn’t meet two friendlier people. When good people are taking a leap of faith, and using their own creativity to better humanity and themselves, it’s something you root for.
I live vicariously through such ventures, and it inspires to maybe one day do something myself. We’re all capable of it. I motivated myself to do this blog. And this’ll end up being looked back on as one of my most favorite posts.
If you’re interested in purchasing their amazing teas, you can click here. I was told more teas, strainers, filters, etc. will be added to the website soon.
And exciting businesses are about to open by the end of the year, that will be carrying their products. R.House Baltimore will be opening by the end of the year, and a cup or pot of tea will be available at BLK/Sugar Stall. This article will shed some more light on this.
Last but not least, their teas will be carried at BWillow in Remington, which is due to open at the end of the year. Big things are happening!
This is just the beginning. I will be purchasing their teas and updates to this post may be happening periodically. And hey, another post may come in time as well. This is one where I want to word out about these guys. I had such a good feeling when I was there on Sunday. I wish them all the best. The best!
I love local,