Student Ambassador Timmy Farrell's Review of The Pigtown Festival
I think that beautiful things are often found where you least expect them. When I went to the Pigtown festival last Saturday, I didn’t know what to expect. I had never heard of Pigtown. But, the name of the festival itself was actually pretty intriguing for some reason so I decided to go with a friend of mine. I’m very thankful that I did.
What I loved most about the Pigtown Festival was how it brought the community together. As we walked down the 700th Block of Washington Boulevard, the street was filled with food vendor after food vendor. It was a major feature of the festival. They were all serving BBQ style food. My friend I both got a hot dog and fries from A Taste of Soul, a food vendor that seemed to be local to the community. As we started to eat, I was looking around and realized that almost all of the food vendors were local. I found it so inspiring that the community came together in part to make this festival happen.
After we finished eating, we headed down to the other side of the street where there was live music. Footwerk, a hip hop band, was performing on stage. As we approached, everyone was huddled around the stage and there were a few people dancing in front. I naturally got up in front with them and danced (it is one of my favorite activities). I felt such a sense of relief. The music was so good and dancing helped me to get active and forget my worries. I even started to connect with other people. Another person came up to me and introduced herself and told me that I was a great dancer. I was so appreciative! It was a refreshing experience to connect with a total stranger. As I took a break, I saw that everyone else was coming together around the music too. More people were coming to watch and dance. A lot of people were also talking with each other too. It seemed that just as the community came together to make part of the festival happen, other parts were connecting while enjoying it.
As the day progressed, I even started to feel connected to the community. Eventually, we went back to the other side of the festival and I got some more food. I ate a cheese brisket sandwich. It was so good that I went back to the vendor after I finished it to get the name of their business. It was named The Outpost and their main location was near Federal Hill. Learning about the business made me feel more connected to Baltimore. I live in the suburbs and don’t know the ins and outs of Baltimore. But, it was cool to learn about a new delicious food spot in Baltimore that I am planning to go to at some point.
By the end, I felt as though I was a part of the community. For the last hour or so, my friend and I just sat and relaxed in the middle of street. We observed our surroundings and took it all in. We watched all of the people from the Pigtown community walking around and enjoying all that the festival had to offer. We saw the community come together through the festival. Moreover, when I thought about it, I realized that we were also a part of that. So, even if it was for a brief moment, the Pigtown Festival made me feel a part of the Pigtown community.
In my opinion, one of the reasons that we are put on this earth is to connect with other people. In practice, I think that creating and maintaining a community is one way that people can connect with other people in a meaningful way. For that reason, I have come to value community as such an important thing. Furthermore, I have found that it can give people a sense of belonging in this world that is so divided in many ways. It can foster the giving of love and support that we need so much as human beings. In The Pigtown Festival, community was something that I found to be very apparent and comforting to me. For that reason, I am very thankful for the Pigtown Festival.
Peace and Love,
Deep Thinker Timmy