The Wisteria Festival is a well known local crafts fair. Sierra Madre is a small residential town snuggled in the foot hills of the San Gabriel mountains and is the home of the worlds largest wisteria vine which runs hundreds of yards on a parcel of private property.
The crafts fair is known for it's dedication to sell crafts no matter what. The motto, "We go on rain or shine, has stood for decades, but this particular Sunday, the crafts show yelled "uncle!" A pounding rain pelted the show with a torrent of rain and hail so intense that opposite side of the street was invisible. From the safety of our Volvo, we watched the booths come down faster than Paris Hiltons undies at a Marine corps parade.
We waved at our friends Ann and Karen Mitchel, who make costume jewelry seen in dozens of movies and T.V. shows. We arranged to meet them at their home and then we headed downtown to get some lunch.
Our favorite restaurant at the show is a little Mexican place on the main street. We parked close enough to the awning that protruded from the front door of the restaurant that we only had to take two quick steps through the down pour. We took our time eating, and by the time we left, the storm had settled down to a steady rain with no hail or wind.
Waiting for some cars backed up at the nearby light to move, I pulled out my trusty Nikon Coolpix 510. The car next to us had it's lights on, and the tail lights were large and made the distorted images on our side window look like a splash of blood. I took four quick shots, and we left for Ann and Karen's house to talk and buy some jewelry.
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