Yesterday, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
was absolutely teaming with activity when we arrived. Patrons were being delivered to the main entrance by the busload, teachers accompanied by their classes of school children could be seen everywhere, and parking spaces at the facility were almost non existent. Part of the excitement was likely generated by a special exhibit taking place at the facility called American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell. All of this and yet, I'm not sure that either Crystal Bridges or its patrons were at all prepared for our little group, which consisted of only seven members.
You see, we decided to make the museum the place at which we would hold our own celebration of World Goth Day with a luncheon inside the facility's restaurant and a short photo shoot outdoors under the aluminum tree, which stands facing the building's entrance. What is so amusing is that the folks there really didn't seem to know what to make of us. One older man walked up to our table and just stared for a minute before finally coming up with something to say. Others asked if they could take our pictures and the truly curious wondered exactly who or what we were. Upon leaving the restaurant for our photo session, we passed by a class of elementary students. We certainly got their attention and as we walked by, I heard one of the students say, "awesome!" I'm not sure that his teachers necessarily agreed with his or her assessment.
One of our contingent expressed the experience this way: "...the venue was mobbed with schoolchildren touring the art museum at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. They'll remember the day for sure, so many cameras! The teachers were annoyed so we waved a lot."
Speaking for myself, I had a blast. As a matter of fact, I had so much adrenalin pumping through me that I was unable to finish my personal celebration as planned, which was to watch the film, The Woman in Black, after it got dark. I was simply too excited to focus on the movie, so that's on the agenda for tonight.
All in all, I think everyone had a great time. Still, I just don't understand what all the fuss was about up there.