Everything seemed to go right at the 112th Arden Fair — weather, crowds, vendors, musicians, artists, dancers, and wizards. This annual event benefits the Arden Club, which is the umbrella non-profit in Arden, Delaware for many gilds including Ardensingers, Shakespeare, Swim, Garden, Writing and Poetry, Folk Dance, Georgists, Library, Scholars, Dinner, and Concert Gilds, headquartered in Gild Hall.
No, “Gild” is not misspelled but honors the efforts to simplify spelling popular in the first decade of the 1900s. Such spellings are one of the many charming and not-so-charming-but-idiosyncratic features of The Ardens, three Single-Tax municipalities in northern-most Delaware, my home since the year 2000.
Living almost next door to Gild Hall, it is nearly impossible for me not to photograph some of the thousands of people in attendance, many of them my neighbors. This year I did not use my big digital single-lens reflex camera but instead used a miniature camera manufactured, not in Japan, but in Paris, France. The DxO One digital camera is now obsolete, no longer in production but has a decent lens and produces 22MB RAW images I like quite a bit. The camera was made to plug into an iPhone, but I use it unattached, by itself. It has the world’s worst viewfinder, a small black-and-white bitmapped viewing screen. The images are usually much more casual than the more formal images I get from a DSLR.
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