Last Friday had my heart singing with joy! My cute friend Allison (who happens to be a mega-talented photographer and boss babe) and I decided to venture through our local downtown Arts District. On the first Friday of every month there is a cute street fair put on in that area. Y’all. I had NO IDEA how much good food, adorable small shops, talented artists, cool galleries, and awesome humans were hiding in my hometown!
Cody and I are both from the biggest “small town” you’ll ever visit, Bakersfield, California. It’s the kind of place people remember driving through on their way to LA, but never actually stop in. It’s an ultra conservative town. Most families are Oklahoman transplants, and everyone knows someone who knows someone. Sometimes it feels like a place where art & creative thinking come to die.
OK, so that may be a little dramatic. But I won’t lie, I’ve always felt a little out of place in my hometown. I have (relatively) liberal views, crave big cities, hate small talk, and I’m not even remotely country. Last weekend, though, Bakersfield really surprised me! I’ve always known there are people from all walks of life here. Heck, this town has over 350,000 people living in it! But I think so often in a town like this, people who are different get lost in the noise and chatter of those who all the same. And that’s a shame. But this event is different. This event really brings people out of the wood works to celebrate art & culture in a way that makes me so very proud of this little drive-through town.