Baseball great Yogi Berra, who died this week, once said of a popular restaurant: “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.”
With a bit of a twist, that’s my thought on the Plaza Art Fair, which starts Friday afternoon and runs through Sunday.
It’s too crowded, and I don’t like going there anymore.
Sure, the event offers lots of opportunities for people to buy food and alcohol, then walk around with drinks in hands while mingling.
And while that part of “community building” is important, it seems that the eating-and-drinking aspects of the fair have been amped up in recent years.
Perhaps it’s a sign of the times, that people need even more reasons to hang out on the Plaza than just seeing good art. They need to be able to eat and pound back a few cool ones.
Obviously the Plaza Art Fair is a wonderful Kansas City institution. It’s 84 years old, after all.
But I much prefer more sedate venues, such as the recent Art Westport 2015.
It was a smaller event, featured interesting art — and was not that crowded on a pleasant weekend afternoon.
Of course, if I’d come at night, that might have been a different tale.