This is the definition that just came up for “fringe”:
An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.
Not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme: “fringe theater”.
I am planning a trip overseas this summer, with my son. It’s his first trip out of the country, and we’re planning on visiting England and Scotland.
I’ve started discussing the details of the trip with my wonderful niece, Laura (who is also a terrific travel agent). She’s been asking me great questions about what kind of trip we would like to take.
Based on past experience, I would love a trip that had some structure, but also allowed room for improvisation.
And I was thinking about trips I’ve taken in the past with my friend Jeanette.
Jeanette and I took several trips together, in the 80s and 90s, and our blueprint for these adventures was establish a beginnning and ending point, and to make up the rest as we went along.
One of our trips, many years ago, started in Edinburgh, which was so beautiful.
We also had a great time attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
(I love Google Images, I have to say.)
This morning, when I was writing my niece Laura about the priorities for the upcoming trip with my son (including theater, museums, music, architecture, history and literature, food, fun, interacting with people who live there, walking around, etc.), I included the Fringe Festival as an example of something I would love to do.
Later, I googled the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. And this is what I found out:
- The official name is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (check out that non-mainstream word order).
- The festival, this year, is happening when we’re traveling.
So that is really the major point of today’s blog post.
Sure, there’s more that I could write about the word “fringe,” including:
- I’ve always liked the unconventional, over the mainstream.
- When I’ve felt bad about myself, I’ve used the word “weird” as a self-critical label.
- For a long, long time, I’ve loved “Beyond the Fringe” (and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore).
But I don’t want this post to get too peripheral.
Thanks for reading today, everybody!