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I am scheduled to do the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts next month, middle of July and I looked again and realized that there was no electricity and generators are not allowed. So, my question is- How the heck do you keep cool? It  been so hot at the last few shows I have done and I had electricity and fans going at them and even then almost passed out. Since I do these shows solo, I'm really worried about keeping my work (encaustic) and myself cool enough, especially if it's a typical July day. Can anyone give me some help here- what do you do to offset the humidity and scorching heat at these shows?

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Comment by Kathleen J. Clausen on June 28, 2013 at 9:56am

I used a wet bandana around my neck last summer, just kept wetting it down!  I talked to someone who puts her feet in a pan of cold water whenever she can.

Comment by lisa cutler on June 28, 2013 at 9:25am

I just bought a deep marine battery at COSTO for $75.  Plus the trickle charge on Amazon for about $45.  If charged correctly, it runs an oscillatiing fan for about 16 hours.  Best investment I ever made.  The battery is heavy, and should probably have a case but that hasn't risen to the top of the must purchase list yet.  I have used the 02cool fan in the past.  Not bad but I hated buying the D batteries every month.

Comment by Kimberly Merck- Moore on June 26, 2013 at 8:40pm

I recently heard someone talking about "frog togs"?  Supposedly some sort of towel that when you get it wet and wring it, it provides cooling properties of some sort.  I looked it up on Amazon and the ratings were really good.  I am not sure about wearing a towel around my neck, but if it is 100 degrees outside, I might just do it...

Comment by margaret luttrell on June 26, 2013 at 5:40pm

I bet there is at least one of these posts every summer..Ha!....but who know about all the stuff out there. I do have battery fans but all they do is move the hot air around. But the car batter is genius- and it's probably quiet too....The cold cloths and the dark sheet ( I figure that must be inside not out..) are also great ideas. Thanks Jackie for your post and to everyone that responded with guys ROCK!!!!

Comment by Scott Pakulski on June 26, 2013 at 5:14pm
Comment by Connie Mettler on June 26, 2013 at 2:48pm

Can you believe that we have discussed this here before? Here are some good tips right here:

And Gopal Kapoor had it right at AA a few years ago....

Comment by Robert Wallis on June 26, 2013 at 2:44pm
I use the 12 volt clip on RV fans from Walmart. They are available from most hardware or automotive stores. They use a cigarette lighter plug . I use a marine battery for lights and the fans.
Comment by Shoshana Matthews on June 26, 2013 at 2:25pm

We use battery operated fans made by O2Cool.  Got them at both Walmart and Walgreens.  The batteries usually last for 2-3 shows and they really help to move the air around.  Also use the wet towels (made especially to keep people cool) on the back of the neck - helps to put them on ice first.  Drink lots of water.  And just keep thinking that soon you'll be in your air conditioned  hotel room (mind over matter).

Comment by Colin Murray on June 26, 2013 at 2:19pm

There are a couple of different things that I do: 1-Put a wet wash cloth in your cooler, before you leave in the morning. By the time it gets hot outside, you can wipe your face and neck with a cool cloth. Feels great. 2-Buy a battery operated fan at Walgreens. It will give you hours of enjoyment! 3-Water, plenty of water! If the show is passing out water, I take it, even if I don't need it that moment. 20 min's later, I will drink it.


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