If you don't know Travis Newbill, you should. Tall, rangy, towheaded, with thick, Coke-bottle glasses, Travis makes a visual impression as soon as you meet him. And unless you have met this writer, musician, Buddhist, it's hard to explain the soothing energy he gives off. A citizen of the world, Travis will be here, then in New York, then at remote yogic retreat in Colorado, and back again in the time it takes you to drive work five times.
He's a music-making, occasionally gender-bending, costume-wearing, soul-soothing, all-accepting guy, and everybody's best friend. If a group of Tibetan monks showed up one day and told you Travis was the Buddha reincarnated you'd say, "Yeah, sure. I can see that."
He's probably the only person who has written for New Times almost as much as we've written about him, wandering into our office at the odd moment, always with a smile. He is a fixture of the local scene. To know Travis is to love him -- which sounds nauseatingly sappy, but there it is. So, like we said at the beginning, if you don't know Travis, you should.
Travis, as awesome as he is, doesn't throw this fiesta alone, of course. There will be a holiday play, a market, plenty to eat and drink, and live music provided by Beach Day, Cosmic Cheer Band, Dr. Martino, Mylo Ranger, and The Le'mons.
Providing the sweets and treats will be Undergrounds Coffeehaus, Frankie Dogs Gourmet Veggie Dogs, Source Food Truck, and Sugared Sweet. There will be almost two dozen vendors in the market place and a full house of art created by local artists.
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.