The Castleton Festival ended last weekend with a bang. Actually several.
One was related to the weather. A microburst — or, as one of technical director Terry Robey’s crew put it, “the world’s biggest dust devil” — approached the 400-seat Festival Tent between performances Sunday afternoon as a “cold” front arrived, following a spate of 90-degree-plus days that roughly coincided with the four-week festival itself. “There was a loud pop — the pressure inside the tent just reacted to the pressure drop outside,” he said. “Nothing bad happened.” The front continued on, and wound up taking out much of the electric power in an unnamed cultural center 70 miles east of here. […]