1. A decorative border or edging of hanging threads, cords, or strips, often attached to a separate band.
2. Something that resembles such a border or edging.
3. A marginal, peripheral, or secondary part: “They like to hang out on the geographical fringes, the seedy outposts”(James Atlas).
4. Those members of a group or political party holding extreme views: the lunatic fringe.
5. Any of the light or dark bands produced by the diffraction or interference of light.
6. A fringe benefit.
(*As defined by the The Free Dictionary)

I can appreciate all of these things. A “fringe” on a pillow adds a decorative touch. So too does it add to curtains, scarves and other fabric projects. And NO, I have not taken on any of those projects myself, but if you want a nice fringe on your next pillow or scarf project, there are a few directions here. Let me know how it goes!

As far as a border or edging “fringe” goes, I have a little more experience with a landscaping fringe.  I am thinking lava rock, mulch or even a rough boulder edge around a garden bed. They keep out weeds, give a nice definition to your plants and make a garden a more ordered affair.

Now the 13th annual London Fringe Festival is another thing entirely. You might define it as marginal. You could think of it as a group with extreme views. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if a play of light bedazzles your eyes when you go to see one of the 350 performances that will be going on in London, Ontario over the next 12 days. What you have to know though is that this particular Fringe is something not to be missed this year!

You might think that 13 is an unlucky number, but the folks who are organizing this year’s Fringe Festival are thinking quite the opposite. There are 44 theatre companies that are thinking the same thing too. From June 6-17, 2012 at 9 different venues around the city, Londoners are being treated to this year’s version of art from a whole host of independent artists. And what exactly does that look like?

Well at The Arts Project, there will be 35 artists with their artwork on display for the Visual Fringe. You can view photography, water colours, oils, pottery, acrylics, mixed media pieces and more from June 7-17, with doors open from 7-9pm.

If you are looking for performances, take your pick! There will be comedy, drama, musicals, dance and probably a fair smattering of downright weird to entertain you. As far as venues go, you can catch a fringe show at the Spriet Theatre, Wolf Performance Hall, The Arts Project, McManus Studio, Fanshawe Theatre,  The Playground, APK and even the London Convention Centre.

The first thing you need is a $5 backer button ($1 for kids), and then the skies the limit, as far as shows go. See one show or try to catch them all! Bring your sense of humour, horror or whatever else you might need to get you through the show, but just get out and support local artists trying to make it in the big world. They appreciate it (even more so, as the individual artists take home 100% of the sales from their shows) and so do all the folks that help to put the Fringe Festival on every year. So get set to get your fringe on and go take in this year’s London Fringe Festival!