These 'happenings' are fun, and it's great that you get in there and interact with them. Don't worry about what your friend said. I see no particular problem combining photography with a narrative, and a good editor can make the two work together delightfully. You could pick three images out of these and the narrative would provide the context and set the tone. I could see a magazine piece with three such stories, or even a book of short stories.
I've had a couple of remarkably similar happenings that I hosed down, just so I could select the three or four frames that supported the story.
So keep going, man.