August 2019 Musings

Time to celebrate! It’s my birthday month and lots of fun things are on the horizon. This is the only month for the rest of the year that does not have any demos or shows on the schedule. Time for birthday fun!

My friends and I are still enjoying the Brevard Music Festival. The outdoor concerts were spectacular and we lucked out with dry and comfortable weather each time. Enjoyed a fun rendition of Die Fledermaus this last week; it has been decades since I saw the more serious version in Vienna as a teenager. My father always enjoyed seeing the Lipizzaner horses in their decked-out arena, prancing to Strauss waltzes, of course. It was a wonderful kick-off to my birthday celebrations with an added treat of fried oysters and calamari at our favorite Brevard restaurant.

Next week we will return for the same menu item before enjoying the much anticipated Broadway in Brevard performance. Call me old-fashioned, I love classical and traditional music; maybe having been raised with it before I discovered Rock and Roll and the Beatles helped a lot.

July was super busy with a 4-day demo session at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway and my volunteer time at the Southern Highland Craft Guild annual Summer Fair. I love seeing most of our artists together at the Cellular Center and enjoy our catered dinner on Saturday evenings. The last time I saw many of my friends from other states was at our annual meeting in April. Several of us are looking forward to Heritage Weekend in September, a 2 day event that celebrates Appalachian culture with not only the artists filling the auditorium, but also with music and dancing and the annual world-famous Whammy Diddle Championships.

Currently, I stay busy with new designs for my fall events; headbands are very popular and I also sold a boatload of my new bracelets at my last demo. My planning also includes my workshops at SAFF (see my events page) and the marketing needed to get the word out. Many of my students there are regulars taking different classes each year, but I love to see new faces every fall who are excited about getting involved in our fabulous fiber art.

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Have a relaxing August and find something to celebrate!

“I do what I love and I love what I do”