Wine & Arts Festival, Locust Grove, Walkerton, VA

Yesterday combined all the things I love and hate about craft shows.  The good: company of friends, interesting customers, lovely setting, concerned sponsors; the bad: incredible heat, minimal sales, long day.  It was the kind of day, when at the end of the afternoon, I’m muttering to myself, “never again.”

The festival started five years ago as a way to raise funds to maintain the 1770s home, currently occupied by the 12th generation of the founding Walkers.  The 60 vendors were all high quality arts and crafts folks.  Rides were available throughout the day from  1) a hay wagon pulled by draft horses, 2) a fine carriage pulled by thoroughbreds, and 3) a small trap pulled by a minature horse.  Six wineries offered tasting and sales, and string and bluegrass bands provided entertainment.  For details, see The Wine and Arts Festival site.  It’s worth stopping by if you’re in the area next year.

My friend, Beth, from Greenview Farm not far from Walkerton, has done the show in the past and Susan, Paula and I talked her into doing it again as a group effort.  I was very pleased with our display and we had some sales.  Unfortunately it was brutally hot.  The only thing that saved us was being able to spell each other for breaks on the bluff where there was a constant breeze, and visits to the misters set up around the grounds.  Paula’s chilled watermelon chunks were a wonderful mid-afternoon refresher! 

Happily, one of our fellow vendors was my younger daughter’s father-in-law with D’artes Mineral Exploration.  He had lovely gems and necklaces with him.  He doesn’t do many shows, as much of his work is cutting gems for jewlers.  It was good to visit with him and his family.

Here’s a link to the Times Dispatch article on the venue.  Hopefully it will be good for at least a few days. 

Til next time!

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