The Fairhope Arts and Crafts Festival 2017 was a huge hit, not only because of the great art, but also due to the fabulous weather. This was also a special year for me because it was the first (and hopefully not the last) time I was an official, “author” and got to sign books with the other members of our Fairhope Writer’s Group for our smash-hit, best-selling, #1 (with our moms) book of all time, The Original Fairhope Guidebook! Here I am with co-author Rosanne Gulisano who is obviously accustomed to all the star-treatment since she looks very chic and important in her cool shades. We had a good time signing books and people-watching.
And then look who showed up to sign books at the next table? My darling friend, Karyn Tunks! I first interviewed Karyn for my blog years ago when she wrote her first book, JUBILEE! and since then, we’ve become fast friends. It kind of creeps us out how much we have in common — but in a good sort of creepy way, you know? I’ve come to love her dearly, and only helped write this book so I could sit next to her! (there’s more of the “creepy” part, right?)
And THEN . . . guess who stopped by to beg me for writing advice? None other than Rick Bragg. Okay, one of us was asking for advice, and I can’t remember which one of us it was, but don’t you think . . . oh, never mind. I was bothering the poor man to death as usual whenever I see him, but he is absolutely the nicest thing ever. Above, I’m clearly saying, “If I had my own book, I would give you a copy like this . . .” And he’s saying, “How does this woman always find me?”
Rick doesn’t carry his Pulitzer Prize around (By the way, is it a trophy, certificate or plaque? I need to clear my mantle, just in case), and always takes time for his crazy fans (me). He actually gave me some reassuring advice about a BIG PROJECT I have coming up that I can’t wait to tell you about! Hint: It rhymes with, “look.” Agghhh! I’ve said too much! My string of powerful attorneys tried to tape my mouth shut, but they forgot about the computer!
Moving right along . . . here is another one of our Writer’s Group members, Bob Glennon with a lovely member of the Dogwood Trail Court. Poor thing, we stuck her in the bright sun, but she’s still gorgeous . . . and has very good taste in books as well!
Further down the street . . . local artist Christine Linson was painting outside her gallery and looked so cute in her beret, I had to snap a photo. I didn’t get any photos of the actual art in the show, because so many of the artists hate for you to take photos, and it gets to be a pain in the neck asking each one, explaining what I’m going to do with it, etc . . . So, I just learned from my northern husband to say, “fahgetaboutit.” But Christine’s a local, and she’s cool with it, so enjoy.
I didn’t get to see the entire show Saturday, so Hubby and I returned Sunday after church and I caught up with more of the Dogwood Trail Maids. It’s so sweet, because these girls are the same age as my youngest son Joseph, and I remember when he was tiny and the “girls in the dresses” would stop and give him a hug. He loved it then . . . and even more now.
And this is my treasure I came home with. Made by my sweet friend Wanda’s father, Al Eastridge from Opelika. (Find his Facebook page HERE and website with beautiful photos HERE) Al twists each wire into place to make the most intricate designs. I love bracelets but have such a
scrawny delicate wrist, that it’s difficult to find smaller sizes. Al had sizes available for all princesses, so I was thrilled. This pattern is called, “Cupid’s arrow.”
What a fun year for the Festival. Everything looked great and I saw lots of people carrying home fabulous treasures. And as always, we can’t wait for all the artists to return again next year!