Sunday, October 12, 2008

Day Three – Getting a Second Wind

I have to be honest and say that I almost totally forgot to post anything for the third day. It all starts running together after a while.
The day started with a story by Ben Haggarty. He told several “Jack” stories over the course of the weekend and this one was especially good. Just in time for the holiday hoopla and another distribution of A Nightmare Before Christmas.
Immediately after Ben’s story I escaped across the street to the Tennessee Quilts shop and picked up a couple of yards of Halloween fabric for projects. The have a fabulous selection and I was happy to hear they had a shop online. I made it back just in time to hear Beth Horner’s story about the romance novel. She had the audience in stitches. I was able to sit in the back where a gentle breeze went by periodically. The weather was beautiful in Tennessee but it is very cold in the morning and very warm in the afternoon. Thank goodness there was no humidity.
We also found this tiny Christmas Shop on Main and one of the staff told us about Callahan’s of Calabash in North Carolina, just in case we were ever back in the neighborhood. One of my favorite shops from last year was the Celtic Cupboard. Last year I picked up a ring. When at first glance I thought was a pineapple Tasha was gracious enough to explain to me that it was a thistle. Yes, a thistle, that makes sense.
Antonio Rocha followed in the same tent so I say no reason to move. Tasha was off seeing other tellers and visiting the tent where we could purchase teller materials and have them signed. Antonio was at our festival two years ago when it was more common for us to have a teller to help kick off Tapestry events in early November. He told a story that I had heard before about the chicken and the crocodile being sisters. I was mesmerized, just as I had been the first time I had seen it. He is truly an amazing talent and his love for children shines through his work. I would love to have Antonio back for one of our events. He is absolutely amazing.
I finally got to see John McCutcheon. Tasha had seen him earlier in the day when he did a set on politics. I went to see his Sermon on the Mound: Life Love and Lessons from Baseball. I’m sorry to say my son could have been a great baseball player. Ironically, there were way too many politics in little league for us to navigate. I probably should have seen the set on politics. When I asked Tasha who is this year’s Bill Harley or Tom Chapin (who I also adore) her answer to me was John McCutcheon. So I waited until I could get a good spot and settled in to listen to baseball stories just as we are getting close to the end of baseball season. I loved John McCutcheon. He had all kinds of different musical instruments on the stage (please don’t put me in charge of sound ever again) and he was funny! Honestly funny. One of his most amazing performances was the one we saw on the last day when he sat down without his instruments, told a story and gave a performance using his body as an instrument. The sign interpreters had fun with that one!
After an evening break, Tasha and I went back to see Beth Horner, Carmen Deedy and Bil Lepp. And all three were just as great as they were the first time we heard them.

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