On August 20th I set up my booth in Greenwood Indiana at the Wammfest. We ran the whole of summer outdoor harsh weather, but we survived. Wamm means Wine, Art, Music and Microbrew. This is my lovely helper Theresa, who agreed to come along for her first art fair. The humidity was harsh upon set up. We went through many paper towels just wiping our faces of perspiration. The nice thing was that we could drive right up to the booth space and have the transit there the whole time. I like to be able to set up the night before and the booths were set up in a four square which was also nice because everyone had a corner. This picture was taken the next day after we hung everything.
For our dinner that night we chose Buca Di Beppo Italian Food. I loved their retro signage and the restaurant was quite good. You have to share because the portions are for 2 to 3 people on the lower end.
The windows looking like an Italian restaurant in an Italian village. Lots and lots of pictures on the walls and it was larger than I expected it to be.
More retro signage. We were so warm and our clothes were so wet that the air conditioning made us cold. The food was filling and great and we came away revived a bit.
The day of the festival called for rain showers off and on. We actually looked forward to the rain and not the sun because of the humidity and when the sun came out it was smothering. During the rains the tent held up beautifully. At one point around 4 or 5 o’clock the Greenwood police came around and told us a severe storm was coming and we would be welcome to leave, but with our good weights we decided to stay as none of the veteran artists were packing up. We would not have been able to get everything put away by that time. It ended up that the storm broke up and we just had some rain. This picture is just showing the animals that people bring. It would have been a nicer walk had it not been so warm.
The booth across from us, lots of words but I really liked the coat of armor.
Another dog, this tent that you cannot see inside of made leather goods. Especially leather journals with nice paper inside.
This artist had very pretty glass items that she made. When the storm came she zipped up her tent and took advantage of the down time to take a nap.
This woman came into the booth and I had to ask her to take a picture of her leg. She was obviously a big Wizard of Oz fan and had this tatooed all around her leg.
She said that it took 100 hours.
Amazing work! The leather journals were flying off the shelf, the jewelry maker beside us said that her sales were really down from the year before and I am sure that had to do with the uncertainty of the weather. The bands were fantastic, the promoters were great, the crowd was also really nice but I think they were there for the music and drinks more for the art, especially my art. I sold very little, but got a lot of good feedback. I don’t plan to attend this one again but it was a very well put together festival.
The next weekend, August 27th, we set up the booth at the Oakwood Resort in Syracuse Indiana on lake Wawasee. It was not a big show, 38 artists, but they were all very good artists. You could tell that the community supported the arts and made it out to the show even though it did rain. We really had about an hours down time from 11 am to 12 pm. Sales were doing well up to that time. It rained hard enough that we had to put all the sides down on the tent. It was warm to set up on friday evening, but not as warm as Greenwood was. They were generous with the booth size placement also. It was set up in an event area along a meandering path. My sister and I set up the tent the night before and then put the pictures up again the next day. Here I am the morning before the show started.
We decided to have our meals at the resort and sat outside for the evening meal on friday night, this was our view. The only problem was the darn august bees.
Topped off my fancy mac and cheese meal with some very tasty cheesecake. It takes a lot out of you to set up a tent in the heat. You need nourishment!
Another pretty one I had to share.
The beach at the Oakwood Resort, our room window was on the third floor. The inside was so well lighted and lovely. It was a treat to stay there.
This is the S.S. Lilypad, people were dressed up and boarding for an evening cruise, possibly dinner we think. This was also the view from our room. We were so fortunate!
Here is a morning sunrise picture, just delightful! We had their Saturday buffet for breakfast and that sustained us through the day until we were on our way home.
Our sunny room and my helper was my lovely sister Linda. I have a very fondness for the Oakwood Art Fair, it was my best so far. It was not big but the people who came out were wonderful. There was music, and things going on for the kids. The bathrooms were easily accessible and clean! Good food items and wine to taste and buy. Linda picked up a bottle of “Cruisin Concord” from the Tippy Creek Winery and I look forward to drinking it. Each show I learn new things at and the artists are so nice, an experience I wouldn’t want to miss.