Spencer, WV, October 5: Tamarack Foundation's Artisan Fair. This is just one of the many artists who came to display and demonstrate their craft. I was there telling stories and selling my books and CDs.
The event included an evening dinner and presentations and music by the Carpenter Ants.
October 9: Shepherdstown, WV: Telling stories for the WV Library Association's annual conference, with my good friend, storyteller and retired coal miner Fred Powers. We presented a program of coal stories, songs, poems and artifacts, the first time we'd ever tried this presentation. It went very well, and I hope we will have opportunities in the future to do it again. Attendance was disappointing, especially considering this was a free performance and Fred and I had both traveled over 6 hours to be there. Usually my presentations for the library conference are well attended, but it's the luck of the draw--and the librarians seemed more drawn to the karaoke downstairs! (And some of those singers sounded pretty good, too!)
October 10th: My friend Liz's home near Antietam in Maryland. This home has something really unique: a picture of the man who built it, and a handwritten history of the house and its owners. When do you ever find something like that? The tree is a pecan, which surprised me--pecans this far north? This tree is huge!
October 10: The War Correspondents Memorial near Antietam Battlefield. It was raining so hard I could only take a few shots and duck back in the van.
A lone sentinel still stands watch.
Sunday and Monday, October 13 and 14: Catch-up time! Rest, laundry, cleaning, rest, writing, rest, writing, rest, work on stories, rest, work on songs, rest. And repeat.
Tuesday, October 15: Work on stories, pack, drive to Weston, WV for the Jackson's Mill Storytelling Festival. Tonight's moon over Jackson's Mill. What a beauty.
Tomorrow and Thursday: Stories, stories, stories!
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