Sunday, May 13, 2007

Landis Valley

We love this herb fair for the friendships we have made over the years and the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and to meet new ones. It isn't bad sales-wise, either!

I apologize for the lousy picture of our set up at Landis Valley, and as it turns out, we changed it all around anyway, but this was the only one I had time to take and I just hate to post without a picture!You can see the soaps at the left end of the table, then my jewelry display and finally, Tina's books/magazines. We wound up straightening the two tables (and the tablecloths!) into one long display which worked, oh, so much better.

On the left of the picture, the wooden stars are made by Fred Will, Barb and Fred are from Sugar Grove Herbs in Somerset, PA. Apparently, in their area, barns are/were decorated with these stars rather than the hex signs we have here and Fred has been recreating them. Fred was our "tent husband", running for food, helping with the heavy work, putting up and taking down the tent sides... just an all around nice guy.

The weather was beautiful both Friday and Saturday and herb lovers came out in droves. Friday is traditionally the day everyone vies for the best selection of plants, while Saturday is when the rest of the folks come to get a gander at and buy all the other herbal goodies.

Speaking of other herbal goodies, the plate set to the left was my personal purchase at the Fair. It is a 10 inch square plate and half round side dishes made by Sharon Magee from Waynesboro, PA. She presses the live plants into the green clay and then fires it with underglazes to bring out the original colors of the herbs.

I had seen one of her plates at Sarah's house in Baton Rouge and was thrilled to find that she was an artist from our own backyard! Now I can hardly wait to use these and have to find the perfect place to display them between uses.

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