Monday, October 10, 2016

Waterford Update

If you have never gone to the Waterford Fair (Waterford, VA) you should consider it.  I have been trying to get into this show for 20 years.  They did not allow "art" until this year. The quality is wonderful, the crafters highly skilled.  The show is in its 72nd year!  You can easily spend the day. Many of the historic homes are on a house tour,  there is Civil War encampments, music, and every exhibitor is required to demonstrate so you can really get an idea how something is made.  And, we all have to dress in 1700-1800's clothing...

Thank you to the Bradleys for the loan of our clothing!  Linda had three different outfits and I had this wonderful 1st Rhode Island Artillery coat and two different vests.  It took some getting used to sporting sock garters, keeping everything buttoned and tucked and in place! It was actually pretty interesting seeing how everyone was dressed.  Many of the crafters do other period shows but this was a first for us.
And again the weather was not great.  Rain on Saturday and very nasty winds on Sunday.  I understand the attendance was way down.  
The show was trying to rebound from last years weather cancellation (VA declared a state of emergency).  There were less exhibitors (many are getting older and it is a hard show to do). I went loaded to the hilt.  I don't think I could have squeezed one more painting into the van.  Sales were much less than I expected, but still good and I met lots of new people and I think it will all pay off next year.  We stayed with a host family the Dorsch's and we really hit the host jackpot.  Fantastic family.  We were unexpectedly treated to family dinner each night and hot scones for breakfast.  A perfect experience.  Next years date is October 6-8 so get it on your calendar.

All this week I am concentrating of finishing two commissions which are gifts so I cannot post them.  Just know I am busy painting!!

1 comment:

Unknown said...

It was a pleasure meeting you and your wife at the Waterford Festival on Friday. I bought two of your prints and hung them on the wall this weekend. They look fabulous! I am glad to know you will be back to Waterford again next year. My friend and I had noticed that there seemed to be less vendors than usual. You are a much needed addition! I hope to make it to your open house on the Saturday before Thanksgiving!

Tracy Puglisi