Okay. I’m just going to put this right out there, first thing. The next Country Living Magazine Fair will take place in Mid-September in Columbus, Ohio and I am angling for a way to get there. All the while that I’ve been editing the (way too many) photos that I’m sharing with you, I’ve been hatching ideas in my mind for how I could have planned better – taken more photos – brought you some other aspects of the fair that I got to enjoy but didn’t quite capture – even some parts of the fair that I didn’t fully experience myself – and I was there for three full days! Visiting the Country Living Magazine Fair in Rhinebeck, New York was fantastic. I enjoyed myself so thoroughly for the whole three days, that I want to do it all over again. And I don’t want to wait till next June when the Fair will be back in my own neck of the woods.
Ideas? All suggestions will be seriously considered. Seriously.
So. If you are wondering what it is that I’m not bringing you, about what aspects of the Fair I feel I missed out on, there are two mainly. First, I didn’t really attend any of the presentations that were on offer. And there were a lot of them. On three stages, visitors could attend seminars and demos on everything from floral arranging and container gardening to creative repurposing and cooking. There were live music performances, celebrity talks and book signings, on site antiques appraisals and so much more. The phrase, “something for everyone” comes to mind. Overused it may be. . . but totally applicable in this situation.
The other thing that I can’t really bring to you is a little less tangible. While I was at the Fair I was fortunate enough to be able to meet quite a few of the folks who “run the show”. What I was most impressed with was the fact that everyone I met was smiling and happy. These Fairs are a massive undertaking of organization and attention to detail. One might expect CL staff to be running around putting out fires and acting harassed. Instead, every single person I met, from the Editor in Chief of Country Living, to the president of Stella Show Mgmt. Co., offered a calm and friendly handshake and was willing to chat. These are folks who love their jobs and do them well. It’s hard (for me anyway) to take a picture of the atmosphere. . . you’ll just have to take my word for it – or meet up with me at the next Country Living Magazine Fair, and feel it for yourself!
I know – enough talking, right? What I did take pictures of (lots and lots of pictures) are all of the amazing goods on offer. I’ve already shared a whole bunch in my previous blog post. And here are a whole bunch more!
I’ll start with one of my favorite booths. The Hi Ho Home Market happens to be a real live shop in my own home town. I have always said that walking into this store is like, “walking into the pages of Country Living Magazine”. I go there sometimes just to walk through and soak up the creativity. Heidi’s first Country Living booth did not disappoint.
I’ve told you before that I’m part of an organization called Hometalk. Hometalk is the largest home & garden knowledge hub on the web. It’s fueled by the firsthand experience & advice of hundreds of thousands of home enthusiasts and professionals. It’s a bit like Facebook – specifically for the Home and Garden set. Before the Fair I worked in conjunction with Hometalk to arrange another Hometalk Meetup. You might remember that last month we met up at The Lucketts Spring Market with Donna of Funky Junk Interiors. This time around we arranged to meet up with Sarah Gray Miller, Editor in Chief of Country Living! What a great opportunity! Not only did I get to meet another whole set of bloggers that I have only previously talked to online, I also got to meet Sarah Gray!
How about a few more photos of things that I loved – just because I loved them? Okay, then.
These paintings by Robert Stump of Robert Stump Studios remind me of Upstate New York summertime vacations.
Here’s another craft vendor that I loved visiting. My friend Jeanne Cherry of Junxtaposition has been doing the Country Living Fairs for years. I’m particularly fond of her vintage typewriter jewelry.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this series of three photos that I took. If you’ve been reading breida with a b. for any length of time, you’ll have some understanding of how I feel about old things, vintage things, history. . . I don’t love fancy things – I’m not a fancy girl. . . What I do love, what I absolutely can’t resist, is the idea of a story behind a piece – the thoughts of the people who might have had it before me – used it – loved it – passed it on. These little houses caught my imagination. Why were they made? Who had them? Where did they come from? How did they end up here? Where have they been kept all this time?
What lives have been witnessed from inside these tiny wooden windows?
Lastly, my favorite photo from the entire weekend. This miniature town. So much work – such simple shapes. A story waiting to be told. I’m not a professional photographer by any stretch of the imagination – and my tastes have always marched to their own tune, but I love this shot. I’m not saying it’s the best – just that it’s my favorite. . .
What do you think the story is behind these little houses? Do you like the photo or do you think I’m completely off my rocker? Have you come up with an
excuse reasonable plan that requires me to go the next Country Living Magazine Fair??
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