Thursday, March 29, 2007

Gulf Wars prostelisization paraphernalia, err, i mean, report.

This was the 2nd time Dancing Pig had been to Gulf Wars and the first time i've been.
After D. & Rob went last year, D. came home & told me it was better than Pennsic.
I was all: "blasphemer! How dare you say such a thing?"

Well, after going down to check it out for myself i'm here to testify.
Much, much more fun than Pennsic.
Less money. More fun.
Aside from the less money part it was all the things i love about Pennsic & none of the things i don't. And Gulf Wars has better weather & amazing croissants fresh from the bakery every morning!

So, you have to come down & try it out. At least once.
Yes, it is that cool.
As further incentive, here's a picture of all the folks who camp or hang out in the bog--Proof that you do know folks who go to Gulf Wars.

And if you come, i promise you'll make lots more friends.
Here we are with some new "feels like i've known them forever already" pals.

You too can hang out with great people and make new friends. All you need to do is come down to Gulf Wars next year.
See ya there!

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

We're home from Gulf Wars
but not for long!

Since we didn't sell as much pottery or leather as we'd hoped to (& really, i'm not sure i'll ever manage to do that) we're still in the throes of our extra-special-before-the-spring-season-gets-started-broke money drought.

So, on the "it never hurts to ask" school of thought, we called up the friendly folks at the North Carolina Renaissance festival this Monday & asked if they could squeeze us in somewhere.

Guess what. Yep. They're happy to have us!

So, Dancing Pig is hitting the road AGAIN. TOMORROW!

That's right! We'll be driving south tomorrow, heading for Raleigh, NC and the three weekend long North Carolina Renaissance Festival.
The show is going on at the Heritage Village section of the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, NC for the next 3 weekends.
The hours are a bit tricksky (meaning they change about a bit) so check out their website for details, but it's opening this weekend: Saturday March 31 & Sunday April 1.
Then there's a special Friday at the Faire: Friday April 6.
Usual hours on Saturday April 7 & then we're open Easter Sunday at 2pm. *admission on Easter Sunday is half price, since it's only open half as long.
Closing weekend things get back to normal: Saturday April 14 & Sunday April 15.
So get your taxes done early then come spend the refund on pottery!

It's a wonderful show, full of friendly folks. You should go check it out if you can.
And if you go, you are of course, required to buy some pottery. FROM US!

Hope to see you in Raleigh this weekend!
love from a frantically packing Va

Friday, March 09, 2007

On the road again....
Greetings from beautiful Meridian, Mississippi!
(which is really a neon lit spot off the interstate &/or a welcome break from all the scrub pine & billboards)
I'm posting from the spacious Super 8 motel just off I-59. We're 700+ miles into our 888 mile trek from still wintry WVa to beautiful springlike Lumberton MS. We're on our way to Gulf Wars, an SCA event down here on the gulf coast of Mississippi.
It's been a long & slightly surreal journey so far. We left my valley in WVa before sunrise this morning. It was 25 degrees outside, the stars were amazing in the crisp cold & silent night. After driving for 13 hours, we're going to sleep in Mississippi in a hotel off the interstate where the spring peepers (tree frogs) are loud enough to be heard over the traffic and the air conditioner! It was 74 degrees at 7:30 at night! The dogwood & pear trees are in full flower & the daffodils are past their peak! (those same daffodils are barely peeking out of the ground back home). This is a welcome change indeed. I highly recommend "driving south" to find the spring if you too are frustrated with waiting for spring to come to you!
We've taken our last "real" shower & are enjoying our last sleep in "real" beds before commencing our week long camping trip tomorrow at noon (that's when set-up officially commences). We're planning on selling lots of pots & seeing lots of old friends & making lots of new ones! I plan to post more later, with pictures even. Till then, enjoy whatever signs of spring you can find wherever you are. And seriously, think about that drive. & if you do succumb to temptation, you have to play the John Hiatt song "Drive South" as you go!
Blessings from the road weary potter