This weekend has been an all-around good one. Yesterday was jam-packed with bookish, artsy, and outdoorsy activities, and since those three types of activities are my favorites, I thought I’d commemorate the weekend with a blog post.
First, the girls and I attended the much anticipated Front Porch Storytelling Festival at the beautiful University of North Alabama (of which both Steady Eddie and I are alumni). Steady Eddie volunteered to keep the DLM at home, and we probably all enjoyed it a little more that way. 🙂
The highlight of the day for us was hearing Carmen Deedy work her magic. We heard her tell once again the story of how she came to love books, and despite the fact that it’s really not a sad story at all, it always brings tears to this book lover’s eyes.
The girls and I walked over to the bookstore and purchased The Library Dragon, which was the only book of hers that they had for sale which we didn’t already own. After shopping, we made our way down to the food vendors, and who should happen by just after we purchased our funnel cake than the author herself?!? I asked for her autograph, and she kindly obliged. We chatted for a few moments, and she informed me that she has a chapter book coming out in the fall! She was excited that The Cheshire Cheese Cat: A Dickens of a Tale has already gotten a starred review from Kirkus! I look forward to reading it for myself. Chatting with Ms. Deedy was indeed the high point of my good day!
In addition to Carmen Deedy, we also enjoyed stories by Donald Davis, Dolores Hydock, and Bil Lepp. Sitting out under the trees in the amphitheater (and trying to find enough shelter to cover us when once, in the late afternoon, we had a brief cloudburst) was such a nice way to spend a Saturday. I loved it.
Our day at the festival was punctuated by a lunchtime trip for all of us to our favorite Chinese restaurant and attendance at a dance recital that several of the girls’ friends performed in. What a treat!
After the storytelling festival, we headed out to my parents’ farm for supper–grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. Before we ate, though, we took a quick trip to the pond for the girls to wet the hooks on their new fishing rods.
This was just about as close to perfect as a Saturday can be.
What was your weekend like?