Branching Out

I even got some painting in!

I even got some painting in!

Thanks to Campout, and the organizers of the Virginia Women’s Music Festival, for another wonderful year.

This year was the best yet for me on many levels. Perfect weather worked well, not least because my easy-up was on its last legs!

Cindy, my helper this year, was awesome, skillful, talented, organized and very creative. (I could go on!). I told her one of her jobs was to make sure I had fun, and she succeeded so well. Her ideas for the display made my life much easier, and I felt completely at ease leaving her in charge of the booth. This gave me a freedom I’ve never had before.

As usual, I felt completely taken care of by organizers and workers! And the women who attend are wonderful – one participant brought me an orange, another, a beer.

Painted pieces

Painted pieces

This year, not only was I able to bring new artwork to the event, but I also brought my sculptured paper jewelry. I was happy with the reception – people seemed to love them.

Sales this year were almost as good as my first year there. On top of this, I had wonderful trades with the other vendors.

I left the event with new commission work and special orders, and even new business for our guesthouse in Charlottesville.

So, I was incredibly pleased with the professional success of the event. On top of that, I had the most fun that I’ve had in the five years I’ve been going. As is true every year, I thoroughly enjoyed the music.

I’m grateful that the memorial ceremony had the highest attendance I’ve ever seen, and was very touching. The last image of the weekend for me was seeing hundreds of candles floating on the lake at dusk.

Campout is the women’s land in Central Virginia where the event took place. It’s such a pleasant sanctuary for a woman to relax and share the company of friends.

I encourage my women friends to consider coming next year!


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