Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Planes, Trains, and Lots of Sheep

by Maggie Sefton

Last weekend I had a whirlwind trip into another world, one filled with fuzzy creatures and all the luscious things that are made from their fuzzy soft fibers.  Of course, all of you must have figured out I spent last  weekend at that festival I mentioned earlier in one of my blog posts---New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, New York.

It was a “multi-layered” trip over and back.  By multi-layered, I mean I used an airport shuttle to Denver Intl Airport, flight to LaGuardia, NY airport, Shuttle from airport to Pennsylvania Station (Penn Station) in New York City, then took an Amtrak train to Poughkeepsie, New York.  That’s where one of the friendly Merritt Bookstore personnel picked me up and took me to my lodging.

The New York State Sheep and Wool Festival truly lived up to its reputation as the largest festival of its kind in the U.S.  It’s located 80 miles due north of Manhattan, so it’s in the midst of the huge population area of New York and New England.  Merritt Bookstore had invited about fifteen authors to sign in their vendor area, where they had set up two rows of long tables and chairs for the authors and their books.  There was a wide space in between for the Festival goers to stroll to their hearts’ content, chat with the authors, and hopefully buy books.    

Boy. . .did they.  Buy books, I mean.  Thank goodness Merritt Bookstore had ordered a LOT of the Kelly Flynn Mysteries.  Saturday was the busiest day with a non-stop flow of people talking about “Kelly World” and buying books.  Oftentimes I had a group gathered around while some of the attendees discussed the characters in the Kelly Flynn Mysteries.  We laughed out loud a lot.  It was GREAT fun.  J

It was a splendid Autumn Weekend with brisk temperatures and only a slight breeze.  Most of the brilliantly-colored leaves were still on the trees.  The picture above is one of them I found particularly beautiful. 

Have any of you ever attended a sheep or wool festival?  Another festival?  Autumn Harvest?