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? 


10 comments:

Gram said...

No, I haven't, but my favorite natural wool purveyor was there - AlpenGlow Yarns!

Karen in Ohio said...

Sounds like a grand time, Maggie.

I took my 9-year old grandson to the Pendleton County (KY) Wool Festival a couple weeks ago. He was fascinated with the sheep-to-sweater process. We had a really fun day together.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love knitting, yarn and festivals, Maggie. I would have really enjoyed this. One of my friends was there and really excited about meeting you! So glad it was a success. Hugs,

MJ

Maggie Sefton said...

Gram----I think I remember seeing their stall. :)

Maggie Sefton said...

Good for you, Karen. It's totally fascinating how the fuzzy wool on those little creatures' backs can be transformed into beautiful and warm sweaters and other garments.

Maggie Sefton said...

Mary Jane----Oh, you would have had a GREAT time! Think about it for next year, maybe. How far are you from New York state? Rhinebeck is 80 miles north of Manhattan.

Aurian said...

I am glad you had such a good time Maggie, and I hope you made lots of new fans there!

Anonymous said...

Great, she has loved yarn and knitting since she was a child and decided to do what she loves :-)

Annette N said...

I kow you had a wonderful time and it sounds as though the welcome was terrific. But, I must say, just being able to share the picture of the beautiful tree, is a gift you have given us. I live in Texas, and today I was thinking I live in a wonderful place - sunshine - no longer hotter than a depot stove - just beautiful. But, your tree makes me realize there are other places.

Susan M said...

Oh Rhinebeck is wonderful!! This is the first year I've missed in a long time....I will be there NEXT year for sure!! Glad you had fun!