Here are some photos I took Friday night in Rocky Mount at the "Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas" celebration:
Inside The Grainery
, artisans were blowing glass
Many lovely works of art were also displayed in The Grainery. I especially like this horse . . .
. . . and this pottery piece by Nell Fredericksen.
Outside, in the parking lot next to The Artisan Center Along the Crooked Road
, various artists and craftspeople were selling their wares. These bags, made by a Penhook resident named Dixie, were lovely—and wonderfully down-home.
In this booth, my husband visits our neighbors, James and Mary Sue, at their jewelry display.
There were a couple of authors outside, too. One was Libby Bondurant, co-author of Grazing Along the Crooked Road.
(Libby will be at the 2012 Mountain Spirits Festival on September 29, if you haven't yet gotten a copy of her book, she'll have it there.)
Next to Libby was Gailya Keller with her children's book; at the other end of the parking lot, Ibby Greer had both her art and her books. In between were all manner of goodies.
As the sun was setting, we walked to the other end of town.
On our way, we spoke to a lot of folks we knew. We passed Marilyn Monroe, but she didn't speak.
At the Farmer's market, we watched a blacksmith demonstrate his art. Among other goodies, he had this propane tank pig for sale and a bunch of lady bug spikes.
From the blacksmith my husband bought a knife wrought from a railroad spike. Also at the Farmer's market, we watched the Jack Tale Players
perform "Jack and the Robbers."
When we went back up the street, we watched a band perform.
And that's how we spent last Friday evening!