Peevish Pen

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Location: Rural Virginia, United States

I'm an elderly retired teacher who writes. Among my books are Ferradiddledumday (Appalachian version of the Rumpelstiltskin story), Stuck (middle grade paranormal novel), Patches on the Same Quilt (novel set in Franklin County, VA), Them That Go (an Appalachian novel), Miracle of the Concrete Jesus & Other Stories, and several Kindle ebooks.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Galax 2011

Again this year, I was invited to be among the Authors on Grayson under the tent in front of Chapters Bookshop at the Galax Leaf and String Festival. I had such a good time last year that naturally I accepted.

Galax is about two and a half hours from home, so it isn't a bad drive. In fact, it's a downright scenic drive that doesn't involve interstates but does involve crossing a mountain. I hate interstate but love mountains. Here's the view from Lover's Leap:

I stayed again at the Hampton Inn, which is very nice and only a few miles from where the festival is. It's also next door to a nice Tractor Supply.

Here's my PT Cruiser in the lot. On the other side of the fence is a cow pasture. Since my house is also across from a cow pasture, I felt right at home.

At the other end of the parking lot was this truck.

Here's the front view. I kind of wondered what this truck was used for—maybe what you'd drive to the Rapture. I didn't see it at the festival, though.

But at the festival, I did see a lot of folks under the tent.

Here's my display.

The activities were cut short on both Friday and Saturday by heavy rains. I left early Saturday afternoon before the rains actually hit, but I could see dark clouds behind me all the way home. I only experienced sprinkles  going over Rt. 58, but I hit a few light showers once I got to Rt. 220. When I reached Glade Hill—only a few miles from home—the rain was so hard I had to pull over and wait it out.

Apparently I'd missed some pretty spectacular storms while I was away.


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