This past weekend my children and I headed to my hometown of Kane, Pennsylvania for the fourth annual Art in the Wilds. Set up went great on Friday evening. My teenagers are taller than I am and seemed to have no problem helping with the tent.
Saturday and Sunday's weather were unbeatable. We had shade from a nearby hemlock tree and the light breeze and warm temperatures gave a nearly impossible excuse for anyone to remain indoors the two days.
The hospitality is overwhelming from such a small town. My teenagers commented that it seemed everyone talked to us as if they had known us for years. I just laughed and said it's always been this way in our town and that's why people keep coming back to visit. It's so refreshing to visit a town where the people approach a stranger with open arms and welcome you into their town with warm hugs and contagious smiles that go on forever! It also helps when everyone in the town knows your mother and considers her the kindest woman around!
We stayed at the Kane Manor for the weekend and we were hosted by the nicest and friendliest gentleman around. Dave puts a smile on everyone's face with his friendly greeting and heart-warm laugh and in the morning you are woken up by the most delicious fragrances of breakfast ever! If you ever decide to travel to that neck of the woods it's worth checking this bed and breakfast out. The fresh country air and warm greetings will definitely make anyone feel at home!
It happens that the art show falls on alumni weekend and because of the professional advertising done people are coming in from the tri-state area to participate in the festivities and purchase good quality art.
The economy may still be lagging but this show seemed to be prosperous for most artists and I was no exception. I enjoy seeing any customer who purchases one of my pieces and grinning from ear to ear because my art put a little happiness into their life. I create first and foremost because I LOVE it and it makes me happy and if it makes someone else happy and brings pleasure to their life then I consider that the ultimate gift from God! There were even those I inspired to go home and grab their art supplies and begin creating again! I love it! Inspiration and creativity costs nothing and it seems to be what really makes us happy!