Oh my! What awful weather we had trying to set up Friday at Cinnamon Creek Cabin...right after we set up our tents, the first wave of pouring rain and lightening came. At one point, Giles was sitting inside the tent...in a puddle of water...in a metal chair...soaking wet...all the while, lightening was striking all around! Ok...got through that! Then, we're still inside the tents trying to get stuff organized when the winds come (oh yeah! and rain too). Giles was holding the frame of one tent and I was holding a section of the other one to keep them from blowing over...he had only had time to put three tie-down stakes to hold tents, so the other sections were shakin', rattlin' and rollin'...the tent flaps (walls) came loose causing rain to blow inside and the ground became a mud bog! By the time all the storms were over, we were mucking around in gooey mud, soaking wet and totally pooped out. We finally gave up on organizing and vowed to return very early Saturday morning to complete our tasks... We headed into the little town where our motel was so Giles could wash his shoes ( he only brought one pair)...Before going to eat, we found a garden supply store and bought a bale of straw for use the next day. Although we had been soaked and were so tired, we tried a new Mexican restaurant and were rewarded with a scrumptious meal! Then off to our motel to collapse in slumber! Saturday morning (a 5:30am wake-up call) we headed back to Cinnamon Creek...the forecast was for more rain but we didn't see many clouds so were optimistic...the fields were so muddy, we found a high-dry area to park and Giles proceeded to tote the straw to our tent and we began to scatter it everywhere. Other straw was being placed in the pathways for buyers and other vendors, like us, were trying to pick up the messes and make some order in our spaces. Finally, the gate was opened, the skies were turning blue and cloudless and we began the show day with hope and anticipation! I think the crowd was smaller but still eager to check out all the gatherings...of course we sold out of most everything Giles had made as well as oodles of old small goodes. Didn't see much furniture heading out to cars, but lots of bags going out. Druann had good helpers attending to different needs at the show...especially those who transported purchases to buyers cars and those who used the tractor to pull out the vehicles that were mired in the muddy fields. So many great vendors, good live music and yummy food were available... Even if the set-up day was awful, the day of the show turned out to be lovely...You must make plans to attend next year! Just remember to take your raincoat, umbrella and boots (Just in case : )
Note: Druann and Michael did a great job preparing for the show, but during the days preceding the show, Michael became ill, ended up in the hospital on Friday and at last report Saturday afternoon, it was thought he would be having gallbladder surgery...Remember Michael in your prayers for a quick recovery and Druann for a recovery from all the stress and hard work she endured this weekend! What bravery to go through health issues while hundreds of people are creating a temporary 'settlement' on your property...Blessings to you Druann and Michael McCarty!
P.S. Well, of course the batteries in my camera were dead! No pics but I'm sure some of the other vendors will have some posted on their websites, especially on Druann's... http://www.picturetrail.com/cinnamoncreek