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Last Weekend Recap + Next Market

First, before anything else, I want to thank everyone who came out to the Handmade Nation event last Friday night at Delgado Community College. We had a packed house - 200+ attendees and vendors - and it was really fun. The film was, of course, wonderful: so affirming and inspirational for those of us who live the handmade life. It was so cool to see my life up on the screen, and to put faces to the names of so many of the key players in the handmade/DIY/crafty community. Filmmaker Faythe Levine was a sweetie, too, so down to earth. (That's her in the pic there, doing a Q&A after the film.) I'm glad I got a chance to hang out with her a bit on Thursday, as some of the members of the New Orleans Craft Mafia and I took her to lunch at Juan's, to the 3rd Thursday block party on Oak Street, and had some drinks at the Half Moon before she did an interview with NOCM's Heather Macfarlane on WWOZ that night.

I also had my debut at the Bywater Art Market last Saturday, which was a mixed bag. Not only was it hot as hell that day - one of those typical steamy-humid, sunny summer days in New Orleans - but it also rained for like 20 minutes at the very beginning of the market, just enough to get everything in my booth wet. And I was situated in a swampy area of Markey Park to begin with, so the rain didn't help matters much. But aside from that, it was an OK day and I'm pretty sure I'll be continuing on with that market through the holiday season. It's a slog, though! They really should consider starting that market later in the day, as no one comes at 9am; I don't think I even had any customers until 11am or noon.

My next market appearance will be on October 3rd at the big 2-year anniversary Freret Market block party. Instead of closing off Freret Street like they have in the past, they are instead wrapping the market through the parking lot and down Jena Street to Robertson. And they are teaming up with the first ever New Orleans Coffee Festival! There will be two stages of free, live music - one in the usual parking lot space and the other at the other end down Jena Street - plus 115-120 art/craft/food/flea vendors. Hopefully it won't rain like last time! You know, of all the markets and festivals I do on a regular basis, I think Freret is my favorite one; it just has an easy-going, laid-back vibe to it that makes it more "fun" than the other markets that are solely focused on shopping. So put it on your calendar now and come on out and spend some time with us!

Stay tuned for more info about what I've got lined up in October.

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