Here we are traveling again. Though it’s only for a long weekend. This is our second trip to the Albany area in as many months.
We’re trying to promote Tom’s photography (Natural Images) at local art shows. We’re learning fast just what the public looks for when they go to a summer art show. Our first show was at the Albany Tulip Festival on Mother’s Day weekend. The tulips on in full bloom at Washington Street Park. Tulips as far as the eye can see. What a beautiful place for an art fair. The show this weekend was Art on Lark. The city closes down about 5 blocks of Lark Street in downtown Albany and more than 100 vendors line both the street. One of the area residents told me that this festival began when Lark Street residents would gather every weekend during the summer to display and sell their crafts and art. It has evolved into today’s art fair of 120 vendors from many areas of the country. Our booth was featured in the Around the Region section of the Albany Times Union.
As an added bonus, one of my favorite ways to pass the time while traveling is to do some sort of hand work. I was hoping that I would be able to work on my Celtic quilt on the 2-1/2 hour trip here. Unfortunately this quilt is king-size – just too big to manipulate in the truck – so I had to put it off until today when we were in the campground. I spent a very pleasant day outside the trailer – just sewing.
The temperature cooperated as well. It was in the low 70’s all day. I don’t know how I would have been able to work on this quilt if the weather was warmer. As a matter of fact last year it was in the 90’s this weekend. One couple announced at Sunday Mass that they were celebrating their first anniversary and were thankful that the temperature wasn’t in the 90’s as it was last year. Boy am I glad too! – I’m not a fan of the 90’s even when I’m not working on a quilt!
Many quilters put away their quilting in the summer because they want to spend time outside. – My solution: take the quilting along with you. I always carry a small project with me when we go for a hike. Being a nature photographer, Tom is always stopping to take a picture (or maybe 20) and it’s a perfect opportunity for me to stop and quilt. I also really like quilting in the campgrounds. I’m always having people stop by to see what I’m working on. It certainly is a conversation starter!
Quilting on the Road!