It’s been a busy few weeks and the next few will be busy too. It has all come down to one crazy push before we end our 2014 show season with the Sonora Christmas Festival in November. Applications for 2015 are already going out, if you can believe it. The wheel, it keeps on spinning…
We had SUCH a nice time at the KMVR Celtic Festival.
Doesn’t the booth look nice? We were right next to the Utilikilt folks, and the nice people from Willowroot Wands, plus we had another one of my favorite industrial style jewelry designers on the other side of us. Totally fantastic neighbors!
The weather was, alas, not so congenial all the time. It thundered, roared and rained like mad on Friday night. Saturday dawned bright and beautiful, until the weather gods let loose again as evening rolled ‘round. It poured all night and through Sunday morning, not drying out until about noon. Our booth held up pretty well overall for the deluge, with only a few drips and leaks inside. I was pretty amazed at the hardy Northern California festival-goers – they were total troopers and came out in droves, despite the rain! Ultimately they were rewarded with bright sunshine and blue skies, though. It was so beautiful up in Grass Valley!
There were some amazing acts lined up, including a few of my favorites, like Mary Jane Lomond, 1916, Tempest and Runa. Our view of the main stage really did not suck.
From the front of our booth, on sunny Saturday morning.
And later that night.
How could we EVER complain about this? We had the most perfect view of the stage. We were basically enjoying the best 2 day concert in the world while making money! On Saturday night, we ate organic crepes, drank hot sweet spice tea, and danced in the rain to the lively tunes of the Screaming Orphans. Joy was rather overflowing at times.
Also (and it is entirely possible that it was not an “also” but rather, the first thing I noticed when we arrived) there was a pie truck.
I might have eaten four warm, freshly baked, hand pies.
Actually, let’s just be real, I totally ate four warm and fresh blackberry hand pies over the course of the festival weekend. Of course, this meant that I suffered the fibro flare from hell later, because of gluten and sugar, but it was maybe worth it. Because, pie. And also because curry for breakfast and gyros and crepes and bratwurst and endless cups of the aforementioned hot, sweet spice tea (great in the rain). The food at this festival was top notch, even if it wasn’t precisely on the paleo bandwagon. Hey, ya gotta fuel the body, right? Maintaining one’s body heat in the rain takes calories!
It takes a lot of pie to keep smiles like this intact. We had the best time ever! Oh and there was a fire breathing dragon.
Isn’t he a handsome fellow? Best dragon ever.
So nice to be at a festival with the Cap and to take a long weekend in a beautiful location (Nevada City/Grass Valley) that neither of us had ever visited before. We tried Air BnB for the first time and had a great experience with our hosts. Can’t wait to come back next year if the nice folks at KMVR will have us!
So what’s up next? We’re doing Folsom Faire, at Folsom Lake Park on the 17th and 18th of this month. Very excited about this event! Then the following week, we’ll be doing the All Hallows Festival right here in Sonora. In November, we’re off to Kearney Park, then the Sonora Christmas Festival, and then? We fall over in an exhausted pile and do the laundry.
In organizing my festival calendar and figuring out application dates for the upcoming 2015 season, I had a bit of an epiphany. This year, I pretty much did exactly what I’d originally envisioned when I first opened Honey&Ollie, four years ago. We hit every faire and festival that was on my wish-list. We had an amazing time, got creatively inspired and totally fell in love with all the new customers and new friends of H&O. I am so glad we took the leap into the faire/festival circuit. This was where we ultimately needed to end up, where we are meant to be right now. Such a difference from when we were sitting in our booth at Crafted, waiting for crowds of shoppers who never came (though I hear that it’s a little more lively there now and that the market is really picking up steam, which is great news). A former co-vendor once said how glad she was that she had a “home” because it meant that she never had to go do an outside show again. I am genuinely glad that it has all worked out for her. Just because that particular model didn’t work out for my business doesn’t mean it isn’t a great model for hers. The model that resulted in stagnation for me was, perhaps, exactly what she needed to bloom.
I guess that’s one of the great things about small, creative businesses. It isn’t a one size fits all thing. We all have a niche, somewhere!
Perhaps the Universe determined that I would benefit most from the quest to find my niche – to reconnect with my voice and my vision, and so it gave me the opportunity to do that.
The energy and vibrancy of the music festival/small ren faire circuit has been so rejuvenating and inspiring! It has infused my little business with so much energy and brought me back, full circle, to where voice and vision were always waiting. I feel like I’ve found my true North again. I love being on the road like this. The 2015 calendar is filling up, even as we are bringing 2014’s show circuit to a close. Four more shows to go this year! Hope to see you out there at one of them!