What a thing to be back in Baltimore! Just like old times. Well, except it was May. And instead of the possibility of snow, the days were hot, 90 degrees! Instead of people bundled in warm coats and boots, they were wearing wore shorts and sandals.
Except for the weather, it all felt the same. There we were in the good old Baltimore Convention center, as though hardly any time at all had passed. It was so good to be back!
The floor plan had shifted a bit and I was in a slightly different spot. I was pretty happy about my new place. Not bad at all!
We set everything up, adjusting, rearranging and tweaking, until it was ready.
Then, on day one, the doors were open and in came the people. So many of my old friends, it was great to see them again! And plenty of new faces too.
At the very same time, there was an on-line component for the show. I had to pay attention so if a piece sold in one place, I had to remove to from the other. It was a bit of a mind stretch.
In the end, between the in-person and the online shows, coats, jackets, scarves and skirts found their way to new homes.
After the show we packed and were ready to head back home. Our plane didn’t leave until Monday afternoon so there was time to wander through Federal Hill, check out a few of the little shops and have some lunch.
Built in the 1880’s, it’s a charming part of Baltimore. Rows of small, brick townhouses.
A tiny bit of nature next to a church, St Francis on duty.
Shops painted bright colors.
And impressive brick work.
Then off to the airport and back home by midnight.
Two big shows three weeks apart. Whew! I came home running on adrenaline. I felt as though I could go and go and go. My energy was off the charts.
Then it hit me. Hey,… it turned out I was exhausted.
A week of full on energy followed by a week of regenerating. Long sleeps and staring out the window. Finally, I am back to normal.
All my thanks to the American Craft Council, who even though they had to cancel the February show, worked hard and made sure the May show went on!