Monday, October 17, 2011

Meeting, Greeting, and Eating at The Oyster Festival

The NC Oyster Festival is over, and what a Festival it was!  On Saturday, we had over 45,000 attendees, an all-time record. 

The response to my new Wall Art Collection was  so  gratifying, after all that hard work.  It pulled hundreds of Lovely Folks into the booth.  Can you imagine how that made me feel?? 

I took orders to customize the canvases - lots of people wanted their own Cottage Name on the, lots of work to do this week!

The Sailboat canvases got lots of questions about the coordinates on them...those are the coordinates for Ocean Isle Beach.  I can put the coordinates for anywhere in the world on the image, but thought it was appropriate to mark where the Festival was being held.  One man who came in the booth murmured to his wife, "She probably doesn't know what those numbers mean."  Well, I do.

Many, many customers bought Stationery.  So good to know that people still value the hand-written note!  I sold Tons of Stationery, and took orders for more.  Happy, happy.  Here are a few of the designs:

When the crowds thinned out on Sunday, I took some snaps of my booth with my Iphone - here is the Hand Bound Journal Rack...

The blank Journals attracted lots of attention, but overall, seemed to puzzle most folks.  Don't people Journal anymore??  Maybe they just Blog??  One Lady zoomed in and grabbed up the Coral Bouquet Journal and flipped it open.  She paused, then riffled through the pages.  Turning to me with almost indignant puzzlement, she said, "It's Blank!".  I had that happen more than once.  Tell me, What was THAT all about?

The Festival ran out of Oysters mid-afternoon on Saturday, due to the HUGE turnout!  

Roasting Oysters on Saturday.

Bummer.  But there were more offerings on the table:  sublime Shrimp Gumbo from Causeway Gourmet.   Oyster Stew from The Boundary House.  Shrimp Rolls.  Scallop Rolls.  Shrimp and Grits.  Seafood Platters.  Apple Dumplings and Homemade Ice Cream.  North Carolina Barbeque.  Smoked Turkey Legs.

You haven't seen anything until you've seen a Lean and Mean Southern Boy walk through a crowded Festival, gnawing on a gigantic Turkey Leg.  Makes me grin, every time.  

So it's a wrap.  Now, back to business and to getting my house back in order!  

Order.  Holy Cow, I've got to fill all those orders!!  


Richard Cottrell said...

I can't say I would like an Oyster, but I can say I sure am glad you came by my blog, My Old Historic House, by way of Ms. Allison at The Polo House.I sure do love Southerns and I love sweet tea and slopping sugar is one thing i do best. I hope the event was a huge success. I look forward to seeing more out of you and your blog soon. Y'all come, anytime now, Here! Richard

Linda McMullan said...

Richard, thanks so much for visiting my Blog - if we are ever up your way, I would love to stop by. Meantime, Thank Heavens for Blogs...we can keep up with each other in the blink of an eye (keyboard, that is).

snowwhite said...

Congratulations on your great success at the Oyster Festival! I can imagine how 45,000 people were amazed with and appreciated your art.
I’m glad to know that people still value the hand-written note. Nowadays everything goes too fast and I am afraid sometimes I cannot catch up with the speed.
Reading your blog, I felt as if I had been there. Exciting atmosphere rippled.
Let’s toss to your artworks!
Best wishes,

Linda McMullan said...

Keiko, Thanks so much! Wish you could have been here for the lovely seafood...


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