The annual “Yuletide in St. George” event was this past weekend. The tenth year, at that. The St. George Business Alliance (formed this past winter) was involved in the Yuletide event this year, and that added more energy to this peninsula-wide happening. From Tenants Harbor to Port Clyde, our normally seasonal shops were open. There was a festive feel to the weekend, and as much visiting as shopping went on. It was nice.
We opened the barn for holiday shopping, with our typically eclectic mix of garden-related tools and ornaments, bird houses, decoys, rustic furniture, hooked items, books, some great pottery, and just plain interesting things. We had some of Judy Ham’s carefully crafted and very witty one-of-a-kind books. And John McConichie’s hand-tied flies. And food from Green Bean.
One new book we had features incredible close-up photographs of flowers. I find myself turning again and again to one of the last images in the book: an iris way past its prime, fading and exquisitely lovely. Along with the images of all sorts of flowers just unfurling, the photos in the book are a reminder to pay attention, to notice details. My other favorite book is How Carrots Won the Trojan War: you just have to open it up to find out how.
Both days were cold. Fortunately, by starting the fire in the barn stove around 6:30 am I was able to take the chill off by the time neighbors and shoppers dropped by. Green Bean also provided hot spiced punch on Saturday, and that took the chill off inside.
I had managed to complete two new hooked stools (barely) for the show. I find I am intrigued by the images of Turkey Tails fungi I have seen lately. I have a larger piece in mind to start working on this winter. The pillows in the basket were pure whimsey, playing with red and gold stripes and swirls. And as usual, the Woodfield cards we had were popular.
The barn shop will be open one more time this season on Saturday, December 7.