Thank you all for stopping out!
We estimate that some 700 or 800 people stopped out over the Saturday/Sunday affair.
Inside, it was a frenzy on Saturday. Betsy puts on a pretty good spread for lunch and the word is out! But the smart shoppers shop first, while others are eating, and then have a bite when they’re done. Between 11:30 and 1:30 is busiest.
In this shot, Anna Slyter, of Vivid Image who helps us, along with many others, with our website, is an old hand at Gallery Open Houses and is here showing her “new buddy” (she’s going to kill me for that), the lay of the land….mostly where the food and refreshments are.
Right outside the door was Madam Lorna with her wide variety of oils, soaps, scents and ‘stuff’. Lorna was a potter for many years (I promised not to tell how many) and a few years back, had back surgery and suddenly had to give up potting and landed on fragrances. Her husband Steve is just to the left of the booth (that’s Lorna in back). More on Steve later.
Lolly was next with her beautifully crafted silver jewelry. She has studied for several years with Fine Goldsmith Patty Conlin of St. Peter who usually is at our fall open houses.
And new this year was Kim Hensel, the daughter of a friend and good customer, who has taken up the unique art of Maille…yes, that comes from chain maille, like the knights of old wore. Beside some unique clothing accessory items, she has fashioned unique bracelets and other jewelry with the 1/4″ interlocking rings that are each hand formed and linked together. That’s Kim frolicking in the prairie above.
And inexcusably, I didn’t get a picture of Margo Bonniwell and her beautifully hand crafted journals, books, book marks, and other items. She’s a neighbor, and appeared as if by magic a year or so ago saying that she published cookbooks, and voila, the cookbook that’s been on our ‘to-do’ list for 10 or 12 years, became reality-Cookin’ with the Coyote. So if you’re looking for a organization cookbook, or other bound paper work, call Margo (dare I say The Barefoot Turtle Publishing?) at 320-587-5290. Oh yeah, I’m supposed to say her husband Jerry helped put up the tent.
Meanwhile back inside, Lena Mowlem was helping customers out with jewelry, Tami Watt was wrapping….and wrapping…and wrapping. Guess you could call her the Coyote Wrap Star.
And Michele who says she never smiles for photos, was caught almost smiling. Ann, Rachel, and Alyssa took turns at the register, restocking shelves and helping Tami with her rap.
The end of a long and successful weekend. Alyssa, Michele, Betsy, Ann, Rachel and Lolly see who stopped out.