Last year's Blog Fest originated in response to blog friends' repeated requests to see Mathews County, but also due to a broader desire to finally meet the people we'd grown to know via the internet and the blogosphere. With attendees from as far away as Canada, Washington state, California, Texas, Maine, and all up and down the Eastern Seaboard, it was quite a diverse--yet familiar--group of people, most of whom had never met each other IRL/in real life
We hung out, toured the county, took lots of pictures, ate and sampled a little wine.
But only a little.
This year's event will be held July 15-18. The core group from last year is attending, plus we're excited that several newcomers are joining in the frivolity.
Today Big Hair Envy, Noe Noe Girl and I are meeting in a local establishment to review plans and details for this year's Fest. Please note that the words "plans" and "details" cause me to twitch and convulse, which is exactly why Big Hair Envy and Noe Noe Girl are involved in the planning.
While I'm more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants sort, they thankfully pay attention to things like:
How many people are coming?
What will we eat?
What will we do?
You know, minor details such as those.
I, on the other hand, will sit back and listen, nod in agreement, discuss the advantages of holding a karaoke contest, inquire where one might rent a margarita machine, glance off at the pretty bird flying by, become distracted by the shiny silverware on the table, and then ask Big Hair Envy to send me an e-mail telling me exactly what we discussed, what I need to do, and by when.
Anyway, if you're interested in attending and have not yet responded, send an e-mail to ChesapeakeBayWoman@gmail.com. If you have recommendations or ideas about particular activities we should include, such as the karaoke contest and margarita machine suggested by the Baroness, let me know.
No matter what winds up on the official agenda, there are two things guaranteed: laughter and fun.
Click here for Big Hair Envy's post asking for suggestions and click here for a link to the Blog Fest website.
p.s. One of last year's attendees, Country Girl Kate, has recently been recognized on The Pioneer Woman's website as one of PW's favorite sites. Better get Kate's autograph while the gettin's good, because she's one baby step away from blog stardom, and before too long we're going to be following her as she makes the talk show circuit.
(She's taking me when she is a guest on Oprah, I've already made the request.)