Saturday was filled with festivities here in Mathews County.
|I graduated from high school with this guy.|
In fact, it seemed as if
You can call us eccentric, and we embrace the label.
(Con mucho gusto.)
My first-ever book signing, which was Saturday at the Mathews County Visitor Information Center (formerly Sibleys), provided ample opportunity to peruse the merchandise and get to know the people working there.
If you are in search of a unique Christmas present, the Visitor Center has plenty, and it's all made here in Mathews County.
I saw so many customers walk out the door with special pieces of Mathews-made art.
I was so engrossed in conversation and the goings-on inside the Visitor Center, I missed the beginning of the parade.
Nevertheless, I made a mad dash outside with my camera just in time to snap these photos.
Horses are my favorite, and there were at least four in this year's parade.
|The MHS Marching Band|
|More horses, along with a man not afraid to don a unique hat, con mucho gusto.|
More photos from the parade will go up tomorrow.
But back to the book signing.
What a blast!
Not only did I see old friends, but I met Commenter Dghawk who has been a regular here ever since the whole DIY Network/Blog Cabin thing was going on. She drove all the way to Mathews, sight unseen, just for the event. What a pleasure to finally meet her after all this time. Thank you, Dghawk, for taking the time out of your Saturday to travel to Mathews!
I also met a gentleman with a close connection to Beachland. He and I had previously exchanged several e-mails about the history of the family and the house, but I never anticipated meeting him so soon. What a grand surprise! Bill, it was great meeting you.
Other notable visitors included two former teachers;
I had so much fun, I may volunteer in the Visitor Center on a regular basis, seriously.
Regarding the book, I am very deeply indebted to Elsa and Charlie of the Gazette Journal, our local paper. The vast majority of the information for the book came from the Gazette Journal's archives, and they very graciously granted me unlimited access to their photographs and information. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I cannot begin to express my gratitude to everyone who has supported this endeavor known as The Book, not just through purchases but also through your kind words all along this journey and particularly at Saturday's signing.
Just thank you.
Stay tuned for more photographs