This is the sculpture that greets you when you visit Annmarie Sculpture Garden in Solomons, MD. It's an oyster tonger, a tribute to the traditional Chesapeake Bay lifestyles and industries. You can see in the background all the setup going on for Artsfest. I love this show, and the park, and the people who run this park. I had to miss it last year and I was really glad to be back. Though the weather was nice on setup day, the rest of the weekend was chilly and drizzly. Sales were off from my usual expectations, but still pretty good. Not a record-breaker, but worthwhile. Weather happens. It's one of those things you can't control, so I try not to worry about it. Ok, I admit I watch the Weather Channel a lot in the days before a show. But I try to focus on things I can control, like recognizing shows that can still draw a decent crowd in bad weather (like this one), and my own marketing efforts towards my regular customers. And having enough shows to do, knowing some of them will be impacted by weather. There will always be those sparkling days that make up for the gloomy ones, if you think of it as a long game. The oyster man looks like bad weather doesn't bother him at all.
Mea Rhee (mee-uh ree),
Smithsonian Craft Show
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