You’d think we’d have rushed to the blog to share news of the award we won at the Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina, KS in June, but apparently we’re more demure. Nevertheless, we were VERY excited about it, the invitation to exhibit there next year, AND the cash award!
It’s time again to head east to SALINA, KANSAS, for the Smoky Hill River Festival. I first did this show probably 12 or 14 years ago when I was driving Belugasaurus, a well-worn 1987 Toyota Van (the pointy-nosed one that predated even the Previa). I pulled into the show to set up on the morning the show started and discovered I had a flat tire. Before I had time to freak out, the van was swarmed by the football team (does Salina have more than one high school?). They quickly got to work not only changing my flat but also unloading the stuffed van.
Turns out, this is not unusual… Riverfest is a BIG DEAL, and the entire community of Salina takes pride in making sure everyone at the festival feels special. From volunteers coming around literally every 15 minutes to see if exhibiting artists (like yours truly) need water, to an artist dinner at the downtown deli/coffehouse, to now the soccer team helping load & unload artists vehicles, Riverfest is unparalleled for hospitality.
There are all kinds of activities for kids, sculpture installations all over Oakdale Park where the Festival happens, live music on 3 (or is it 4?) stages, and loads of folks excited to be there. There’s even a treasure hunt to find the Festival Medallion—-the winner gets $2000 in cash as well as $2000 in Festival gift certificates!
Anyone who knows me knows that going to an art fair is an epic undertaking for me, but I look forward to this one… I now have good friends that I get to see just once a year, in Salina. Like I say on our home page, if you are ANYWHERE nearby, you should experience Riverfest!
Ever timely, here are some pics of things that caught my eye while in NYC for the NY International Gift Show in late January. Ridiculous, because I fully realize it is now April. xo – betty
Look what we saw in the airport in Atlanta… as I said on Facebook, it’s got to be a good sign when you’re going to a trade show to sell your recyclo-centric clothing and there is an exhibit in the airport of recyclo-centric clothing!
These are done by Nancy Judd—learn more about her, and her creations at http://recyclerunway.com
I am obsessed with this song! First heard it driving in the car with my big brother—music always sounds better when you hear it with your big brother. Now I play it every week on my radio show (The Go Betty Show, Mondays, 8-10am MT time on kvnf.org) and LOUD in the studio.
You might have to sit through a commercial for shoes—it’s worth it—but I recommend NOT watching the video—-just listen to the song
Betty here, the “main human” according to Miss Kitty — Saw this on my trip to the northeast—to New York for the NY Intern’l Gift Show, and then to Cape Cod for a little beach & family time. This was in a yard in Chatham, MA — the house was bright turquoise! Look closely to see all the different metal bits that make the flowers & “stems”. Don’t you just love it?? I do!