Tidepools, gardens, goats and honeybees…the four words we’ve decided encapsulate our image of Searsport Shores. But in February there should be a 5th word…art. This is the month we figure out the weekly artist in residence program that fills our summer with so much creativity and do a large amount of our planning for Fiber College in September. By the end of the week we’ll have the schedule fully updated and I’m really excited…we should have a seamstress and a wood carver, a quilter and a bread maker…and a silk painter and a book maker…see what I mean? Exciting!
Last week Steve and I went to Boykin Alabama to make arrangements for the quilters of Gee’s Bend to join us here at the campground in September. We brought home one of Lucy Mingo’s quilts…yesterday we took advantage of the fresh snow for pictures for the new rack cards…
This week has been the launch of Fiber College 2010…we’re looking for instructors to teach the approximate40 classes that are always held the second weekend of September…if you’re interested…click here for the invitation…remember that if you can combine teaching (or vending) with your camping trip…it all becomes a tax write off 😉
In my world “call for instructors” means spending a lot of time in front of the computer writing to artists, artist associations, cooperative studios, newspapers and on-line groups…it’s a bit like diving into a Caribbean Coral Reef because everywhere I look there’s something beautiful and someone talking about a passion that I want to share. It’s so easy to get distracted by the beautiful art work that I forget my mission…and the hours go by. But I have the Fiber College Committee to keep me grounded and focused…it’s the only way I can keep from drifting off through the day without having anything to show for my time…except more dreams of projects for the campground.
There’s plenty of snow on the ground so we’ve been skiing every day around the trails and roads of the park. Because of all the tree trimming Steven and Mike did in November we haven’t had a single tree come down yet…not even a big branch. This makes Steve very happy but me…I like to feed the goats the pine branches and I haven’t been able to give them a single treat because none have fallen…proof that good deeds never go unpunished 😉
Want to see how peaceful things are…I took these pictures Saturday night at the Belfast Footbridge overlooking the Belfast Harbor…
I haven’t been ignoring you…all of my energy has been devoted to Fiber College…check out that blog to see what’s up…we have a wonderful time but it’s a bit like Christmas…tons of preparation and then it’s over before I’ve had time to savor it…so I’m trying to savor now 😉