Friday, February 19, 2016

Harper Lee is Gone

The leading news story this morning was about the death of Harper Lee.  Even though she wasn't big on the celeb thing and doing interviews, it was special just knowing she was there in Monroeville, right up the road a's going to be different now.  What she did for humanity, the lessons she taught us, in that one little book was---is---so BIG.  May she rest in peace.

I thought I would share my experience with an event that was spun off from the existence of the book, or "Mockingbird" as everyone calls it-The Alabama Writers Symposium, a celebration of writers from our great state. This was a blog post from several years ago...

Alabama Writers Symposium in Monroeville

It's almost April, and I was reminded of a wonderful event that we have
each year, in April, right here in my own back I wanted to share
it with you.  We are so very fortunate to live just a short distance from
Monroeville, Alabama, home of writers Harper Lee and Truman Capote.
Each year, Alabama Southern Community College hosts The Alabama
Writers Symposium (the lack of an apostrophe in "writers"is's about the writers, not owned by them), an event that brings together many Alabama writers and readers for a weekend of lectures,
readings, discussions, art and a portrayal of the famous and still popular
book, To Kill a Mockingbird.   It's unlike any event I've ever attended. 
As you read this, the tickets are most probably just about sold out, if not
already...if you want to go, try to get tickets today; if they are gone, put it
on your calendar for a "must see" next year.  The brochure, outlining the
schedule of events and ticket options can be found and downloaded here 
on the college website. Dates are Thursday, April 24-Saturday, April 26.

The play is a highlight of the weekend...Local individuals are the actors,
some of whom have portrayed several different characters as they've
grown up.  The stage is a collection of stick-built backdrops, miniature
buildings such as homes with porches, that were constructed outside,
behind the old courthouse.  The play begins there...

...then moves inside to the courtroom where it continues.  It is so "real"
that you will get goosebumps, and that's a promise. I encourage anyone
who can make the trip to go, and plan to stay the entire weekend.  It is
even worth a drive across the country!  Just go see...You will be glad
you did.

Now, let me tell you a little bit about my experience there a few years

I once co-owned an art gallery, Best Friends Gallery (Same story
with the "missing" was meant to be a gathering place
for new best friends, and about friendship, not about ownership at all...),
located in Bay Minette.   Anyway, the art director of the college, 
Susan Brown, visited our gallery one Saturday, and asked if we would
like to be the featured gallery at the art show that was a part of
the Writers Symposium each year.  Well, of course we did!  It was an
experience that I will never forget, and I loved every minute of it.  I met
some well known writers, such as Winston Groom, Watt Key, Tom Franklin,
Mark Childress, and William Cobb (even had breakfast at the table with Mr.
Cobb in our motel lobby!), and purchased autographed books...We attended
many wonderful events during the weekend, were treated like royalty during
our entire stay...and, we gained a new friend in Susan!  We absolutely
loved showing the work of our artists, and were so proud of the collection
of work that we were able to bring.

Here are some pictures of the art show.

I actually purchased the cows above...

I hope you enjoyed that quick little tour of the show...for me, a trip down
memory lane.  I think looking back on it, I'm even more proud of it now than
I was then.  We have some extremely talented artists and writers, right
here in Alabama!  

And, here are more pictures of the inside of the courthouse, which is
now a museum dedicated to the book, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Well, that's it for my Monroeville memories. 

And, here's the painting that I was inspired to paint shortly after this event.
It hangs in my house as a reminder of "Mockingbird" and Monroeville.  

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Coastal Charm Shares Fresh New Finds

Linda from Coastal Charm has been sprucing up her space for spring.  Over on her blog,, she recently shared pics of some new (old!) pieces that she had just brought in. I asked her if I could "borrow" the pictures to share with you, and she said yes, so here they are!

Now, for a closer look...

Today, she shared some new t-shirts that just came in and they are already proving to be popular with her customers.  They each feature a line from a hymn...

...and I have a feeling she will have to reorder real soon!  

If you like the Coastal Charm look, be sure to make it to the market on April 1 & 2. Coastal Charm will be there with lots of treasures--I can't wait to see what she brings!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ticket Winner Announced

Rebecca Carl...You won!

I need for you to email your address to me and I will put the tickets in the mail for you. I'm looking forward to seeing you at the market and thank you for playing along!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Mother's Day Gifts from the Market

Some great Mother's Day gift possibilities will be available at the Down in the Delta Market on April 1 & 2.  Our vendors are getting prepared with some wonderful items that will delight her senses-from beautiful flowers and jewelry, to sweet smelling bath products and candles. There will be a huge selection of "smalls" if she's a vintage treasure loving mom, and bottles of paint if she's a "do-it-yourself" kind of mom!  

Bath Fizzie-Gardenia
Down in the Delta

Candles-Kiwi Cucumber
Wildflower Wax

Candles-Gypsy's Gold
Wildflower Wax

Goat Milk Soap-Honeysuckle

Ironstone from several vendors...

Jewelry-DLD Designs


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Denim, Lace & Mother of Pearl
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Smashed Spoon Necklaces
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Chalk Paint-Ramona's Michigan Antiques

Pottery Pie Dish-Red Dog Pottery

...and there will be so much more.

New vendors are signing up and I'll get more pictures up as soon as possible. Check back often for updates, or follow on Instagram for up to the minute news as it happens!

It's Time for a Giveaway!

I'm sitting here at my desk getting some tickets ready to mail out to someone, and I'm feeling's been a couple of weeks since I gave away tickets, so I'm thinking it's time again...I think I'll put a second pair into an envelope...

...and the only thing that's missing is a winner's name and address...

To enter, the only thing you need to do is leave a comment here on the blog telling me what you would love to find at the market. (...and then mark your calendar to come to this fabulous, fun event...April 1 & 2!)   

Ticket winner will be chosen by random drawing on Sunday, February 14...Someone will get an extra little surprise for Valentine's Day!

The winner will be announced in a post here on the blog, so be sure you follow the blog on Bloglovin' so that you will see the winning name!  You can find Bloglovin' on the right sidebar.  

And look around a little before you leave today so that you'll know what to expect at the market.  I'm always adding new tidbits, too.

Good Luck!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Are You a Dealer of Antique & Vintage Goods?

Are you a dealer...or have you ever thought about becoming a dealer of vintage and antiques treasures?  Do you have a house filled with treasures that you no longer need or want?  If you answered yes to any of the above, we need to talk!

The first thing you need to know is this:  April 1 & 2.  Those of the dates of Down in the Delta--A Vintage & Antiques Market.  Set-up is Thursday, March 31.  So, before you do anything else, mark your calendar!

I can help you learn how to set up a simple business (in the state of Alabama) to get going if you've always wondered about what all is involved.  Just comment here and if I get enough comments to talk more about it, I'll do a post on setting up the business.  If I get one or two comments, I'll be happy to speak privately with you.

If you are already a vendor, I would appreciate it if you would jump over to my website and check it out.  Be sure to read the news page, the blog, and the gallery-then click on the "Applications" tab at the top to see details on becoming a vendor.  After exploring the site a little, let me know if you would like to participate.  Be aware of the fact that it is a juried show, so no flea-market style, just thrown out onto a table kind of thing will be happening at this event.  Each item will need to be placed in a styled way that's pleasing to the eye. I can help you with this part if needed.  

We should have lots of traffic heading down I-65 because it's one of the Spring Break weekends.  It is very easy access off I-65 at exit 31, and just a tad bit over 1/2 mile once you get onto Hwy 225. That weekend, there will also be another couple of sales going on within a mile of my market, so there will be a full day of fun for shoppers.

Feel free to grab this pic, save it and share it to your social media.  I would appreciate that very much. 

To get the first looks at what's happening at Down in the Delta, follow me on Facebook and Instagram.