Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Country Living Fair - 2013


Do you have a 'bucket list'? I keep one. Mine's not so profound, and really, I keep it real and short term. 

One of the things that have been on my bucket list is The Country Living Fair. I told you, not so profound. But TOTALLY worth adding to YOUR list of fun things that you need to do. That is...if you consider gardening and gardening related lifestyle-things fun.

We (Husband, Daughter, and 8 other friends) went to the fair in Rhinebeck, NY. This was the first year for the Country Living Fair in NY. Basically, it was the magazine come to life and they did a great job with it! 

The seminars were fantastic! Bees in the Country Garden with John Benzinger, Sow What Now with Ken Greene, Handcrafted Soap Making with Anne Marie Craig, and Courageous Containers with Andrew Koehn were some of my favorites. 

Spectacularly creative vendors filled the fair grounds. This girl had to hold tight to her wallet because the credit card wanted to jump out more than one time. I gathered some great ideas to implement for the home and garden that I'll share as the season goes on. 

Here are some photos of my adventure along with videos of the soap making class:

Bee Keeping - John answered lots of questions I had.

Always learning...Sow What Now turned me on to a new tomato plant Cosmonaut Volkov, which I purchased.

Cari from HGTV's Cash and Cari. 

Fabulous container garden ideas, plus a couple of "new to me" plants. 

CROWDED! But that's the nature of these things.
Below, is a section of video from the soap making class. Ann Marie was a great teacher. Books she recommeded were The Soap Book by Sandy Maine, and The Hand Made Soap Book by Melinda Cross.


Would I go back again? You betcha! Did I mention that we were camping during this fair...and that rains from a tropical storm beat down on us? No? Tomorrow I'll fill you in on all the happy campers. 

What's next on my bucket list? The Mother Earth News Fair, of course. Who's in?

Enjoy the day-