This post is an excerpt of an essay I wrote for a local newsletter.
La Table de Nana,
who can’t make her annual pilgrimage to her
beloved Provence this fall,
is sharing photos & memories of her past trips.
Do visit her blog!
The Common Ground Country Fair is my annual fall pilgrimage.
I write about it here each September.
The Fair was cancelled due to Covid.
Each year I go to join in the
celebration of harvest season,
of community & cooperative sharing,
of living in harmony with nature,
of caring for the the earth & for one another.
All with joy, artistry, respect, &, well... Love.
Good things to have in these times.
I go to rejoice in the midst of
September’s vivid color, light & energy,
before the gray of winter sets in.
So many of us fairgoers, farmers, gardeners &
participants of all ages felt the loss.
I enjoyed going through old photos & journal entries.
A reminder of one of the reasons I keep journals.
Over the years my small sketchbook journal
has been my steady companion at the Fair.
One time the Popcorn Lady popped over
to watch me sketching her Popcorn House!
That gave me the chance to tell her how much I loved it
& to learn more about its creation!
Sketching to live, homegrown music,
one of my favorite, favorite ways to sketch!!
This year I am adapting. Though sad, I've still been able to find
September Joy in some beautiful local gardens.