So then the day went downhill. On the way home I saw a bunch of trays and buckets behind Whole Foods that are perfect for glazes, chemicals, and necessary items for a pottery studio, and I am a world class dumpster diver, so I tossed them in the car. And then the odors came. By the time I got home I thought I was going to vomit fiercely! No wonder, checked the labels on the bins, cod fillets and frozen shrimp. What a smell these plastics developed after sitting out in 90 degree weather in a dumpster. So my car is airing out and I have been scrubbing stinky buckets trying hard to convince myself that I am doing a good thing to reuse instead of running out to that nasty Walmart and buying brand new, nice smelling plastic!
And then, the day went back up to a grand day, I am invited to be an artist at the Duke Homestead Arts Festival, sponsored by the NC Arts Council and John Dee Holeman is going to be playing there! Gerry photographed him long ago when he was doing a story on the Musicmaker Relief Foundation. He is just so great. Here is the blurb they sent me.
Tobacco Harvest and Hornworm Arts Festival
Saturday, Sept. 12 at the Duke Homestead
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Put on your bib overalls and head to Duke Homestead for the annual Tobacco Harvest and Hornworm Arts Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12. The day starts with demonstrations of traditional tobacco harvesting, curing, and stringing down at the barn with Little River Cloggers performing on stage. Enter the hornworm race or the MoonPie eating contest or just pick up some produce from the Farmer's Market area. Save some room for homemade ice cream. In the afternoon relax to Piedmont blues played by legendary Durham guitarist and singer John Dee Holeman, hear the sounds of the only tobacco auction left in the Bull City, and browse through artists' wares including jewelry, pottery and acrylic paintings in the historic area. Bring your instrument for the bluegrass jam session at 3 p.m.! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free.