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The summer begins

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Well, after telling the world that I would be posting regularly on this blog, I've failed to do so in my first month! So much for good intentions.

We did the Lilac Festival in Rochester in April. It's funny how craft shows in an urban setting just have a different feel to them. While this was not particularly a very rewarding weekend from a profit standpoint, The Lilac Festival was a first chance to get in the tent again after a brutal winter, and that in itself made the weekend. Getting to meet new people is always fun, and having a few friends find us only added to the atmosphere. But one of the best memories of the weekend for me was the incredible live music- everything from gospel to disco- and all of it top notch. We're looking forward to returning next year.

This past weekend was spent at the Ozstravaganza celebration in Chittenango, N.Y.- our "home" show. Chittenango is the birth place of L. Frank Baum, the author of "The Wizard of Oz", and during the first weekend of June each year, this typical upstate village turns into a mecca of fans of all things Oz. Permanent yellow brick sidewalks and shops of Oz merchandise, a well attended parade, carnival rides, and even a world record attempt of Wizard of Oz costumed attendees (which, unfortunately failed). Mix in crafters and vendors in the village square, and this not well known festival is a fun and well run venue. While we did have many friends drop by the booth, we also did very well with those we'd never met. This was actually our first Ozstravaganza as a vendor, and we hope to return each year.

At this writing, I'm getting ready for the Keuka Arts Festival this weekend in Penn Yan, N.Y. We've heard nothing but good things about this festival. Penn Yan is one of our favorite little cities and kind of the gateway to one of our favorite finger lakes- Keuka. For those that don't already know, Penn Yan was unfortunately seriously flooded several weeks ago. My prayers and hopes are that the people and facilities of this pretty little town continue in their recovery

Well, that's all for now. I'll post again soon.   

The next chapter

Before I begin, I want to give a big thank you and shout out to my buddy Jen for her help and nudging in getting our new website/store started! This (the new website) is the next logical progression in the growth of "Bayside"- something that our "followers" have been asking about for a while. Other than being [...]

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