When my daughters were much younger we spent a few spent a few springs following and participating in poultry shows.
It was on one of these trips that we discovered Greenville, Ohio. We found it charming and have revisited often. It has the elements that these road trip/day trip junkies enjoy — good food, interesting architecture, a nice garden center (Hannah’s), quirky local heroes (Lowell Thomas and Annie Oakley) and a working mill.
Another attraction, alone worth the drive, is the KitchenAid Experience. The Experience — part factory outlet, part museum, part visitors’ center — is housed in a large storefront in the heart of Greenville. This is where Phoebe sneaked a quick touch of Julia Child’s KitchenAid Mixer. (Phoebe also once sneaked a quick touch of a famous painting in Chicago. It’s now under glass. We’re not sure about Julia’s mixer.)
While participating in the Indiana Artisan Marketplace in April I was delighted by a visited from a group from Greenville. They shared their thoughts about a new show, Gathering at Garst, they planned for this summer and encouraged me to become involved. I jumped right on board and cannot wait to be part of what promises to become a strong tradition.
In the meantime I’ve had another opportunity to connect with Greenville. Bruce Neckar and I will be mounting “The Bird Show” (A show we recently presented at Big Hat Books and Art in Broad Ripple) at Bear’s Mill sometime next season.
Please visit the Gathering’s website, or better visit Greenville next weekend (If you show up on Friday, I’ll let you help unload the van!)