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I’ve been absent from keeping up this blog over the last week and apologize.  I’ve been preparing for the Indiana Artisan Marketplace beginning in just a few hours at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  I can’t take a lot of time for build-up, but this is the finest art/fine craft show that I’ve ever been involved with — as an artist or as a buyer.  This is not a show to be missed.

(Aside – This group really treats their artists right.  We pulled up the van yesterday and a volunteer loaded my stuff in for me!)

I’ll try to post images throughout the show from my iPhone.  If I am able to move around (I expect to be busy) I will try to share the work of other artists.

50 Little Birds has two booths this year — I hope that I am the plate spinner that I think I am — one will be my sales booth and a second bootht o teach and demonstrate bird carving and painting.  Please stop and chat a bit.

I would like to thank friend and woodcarver, Dennis Maddox, of Noblesville for his help yesterday.  There were a few construction glitches and he was the man to solve the problems fast.  Dennis has been carving at local golf coaurses.  It seems that golf course like to turn their dead trees into large carvings.  Recently Dennis carved a huge golf club for Crooked Stick Golf Course and a trio of Great Blue Heron for the golf course at Eagle Creek Park.

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First and foremost – Our Indiana State Fair suffered a terrible tragedy Saturday night when the main stage rigging collapsed into the audience killing 5 people and injuring 40 others.  Talk on the street in Indy indicates that we may almost double the death toll when this is all over.  My daughter is our Hamilton County 4H Fair Queen and a contender for State Fair Queen.  I’ve been a regular entertainer at the fair (and played on the main stage with Garrison Keillor) for 10+ years.  The State Fair is central to our lives and our hearts go out to the victims, to the Fair and to the State.

Thanks to folks that checked in with me on Saturday.  We had already left the fair for the day and are safe.  We don’t spend much time around the Grandstand Stage and were never in any danger.  I had several friends that were there and their stories are sobering.

On a lighter note…

The Indianapolis Star covered the WLS National Barn Dance Tribute on Friday night.  The photos are really spectacular.

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