Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Fun Weekend-Art in Park & Jefferson Wool Festival

We had a busy weekend!  In Wausau, WI, near our home, they have what is known as Art in The Park, Artrageous and Birds in Art.  This event, Birds in Art, was started by the Forrester family and Owen Gromme (famous bird artist) it is held at the historic Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum.  This event brings in artists from all over the world!  This event is separated into 3 different areas.  We were able to go to the vendor sales and I hope to go to the museum exhibit later on.  We had a lot of fun!  Here are a few pictures.
That is Magally, my friend.  For MANY years, she and her husband and Lisa and I were vendors at this event.  Her husband, “Jimmy” passed on almost 2 years ago.  Dimitrious was his real name, he was from Greece and Magally is from Cuba – they met in New York and moved to Wisconsin in 1994 or 1995.  We miss “Jimmy” and all of his hugs – he would always hug you and kiss each side of your face.   Magally does too.  Wisconsinites – aren’t use to this Smile.
Then on Sunday, Anna showed 3 sheep at the Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI.  This too attracts people from all over the world.  They have dog hearding, spinning, shearing, carding, knitting, crocheting, felting, needle punch …. on and on….demonstrations and classes.  They have 2 multi-purpose buildings full of vendors with all things wool for sale.  I didn’t get too many pictures, as the youth show had 3 show rings going at once and I had to listen and run between the barns for each of the classes she was in.  Her showmanship class, ages 15 & 16 had 25 exhibitors in it.  She placed 8th overall.  Not too bad considering the 7 ahead of her show sheep all summer.  We had the “lightest” and “heaviest” sheep in the market show….so, no ribbons.  And Dottie, the Sufolk ewe, was in the wrong class – we slick sheared her and this was a wool fest…..so instead of Sufolk she should have been in the meat type breed….oh well, no ribbons this time.  We did have fun!  Thanks STACY for hauling our sheep!  Bless your heart!
This is Mallory, Stacy and Kevin’s (our sheep leaders) middle daughter.  She placed 2nd in showmanship and won a pretty big ribbon.
The first in line is Kaitlin, Stacy and Kevin’s oldest daughter.  She is an excellent showman (woman) and placed 1st at the Wisconsin State Fair!
This is Jon, Anna’s boyfriend, showing “Speckles” 
Here is Anna – every picture of her I have on my blog – she is wearing the same show outfit…she does have others…..but this pink shirt matches her pink “bling bling” belt. 
The best part of being in Jefferson, was that we had to pass Madison on the way home.  Probably my favorite place to eat – anywhere – is in Madison.  It is called “Smokin Jon’s”  - now this big girl knows BBQ – this is the BEST anywhere!  It is just a small “hole in the wall” – Jon’s parents use to live in Madison and found this place 20 years ago.  They have won LOTS of awards for the best in Madison and best sauce in all kinds of competitions.  We need to nominate them for “Diners, Drive Inns and Dives!”
Till later, God willing.  Blessing from Wisconsin!
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