Saturday, July 23, 2011

MS ARTeast Festival

Dean Smith of Simply Teavine hosted the MS ARTeast Festival today (July 23) with 20 artists displaying their creations. The event was held at her family's 1884 Meador Homestead Cabin just outside Hattiesburg. The artists were stationed about the grounds and in the cabin and on the porch. Dean had prepared dishes such as Brett Favre's Chili, Eudora Welty's Shrimp Eudora, and William Faulkner's Barbeque Chicken and served it from the remodeled and updated kitchen.

My quilted pieces were displayed in the bedroom of the cabin, where there was a very tall four-poster canopy bed, complete with little step ladder and chamber pot. The room also contained an old spinning wheel and other period pieces as well as hundred-year-old photographs on the walls.
There were wood turners, authors, beekeepers, stain glass artists, chair makers, and singers among the artists, giving the guests a huge variety of items to enjoy. A little rain shower did not dampen the mood of the happy visitors, and people enjoyed the festival and the lovely grounds.