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14 May 2024

Will It Be a Lovely Day for a Craft Fair this Weekend?

Will It Be a Lovely Day for a Craft Fair this Weekend?

Craft fairs, author events, and presentations are way more dependent on the weather than you would think. I'm hoping for bad weather rather than good for the Willow Lake Estates Craft Fair on Saturday.

If it's too wet or too cold people don't like to go out. But if the weather is beautiful, they can think of many other things they'd rather do than hang around indoors. Gray, gloomy days, with no threat of rain or snow, seem to ensure the best crowd and this weekend's weather promises to be warm and sunny, unfortunately.

Still, I'm looking forward to this weekend's Craft Fair. I will have all of my books available, including my Illinois history books and, of course, Agatha Annotated. I will be sharing a table with my dad, who is a woodworker. He makes adorable wooden pull toys such as dinosaurs, grasshoppers, and alligators. New this year is a super-cute hippopotamus whose mouth opens and closes as a child pulls it around the room.

The photo accompanying this post is work. Last Christmas, he gave me these little Agatha Annotated books with me in 1920s garb standing on top. They are fun conversation starters so I use them in my book displays at author events.

If you are in the area, I hope you'll pop in for a few minutes to see all the creative wares for sale. I understand there's a bake sale, too, so pick up some yummy goodies while you're there!



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This website is the home of the Agatha Christie database as annotated by Kate Gingold, hence the name Agatha Annotated.

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Kate Gingold

... has been a huge fan of the works of Agatha Christie her entire adult life. Christie's vivid descriptions of picturesque English life in the early-to-mid twentieth century fascinated Kate, but many of the people and places were unfamiliar to her. A writer herself, as well as a researcher and historian with several local history books to her credit, Kate began a list of these strange words and set out to define them. Now, Christie fans like you and all those who come after will be able to fully enjoy the richness of Agatha Christie novels with their own copy of Agatha Annotated.

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