It was a beautiful day full of delightful music, art and food at Kansas Originals during their Spirit of Kansas Art Fair and Fun Day. Linda and I spent most of the day there and enjoyed it thoroughly. I love the atmosphere it imparts…like a family gathering celebrated in typical Kansas fashion. It was great.
They had a silent auction and a real auction with an auctioneer. I bid on and won a night for two at Castle Rock B & B. Going there is always a winner. I think Todd and Karen will enjoy that as I’m giving it to them. Linda bid on a beautiful flower arrangement by Shirley Robl and is delighted with it. Shirley Robl bought a beautiful framed photograph by Marge Lawson who is a great photographer. I was very tempted but I have not an inch of wall space for anything else.
The food was catered by a group of men from Claflin….and it was delicious. They had smoked ribs, pork loin, hot dogs, fried fish (fresh out of Wilson Lake), baked beans, Cole slaw, homemade rolls, chips, homemade vanilla ice cream and cookies.
It was great to just sit and visit with friends….Sandra, Mysty, Linda Mc, Josh, Dennis, Eleanor, Adolph, Robin and Brian, Mike and Dawn, Mark, Hulda and Bill, Lu and Keith, all our friends who work at KO, the list goes on. There were many new people to meet.
But there is an ironic twist to this story. For many years I have corresponded with Susan Howell, a website designer, who, with her husband, constructs the Blue Skyways, Kansas Explorers Club, Kansas Sampler websites (and many more). Anyway, she’s been very helpful to me on many occasions over the years and I’ve always wanted to meet her to see who this nice person was. Today the opportunity arose in a strange way. I was signing on the silent auction sheets for two quarts of honey. I kept a close eye on it and was sure I was the high bidder at a very good price. Well, the two quarts of honey just disappeared in the last second and I couldn’t believe it. I went to the check out stand to see how that happened…I didn’t really care as I had already purchased honey in their store, but I was interested who got the high bid….and guess what? It was Susan Howell. She was good! I had no idea what she looked like so Dennis pointed her out as she and John were walking to their car. I caught up with them and we had a delightful visit. I was so glad to meet them. We made a connection over Tony Gross’s honey. It was pretty funny.
Today was the kind of day that just makes you feel good all over and you hate to see it end. Two years ago Robin and Brian Boisvert hosted it at their farm home and it was one of those rare events that will probably never happen again, and I’ll never forget it. It’s a good thing to support Kansas Originals especially on special days like today that are so much fun.