The Incredible McIntosh Fall Festival and Pow-wow

20170924_092012The McIntosh Reserve Park is over 500 acres dedicated to primitive camping to keep the park as natural as possible. It is exquisite. Framed by the Chattahoochee River, with large trees and massive granite outcroppings, as well as natural meadows, i20170924_092211t proved the perfect spot to celebrate the arrival of Autumn.

Apparently, the event has not been held for a couple of years and, when they announced that they were bringing it back, not only did it bring out all of its past participants, it brought out everyone from everywhere. They said it was probably the largest turn-out they’d ever had. I can believe 20170923_115840it. There appeared to be thousands of people. Not to worry, there were enough vendors, shows, and activities to satisfy everyone. I was too busy to get around much, but I was close enough to hear the performances and smell the enticing aromas from all the food20170924_143421 vendors. I did sneak away to see the Raptor Show (birds of prey, not dinosaurs) because it was at such a show that I discovered Brynn, the Falcon that followed Jasmine home in Meadow’s Keep.

I was there with my group, the Georgia Writers’ Alliance, including Joe 20170923_094359Dwyer, Sid Brown, and Tamala Calloway. Saturday was the first time I’d ever set up a canopy and, after20170923_094545_TamalaandJerry trying and failing the day before, I realized that it really works a whole lot better with someone at each corner. We were near the river and breezes cooled the hot temps and the trees offered the shade we needed not to wilt. On Sunday, I discovered two degrees can make a big difference in comfort but does nothing for the frizz factor in my hair. Oh, and they still haven’t make huge headway in port-a-potty luxury since the early days. They are still portable out-20170924sbjhtc2houses. Not hydrating can solve the bathroom issue, but it does nothing but produce a massive headache. Sunday, I sucked it up (aversion and coffee) and felt a whole lot better.

The people were so friendly and engaging–vendors, performers, and visitors. I think I ended up having as much fun as the guests did. There were so many highlights. One vendor came over and, finding out that my characters are the progeny of Native Americans and Scots, gave me books that had been her husbands (he passed away four years ago). She said he, who was an avid Native American historian, would have loved for me to have them. Later, a visitor picked up Meadow’s Keep, opened it, read my poem, 20170924_131206Safe Harbor, and told me to please add one to each novel, that it was incredible. I informed her I was no poet. She replied, “Well, I am, and I’m telling you it’s excellent.” Both had me tearing up.

We were situated across from the bounce house and balloon pavilion, next to face painting. Truthfully, these festivals are for kids of all ages and we were as entertained as they were. I can’t tell you how many balloons flew, but the best was when the whole lot took off, sweeping into the sky. Well, all those that didn’t get caught in the trees. No worries. There was a plethora left to fill the hands and the skies over and over. Of course, my large quantity of full-size tootsie pops drew everyo20170923_140704.jpgne like a homing beacon.

It was also very animal friendly, with an abundance of dogs and one large bearded lizard. Our location was situated where it was a continual parade of man and pet. Next year, I’m adding puppy treats.

If you are near Whitesburg, or even if you aren’t, come to the McIntosh Fall Festival and Pow-wow. It is an experience you won’t forget!

And while you are there, come meet Shanon Grey and let her introduce you Ruthorford and her magic!

 

 

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McIntosh Fall Festival and Pow-wow

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Happy Fall Y’all! Shanon Grey will be at the McIntosh Fall Festival and Pow-wow, Site #6, 10-5, Saturday and Sunday, Whitesburg, GA. This is my first time participating in the Fall Festival and I’ve heard it’s a wonderful event. Such a great way to start Fall! So, if you are in the area, please come, enjoy the weekend, and come by and see me! However, If you don’t get by, you can still visit Ruthorford! Just remember — where science ends, magic begins!
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Hurricane Irma

20170908_192048Irma’s turn is anticipated any time now. Although I am outside of Atlanta, and many evacuees have headed here, she is determined to come this way. So, like I haven’t had to do since I left the Gulf Coast, I have gathered supplies–water, food, batteries, meds, papers, etc.–and made a space in the basement. My fear isn’t the storm itself. It’s the trees surrounding our wonderful little cottage in the woods. With falling limbs and shallow roots, I am a wee bit nervous for our house. However, like I learned from Katrina, “things” can be replaced, lives cannot. Please, everyone, take heed and be safe!

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AJC Decatur Book Festival

It looks like we are going to have good weather for the Decatur Book Festival after all. I’ll be there both Saturday and Sunday, ready to discuss Ruthorford, where science and magic merge, and nothing is as it seems.Decatur Ad

If you don’t get by, you can still visit Ruthorford!
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Hurricane Harvey

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I have spent the last few days watching Harvey develop, come on land, and deal continual catastrophic conditions for days. I am sharing two pictures I took from the internet. I am not sure of the first author but the other is on the photo. I could have pulled pictures from my Katrina files and they would have looked so similar, one might never know the difference. I lived through that one. I lost everything. I will always be grateful to all those who helped me survive. One big difference, Katrina didn’t stall out. She forced the tremendous storm surge inland, then receded, taking everything with her. Like flushing a toilet. At least for us, just days later, the sun came out hot and bright, allowing us to start the clean-up. We have no idea how long Harvey will continue to devastate the Texas area or how many people will have their lives changed forever. We can send our prayers and do what we can to help, whether it be volunteering or donations. And while this horror continues, a new storm is forming off the east coast. There is nothing you can do about Mother Nature, except endure. My thoughts and prayers are with Texas!

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Shanon Grey Makes the Paper

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I, I mean Shanon Grey, made it into the local paper, The Newan Times-Herald. (Naturally, when none of us were prepared for it.) I’m one one between the two guys, one being Sid Brown (in the dark shirt) and my hubby (the tall guy). Carol was showing us the upstairs loft of the Moreland Mill Museum and the plans they have for it, which will include authors, etc. The Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance has been so supportive, hosting us at the Decatur Book Festival Labor Day weekend. And…they spelled Shanon Grey right!

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2017 “Ruthorford” Eclipse

To say the eclipse was phenomenal would be an understatement. I saw the one in 1979. This wasn’t even a total one here, so I didn’t expect much. During the peak, there was a tiny sliver on the bottom, so it didn’t go completely dark. But, hubby and I had glasses and viewed it all the way through.

Turned out, what I experienced was like nothing else. About 5 minutes before the peak, all sound stopped. Not a bird, not a bug. The air stilled and the temperature dropped. It was as though someone took a gold filter and slipped it over my eyes. Living in the woods, I got to experience another phenomena, which I shared in the pictures. The eclipse shows THROUGH leaves, projecting onto the ground. Like a kid, I ran around with my phone,

snapping pictures, on the drive, on the car, on my porch. The last one, on the porch, is through those massive, thick magnolia leaves. I will never see another one in my lifetime, but I will never forget this one. My cottage in the woods proved to be as magical as I could ever dream.

 

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Science = Magic

RuthorfordScience3Visit Ruthorford — just remember — when science ends, magic begins!

Magic, intrigue, and suspense!
Just what it takes to make the summer sizzle ~
Visit Ruthorford ~ find out!
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AJC Decatur Book Festival

I am so excited! I have been invited by the Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance to join them, along with Sid Brown, a local southern historical fiction author, at the AJC Decatur Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd and 3rd. I will share more information as it comes in! I am honored!

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The Dogs Days of Summer have arrived in Ruthorford, Georgia and it isn’t just the temperatures that are heating up. Remember, nothing is ever like it seems.
 
Magic, abduction, intrigue, and suspense!
Just what it takes to make the summer sizzle ~
Visit Ruthorford ~ find out!
THE SHOPPE OF SPELLS
MEADOW’S KEEP
GLYNDA’S DARE
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Celebrating the 4th in Style!

20170704_094407Once, again, Shanon Grey was invited to participate in the Moreland, Georgia, 4th of July Celebration and BBQ. Moreland, one of the inspirations for Ruthorford, sits kinda south of the airport where Eyrk Vreeland lands his Phenom 100 when coming to visit the home of his twin brother Dorian.20170704_094512

Vendors and booksellers set up in Puckett Station, Moreland’s museum for local famous writer and humorist,Louis Grizzard, and the once prosperous knitting mill.

Fun20170704_100435 and food always abounds for those venturing to the small southern town. This year, the kids were treated to the appearance of a beautiful parrot, who enjoyed visiting the vendors and hoping for a small treat or two.

Quilts, art, jewelry, pottery, crafts and food were just some of the vendors offering visitors a 20170704_100954sample of homemade artistry.

Outside, to keep a reminder of times gone by, and how Moreland’s central train station ensured access to and from the small 20170703_155914town for merchants, a train or two will pass by, blowing the whistle in welcome.

Of course, one of the main attractions on this festive day, is the marvelous BBQ, which begins filling the air with its rich aroma the afternoon before,20170703_160346 enticing anyone who drives by to come back the next day to fulfill that need for slow smoked BBQ.

Naturally, Shanon Grey was there. It’s impossible to stay away, when one of the towns that inspired her stories celebrates the nation’s birthday! I saw some old friends and made some new. It was the perfect way to spend my July the 4th!!!20170710a_102458

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