I haven’t worked festivals since 2011. They were fun. Essie (my mother-in-law) and I met several outstanding vendors who truly mastered their crafts and we had the pleasure of meeting long-time customers as well as new customers.

But … when Essie turned 97, and decided it was time to quit the festival circuit, I decided to quit too. If she couldn’t play, then I didn’t want to play either. Working festivals wasn’t all about selling my soaps; it was about being with Essie and having fun.

Now 2019, Essie is 102 and will turn 103 in March 2020. We reckon she’ll be here to celebrate her birthday. She’s  a trouper. We look forward to celebrating with her.

2011 Festivals

September 17
Best of Badin North Carolina
Heritage Museum 9:00 am to 4:30 pm


October 1 and 2 Autumn Jubilee
Dan Nichols Park
Salisbury, NC
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


November 5 Fall Festival
Rocky River Vineyards
11685 Reed Mine Rd.
Midland, NC
November 5th, 1:00 pm to 6 pm


November 12 & 13 Stanfield Christmas Arts & Crafts Show
Stanfield Elementary School
Stanfield, NC
Saturday 8:00 am to 5 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm to 4:30 pm