Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall and the Crabapple Festival

For the second year in a row, a friend and I attended the Crabapple Festival in... you guessed it... Crabapple, Georgia.

We could not have asked for a better place to be on what just might be the most spectacular day we've had in Metro Atlanta this year.  The sun was shining, the sky was that incredible shade of blue reserved for ushering in a change of season, and there wasn't a cloud in the sky.
Simply stunning!

Crabapple is in Metro Atlanta, North of the city proper, not far from Milton and Alpharetta.  You can view the location on the map HERE.  I was struck again by just how clean and well cared for this lovely small city is.  

They blocked off the main street of town for a music venue and food offerings, as well as the entree  into the main festival area.

This group was one of many bands with different styles of music.
Truly something for every one's musical taste.

I failed to take a picture of GC BBQ ... HERE ... one of the food vendors, but I have to tell you their barbecue was fabulous.  They claim to be the "Second best barbecue in Georgia" and I have no reason to doubt them... it was that good.  
And their "mac and cheese" is to die for.

But even after stuffing ourselves we couldn't resist brownies for dessert.   Just perfect to finish off our meal.  Besides, we were exercising.  Sort of.  I kept telling myself I was burning a lot of calories walking around looking at everything. 

On the roof of this building you can see a little black"speck" that is
the mate of the turkey vulture pictured below.

This one kept us entertained with its aerobatics directly overhead.

There were antiques and vintage items for sale, as well as craft items and decorative gourds.  Of course there were pumpkins... this is Fall, after all.

I love crafts interspersed with antique and vintage items...

And of course, I fell in love with this display.

There was silverware, sterling and triple plate, as well as French silver over nickel.  It's getting harder to find silver for repurposing and upcycling.  And I love French silver with its beautiful long fork tines.

I've seen a lot of repurposed glass recently, but I was drawn to this one.  The glass was especially nice and I could see me using it as an end table.  

There was furniture that caught my eye... French, of course.

And lots of gourds and pumpkins.  I'd never seen apple gourds before...
the darker green gourds to the left in the picture below...

These 3" round marble balls fascinate me.  They were used at the turn of the century
 as part of a primitive water filtration system in southern rivers, particularly in Atlanta's Chattahoochee.
Who knew.

Alas, we didn't make it into any of the lovely shops in  Crabapple, but we would have if we weren't full of great food and more than a little sunburned.

  Crabapple's Festival is one of the nicest ones around, and Atlanta has lots to choose from.  I definitely plan to go again next year.

So, do you have must-see Festivals and Fairs you look forward to every year?
I'd really love to hear about them, if you're comfortable sharing.

Until next time, thanks for stopping by...

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