Feasting on Summer
by Christine Vandeberg, from The Food Lovers’ Village Mysteries by Leslie Budewitz
Gad, I love summer. Yes, it’s stunning. From early June to late September, the skies are clear blue most days. Occasionally, a fluffy white cloud — empties from Seattle – drifts on by, high and dry. Eagle Lake beckons boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, even para-sailors. The mountains, carved by the glacial hand of God, reach for the sky and the stars. And oh, the stars. Millions and squillions of them every night.
But best of all, summer is Festival Season. And for a working artist, trying to make a living off paint and canvas, summer is IT. You can travel the state and hit a different festival every weekend. More than one, though I’m rarely crazy enough to do that. And nearly every one features an art fair, with painters, potters, jewelers, basket makers, and more. The Festival of Nations. Mule Days. Homesteader Days. Buzzard Days—honoring ‘nature’s cleaners’. The Strawberry Festival. Rendezvous Days. Pow Wows. Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts. Dog and Grog, celebrating hot dogs and cold beer. Lewis & Clark Reenactments. Music festivals: jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, guitar, Mozart, and more. And on and on—not to mention Huckleberry Days in half a dozen towns, celebrating the tart, purple jewels Montanans fight the bears for every August.
Come on by. I promise you, it will be killer.
(Paintings by the real Christine Vandeberg. See more at her Etsy shop.)
Also a lawyer, Leslie won the 2011 Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction for Books, Crooks & Counselors: How to Write Accurately About Criminal Law & Courtroom Procedure (Quill Driver Books), making her the first author to win Agatha Awards for both fiction and nonfiction.
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