Greetings from Gorgeous Dallas, Texas

**So sorry for the delay. ** 

Deep Ellum Arts Festival  2017

   We're in Dallas for our 10th time. As I'm beginning this post, it's 3:15pm Friday and the crowd is picking up. When we first started coming here, the festival opened at 5pm on Friday, but for their 20th anniversary, they opened by noon Friday and have done it ever since. 

   The weather is perfect and the crowd is warm and enthusiastic, as always. It's all so familiar, yet different in a few ways (here without our kids, driving a truck, we set up Thursday instead of Friday). There are artists here we've never seen before and I have to say, this festival gets better every year.  

    We're enjoying our new booth design that gives us a space behind the shelves to keep our food, personal belongings and chairs. I've built a little cubby world back here for my books and yogurt :) 

   I'm now writing on Tuesday morning. The festival seemed to have a record turnout and we had a great time. The wind was AWFUL Saturday, with 30 mph gusts, so we spent hours holding onto the tent legs for extra weight. It was a little stressful, but we had our usual good crowd, including one man who helped hold the tent! 

I don't have many photos of Dallas or of the festival, but below you can see the ones I did take. 

I was lucky enough to get to meet an online friend in person finally and we went to Twisted Root for lunch. The festival has moved down away from the business area of Deep Ellum so it was quite a walk. But so worth it to visit and be back at one of our favorite restaurants. David and I also had breakfast and dinner at AllGood Cafe. It was EXCELLENT. Without kids with us, we skipped all festival food and chose to eat real meals instead. It was a nice change.

  Doing this festival is no longer new. We know exactly what to expect. The crowds this year were record, it seemed to me. The whole street was PACKED. Dallas always comes out in full force for Deep Ellum and we certainly appreciate that.  

As I finish this blog post, we are 3 days away from going to Huntsville, AL for the Panoply festival. Check back for more info on that.

Thanks for reading- 

Elisabeth  

 

 

    

 

 Taken during a 30 minute traffic delay

Taken during a 30 minute traffic delay

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Love the dogs of Dallas

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This year, we stayed in a hotel where my brother was staying. Unbelievable view.

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This is called "Oops, we forgot an extension cord and have to go for a nighttime walk to CVS to buy one" 

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Before it started. We're really happy with the new set up. It gives us some space back to the right for all our (my) stuff we bring. 

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KISS was a huge hit this year

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Sunny festival days in Dallas are some of my happiest memories  

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30 mph wind gusts mean we break the tent down each night  

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This is George. He belongs to my brother and his family. He's my new favorite dog ♡ 

Thanks, Dallas. We had a great time.