October 20, 2017


"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

October is here and it seems impossible for it to be the tenth month of the year! In the past, this time of the year was a time when Jennie and I would be madly packing the trailer with about 80 apple boxes of pottery and all of the racks for outdoor shows. We would also have to prepare everything so we could be gone for the next three weeks. Our first event was always the Cranberry Festival show in Warrens, Wisconsin. Afterwards we'd pack up and head east toward Indiana. One of our favorite places to stop was Shipshewana, where we'd attend an incredible auction held every Wednesday in the heart of Amish country. We have purchased quite a few of our rustic display pieces from this auction. 

Next we would head south for Bigglersville, Pennsylvania, where we had a booth at the National Apple Harvest Festival. Our daughter, Becky, would typically fly out and join us for one of the two weekends we were there. Between the weekend festival we would go and do something fun with Becky and our friends from State College. These side jaunts have taken us to New York City, Philadelphia; Stratford, Canada, Washington DC, the Outer Banks; Cass, West Virginia, and the Blue Ridge Mountains. We participated in the Apple Harvest Festival for over 10 years and built great friendships with other artists. Recently we received an email from an artist with whom we shared our vendor space with all those years ago.

In 2003, we opened a retail store in Bozeman for Mountain Arts Pottery and The Coffee Pot Bakery Cafe. We soon realized that we would be spreading ourselves too thin to continue to do retail shows on the road. It causes a little withdrawal to not be doing something that was such a rich part of our lives, but what a life God has given Jennie and me as He has led us on this adventure! For everything there is a season.

Many Blessings, 
Dave Lockie

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