Well, it’s a bittersweet day – pulling together loose ends after our 6th Annual Days of the Pioneer Antique Show at the Historic Museum of Appalachia! The dealers from across the country brought their very best goods, the customers from far and wide came with love and hugs and stories and found lots of great treasures, the musicians were the finest, the food was DELICIOUS, the craftsmen were so interesting, and the reenactors were amazing.
It takes a village (and more) to put on a show of this scale, with so many things happening all at once. I always hesitate to start giving thanks because I’m guaranteed to leave someone out (or lots of someone’s!) but I have to at least try. And please know if I leave anyone out it breaks my heart! But I have a frazzled brain!
It all starts with the Museum of Appalachia. There could not possibly be a better location to hold the Days of the Pioneer Antique Show. Elaine Irwin Meyer, President, and her staff work so hard all year long to make this event so special. Jan, Kate, John, Will, Lindsey, Ed, Sam, all the folks in the gift shop, the gals in the restaurant – Julie, Kristy, and their amazing staff cook for us all week and make me special tomato pies and chocolate pie, and everyone leaves me feeling like a QUEEN for a week!
We could not have a show without all the volunteers who work tirelessly to make it a success. And I hear time and time again, “Everyone is SO NICE!” That’s the southern way! I also owe my staff a huge thank you too – because they do the lions share of the work getting our booth ready, not to mention helping get the show ready – all the while putting up with ME! Todd, Ruth and Lynn, Ken Reid, Cheryl, KC and Kelcy, Josh, Sherrie and Ernie, and Eddie! And a special heartfelt thanks to Tom and Pam Orwig for not only putting up the walls for the show, but for always having my back!
We have musicians, reenactors, craftsmen and demonstrators that all donate their time and skills as well! It’s all these little details that make Days of the Pioneer so much more than an antique show!
And …. the DEALERS !!! They get all the credit for why the show is such a huge success! They save their very best to bring to our show once a year and it shows! The booths and offerings are simply incredible!
Last but not least – thank YOU, the customers! You come from Oregon to Canada, Florida to Maine and all points in between and make us all laugh and smile and hug for two days! So many call it a homecoming, a reunion, a gathering of old friends and new. It’s like Old Home Week and my heart is full to overflowing thinking back on every memory that was made! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to everyone who had a part in the Days of the Pioneer Show! We’ll see you all next year – the 2018 date will be announced within the coming week! Make your plans now to attend because you won’t be disappointed! **Watch for many, many more photos on our website later this week at http://www.daysofthepioneer.com