Atlanta’s weather in June can be a real gamble. Sometimes it’s just pleasantly warm, other years things turn brutal early. 2010 is an example of the latter, which meant there was only one word to describe the Avondale Estates 2010 Art-B-Que on June 12-13: HOT.
Let me repeat that. HOT!!!
Copper Dancer Designs was assigned a spot on one of the side streets, about halfway down the row. We had some shade in the morning, but during the afternoon we got more sun than we really needed or wanted. Staying hydrated and not too overheated was our real challenge that weekend. Sadly, the heat was so extreme that attendance was way down — not that many people wanted to come out to eat really good bar-b-que, listen to a wide variety of music ranging from pretty darn good to positively awful, and shop for funky arts and crafts. We got a little relief from the heat on Sunday, as we were able to move into a much shadier vacated spot right next to the Smoothie Cart, hee hee. Even so, the theme remained broil, baby, broil.
Sales were disappointing for pretty much everybody, except possibly the King of Pops — a very popular man, especially when he came around in the afternoons with his little pushcart. Sunday’s Mimosa pop (contains Real Champagne!!) was superb, but Saturday’s Grapefruit Mint pop with REAL mint leaves was the most exquisite thing I had tasted since I don’t know when.
The weekend was certainly not a total loss, though. We met some wonderful artists, particularly Cindy Sheffield Michaels, a Decatur photographer who does marvelous abstract work. Schadia and Nazeem came by our tent, bought a bracelet, and pronounced our work a perfect fit for their upcoming Haflanta event in August. The bar-b-que we ate for lunch both days was utterly tasty, even though to Andrea’s disappointment only pulled pork was available. The people who did venture out into the heat were quite complimentary of our work. We enjoyed our smoothies and pops immensely!! And we finally, finally were able to get photos of our booth setup so that we can apply to some of the upcoming fall shows!
Really, the only horrible negative was the weather, and that’s something no one can control. Rumor has it that Bart Webb, who puts on the event, is considering an earlier weekend for Art-B-Que next year, and if so we will certainly give it another shot.