The first hour of the farmers market was good because there was no rain. I drove up and the streets were packed with cars. But several minutes later, the rain began to fall. After a quick ‘sweep’ through the market, there more things going on downtown. Here is what I found…
First, I found a good parking space on the street in the middle of everything. This photo proves that I have, at one time, been successful at parallel parking.
I knew that I didn’t have time to waste because it had already started raining. First stop was the Henderson’s booth to check out the produce. It is a beautiful collection of vegetables, especially ‘peaches and cream’ corn. Summer is officially here! Pictured above is Andrea Wilson, a local artist. She has a gallery on Bruce Street and a member of the Sevierville Commons Art Council.
I always say hello to our friends at the animal figurine booth. It is a favorite here.
I ran into Leslie Strader and her husband Jeremy. They found a treasure at this booth and are ready for the holiday week.
This is the wreath that they bought. There was one left as I passed by. I could kick myself for not getting it now. Buyers remorse!
These flowers are from Sevier Blumen. They also sell in downtown Knoxville at Market Square. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sevierblumen/
Finally got two Dahlias!
Love the arrangement on this table and the patriotic decor. I need more time to shop at this booth. The rain was picking up at this point so I hurried down the street to Courthouse Donuts.
It was time for a coffee and to process pictures on my IPhone; however, the day wasn’t over yet.
First, I noticed that the Sevierville Commons Arts Council was arranging paintings for a new artist. The next Art Happening will take place in July. They told me that it would be on Thursday, July 13th. Look for more news from them soon and make plans to attend in two weeks. Follow the Sevierville Commons Art Council on Facebook. Here is a link to their page.
This is the best table in Courthouse Donuts so I usually try to get it when it is available. The big windows and natural light are hard to beat. I saw our friend Larry walking by and he joined us for coffee. Elaine and Melinda were soon to follow. As we sat there and caught up with each other, we noticed there were quite a few vehicles driving by from the local TV stations. We wondered which court case was being heard today?
Two people can easily share a grilled pimento cheese sandwich, potato salad, and a taste of the doughnut bread pudding from Courthouse Donuts. Unreal!
Chicken salad is always right.
We knew that something was going on in the courthouse because all three news channels were present.
Then, we ran into Kyle Grainger, from Channel 8 WVLT. He told us that the prosecutors had dropped the charges against the two juveniles accused of the deadly wildfires in Gatlinburg last year. We were sort of amazed and and thought about waiting around to see if we saw anyone leaving the courthouse, but decided not to hang around. It has been the lead news story for the rest of the day. Certainly, it brings back some very bad memories for us in Sevier County.
I ran into a city worker who helps keep the landscaping so pretty and told him that it had never looked better. He said that sometimes they go downtown about 4:00 a.m. to water and care for the plants. This gives them time to work, then get out before the town comes to life in the morning.
After purging some closets this week, I took some donations down to Treasures of the Heart. There are new things there since my last visit. Look how pretty!
It was a quick visit to the farmers market due to the rain, and I was kind of disappointed, but it turned out to be quite a day after all. You never know who, or what, you will run into when you are out and about in Sevierville.
Have a wonderful July 4th holiday!