Here is the second half of our trip to the New England Shale-Up! 2015. I think the sign posted (above) pretty much explains that it is a party!
Saturday Sept 26
Up-and-at-'em, all ready to vend at 9am!
We vended at the car show this year and gave away a $50 gift certificate and crinoline from Malco Modes. A big THANK YOU to everyone that stopped by the booth, both new and old customers. I didn't have time to walk around the car show, but I did snap a photo of the car that was in front of our booth. You know I always have to have a matching outfit car shot!
By 5 we were all packed up -- finally dinner time!
We ate at BT's Smokehouse again this year, located just a short walk from the hotel. Of course we got there at the worst possible time on a Sat. night for dinner -- I think we waited an hour... but it was well worth the wait! Everything we had and especially my blackened catfish sandwich was delicious!
Afterwards we went back and caught a few bands.
Sunday Sept 27
Off to go antiquing! We picked up some goodies at the local antique mall and the vending room.
We got back in time for the Tiki Pool party! It was one of the highlights of the Shake-Up for us. Our group, Mike, Judy, Andrew and I LOVE tiki and made sure to bring our matching barkcloth wedding sets to wear.
One change this year was that there were live bands poolside – Shorty's Island Rhythymaires played some classic Hawaiian steel guitar which perfectly set the island mood. We thought the tiki drinks served at the bar were a little too syrupy and sickly sweet, but we really enjoyed the pool party.
After, we took one more lap around the vendor room and chatted with Angela from Mode Merr. We have plans in the works for more custom items with this fantastic gal (wink, wink.) Angela is such a wonderful lady and I love talking shop with her-- I feel she really gets us. I wish we lived closer to each other!
Later we were able to catch some more music in the ballroom and rounded out the night.
Monday morning we headed home. I wish we could have seen more bands and enjoyed the event a little more. That's the tough part when you vend... it's a work trip. Until next time Sturbridge!