It was over in a blink of an eye - sort of. Today's post will be a little longer than usual as I tell you of my adventure to get to one of the finest Halloween art shows in the country: Bewitching Peddler's of Halloween in Marshall, MI.
I wasn't planning on going to this year's show because it costs a lot of money to get there and then there are so many wonderful things to buy, but a ticket sale on Southwest Airlines pushed me into a snap decision to fly into Grand Rapids- almost a two hour drive to the show. With my electronic ticket on my phone, a car reservation from Alamo, and a hotel room secured, my husband dropped me off at the airport on Friday at 5AM with the words "Be Careful." My excited, flippant response of "A Girl in Trouble is a Temporary Thing" (remember that song from the 80's?) caused him to grimace.
My flight to Grand Rapids was pretty smooth despite a 3-hour layover in Chicago where I crossed timezones too many times to keep track. As I stepped out of the airport, the clouds were low and it was drizzling rain. I texted my husband on the way to the car rental that I had arrived safely, but it oddly smelled like cow manure everywhere- I kept looking at the bottom of my shoes. I think that's where things may have started to go awry.
After calls to the rental company, my insurance company, and a visit from the police while sitting in my destroyed car in the rain, I waited for 2 hours for the rental car company to send someone to get me. By this time is was dark. Finally, my phone rang and it was the Alamo Roadside Service calling to tell me that they couldn't find anyone to come get me and that I should call Uber to get a ride to my hotel and they would straighten things out in the morning. Well, Battle Creek isn't what I would call a cosmopolitan hot spot- there is no Uber. Battle Creek did have a cab company (past tense on purpose because as of 11pm Saturday night their sole cab company closed permanently, but that's someone else's story) that sent a car out within 15 minutes to pick me up. I was back in my hotel by 10pm.
But now I had no car to get to the show. The ticket booth opened at 7am and I knew there was no way that Alamo was going to get me a car by then. I started to feel really dejected that this whole trip was going to be for nothing. Hell no! I was going to that show if I had to walk. I got up at before dawn, got ready, and called the cab company. Would they take me to Marshall? Yes, they would- for $30. I stepped into the cab at 6:45am and had to give the driver directions using my phone because his phone couldn't locate the county fairgrounds. That's ok. These things happen.
I know you just want to see what the show was like, so I'll wind things up to say that is was simply magical. Even the artists were overwhelmed by the quality of the work and the Halloween world that was created within the space. Standing in line before the show is its own kind of pleasure as you get to talk to other people as dedicated to Halloween art as you are and who have come from all over the country.
Halloween Art and Travel. We follow each other on Instagram and it was awesome to meet her as well! Kristin was helping out at one of the booths and I found her wearing this gorgeous witch hat.
So, to wrap up a very long story I called another local cab company to take me back to the hotel (he picked me up in his daughter's SUV that was covered in dog hair with blankets and pillows and spilled Cheerios in the back seat and he smoked a cigarette the entire ride with the windows closed- but he was very nice and concerned about how I was going to get to the airport.) Countless more calls to Alamo and hours sitting at the hotel resulted in me calling a car service to take me to the airport. My purchases were wrapped and stowed in an extra suitcase that I brought with me and I finally made it home just before midnight on Saturday. I was never so glad to be home.
Here is the magic of the show.
Here is what I purchased.
|Pumpkin Woman from The Goode Wife of Washington County|
|Skull Flower from Madame Marie's Wicked Whimsy|
|Cat Candy Dish from Acorn Cottage Collectibles|
|Tiny Devil from Maria Paula Spun Cotton|
|Coffin Cookie from Kim's Artistic Confections (I was hungry and it was delicious)|
|Skull and Pumpkin Necklace from Man in the Moon Metalworks|
|Hearse with Crow Driver and Devil in Coffin from Paul Gordon|
This piece is amazing! The coffin is made from an antique goggles case.
This show is simply spectacular. Please put it on your calendar for next year. The date has already been chosen - September 26, 2020.
Even though the trip was troublesome at times, I'll do it again. My husband even said he'll drive me next time. The people of the mid-west couldn't be friendlier and made my situation so much easier by their concern and well wishes. Till next year!