On Friday night we were headed to an outdoor art show. By the time I got home, this was looming overhead.
As we were looking out the back door pondering what to do, it started pouring! We decided to make it a pizza date night in our family room instead of trying to fight the weather.
Saturday we woke to much brighter skies and headed to the art show. The Midwest Salute to the Arts is held each year in Fairview Heights, Illinois and hosts 100 artists from all over the country in a beautiful park setting. For years I volunteered at this event, but stepped away from it about 8 years ago. It's always fun going back to see people I worked with and artists I know. It's also a great place to pick up a few Christmas gifts! This year it seemed the clay artists captured my eye more than some of the others. This is a picture of Laura Hohn's work.
After perusing the artists' tents and visiting with friends, we headed to Augusta to check out a winery where I'll be helping with a wedding in October. The bride and groom live in Hong Kong and I'll actually be seeing them on my trip there, so I wanted to check out the venue before leaving on Friday. They chose a wonderful site - Noboleis Vineyards and Winery. As if I wasn't excited to be helping before, after seeing the location I'm dying to work on this wedding! It will be so beautiful this fall!
While we were there, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to do a wine tasting. They have a wonderful outdoor area to sit and enjoy their live music. Great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!
On the way home, we stopped at a little place we saw in Defiance, Missouri call Trail Smokehouse. Very casual. They, too, had live music playing. The BBQ Nachos sounded good so we gave them a try.
There was a "scenic overlook" we couldn't drive past without stopping. I'm so thankful that Eric is always willing to oblige me taking a couple selfies!
We did a little retail therapy at the outlet malls on the way back home and called it a day. Pretty perfect way to spend a Saturday if you ask me!
After a nice morning walk and church on Sunday, my friend Tracy and I decided run by the art show in the afternoon in addition to checking out some Halloween decor at various stores in town. The rest of the day was spent getting ready for the week and my upcoming trip. I leave on Friday for Hong Kong. Yes, I'm a bit excited!!
Hope your weekend was everything you had hoped it would be. Please do pop back in on Thursday and link up at our Thinking Out Loud Thursday party. See you soon!
Check out what others were up to this weekend.