|After Circle Craft, we were home for a day and then off to Comox on Vancouver Island for the Filberg Festival. This was our first year in attending this show. We were extra busy in our preparation as we were going to be spending the entire week living out of our Mobile Studio Galley nicknamed Maggie. She found her name by the acronym for Mobile Art Gallery. As this was our first real trip, and by far the furthest distance we had driven her, we were nervously excited to get underway. At this point in time we had only had her on the freeway once and it was a white knuckled experience! The front end was seriously out of alignment but thankfully we found a great shop in Port Kells that was able to get her fixed up the day before we left. Unfortunately things were still not right, partly due to the wrong tires having been installed, and any speed over 80km/h was avoided like the plague. So it took us a little longer to get there than we had planned, but it was worth it. The Filberg Festival is housed on one of the nicest grounds we have had the pleasure of participating at a show on. The park is wooded in areas with a great old weathered lodge and many old outbuildings, and as it is right on the ocean, the views and ocean breeze were a constant companion!
The show was well attended and the sales were great, but above all else, the enjoyment found in the time spent in such an incredible location around so many fantastic people was the true treasure we took home. One of the memorable experiences of this show happened after the show was officially over. After day four, followed up by a long takedown of our display, Cheri and I had decided to retreat back to our campground for one more evening of relaxation before heading to the Ferry the next day. We were glad we did as it gave us the fortuitous opportunity to meet a lovely couple from Victoria who had attended the show, and were still interested in one of the originals we had displayed. We invited them back to the campground later for a visit and the chance to see the painting one more time. Thankfully we were able to display the work on the walls of Maggie, the way she was intended, and she helped facilitate the sale! The true joy of this encounter was the opportunity to spend a short evening visiting with a fantastic couple who live an amazing family enriched lifestyle.