Over the weekend we headed to Asheville, North Carolina, so Adverb could attend the annual conference of the South East Chapter of the National Cartoonist Society. This is always a fun gathering. The Society's Asheville membership had worked hard to show us all a good time.
Steve H. was dressed for the bluegrass, but maybe not excited about having his picture taken.
Saturday the cartoonists attended meetings and presentations all day. The highlight was the guest of honor, Jack Davis, of MAD magazine fame. Everyone reports that Jack was a very sweet gentleman. At dinner, he petted my hair in a charming, non-creepy way.
While all these meetings were going on, I was getting some work of my own done in the hotel room, as well as swimming in the heated pool.
After the conference ended on Sunday, Adverb and I explored the great shopping and dining opportunities in downtown Asheville. (More blog coverage on this topic coming soon!)
Monday, we spent the whole day driving back to Atlanta via the long, scenic way. It was a lovely day to explore the countryside.
While on another road trip in NC several years ago, we had seen a million billboards assuring us that we were very near Harrah's Cherokee Casino, and yet we never actually saw it. This time, we drove right up to it, completely by accident. This cracked us up to no end, so we just had to go in and play some slot machines for a little while. We ended up $9.00 in the hole. Oh wait, correction, make that $8.75--on the way out, I found a quarter in the parking lot!
We stopped for a late lunch at this nice spot on the Nantahala River.
Our last visit before heading home was to the John C. Campbell Folk School. (Long-time Stacyverb readers may remember that this is where Adverb took a class in the art of kaleidoscope-making last fall.) We had a nice time exploring the grounds of the Folk School, including this nice fence dedicated to the different arts. These were two of my favorite panels.
This beautiful old barn on the Folk School grounds was looking very autumnal. Someday I hope to return to the Folk School as a student myself.
A fun, relaxing weekend in North Carolina. Batteries recharged, and ready for fall to come to Atlanta!