Well, another Holidazzle has come and gone! I think we had a pretty good turnout this year, and people seemed to be enjoying themselves. After picking up my emergency caffeine supply at Nikki's Cafe (which sadly is still not open 24×7, despite my repeated urging), I spent the evening at The Villager. Things got off to the usual slow start – most people don't get off work in time to get downtown right at 5:00 – but picked up nicely after a short while. The weather cooperated this year; it was pretty chilly, but there was no rain or snow.
As always, I got to visit with some terrific people who stopped in, including a few high school classmates, fellow Camera Codgers and other photographers, nature lovers, and art lovers (with some overlap between categories, of course). I really shouldn't be surprised by now at how many people know where tiny Mercer, WI is, yet I still am at each show or event!
Many people admired the new prints of my nature & landscape photography of the Northwoods of Wisconsin and Michigan, the Old Northwest Territory, and Alaska – always very pleasant to hear and much appreciated. Now I'm hoping some of those wonderful people come back to become collectors! 🙂
I want to thank Betsy and Tim Schmiechen and the rest of The Villager staff; they were terrific hosts, as always. I also want to thank Lloyd Smith of Nikki's, who let me hang additional work there for the event. Thanks, too, to the Downtown Beloit Association for creating Holidazzle. And I especially want to thank everyone who came out for Holidazzle and made it the fun holiday event it always is!
If you were at Holidazzle, I'd love to hear from you – did you find any new artists, musicians, or craftspeople, or anything you especially liked? Please leave a comment below to let us know what you saw & what you thought of it!