Yesterday was an amazing day at Craftboston–I wasn’t sure what to expect, given the circumstances, but we had lots of visitors happy to be out sharing our art with us. The show is open again today from 11-5 at the Seaport World Trade Center at 200 Seaport Boulevard–we would all love to see you there!
There are 200 artists in the show, representing media as diverse as handwoven clothing, pottery, jewelry, wood furniture, mobiles made of fiber or metal, baskets, and much more, including decorative fiber, of course. There’s a wide range of art available, from the popular “Craft Under $100” category to work in the thousands of dollars, and lots in between. The show is well laid out, and the organizers have carpeted the entire space so the aisles are more comfortable to walk and the booths are easier to stand in–seems like a minor point, until you spend a day or two walking or standing!
I also wanted to update you on my search for a cell phone charger to replace the one that gave up the ghost at a most inconvenient time on Thursday night. Yesterday dawned rainy, but I went into town early to try and get this problem resolved before the show opened at 10. I left my phone charging at the Seaport Hotel in the care of my friend the concierge who had been so helpful the day before, then set off into Boston in the rain on my quest. First stop was the South St. Station, which had been recommended to me as a first stop because it’s a major transit hub with kiosks. Unfortunately, they didn’t have what I needed, but a “T” transit employee was a great help finding a nearby wireless store. Next stop was a TMobile shop a couple of blocks away–closed when I got there, but opening in the next five minutes. A harried young girl opened the door at 9 AM to let me know she couldn’t open the shop because of a computer malfunction, but she pointed me in the direction of a Radio Shack a few more blocks away. Unfortunately again, it was closed, with no information on the door about business hours. Next I ran into a group of college students who knew the area and cheerfully pulled out their cell phones to find the next closest wireless store. Third time’s the charm–another few blocks of walking and I found a Verizon store, which mercifully was open, and even more mercifully, had the charger I needed! I almost hugged the clerk when he rang up my purchase. By now it was after 9:30, and I was at least a twenty minute walk back to the show, so I flew back (thankfully the rain had stopped), picked up my phone and made it into the show with five minutes to spare before it opened. Whew!
Boston has always been one of my favorite cities, and that has been doubly reinforced by my experience this weekend. I’ve been amazed and touched at how kind and helpful everyone I’ve come into contact with has been, especially given the trying circumstances people were operating under at this particular time.
Thank you Boston!