Park Forest is a thrill for me because it's in my neighborhood. My dad's business was down the street for his entire career. The Park Forest Plaza was historic in that it was one of the first suburbs created in the 40's and 50's. A model community for the middle class leaving the city and coming out to raise young families. Many locals still remember Newman Pharmacy and my dad, the Pharmacist and owner, Oscar Peck.
For a small show, i did really well last year so I look forward to returning this year. I do remember the epic wind that blew all my busts to the ground. So strong, my tent shimmied toward my neighbor. I freaked out because I couldn't figure out how to stop the destruction. My neighbor mocked me. It was awful. Finally I put the busts away and put every piece flat. It looked hideous but and least things stopped falling and breaking on the pavement.
Finally, after 6 years of shows and several broken busts and pieces, I found my solution at RAW in May. Mesh panels save the day. The tent sides hit your mesh panels and block the wind from knocking everything over. The stay bars at the base of your tent stabilize the structure.
So bring on the weather. But not so much that my customers stay away. I looked forward to the show with bitter sweetness. Sad for the season to end. Thrilled to have another chance to sell my jewelry.