BoucherCon Saturday began withâ€¦a Farmerâ€™s Market! Thatâ€™s right, the entire Square around the capitol building was lined with stalls selling the most mouth-watering selection of fresh vegetables and fruits, cheese, honey, all sized bags of popcorn (â€œOh yes,â€ one man told us, when we remarked on his 25 pound bag of popcorn, â€œthis is the winterâ€™s supply.â€), baked goods, cheese, goatâ€™s cheese, flowers, curd cheese, 10 year-old cheddar cheese, frying cheese, windflower honey, black locust honey, twenty colors of jellies, and Oh, thereâ€™s another cheese stall. Fascinatingly enough, the entire population of shoppers (leaving aside the iconoclastic tourists) move in the same direction, counter-clockwise around the capitol building.
Yes, I bought some cheese to fry. Hot greaseâ€”whatâ€™s not to love? And the coolest metal sculpture that goes around a colored glass ball and looks as if itâ€™s spilling perpetually into it. Makes no sense, until you see it.
A great event with Les Klinger at Booked for Murder, a quick flit back to the hotel for an even greater panel with Dana Stabenow, Nevada Barr, and Val McDermid, which was just about everything you could ask for from a panelâ€”and from the reaction of the audience, they agreed.
The awards ceremony was held, and an interview with Nevada as guest of honor. Coffee with one friend and a new acquaintance, a drink with two other friends, and dinner with a third set of friendsâ€”none of the meetings planned, all of them just happening across each other and saying â€œAre youâ€¦?â€
I admit, I left the Sisters in Crime dessert bash early, and didnâ€™t manage to get to Lee Childâ€™s party that started at ten oâ€™clock.
I admit it: Iâ€™m a BoucherCon wimp. I can only manage to stay on my feet for fourteen hours.