Monday, September 24, 2012

2012 Book Festival, Washington DC

Last Saturday Gregg and I drove into Washington DC so that we could walk around the book fair.  We have First Lady Laura Bush to thank for this as she hosted the first one in 2001 and continued through to 2008.  Previously when she was the First Lady of Texas, she helped to establish the Texas Book Festival.  She was employed as a librarian in her younger days.  While her husband was in office she was a big proponent of education and literacy.  

We had another reason to visit as under this tent was our son who was volunteering that day by selling books to the masses.  

Those are pretty fancy tents and each one had several air-conditioning units going at full blast.  

That's our boy.....

waving to the next customer to come on down the line.

He was far too busy and so we stayed only for a very quick hello and see you later.  We found this police motorcycle outside and Gregg asked me to take a photo of him standing behind it.  Even though we don't own one we are always drawn to them.

and of course I am always drawn to.....
 Isn't he a beauty?

I thought I had made a note of this gentleman who was giving a reading, but I apparently forgot.  I loved how the bird on the canvas behind him seemed to be looking over his shoulder at his book.  Maybe some of you out there will recognize him and let me know who he is because what he was reading peaked my interest, but then after walking around in the heat for a couple of hours, oh boy, the old brain box was fizzled.

I was surprised to see this brightly painted stagecoach under another tent....

and the benches were really neat too.

The author of Jack, A Well's Fargo Legend, was going to give a reading.  If you want to know who Jack was there is an interesting history of him here.

We were attracted to the musical band under this tent.

These I did make a note of and you can read about them here.  Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players.  They were very good and parents and kids were enjoying their music, as were we.

Here's a video I took.  Apologies for the poor quality as it's blurry in the beginning and then gets a bit better as it goes on, but I wanted you to hear the music.

We finally found a nice shady spot under the trees....

and you can see the turret of The Castle not too far behind them.

There were no seats so I took a careful look around and plonked myself on the grass for a read of the pamphlets we had picked up.

You will have to enlarge the photo below to get the full gist of things.

Gregg's motto is 'never give up' and here he is standing next to a temporary column with all the information and maps pertaining to the festival.

Gregg took many of the photos in this post.

Do you see this neat bike?  In front is a 'carriage' big enough for a small person or child, or as in this case goodies from the festival, I'm presuming.

I daresay we will be watching programs about the festival on C-Span for quite a while.

And so we moved on.  Our next stop was at the Natural History Museum.  This is one of my favorites among the Smithsonian Museums.   Whenever we go into the city we take turns on whose favorite we would like to visit.  By this time we were ready for a bit of lunch and stopped off at the cafe inside first, and then browsed around for an hour.  It wasn't that crowded really, not like the last time we tried to get in there a couple of months back and gave up.  That will be in another post.


  1. Thanks for sharing all the beaut photos at the Book Festival Denise. Such a big gathering and many interesting things to see and do.
    I love how you found a nice shady spot on the grass - I too always need a time-out at these kind of events. Cheers :D)

  2. quite fun! I'm Lucky we enjoy so many of the same things, D

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  3. Your photo's really provide a sense of just how big event this was. Good crowds and televised/recorded too! And... your family were part of it!!!

  4. that looks like a great day out for you both. There was some sort of book/reading festival going on in downtown Toronto on Sunday.

    Gill in Canada

  5. I love the way Gregg stands next to things, but if it had been me I would have sat on that bike.
    Very enjoyable Denise. I just finished editing my book. I think it is ready to go. Mind you I thought that last time I 'finished' it.

  6. i like the photo strip of you 'trying' to eke out a smile. :)

  7. WOW Denise, I wish I was there. It must have been fun.

  8. What a great event. Laura Bush was a fabulous First Lady, wasn't she. Our son and family live in Northern Virginia so very probably were there for the book festival, too.

  9. I could have spent all day there. When we lived in Scotland there was a fabulous book festival in Edinburgh.
    Jane x

  10. Enjoyed the photos a lot, Denise. Looks like you all had a good time. I would have bought some kids books for Rylan because he loves to be read to.

  11. Just looking at this post got my adrenalin going. I love book sales. We used to have a huge Brandeis sale every year in Illinois that we'd attend without fail. Unfortunately, ever since we got our Kindles, we haven't been buying regular, hard copy books anymore. Still... I'd probably still buy one if I went to one of those sales.

    My son and his partner are now living in D.C. and Baltimore. One of these days we'll be making that trip over there to your side of the states.

  12. Wonderful photographic relation, interesting meeting. I am greeting

  13. Another enjoyable tour, Denise. I would have loved browsing through all those books. The entertainment was good too, I liked the beat of the music... and noticed the lady dancing with the youngster in her arms. That took me back a spell :O)

  14. What a lovely fair, it looks huge. my mom used to chair a large one for fund raising so all inn my family worked it. I love to explore, but sometimes get overwhelmed finding what I really need.

  15. What a great Festival dear Denise and your pictures are wonderful!
    I love your portrait! :)

  16. ooohhhh this looks like so much fun!!

    i am not a reader of books (i have memory issues) but i enjoy short stories and reading blogs like yours!!

  17. Thank you for having visited us on "Les Fous du Cap" we liked visiting your blogs ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

  18. Liked all the photographs of the event and the most beautiful were the ones that captured are really very cute Denise..I like your smile..:)

  19. I used to be in charge of book fairs at my kids school when they were little. Loved seeing the kids eyes light up.
    I would have loved to have joined you. Not sure my old knees would have held up very long!
    I don't like being in front of the camera either but I think Gregg might have a calling in the portrait field. He got a nice smile out of you. :)

  20. We have been to this event when we happened to be in Washington, DC when it was being held. In fact, I still have a tote bag from our attendance. I don't recall that we actually bought any books, but it was fun just looking around and being free was great too. Thanks for the recap.