When Mrs. G. pulled into Peninsula, Ohio, she was immediately smitten with the charming town. She's not sure what she expected, but Peninsula surpassed all her expectations. It is a quaint, picturesque canal town...think Bedford Falls bursting with artists of all kind. This is Debra, and she and her husband Stephen, both potters, own and operate Elements Gallery.
It is a cool place with a great, lively vibe.
This is some of Debra's work.
This is some of Stephen's work.
They're both amazingly talented.
This is Kate. She drove in from Michigan and immediately captured Mrs. G's heart.
Mrs. G. really wanted to take this home, but she didn't.
Can you guess which stone Mrs. G. picked out and placed in her pocket?
Debra took Mrs. G. and Kate to a dinner hosted for local artists by the owners of the Seraglio. It was a Mediterranean feast and Mrs. G. enjoyed meeting so many creative, interesting and hospitable people. You can tell that the people in Peninsula take care of each other; they're a solid community. Mrs. G. felt honored to be a part of it, even for just one night.
Debra has a lovely, old farmhouse. Here are she and Kate standing in the stairwell painted by one of Debra's daughters.
A long time ago, the story goes, a circus came through town and two pythons escaped from its menagerie of exotic animals and roamed the streets of Peninsula. One python was found dead but the other (or its ghost) is reportedly still on the loose.
Each year, the town marks this event with a Python Fest, complete with a parade.
There are many commemorative pythons languishing all around town.
This is Debra and Stephen's python and they are having a contest to name it. Any suggestions?
Mwah! Debra, Stephen, Kate and all the friendly people in Peninsula.