Sneads Ferry WinterFest

Like many small communities, Sneads Ferry holds an annual holiday celebration/festival.  WinterFest opens on the second Friday night of December with the lighting of the trees and musical performances.  The fun continues on Saturday when Santa arrives to have breakfast with the kids.  This year, the kids got an extra treat as they were also visited by Elsa and Anna.  (Just in case you’ve somehow missed the hoopla, Elsa and Anna are characters from Disney’s Frozen.)

The festival also offers area crafters/artists the opportunity to sell their wares.   In my case – books.   Our local paper, The Daily News, ran an article on about the festival on the front page.  I was lucky enough to be interviewed.   It’s nice to know that people still read the paper.  Visitors to the festival stopped by my table to let me know they read about me/my books while drinking their morning coffee.   What a way to start the day!

Of all the participants, only two of us were selling books.

This is a picture of my table. I try to keep it simple but attractive. I displayed both of my books, set out book marks, business cards, and used my laptop to play my book trailers.


Carol Ann Ross is the author of the Topsail Island Saga. The Days of Hairawn Muhly is the first book in the trilogy. Carol writes historical romance.  Visit her at :


If books aren’t your thing, there were numerous crafters and artisans offering a variety of items sure to fill your Christmas gift list.

Some of those venders included:

Don and Laura Saddlemire are the creative minds behind D&L Weathervanes. They handcraft their weathervanes from copper – some of which has come from the Whalehead Club in Corolla, NC. You can find them at


Linda Bunting, of Tie One On, makes the absolute cutest aprons.


The ladies of the New River Garden Club were busy selling cookies, muffins, breads and Russian tea. The proceeds of their sales help fund their annual scholarship for a graduating senior at Dixon High School.
Sherry Thurston is a talented artist who displayed a beautiful collection of her paintings. Not only is she an artist, but she is the author of an Images of America book called Sneads Ferry. For more information, you can visit her at


Big thanks to all those who purchased my books!  And thanks to those who stopped by and talked with me!  I enjoyed getting to know you!

If you missed this year’s WinterFest, go ahead and break out that new calendar.  Go to December, mark the 2nd weekend and make plans to be there next year!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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