The Great Wellsville Balloon Rally, now in its 38th season, was born from the Great Wellsville Air Show. During one of the air shows, a balloonist named George Lewis asked if he could include balloons in the show. He talked several ballooning friends into joining the show and it became the Great Wellsville Air Show and Balloon Rally. Over the years, the air show portion ceased and the balloons took over.
This year, our talented friend Sheila was chosen to be the Balloon Rally artist. She created the artwork that was used on the posters, t-shirts and notecards, as well as an original colouring book. See the family walking across the field? Yes, that’s us! The Palmatiers have been memorialized for the 2013 Great Wellsville Balloon Rally. Mason and Evan also make an appearance in the colouring book, eating pizza.
There were a few years when the balloons couldn’t launch due to weather. Unfortunately, 2013 was one of those years, with the exception of Sunday (while I was sleeping). What we lost in the beauty of the launch they made up for with the “Afterglow.” Quite a few balloonists stayed until it was dark, lighting up their balloons with the glow of the burner until they were out of fuel. Some offered rides in a tethered balloon for a small fee. Since the winds were high, I wasn’t interested in going up, content to keep my feet on the ground. And even more special were the field passes that Sheila lent us so we could get closer to the balloons than we’ve ever been before.
THE SQUARES – WEEK 29
Square one is another jean pocket square. I’m having a lot of fun with these. Square two is for the It-Feels-Like-This-Alphabet-Blanket-Is-Never-Going-To-Be-Finished project. It was Mandela Day on July 19 so square three is the South African flag to commemorate the day (it says “Mandela” underneath). Square four celebrates the balloon rally.
I was given an amazing Corner Start Diagonal Square pattern. I liked it so much, I made three squares in a row!
Square Count: 203