I'm back from my August residency. I enjoyed my time as a midwesterner in the deep south. Fairhope, Alabama is a bit like a southern version of Madison, Wisconsin, which I mean as a huge compliment. It's a great community that takes the arts very seriously. I felt drawn to experiencing the south because of southern literature and southern writers. The residency gave me time to work on a project that is very different from what I have previously written, which I won't go into detail about right now. Leaving Fairhope was bittersweet.
Thank you to Fairhope Center for the Writing Arts, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library, Skip Jones, Margie Gewirtz, Randal Wright, Gil Wright, Tamara Dean, Nan Denson, Elsie Pritchard, bj Cooper, Linda Foster, Betty Bowdoin, Mary Streu, Patsy Napier, Deborah Pennington, Sonny Brewer, Convergence Book Club, Book Club Night at Page and Palette, and whoever makes the peanut butter fudge sold at Greer's.
There are a lot of photos in this post. Before August, I read various articles and blog posts about Fairhope and about the residency which really helped me prepare. I thought maybe this post could add on a tiny bit to all the helpful information online. I recommend bringing plenty of bug spray in the summer.
The photos of different places are interspersed. Locations in the photos include Wolff Cottage, Fairhope Public Library, downtown Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Eastern Shore Arts Center, Panini Pete's, and Fairhope Municipal Pier. I didn't use any filters or edit the photos in anyway, other than cropping some of the pictures. I thought I would mention it just because there is so much over editing of photos now.