Saturday morning dawned bright and clear. And hot. Tami kept checking the weather.
“Whatcha worried about?” I asked her. “You can put the recreation inside if it rains. Debbie and Brooke always have a backup plan.”
“I’m worried for the carver.” Tami refreshed her Weatherunderground page for the thousandth time. “If there’s thunder and lightening, he can’t work.”
“A carver!” I cried. “You mean THE carver? Artist Greg Waters? THAT’S this weekend! What’s he making?”
“It’s a secret.” Tami smiled. I begged and begged, but her smile only got bigger as she shook her head at me. “You’ll have to watch.”
Greg and his wife Danielle arrived, with tons of art in the back of their pick up. Seeing all the cool stuff he does, I really couldn’t even begin to guess what he was gonna make.
Once he was all set up in our office circle, he got right to work. Greg only made two little lines before he dug in. The whir of the chainsaw brought kids and adults from all over the campground to see what was going on.
“Psst,” I whispered to some of my super hero friends. “What’s he making?”
They shrugged their shoulders. “Dunno yet.”
Super Heroes stopped by on their way to Super Hero Tryouts, after making capes and masks and wrist bands at arts and crafts.
They watched went to play in the playing field, then came back again.
But they still couldn’t quite guess what Greg was making. And Danielle wasn’t telling either.
After shooting water balloons at villains, some of my Super Hero friends sat down to watch.
“Hmmm,” maybe it’s a bat,” I guessed.
“Look again, Maxx,” some of my friends told me.
And then I saw it!!
An eagle was taking shape!!
And I was feeling all proud of myself and all, when Greg turned the piece to do the back side! Trees!
Heroes flocked to the Riverside Carving poster to see what other cool projects Greg has done.
But Greg, he just kept working . ..
On one of my checks, I saw flames!! I ran to the store, “Tami, Tami! Your eagle’s on fire!!”
She ran out with me, “There!” I told her. “Make him stop!”
“Oh, my silly moose,” Tami rolled her eyes toward Danielle in a so-sorry-he’s-just-excitable kind of way
“He’s just burning off the little rough parts and giving it some burnt tones. Look how it shows off the deeper cuts,” Tami explained.
“Awwww, I knew that all along.” I told her. “I was just messing with you.”
I don’t think Tami believed me.
All through our afternoon activities of watermelon eating contest, Scavenger Hunt and jewelry making, campers stopped to check on Greg and his art.
They brought their super hero furry friends too!
Danielle answered a ton of questions and everyone found it quite fascinating!
The very last step, was to add some paint, which would help protect it, and it made the piece pop!
Just as Greg put on the finishing touches . . . we heard thunder! We rushed to get Greg’s eagle on the campground porch. And then the sky opened up! It poured! Whew!!
Tami and David put Greg’s eagle on display in the campground office, along with a few more of his pieces which are on consignment. Stop by and check them out!
Thank you Danielle and Greg for a fabulous afternoon! Everyone is still talking about your presentation!