A few readers have been nice enough to get in touch with me about some of the events featured here at SFM recently, and I thought I’d share their reviews-even though they’re a bit mixed.
First, last week I mentioned a great deal at Once Sold Tales in Kent. It’s a used book store, and they have a 0-60 program where kids can get 5 free books a month! They also have occasional special events. I haven’t been here yet, but I went ahead and mentioned this deal (which reader Nancy brought to my attention in the first place). Both Barb and Rebecca were good enough to share their experiences. Here’s a bit from Barb:
The 0-60 program couldn’t have been easier! The nice lady at the checkout had the kids pick their books and we just filled out a small form that asked for the names and ages of the children (and school and grade if applicable). I was expecting to sort through a box of preselected books for the program but the children were actually able to choose from ANY book in the store. Awesome since my nephew is more into reference books and coffee table books than children’s books at the moment.
Barb also attended the Knights of Veritas event and tea. She said it was a bit crowded but otherwise a lot of fun. As to the overall atmosphere, she added
The store is pretty small and I think it would be much easier to browse on a day when they aren’t having a special event. All in all we had a great experience and will definitely be going back next month for more free and inexpensive books!
Rebecca’s take on it was a little different. Here’s her two cents:
I got a chance to head down to Once Sold Tales this past week. First off the people were VERY nice. However, it was a little too chaotic for my taste. It seems that the books out for browsing are things they are just trying to get rid of and there wasn’t an inventory system to check what they have on the floor.
Rebecca also noted that the shelving seemed really tall and precarious, and concluded someone really into used book shopping might have had a different take. She’s decided to stick to the library for now!
So, there you have it! The deal is as good as it sounded, but the experience may not be for everyone.
On, to apple picking and cider making at Terry’s Berries. I was super excited to mention this last week, as it’s truly one of my family’s favorite events.
Well, reader Brandi went this weekend during harvest fest, and she and her fiancee did not have a good time. They had a hard time finding anyone to help them and waited a long time for pricey cider. Worst of all, they felt like they were treated rudely by the helper at the cider press. Yipes! This has honestly never been our experience at Terry’s, and we’ve been going for years. But, I just hate for any of you to have a bad time at something you’ve found here at SFM, and I want you to know I’ve forwarded her concerns on.
There is a cider making event at the Meeker Mansion this weekend, so that’s another option if farm life doesn’t sound like your style. Oh, you can meet Miss Washington there, too.
And, finally, Heather headed out to the monthly Caffeine and Gasoline event at Griot’s garage and couldn’t find any cars to look at. Well, Heather, they were there, but I need to do a better job explaining where to find them next go-round (let’s both blame my husband-it was his idea to mention it). Just in case I forget next month-there is an indoor museum type area that should be open even if no car groups are on hand. The pic above is Henry Saturday.
Please feel free to keep your reviews and suggestions coming. Good, bad, or something in between-I love to hear from you, and I’m so appreciative of the time you take to read and write in. I also love to hear your ideas of great spots I should feature, so send those on in, too!