This is Appalachian Fair Week around these parts. The Appalachian Fair is classic Americana. You can tour agricultural exhibits, see a beauty pageant or talent show, enjoy live music, ride the ferris wheel and indulge in funnel cakes, cotton candy, corn dogs and lemonade till you puke!
One of my favorite works of classic American literature ties in beautifully with the fair. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White has its most pivotal moments at the county fair.
You probably all know the story. In case you do not, here is a little summary:
Wilbur is a pig that becomes friends with a spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur realizes that his fate is to one day be slaughterd, Charlotte comes to his aid. She begins spinning webs that feature sayings like "Some Pig" in Wilbur's pen.
Charlotte's amazing webs create quite a spectacle. When she accompanies Wilbur to the county fair, her webs give Wilbur an edge. In the end, Wilbur wins a prize at the couny fair, saving him from the slaughter house.
The sad part of this story is that Charlotte dies, but leaves behind her eggs. Wilbur takes care of the eggs that Charlotte left until they hatch. Most of the spiders go off on their own, but three stay at the farm to be with Wilbur.
This story beautifully illustrates the circle of life and true friendship. E.B. White's sense of humor makes it a highly entertaining read. Just have the tissues handy!
Fatal Foodies is a group of mystery writers and food lovers. We'll be reviewing food-related cozy mysteries, posting recipes, commenting on writing-related subjects, and announcing book signings and other events. We might even host some contests and/or giveaways.
I'm a full-time freelance writer, editor and author living in Virginia. I have a terrific husband and two wonderful children who are, by the way, boy/girl twins. I love writing, reading, baking, cake decorating and, sometimes, needle crafts. I prefer almost instant gratification with my needlework, though. I have a cross-stitch picture I've been working on for years; but in the meantime, I've finished several pieces that can be done in an afternoon.
My cozy mystery MURDER TAKES THE CAKE is scheduled for release by Bell Bridge Books in October of 2008. My heroine in MURDER TAKES THE CAKE has her own site. Check it out at Daphne's Delectable Cakes. I also have a Squidoo lens for Freelance and Novel Writing; so, if you're a writer, surf on over to that page.
I'm a stay-at-home mom/writer/food fanatic in Fall Branch, TN. My two novels, Secrets, Lies, and Pies & Cheaters, Pies, and Lullabies, are published by Mountain Girl Press.
Marian Allen has had short stories appear on the labels of coffee cans and the wall of an Indian restaurant. Many of her stories involve food, although she is not, as her youngest daughter claims, obsessed. She is not. She is currently working on a novel with recipes in it, which she'll finish if she can stop cooking and eating long enough to write. Short stories and recipes are available for free on her website, http://marianallen.com/.