Monday, June 27, 2011

Brockport, Je T'aime.

The third leg of the Open-Eyed Sneeze Tour brought me back to my hometown, Brockport, NY. Thanks to the generosity of Esther's Farm Market, I was able to have the book event in the most appropriate Brockport venue imaginable.

I worked at Esther's throughout high school when my family's farm ran the market and I spent countless hours serving up ice cream, laughing with friends, selling pumpkins and apples in the fall, corn and strawberries in the summertime, Christmas trees in the winter, you name it. The job was a blast and I have so many smile lines because of the memories I made there. I loved that I was able to reconnect with so many wonderful people from my past in the market that sits on my family's farm. It felt exactly how coming home should feel.

I'm also so incredibly lucky to come from a town where people always nod and smile genuinely when you share an idea. Do you know how freeing it is to have that kind of support? People route for each other in Brockport. It's freaking amazing and completely humbling.

OK, love letter over. But a huge thank you to the following people:
-Carolyn and Esther's Farm Market
-My mom and Mrs. Koutras for decorating the Market like something from a French Country magazine geared toward boutique literary events involving old farm equipment and cookies. It's a niche magazine. Limited circulation.
-The amazing people who came to support the book and say hello. I loved seeing all of you!
-Brockport Schools. So proud of my public school education.
-The town in general for being such a friendly place to grow up. Nice people are underrated but 10 times out of ten will make your day.

Mrs. Koutras and my mom spent the morning putting the finishing touches on the market and made me wait outside for the reveal. Here's video of the pre-event reveal.

More pics to come! Thanks again B-town!


olivia moran said...

awww jess this made me smile and wish i was there! so cute, you local honey you

Jess said...

NOlivia (your rap name): I MISS you and am anxiously awaiting your next video recap of life in the big easy. Tin foil fangs had me laughing for awhile. Not gonna lie.

Thanks for being so good about keeping in touch. If I magically become not poor in the next few weeks, I'd love to visit soon.

Also, remember when I chilled at the wrong party?
Yeah, me too.

MFB said...

love me some local honey :)

Heather Catherwood said...

Jess so sorry I missed the event. I am so very proud and excited for you! I love the book, I can't wait to pass it on to friends so they can enjoy as well. Good Luck in everything (even though I don't think you will need luck) ps my mom was very impressed that you knew who she was lol. :)

Brina said...

That picture of you and the local honey sign is quite possibly the cutest thing I've ever seen.