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Starting Traditions

June 12, 2008 - John Whittaker

The News Gal and I about 11 months until we formally tie the knot, but that doesn't mean we aren't starting traditions that hopefully will last a long, long time.

This weekend, two of those things we do every year are on the calender - the Prendergast Library book sale and the Randolph Arts and Craft Festival.

These two events we've only stumbled onto in the last few years. We've gone to the Busti Apple Festival and What's New Fair every year we've been together - something that hopefully won't change in the future. Every year, we go to Erie and Dunkirk for Christmas shopping.

Since gas is something like $10.32 a gallon and we're saving for a wedding, these trips are great for us to get away for a few hours and have a good time without spending hundreds of dollars.

Anyone who knows me knows why I like the book sale. I read a lot. Check that. I read more than a lot. Use any adjective you want, it probably applies and isn't over the top. When we went last year, I spent $30 on books - 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers - and needed two trips to get everything out to the car. I read book sale books from early June until at least August.

When we figure out where we're going to live next May after the wedding, the next thing that we'll have to do is start buying bookshelves - because, when you're not exceptionally bright, it's important to at least look smart. What's the best way to do that, you may ask? Have a lot of books lying around, of course.

On Sunday, we'll make our way to Randolph for the Arts and Crafts festival. Every year, we end up getting an early start on Christmas shopping there - it's a great place to find gifts different than the ones you can find in stores in November and December.

We'll probably spend a couple of hours walking among the vendors and hopefully stumble onto some cheese steaks and curly fries. For added fun, try buying birthday or Christmas presents for someone while you're shopping with them. It's a lot of fun at something like the arts and crafts fair, where everything's kind of bunched together. Trust me, it's good times.

Besides, it beats watching the Yankees struggle with Houston this weekend!


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