Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day 2010

On this day to honor our US servicemen and women, I honor one of those in my family who've served.

My grandfather, H. Earl Haggerty, was a saddlemaker and a veteran of World War II. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was transferred to the newly-formed Beach Patrol Station, where he was in charge of leather repair in all stations in Oregon and Washington. Fortunately, he had a crew of five to help him. After the threat of Japanese invasion had passed, he was transferred into supervising the loading of ammunition aboard ships bound for Guadalcanal, Bougainville and other war zones. He was discharged with a CPO rating in late 1945 and returned to Great Falls, Montana, where he raised a family and owned the H Bar O Saddlery.

Gramp died last July, and this is my first Memorial Day without him. I'm thinking of you, Gramp, and thanking you for your service, with so many who've served.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Sweet Pea Festival poster entry

Bozeman hosts a celebration of the arts every first full weekend in August. It's the Sweet Pea Festival, and includes a parade and children's run, chalk on the walk (sidewalk drawings), the Bite of Bozeman (a foodfest on Main Street), a ball (this year with Jeni Fleming and a swing band), and three days of music, art, dance, culture, and theatre (including performances by MSU's own Shakespeare in the Parks).

There's a poster contest each year, and I've painted entries in the past. This year, I submitted a watercolor and pen-and-ink entry . My entry for this 2010 festival wasn't the winner, but I gave it the old college try.

Here's my entry. I hope you enjoy it, and come to Bozeman in August for the best small-town, rousing arts festival around. We love the Sweet Pea Festival!