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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Slice of Life: A Cheese Festival

I discovered the Slice of Life Challenge that takes place at Two Writing Teachers through Michelle of Literacy Learning Zone. Please join me and write a slice of your own life and link to the Two Writing Teachers blog.

As my friend and I drove back from a relaxing weekend on her family's boat at Lake Erie, we came to the small town of W------. We had passed through the town on the way up as well, taking note of a cheese festival they were having that weekend. Driving back through, we saw that the festival was still being held and decided to stop on a whim.

We found a place to park at a beautiful nearby church. The sun was shining and there was a steady, cool breeze. The first table we came to was an information booth. The lady sitting behind the table looked tired, as though she had been there all day. She asked us to enter the macaroni and cheese eating contest that would be held in a few hours. We politely declined and continued to the next table, the only cheese table at the entire festival. The cheese had been out for quite some time and had severely softened. We tried some anyway, to be nice, but did not make any purchases.

The rest of the festival consisted of about half a dozen fair food vendors and a wine tasting tent. None of this was appealing and my friend and I started to regret our decision to stop at what could barely be considered a festival. I followed my friend as she meandered around, not really into having stopped anymore. Then she asked if I wanted to see what types of shops downtown W------ had to offer. Of course I did, anything to provide some worth to our sudden decision to drop by.

Very few of the stores seemed interesting either, and as it was a Sunday, many were closed. A small cafe caught our eyes though. It was called the Bread-N-Brew and seemed cheery, inviting, and delicious. We crossed the street and went in. The atmosphere was comforting and one corner was made up to have the feel of a living room. The menu was extensive and fresh. We decided to have lunch, sitting at a high-top table by the big front window. It was one of the best meals I've had in a long time due to the fresh produce used by the cafe.

Sitting and eating, my friend and I discussed the weekend fun we had just had and the festival we had decided to stop at. We both teach and we knew that school and sports would soon be starting back up for the both of us, taking our time quickly. Though the cheese festival was a disappointment, we found a gem of a cafe that provided us what well may be our last adventure for the summer.


  1. Stephanie,

    First of all, welcome to yet another community! Way to jump in!! The Slice of Life community is very caring and supportive.

    I was feeling pretty bummed about your stop at the cheese festival. I never want to waste a stop after a trip, but sounds like in the end, the little cafe made the stop worthwhile! I'm not quite ready to yet to hear about the last adventures of summer. I'm hoping I can squeeze in a few more with my girls, but the end of July is nearing! I hope you are able to enjoy perhaps a few moe small adventures as well! (Just no cheese festivals!)

    So glad you wrote!

    1. Thanks for letting me know about another community that I could jump into! The little cafe did make the stop worthwhile, & I hope I get to stop by again soon! And maybe there will be more adventures yet this summer, but definitely no more leaving for the weekend.

  2. Paul (birdsandtreesofthemind)July 25, 2014 at 11:54 PM

    Following whims is something we ignore all too often -- and when we have some time and can let slowness take hold, we can open ourselves up to discovery. Nice slice! :)