Last night I took a chance - sat in the parking lot of Tall Barney's Restaurant while the fog moved slowly in from the ocean, trying to find courage. I had been invited to W.O.W. - Women On Wednesday - an informal gathering of area women.
Everyone brings a bottle of wine, the entire back room of the restaurant is reserved and a spectacular buffet is presented.
For the first half hour, it is schmooooze time. I met so many people! Some artists, some not; older, younger; such a broad spectrum of women.
The noise level was beyond belief - 50 women all talking at once. For a while I talked to an art teacher from New Jersey; then I visited with a watercolorist/gardener from New Hampshire (we have lots of "summer people" here) who graciously shared a fabulous bottle of white wine, and ate much of my dinner with a local artist and a visitor from South Carolina.
Dinner was veggie bruschetta, toasted shrimp points, mexican layered dip, brie, fresh fruit platter, barbecued pork and fat crabmeat sandwiches.
For dessert - warm peach cobbler - I joined Etta at another table. I first met Etta last fall at a meeting of a local writers' group. I loved her from the first: bawdy, straightforward, funny. She is an incredible writer. She had two other women at her table, one visiting from Cambridge Mass and Nancy T of Great Wass Island - who I hope will become a new friend. We've already emailed back and forth and plan to meet for lunch next week. I have also signed up for Paint Jonesport Day and may end up at Nancy's house for the painting part (she has offered her bathroom as well!)
Etta and I have also made plans to take a creative writers' course this fall/winter at the University of Maine's Senior College. Just the kick in the pants I need to write more personal stuff!
As I left for home, an incredible sunset of red and orange and stripes of yellow accompanied me. It was easy to smile.
It was a good night, a very good night - lots of laughter, conversation, surrounded by the company of women.
P.S. No skunk yet.