SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.V.—The Boogie Wipes Tour took a break for the holidays, but shortly after New Year’s, I was back on the road, on my way to Shepherdstown, West Virginia, about 90 minutes outside of Washington, D.C.
Though I’ve been to Washington, D.C., many times, I’d never been through this particular part of the country before. As the Washington and Jefferson Monuments receded in my rearview mirror, my GPS took me on a rolling scenic tour along U.S. Route 40 Alt that twisted and turned through tiny towns, founded in the early 1700s, like Boonsboro and Sharpsburg. It wasn’t until I drove past signs for Harpers Ferry and Antietam National Battlefield that I realized I was deep in the heart of Civil War country. Shepherdstown, founded in 1734 (now home to Shepherdstown University), played a significant part in the war: it was that ‘burb’s light infantry that was sent to quell John Brown’s historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859.
I was totally geeking out about all of this historical stuff, but alas, sightseeing would have to wait. I had a late afternoon rendezvous with blogger Teri Biebel, creator of the Snarkfest blog, who was hosting our Boogie Wipes Tour reading later that night at the uber-delicious hipster hangout, Domestic.
(There’s Teri, above right, helping me quickly fill goody bags with Boogie Wipes products so we won’t be late to our event!)
I knew this place HAD to be amazing when my foodie/craft-beer-loving friend Kevin, seeing that I was in Shepherdstown on Facebook, posted, “Make sure you eat at Domestic!”
So, we had a hip restaurant with great food and plentiful drinks. (Thanks, Doug Vaira! That’s him, above right in the red shirt, standing next to me. Doug very generously offered up one of his dining areas for our reading.)
Now all the party needed was some entertainment. Oh … right. That’s me.
I gotta say, I love reading from our book. And I always love showing our Beverage-To-TV Index, a graphic that illustrates the number and strength of drinks parents need per episode of kiddie shows and movies they forced to endure, from Toy Story or anything else by Pixar (sparkling water) to Caillou (better start lining up the tequila shots when you hear the show’s theme song.)
These ladies definitely know what I’m talking about!
And you know … it really warms my heart when moms and dads follow along in the book as I read! (Psst: There’s blogger Mike Cruse of Papa Does Preach, below right, checking out the pregnancy/delivery chapter. Must be ’cause he’s got one on the way! Congrats, Mike!
As usual, the evening went by way too fast. All too soon, the last book was signed … the last goody bag grabbed and it was time for Domestic’s gracious host to turn off the lights and lock the door behind us.
In the morning, I’d be bidding Shepherdstown a very fond adieu … and then heading off to Elkton, Maryland, for a meet-up with Jessica and another blogging duo — Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms at an artsy textiles gallery. Till next time! See you on the Boogie Wipes Tour!