Gotcha Covered meets An Apron Story at Dickens of a Christmas
Dec. 12, 2009 Franklin, TN Amid near-freezing temperatures and a threat of rain (snow?) the 24th annual Dickens of a Christmas festival opened this weekend in downtown Franklin. This event brings up to 50,000 visitors to Franklin each year and is consistently named one of the Top Twenty events to see in the South. Costumed actors portraying all the characters of A Christmas Carol strolled the streets and local dancers and singers filled the stages and air with Christmas delights, while street vendors filled everyone’s stomachs with delicious foods.
Gotcha Covered: A Legacy of Service and Protection was one of the books featured in the booth of the Williamson County Council for the Written Word. The CWW booth was located on the edge of the Town Square, just in front of Green Bank. Within an hour of the festival’s opening several people asked me if I knew “the apron lady” whose booth was at the opposite end of the square. I ventured over to meet Leah Jamison, whose booth overflowed with homemade retro-style aprons of every style in the most luscious of fabrics. Leah owns An Apron Story, “a unique family-owned and operated company that combines homemade aprons with the sharing of cherished stories about aprons.” Leah had been a later-in-life nursing student who had one semester of nursing school remaining when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
“Included in my therapy toward wellness was the recommendation to relax. Alone with my thoughts I traveled back to a gentler time. Memories of my mother and grandmother emerged in the skillful dance of homemaking filled my thoughts. …Within that summer of therapy and decisions, I sewed many aprons and gave them as gifts. The recipient always shared a story about an apron.”
Today Leah’s aprons for adults of all ages and for little people are riots of color and pattern. After struggling to make a choce, I left with matching mother and child retro bib aprons in to-die-for robin’s egg blue with a brown pattern. I can’t decide whether to gift them to my daughter and granddaughter or to keep the larger one for myself to wear with my youngest grandaughter when she visits me next summer.
Leah travels to craft and other shows, especially those in Florida. She came to Franklin because she has a daughter living in the area. We at TNAP are thrilled to know of An Apron Story and to introduce our readers to Leah’s web site.