Question To The Group - Wood Turners Migrating Here?

We buried Jim Stokely this past week. He was the founder and organizer of Bayfest, restauranteur (Stokes by the Bay, Stokes Inland, Industry Theater) He was 50. A long family history of heart disease. Dead before he hit the ground. He was fit as a fiddle, in great shape. Non- smoker, casual drinker- the odd glass of beer or wine- and never appeared too stressed about the immense task of running Bayfest. He had/has an excellent staff. Only people really close to him knew he had donated $ 400,000 to local charities from past Bayfest profits. No photo-ops, no plaques, no appearances. FIFTY, for chrissakes... Bayfest will live on, as his wife Michelle was as much involved in the running of it as Jim was. The community is still reeling, as I am.

Busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger or a one-legged man at an ass- kicking contest. The HomeShow really made a difference. Fortunately, along the bread-and-butter countertop business, people are also buying interesting stuff like carved fire-place mantels, signs, etc. I am very happy doing that kinda one-off crazy stuff. When you roll into town, my phone number is on my web-page I'll buy you an Erdinger (or two) at Paddy's.
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