I had a blast at the IFFP Purim festival today. I sold my jewelry at a crafts table there, and had contributed a pearl necklace and earrings set to the silent auction (see previous post).
"Macaroni groggers" refers to the boxes of pasta that people were asked to bring and shake. It is a tradition during Purim festivals to shake groggers, rattles and any other kind of noisemakers whenever the name "Haman"is said during the reading of the story of Esther. Once the pasta boxes had done their duty as noisemakers, they were collected for donation to a local soup kitchen.
The favorite part of my morning was meeting a young artist named Sarah, who was about 11 or 12, I think. She told me that she made jewelry and that her grandmother had taught her how. She also said she loved to paint. She chatted with me all during my setting up, admired several of my designs and bought a pair of iridescent blue teardrop earrings from me--my first sale of the day. Thanks, Sarah!