COLUMBIA, SC — Two booths at Eau Claire Fest in north Columbia proved one thing.
Theres fun after retirement, said Elenda Bates, who was selling homemade bow ties.
Bates said she started sewing when she was young and her grandmother would leave her home with two rules: Dont touch the sewing machine and dont touch the fabric.
But Bates couldnt resist.
She came home and whipped my behind, Bates remembered.
Many years later, Bates has eight sewing machines of her own and was selling hundreds of bow ties at the Saturday festival near North Main Street.
Across the way, Charles Royster, a retired principal from Washington D.C. who now lives in Columbia, was selling artwork.
His pieces were framed embossed metal that he painted with themes including Civil Rights and nature.
The annual family festival also featured kids activities, food, entertainment and more.