Lots of different topics here, so hang on . . .
The Eastern Shore Art Center is scurrying around setting up a show to accompany the Poppies For Veterans Symbols of Sacrifice outdoor public art display next week. This indoor show will featureÂ a giant mixed media mural, photos of local veterans and lots of other surprises.
Click HERE to see my original story on this huge undertaking of making and displaying over 3,400 ceramic poppies! Saturday morning (don’t rain – don’t rain!) will be our popular Veteran’s Day Parade. This is one of my favorite photos from a parade a few years ago.
The indoor show will include letters from local children and will be ready for the public tonight at First Friday Art Walk, 6pm-8pm.
If you are in or close to Fairhope, make sure you plan to come over next Wednesday to see the poppies on display. There will be a ceremony at 4:45 pm, in time to see the sun set over Mobile Bay. If you’ve bought poppies, ($20 each or $50 for 3) you can pick them up Thursday morning. Proceeds benefit our local Veterans, so get out and buy poppies!
In the main gallery of the Art Center, Ardith Goodwin will be exhibiting her colorful works. Each one is filled with enormous amounts of detail.
And to show you what my homeschool kid has been up to . . . last weekend he and his Robotics team (40 of them) attended Jubilee Best, a robotics competition for schools in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.
Over 40 school groups competed in the areas of robot design and performance, budget, spirit, commercial, public relations, oral presentation . . . and more! Our local schools stopped participating in Jubilee Best a few years ago, so we were excited to find the homeschool team.
The competition was held in the Mitchell Center at University of South Alabama, and it was LOUD and ROCKING!!! Flashing lights, pep bands, screaming and cheering . . . my ears were ringing when it was all over!
Some teams had fun with their theme, and this young lady from another school had the coolest butterfly get-up I’ve ever seen. The butterflies around her neckline and down the front of her dress were 3-D and seemed to flutter all around her. Its hard to see, but she had a black tule mermaid style skirt at the bottom. Such creative kids!
And other excitement around here . . . it’s peanut season! Not only is the cotton ready, but our favorite football snack is here. I bought a big bag to bring home and boil for the Saturday football games!
And speaking of things that grow around here . . . the bananas on my backyard tree are getting huge! We have lots of banana trees in our area, but it’s rare to have them actually produce fruit. I’m keeping an eye on them and will pick them before the first frost. I’ll keep you posted. Oh, the anticipation!
Earlier in the week, I got the chance to hear Lou Schell talk about her book, “Revisiting America.” She was absolutely charming and the crowd hung on her every word. We met in the new event space at Page and Palette, and everyone is talking about how it is going to be a great addition to their store. Click HERE to see her segment from CBS Sunday Morning.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw this photo of part of my back porch arrangement with white pumpkins and cotton. We’re expecting rain this weekend, but hopefully it will bring cooler weather and it will finally . . . FINALLY feel like fall.
Question: When it rains, why doesn’t the cotton in the field shrink?
Just always wondered about that.
Wishing you a happy weekend (with or without boiled peanuts or cotton), wherever you are!