The crisp air, changing leaves, and the end of summer urge us to break out the carving knives and carve jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkins with scary faces and beautiful artistic carvings are a sure sign of the Halloween season. According to Better Homes and Gardens, the majority of the 1.5 billion pounds of fresh pumpkin varieties grown in the U.S. each year are sold for Halloween. And according to Statista.com, it is estimated that 146.44 million American people plan to carve pumpkins in 2021. So, October and November find that we will buy pumpkins to decorate outside and inside our homes. Maybe some will go to the extent of baking a pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkins and continue these traditions into the Thanksgiving holiday.
After their service in the U.S. military, veterans go on to be valuable members of our communities. With that in mind, let us honor them this Veterans Day, Thursday, Nov. 11, thank them for their service and celebrate them.
The Graham Concert Association (GCA) hosted their second concert of the season Oct. 26 at Graham Memorial Auditorium. GCA had initially booked Nashville-based singer/ songwriter Sean McConnell, but due to a last-minute schedule change by McConnell’s management team, the board opted to book Texas troubadour Jack Ingram as a replacement performer. GCA board member Brendan Weatherman entertained the audience for 30 minutes while waiting for Ingram to arrive at the auditorium.
The Amity Club met Thursday, Oct. 7, at Olney Heritage Museum. The meeting was hosted by Nita Hearne, wit co-hostesses Carolyn Penn. Jeanie Spivey was the program leader. The program entailed decorating with Fall wreaths and was instructed by Leigh Stephens.
Lucretia Taylor and her daughter Hannah invited me to attend the popular Broadway Show “Wicked” that premiered at Fair Park in Dallas. I was not aware that I could get the full “New York” experience just 90 minutes from home.