This Thanksgiving we broke with tradition. It was easier to roast beef and garden vegetables than prepare a turkey and trimmings. Jay cooked dinner, I made dessert: Butternut Pecan Cheesecake. We were grateful for the sense to cut back on the kitchen work and for the pleasures of the good meal.
Included in our thanks-giving that day was Marian at the Endless Mountains Art Council Gallery in Tunkhannock. She accepted our glass late. A date mix-up and snowy roads delayed delivery for the gallery’s Holly Days, which began on “Black Friday.” The gallery is open extra hours this month and will help celebrate Christmas in Our Hometown on Saturday, December 7. (Check hours at 507.846.3622.)
Jay and are glad we get to read good books and we finished two last weekend. Jhumpa Lahiri’s newest book, The Lowland kept me reading every day, sometimes in the middle of the night. Lahiri is a terrific writer who tells a great story. During our weekend travels Jay and I, who enjoy recorded books while in the studio and in the car, finished “reading” Too Much Money by Dominick Dunn. His last book provoked chuckles and guessing at who his characters represented in real life.
Have you ever helped prepare an exhibit hall for a show? Before exhibitors arrive someone must measure and mark the floor for booths and ensure that electrical connections, tables, chairs, and signs are in place. We were among other Pocono Mountain Arts Council members who helped with those tasks Friday morning at Skytop Lodge. Fifty-five or so booths is not a large show and show coordinators Catherine Schratt and Nancy Pitcher had it well organized. Thanks to them and plenty of hands to make quick work of the job. Plus everybody was in a good mood and moved surprising well considering the previous day’s likely overindulgence in food and under-indulgence in activity.
Well before noon Jay and I were loading-in our glass and setting up our own booth. And we were done in time to cook dinner (leftovers) at home. We always appreciate sleeping in our own bed when a show is within an hour’s drive of home.
During the Holiday Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday we were thankful for all the beautiful pieces on exhibit and marvelous comments and stories we heard. The young woodworker across from us makes beautiful turned bowls and furniture in the tradition of his West Virginia family roots. Some of the jewelry makers taught me a little about their stones and methods. A visitor to our booth said one large bowl reminded her of Japanese Imari porcelain. Jay and I took time for individual walks around Skytop Lake and to the dam, and visited the Gingerbread House.
All in all it was a good four days.