A wonderful cold front blew in last night and this morning is clear, breezy and comfortably cool. I do love fall. This has been a rather mild summer, over all, but still I look forward to the turning leaves and fragrance of wood smoke in the air and that crispness that only happens in early autumn. A day drive into the Ozarks may be in store for the near future.
The piano concert by Jerry Chilcutt and Candy Hill did not disappoint yesterday, as they played to a full sanctuary. They may not have played all my favorite songs, but just about everything on the program was one of my favorites, a marvelous array, ranging from classic pop to show tunes. All together they made me smile some and tear up a bit, as I listened to: “Days of Wine and Roses,” “Unchained Melody,” “Yesterday” and “What a Wonderful World.”
Of course, “Tennessee Waltz” brought back a lot of memories for me, and “On This Night Of A Thousand Stars” had me itching to dance. The encore, played four-handed on the newly dedicated baby grand piano, left me breathless. “Tonight” from West Side Story, brought with it the passion of the timeless love story it portrayed, and Candy and Jerry delivered the emotional rendition perfectly. Thank you, Candy and Jerry. Thank you, Mary McBride, for the donation of the beautiful baby grand piano.
And thank you, United Methodist Women for the delicious cookies and punch at the reception. Everything was beautiful, and more important, delicious.
You may have missed the little earthquake we had Sunday morning at 5:16 a.m. It was 3.7 originating near Manilla, AR. I was awake and upstairs so I felt it, but it wasn’t very noticeable. As the west coast is engulfed in fire and the east and south coasts are cleaning up from a flurry of hurricanes, I wonder if we should expect the central states to take care of earthquakes and pestilence.
I will be signing and selling my new book “Echoes From The Ashes” at Madpies on the square in Piggott on Saturday, November 4, from 11:00 – 2:00. Please come by and visit, and buy a book. The book is about a woman who moves to Seattle in 1981 and as she begins a new life there, she attracts a number of new friends. Together they find they have a special connection at a time before she was born. Reincarnation and serendipity connect them all to the Holocaust of World War II. There is mystery and romance on this emotional journey and a surprise at the end.
And while you are there, think about lunch. Madpies’ menu always offers something delicious and some wonderful specialties. Did I mention the deserts?
Don’t forget, this Friday, the 20th the Arkansas Health Department will have flu clinic at the Rector Community Center. It’s a perfect opportunity to get your flu shot.hey will be at the community center from 11:30 – 3:30. That’s Friday, October 20th.
Mark your calendars for the Fall Fashion Show on November 3, presented by the Clay County Arts Council, Inc. Dinner, fashion show, silent auction, and music by Larry Norred; it will be a fun-filled evening and will benefit the CCAC scholarship program. Tickets can be purchased from any board member and several locations in Rector and Piggott. Lisa Jett has tickets in Corning. Take a look at their Facebook page for more information.
November 18, the Rector Community Center will hold their 6th Annual Fall Craft Fair. We have some outstanding vendors each year. It is a good place to begin your Christmas shopping. There will be breakfast and lunch at the snack bar. We don’t even care about the weather as it is all indoors. Plan to drop by sometime during the day and browse the many items available. The fair will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
I received an email scam I had not encountered before. It appeared to be an answer to an email I might have sent and was asking for “additional” information. It would have been easy to mistake for the real thing if I had been sending out resumes. So beware. There is a new scam every day. If you get an email that you suspect is a scam, you can easily forward it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
With that I will close. Give me a call or send me an email if there is something you would like me to write about in the column.
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