By the time you read this, Halloween might very well be over, but so? I love it too much not to talk about it. Some adults take it for granted, put it down and scoff that it’s all just about greedy kids and candy. Please. It’s about something more earnest and important than that — at least I’ve thought so from the time I was old enough to hold one of those plastic pumpkin buckets. It’s about the excitement of being somebody else for a night. It’s about the weird/wonderful window into people’s lives you get as you travel from house to house, pillow case in-hand. It’s about having one night a year when the normal rules of society just don’t apply, and you’re free to see the world through the eyes of a shuffling zombie, giant panda or overgrown baby.
With so many Halloween events going on this Wednesday, I won’t wade into the politics of which you should attend, but I will say that the simple joy of trick or treating is not to be overlooked. Whatever you do and wherever you go this Halloween night, enjoy your break from the real world. I always do.
Once you’ve come back to earth and removed the glitter from your hair, here are a few options to keep you busy.
Cadre of clever quilters
As I wrote the story about the Professional Textile Artists show, now on display at Gallery 86, I’ll admit that I felt a little lost for words. Putting visuals into black-and-white letters is much of the challenge of writing, I guess, but it seems even bigger with a show so vibrant. I could go on and on about each piece, big and small, or you could just pop into “Ha Ha, Made You Laugh” yourself.
As I’m on deadline, I vote for the latter. The show will be up through Saturday, Nov. 10, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday night, Nov. 2, during “Art After Dark.” Call 452-0593 for more info or visit www.haywoodarts.org.
Jazz Fest finale
As Paul Viau might say — Did you know? — the first-ever Fall Jazz Fest at the Classic Wineseller has been selling out like crazy.
For three consecutive Saturdays, people have flocked to the little space in downtown Waynesville, both for an upscale Italian dinner and several hours of jazz, provided by local stars in the genre. If this is your bag, don’t miss out. Tickets for the final festival night, featuring the instrumental Steve Davidowski Duo and put on by Satin Steel Jazz, are on sale now — and you can save $5 by getting them in advance.
Call 452-6000 or visit the Classic Wineseller, at 20 Church St., to reserve your spot. The evening lasts from 7 to 10.
I’ve written this more than once, but only because I’m constantly reminded of how true it is: I love friendly Fines Creek. I not-so-secretly relish it whenever the paper “makes” me drive out there — and I might make sure it does so again this Saturday night.
The old schoolhouse will come alive with a community dance, county music included, from 7 to 10 p.m. The Heart of the South Band will play, and though I’ve never heard their music, I think I know what to expect. I predict they will be crowd pleasing and fun, with upbeat songs nestled between a cake walk and the announcement of the 50/50 raffle winner. I imagine people of all ages dancing and clogging and eating goodies handmade by someone who’s probably their neighbor.
I also imagine me grinning, giddily tapping my toes to the beat and snapping pictures like crazy. I am no dancer, but it certainly sounds like my scene. Is it yours? To learn more, call 736-8925.
Hey there, Honeycutters
One of the the benefits of living in this place is hearing music that might never waft into my sphere otherwise — music like that of The Honeycutters. Comfortable, folksy, astute and emotional, this is the kind of Americana I can throw myself behind. You can, too, beginning at 8 p.m. this Saturday at The Grey Eagle in Asheville.
This is your chance to see a local gem in their native habitat. As people like to say, catch them before they get too big. Learn more (and listen) www.thehoneycutters.com or virtually visit The Grey Eagle at www.thegreyeagle.com.