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Adele Elliott: Wearing many hats

 

Adele Elliott

 

It''s been a busy and exciting week in "the city with nothing to do." 

 

The re-opening of The Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market, especially "Family Saturday," was big news for early risers. Last week''s Suzuki Strings sounded wonderful! I heard the music rolling through the parking lot before seeing the musicians and thought it was a symphony orchestra. 

 

Chris was there making balloon animals for the kids. Katie Rose Miller looked très chic in a flowing chapeau of pink balloons that seemed to be growing out of her head. We bought muffins and strawberry jam to take home. 

 

For those who need to sleep in on Saturday mornings, the market is open Monday evenings from 5-7 p.m. Stop by after work to find something fresh to serve for supper. 

 

Of course we needed a nap before catching the Mississippi Brawl Stars that evening. I have finally found my sport (as a spectator only). The Lavender Coliseum was even more colorful with the ladies'' kooky outfits, lots of short skirts and fish-net stockings, all in purple and black. But, don''t let the girly style fool you. They are wild and rough on those skates. 

 

The action can be a bit hard to follow, with scores quickly jumping into three digits. Fortunately, the counts are projected on the wall so even a dyslexic like me can keep up. It all looks exceptionally dangerous, but I am told they are trained how to fall without injury. Next time I will bring a sign to encourage my friend, "Dixie Snarlin." Chris may want to bring a muzzle to mute my very un-ladylike yelling. 

 

The next day we had a fab time at the C-town Cares Concert. All the funds raised went to victims of the tornado that hit Smithville. Musicians, police and about a million (give or take a few) volunteers, donated their time and talents to this huge success. The food was yummy and the music amazing. 

 

Paul Hebert looked less like a Cajun and more like an Irishman in his Kelly green derby hat. Evidently camo-clothing goes with just about everything, because that''s how he completed his sartorial ensemble (two different patterns of camouflage clothing, no less). Paul is an accomplished musician, one of the organizers of the event, and a great guy. OK, perhaps a questionable dresser. 

 

We are looking forward to the Sounds of Summer series which begins again June 2 at the Riverwalk. Sun hats will be de rigueur for those free concerts, and perhaps a hand fan, as well. 

 

Of course, Chris and I always find something to do between concerts and roller derby bouts. We particularly like to see what''s hanging at the Rosenzweig Arts Center gallery. They display art in every medium. The Market Street juried show is on exhibit now. They also have a cool gift shop. I particularly love the fanciful party hats made by Patti Johnson. (Congrats to the Columbus Arts Council on their selection of Tina Sweeten as executive director. She is certainly a great choice.) 

 

I have a closet full of headwear for every season and every event. With all the fun events around town I will probably get an opportunity to don everything from tiaras to berets. But, in all cases no hats are actually required. Just bring a big smile and have some fun. Now, who keeps saying "there is nothing to do?"

 

Adele Elliott, a New Orleans native, moved to Columbus after Hurricane Katrina.

 

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