September 19, 2009 9:52:00 PM
Adele Elliott - [email protected]
The doldrums of summer will soon dissipate, perhaps not in temperature ... yet. But, certainly the early rush of autumn activities is here to shake up our languor.
The last few weeks have been a so filled with excitement that we''ve hardly had a moment to rest. I feel a bit guilty raving about events in the past, although recent. However, some things are truly worth a re-cap.
The Howlin'' Wolf Blues Festival was magical. It attracted fans of all ages, from a young daddy carrying his baby in a kangaroo-pouch across his chest to an old lady accompanied by her caretaker.
Wonderful musicians like Big Joe Shelton (my favorite), Caleb Childs (another fave), and "Blind Mississippi" Morris filled the stage. (I once got so excited I kissed him. But, that is a story for another time.)
Bill Abel strummed a guitar fashioned from a cigar box, producing a sound that would make a Stradivarius jealous. His drummer popped into the air like a jack-in-the-box while playing, achieving heights that may be considered flight.
Hearing the music, sad and joyful, was like attending a tent revival. I almost felt as if I could toss away my cane and join the dancers.
Propped on one side of the stage, a photo of Willie King rested next to his silent guitar. Both glowed under a blinding spotlight. I hope he was there to hear all the terrific things that were said about him. We really miss you, Willie.
Chris won the raffle, a Peavey guitar, signed by the musicians performing that night. (Peaveys are made in Meridian. But, you knew that.) What a strange sort of lightning-striking-twice bit of serendipity, since I won two years ago! (Note to everyone -- always buy a raffle ticket.)
I am still high from the many splendid happenings during the Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victorian Homes. It was a week of abundance: theater, music, peeks into lovely private homes, and not to forget, lots of gourmet treats.
Olympia Dukakis was the guest of honor. Her appearance and on-stage interview revealed a charming, and surprisingly unaffected, personality.
Are you kicking yourself for missing these cultural and delightful entertainments? Well, pay attention. Contrary to popular belief, there is so much more coming up. Yes, in Columbus.
Afternoon Tunes has launched a new season. Every Thursday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., local musicians perform al fresco on the new stage at the Riverwalk. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Sponsored by Main Street Columbus, The Link and local merchants, this concert under the stars is free!
For early birds, the Hitching Lot Farmers'' Market is always fun. This is not the place to worry about how you look. A hat and dark glasses work for me. Roll out of bed around 6 a.m. to discover fresh vegetables, crafts and, yes, coffee. Expect to meet friends there, too; none will be any more well-groomed than you ... I promise.
You may still have time to meet Dr. Brandon Beck at 2 p.m. today at the Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, 300 Main St. He is a Civil War scholar and author. As always, the "No Dead Authors" lectures (and cookies) are free, thanks to the Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Have you noticed that I haven''t even touched on activities next month? October goings-on may take two columns. Let''s wish for cooler weather and lots of energy to keep up with all the fun!
Adele Elliott, a New Orleans native, moved to Columbus after Hurricane Katrina.