Depending on when you’re actually reading this, you are either about to vote or have already voted and are possibly still reeling from the political hangover that seems to come with every presidential election cycle. Regardless of what side of the party fence one sits, though, the privilege of voting is still something that should be deeply revered. But truth be known, I don’t want to be caught without an “I Voted” sticker on Election Day. “The Sticker” has become a cultural icon, and is a badge that must be worn proudly. It’s not only a major fashion accessory on that day, but not wearing one represents a missed opportunity of epic proportions. It’s your chance to unabashedly flaunt your role in the democratic process. So here’s to voting. I pray that the next four years bring protection, provision and peace. Now give me my sticker, please.
As we go back to watching TV without being interrupted by someone needing to approve their message, pack up the jack-o-lanterns and eat the last of the caramel chewies, it’s time to shift into full-tilt holiday mode – the first installment being all things fall.
It is for that reason that this particular issue should be called “An Ode to the Pumpkin”. I’m convinced that you can lay a gourd on any flat surface and be well on your way to autumnal high style. Gourds, pumpkins, burlap, potted mums and pinecones can be added to virtually any stoop, counter, mantel, hearth or tabletop for an instant change of season. We found lots of creative uses for all of the above on the pages inside.
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year. First of all, I was born in the month of November – and I take full advantage of the opportunity to celebrate all things “me” – usually through the first couple of weeks, anyway. But when the temperature drops to the point of wearing boots and sweaters and I can have a fire on a chilly night or morning – well that brings me more pleasure than I can even describe.
And there’s a distinct sound of fall, too; wood crackling in an outdoor fire pit, SEC football on the radio, leaves crunching under foot, the distant sound of a drumline playing at a nearby high school. It’s amazing how these sounds can take me to a specific place and time and season within my soul.
This fall, there’s so much going on in our great city and I want to bring your attention to a couple of “must-see” events in particular. First is Mistletoe Marketplace. Mistletoe is the flagship fundraising event for the Junior League of Jackson. Proceeds generated from events like Mistletoe go to fund over 32 projects in the areas of arts and education, and health and social services here in the Jackson area. Mistletoe Marketplace opens to the general public on November 8th at 11:00 a.m.
The other is the Chimneyville Crafts Festival. Sponsored by the Craftsmen's Guild of Mississippi and named the "Best Festival of the Year” by the Mississippi Tourism Association at the Governor's Conference on Tourism, the event is continuously named a Top Twenty Event in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Over 150 juried master craftsmen will exhibit, demonstrate and sell their one-of-a-kind crafts at this spectacular event. It’s a wonderful opportunity to shop for beautiful hand-made gifts, but even more importantly, it’s a way to support the tireless efforts of these extraordinary people that make the world a more beautiful place with their amazing talents.
In this issue, we are pleased to shine a light on this wonderful event – along with a few Jackson-based artsists who, in part, provide the zing to the crafts festival. Chimneyville opens to the general public on Friday November 30th and ends Sunday December 2nd.
So, it’s off to the pumpkin store I go. It’s time to decorate. The great thing about using these types of harvested items is that I can’t kill them. Well, I can kill a mum – but that’s about it. At least damage can be kept to a minimum.
Thank so much for picking up this month’s issue. Be sure to check out the digital version of our magazine online at vipjacksonmag.com.
Let the season begin. Enjoy!