¡Ay Caramba!, let’s play the bamba

Dr. Seuss once said: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” With this summer having gone by in the blink of an eye, however, it’s hard not to feel some nostalgia and longing for it to slow down. It’s crazy to think that in a week, we will be celebrating the Banana Split Festival with a host of events including the much anticipated Yellow Tie Gala! In two weeks, the kiddos will be heading back to school. So before all of this happens, we have the kids for our last week-long art camp. The music teachers will be thanking us this year since we’ve creatively combined art and music by dedicating this camp to making our own instruments. By the end of the week, the children will be shakin’, rattlin’ and rollin’ in anticipation for the upcoming school season!

We’re turning the beat around by making some cool percussion instruments like our Monday-made maracas. Using paper maché, smoothie drink lids, rice and of course modge podge, we assembled these quintessential Spanish fiesta devices. Today we finished our tambourines and painted the rain sticks, which seemed to work given the dreary weather. Tomorrow’s mission of stringing together the guitars and finishing the drums for Friday’s symphonic show should be no issue given the kids’ tenacious efforts and creative talent! Whoever thinks music isn’t our forte is clearly in treble, since we’re always striving to go beyond the visual arts for our neighborhood friends!

With everything going on, sometimes we need a break from the stresses of life. The perfect solution: food! So tonight’s Palate to Palette with Linda Earnest will be a great way to spend an evening with friends, a bottle of wine, and delicious cooking. The theme for the evening is holiday splendor, with Linda showing how to create easy yet mouth-watering festive dishes.

Speaking of great food, yesterday evening we had the chance to have a delicious home cooked meal from our French friend, Charlotte. Visiting from France to see her boyfriend, Charlotte came to the gallery one day offering to volunteer. She quickly became part of the family and was eager to share her artistic talents in the kitchen; who are we to decline? Charlotte prepared an excellent three course meal using traditional recipes from Provence, the region of France where she’s from. Though she leaves Sunday, she says she plans to return in December, where perhaps she will host a Palate to Palette night for us. Her company and friendship have been absolutely delightful, and we cannot express how thankful we are for her having helped us. It’s truly amazing how many wonderful people there are in the world, and how oceans and borders can’t stop us from making close friends!