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Friday, August 10, 2012
Too Many Topics, Way Too Little Time
Sarah! Wake up! It's August!
Am I ready for EVERYTHING to happen? Because that’s what
Saturday will bring, with the first-ever “Northport Loop” Wine Festival in town
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., representing wineries from M-204 north; the wildly
popular annual Dog Parade at 1 p.m., with this year’s nod to our new marina
facilities in its theme, “Old Un-Salty Dog”; and finally, a Gallery Walk
through Northport from 5 to 8 p.m., all galleries owned and run by the artists
themselves--with, in a couple of cases, a little help from their friends.
Dog owners from Omena kept coming by the bookstore on
Thursday to register for the parade, including the new “Mayor” of Omena. What?
You didn’t see the results of that election-for-sale that runs animals as
candidates at a dollar a vote to raise money for the Omena Historical Society?
The Mayor will be in the parade in Northport on Saturday, along with many other
local and visiting dogs. Today—Friday—is the last day to preregister at the
bargain price of $5/dog. Proceeds this year go to Black Sheep Crossing, a local
nonprofit animal rescue operation. Good cause! Those who miss early
registration can sign up to be eligible for prizes on the day of the parade,
Saturday, for $10/dog. And by the way, the dog parade this year is being
sponsored by the Northport-Omena Chamber of Commerce, under the hard-working
direction of Jamie Covert of the Northport Bay Dog and Cat Company. Jamie, you
deserve a medal! Good work, girl!
The Gallery Walk is definitely a not-to-miss event. David
and I will be at 106 Waukazoo, along with Woodruff Palmer, we three
representing and welcoming the public to the Painted Horse Gallery and the
David Grath Gallery, open until 8 p.m. that evening. Because Dog Ears Books is
situated between the two galleries, and because all three businesses share one
entry, the bookstore will be open, too. That’s gravy. It’s the art that’s being
showcased. Artists Edie Joppich on Bay Street and Pier Wright on Mill Street
will be in their galleries for the evening, semi-retired artist Gene Rantz will
have his home gallery open for the only evening this summer. Be sure not to
miss the new gallery in the old Depot down by the marina parking lot, where the
work of many fine artists and craftspeople is on display in a unique and
charming local setting.
Well, so here’s the other thing. I’ve been trying out a new
camera, hoping to get used to it and fall in love, but I’m sorry to say there’s
no spark. Everything about it is slow. The optical zoom is jerky. The close-up
focus is uncooperative. Altogether it has been a very disappointing and
unsatisfying experience, and hence—besides the “not enough time” factor--the
absence of new photos on this blog.
Then there’s that question Steve raised about intention and
evolution, which I’ve been reading up on in my nonexistent spare time. “Spare”
as in “stolen.” It’s strange and exciting when books related to a current topic
of interest just seem to fall into one’s hands. That is the serendipity of
books, nothing at all like doing an online search. But more of this another
It's a busy time. That's okay. Soon enough it will be winter again. Remember winter? I do!