There are so many things coming up this weekend, I don’t even know where to begin. While it’s all very exciting, it’s almost a shame—I’ve been hoping to make one last pilgrimage to Warren Dunes and Redamak’s, and maybe even Journeyman Distillery while I’m at it—because I just don’t know where the time goes.
And to top it all off, I’ve been watching entirely too much Rehab Addict on the DIY Network, and after being inspired by entire house restorations, have decided to take on the much smaller project of refinishing an antique office chair.
Nothing too terrible, I would think, but it does have moving parts; casters and a swivel, and about 13 coats of paint that need to be stripped, sanded, and subsequently stained to a hopefully very beautiful dark wood color. And all this needs to be done before next weekend, when I have to take the automatic sander back to my mom, or I start accruing late fees.
At least that’s the plan. The star of Rehab Addict usually refinishes entire rooms in a night, so surely I can tackle one measly chair. Right?
Anyway, one of our star writers, Heather Augustyn, has recently published a new book, Don Drummond: The Genius and Tragedy of the World’s Greatest Trombonist, which we are very excited about. I don’t know enough about jazz, personally, and I am very much looking forward to reading this offering, and many other creative endeavors Heather is undertaking soon. Let’s just say, I think my jazz education level is about to go from preschool to something slightly higher than preschool. She will be signing her book on Sept. 12 from 6-8pm at Riley’s Railhouse, 123 4th St., Chesterton.
I was also forwarded a very interesting press release on Rainbow Serenity, Northwest Indiana’s LGBT Community Center, which is hosting their first annual Community Music and Arts Fair in Hobart. The arts fair will take place this Saturday, Sept. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park in Hobart, and promises to be a fun event for all. Artists will take place in the art fair itself, with local musicians providing entertainment, and vendors providing shopping opportunities – everyone’s favorite activity. The fair runs from 10am-8pm.
And over in Chicago, we have ACTIVATE: An art show in an alley. This is actually going on tonight, Sept. 12, from 5-10pm. If I can get out of work early enough, I might take a stroll over. It takes place in Couch Place, an historic alley in the heart of the Loop, and will transform the alley into an urban celebration with DJs, jugglers, interactive art exhibits and more. It’s also free and open to the public. I can’t even imagine what this will be like, but I’m sure beyond any doubt it will be outrageously fun.
And finally, this weekend we have the kickoff of the Methodist Krewe festivities, the start of the Methodist Mardi Gras fundraising efforts for the year. Krewe Apollo is hosted by Rick Soria and Scott Fech, whom I was lucky enough to meet at last Friday’s Ivy Tech 50th Anniversary Gala in Indianapolis, which of course was stunning. I’m very excited to attend the Krewe Apollo event on Saturday— not only is it for a great cause, but Scott and Rick have two cats, whom I can’t wait to meet.