Autumn began in Fairhope yesterday, with the first snap of cool weather in the morning, the lack of humidity in the afternoon, and clear blue skies all day long. The same is predicted for today, and one can't help but be affected by the change.
This phenomenon is not unique to Fairhope. I lived in New York City for 14 years, and remember that the first days of September assured beautiful weather (not the same here) and the promise of new things in the air: New shows on Broadway and off, art gallery openings, events in the streets, and projects of all kinds starting up.
In Fairhope everything that happens begins later and is less exciting. Make no mistake about it, things are going to happen. The weather is just a harbinger to remind us.
Tonight there will be a black tie gala at the new library, which is not yet opened. The event will raise funds to defray some of the enormous costs of furnishings for the building. No doubt, at $100 a plate, "A Novel Night," as it is called, will go a long way toward buying some of the computers and equipment now considered essential library tools. The many novelists and other writers -- not me for some reason; I just thought of that -- will be honored and their presence will draw a glittering crowd of admirers. I am not crazy about the new library iself, but I support libraries in general and probably would have paid $100 for the event if I thought they needed me. But apparently I didn't make the cut. This gives me permission to be nasty about the whole thing.
I have no real reason to be nasty, because the library is there and I did donate $250 to its construction a couple of years ago when the plans were still on the drawing board. Most of the feedback on the building has been negative, and I have certainly not been loath to reveal that on this blog, because it's a hideous building, in-your-face slap up against the sidewalk in the middle of town, and I think it's way more library than is needed. I even heard the story from a city councilman this week who got four angry phone calls in a row from an irate constituent calling for the cancellation of the gala on the grounds that would be elitist. The caller threatened pickets in front of the event saying it was going to be a public library therefore it shouldn't cost anything to view it, much less $100 for a few hors d'oeuvre. Whether he actually shows up with compatriots and placards, I don't know, but will report if it happens.
In other news about changes in Fairhope, I'm having the captain's house painted a color called Rich Cream. I gain weight just saying the name. When painting is done, the landscapers will come in and I'll have a garden in my front yard, featuring two big crape myrtles and a new oak tree. I'll post pictures as the project moves forward.
Marietta Johnson Day is October 8, and there will be an event at the Museum, featuring a dance by the students and a get together of alumni and other supporters. Then we'll get going on the big school reunion that will take place in a year's time as part of the Centennial celebration of the school. The Museum web page is up and running again after a brief glitch, so those interested in buying Mrs. Johnson's book can pick up an order form from the link on this page.
The painters have arrived. I have to talk with them. I hope the fall day is as pretty where you are as it is here.