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Saturday was the last day for the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective exhibit at the Wiregrass Museum of Art. The afternoon was oppressive with the heat and humidity typical of Lower Alabama, but that did not deter Hitty Jellicakes.

Gee's Bend Sign WMA

 

The gallery contained a small group of quilts from the collective in Boykin, Alabama. Both large and small works were exhibited – one so small Jellicakes thought it surely must have been created for a fellow doll! There were quilts made from denim, corduroy and one from recycled United States Post Office shirts. They were all so exuberant, but Jellicakes favorite was “Pigs in a Pen”.

 

Pigs in a Pen

 


 

To see more beautiful quilts, you can visit, virtually, Boykin, Alabama and the Gee’s Bend Quilt Mural Trail, by following this link: https://sway.com/rKc9a7HLcGEYJy9h

Father’s Day almost always means a new bow tie or two. It’s a tradition the Mad For The Farthing Crowd looks forward to with gusto. More is, after all, more. The fabric is chosen with great…abandon, let’s say, but the pattern remains basically the same. This year, however, Hitty Hedydd decided her two cents should be worth a little extra and compelled the Seamstress to provide a new pinny, along with the bow tie, should the need ever arise when a small wooden doll might need camouflage in the dressing room.

Grape Pinny

Hidden among the hundreds.

Barbeque is practically a worshipful experience in the South, and, not unlike religion, differences can cause heated ~ pun intended ~ debate among it’s devotees. There’s Memphis and Kansas City styles. The Carolinas, Texas and Alabama have their special methods and sauces. No matter the region, the finest barbeque always seems to be found in the most humble of places, and that is where fastidious Snip found herself late on Saturday afternoon.

Snip Heated Exchange 2

Silly Snip! It was delicious – positively divine!

Slocomb tomatoes were for sale on the counter. Twin spigots from two large urns leaked sweet tea slowly onto thick white towels. Chins were dappled with barbeque sauce as were the piles of crumpled paper napkins and an occasional nose. Snip shivered when she found herself set before the numerous bottles of the spicy concoction. Her new pinny was a source of pride and, other than the dainty embroidery, was spotlessly white. Mild, Hot, Medium, Sweet or the thin vinegar of North Carolina-lots of flavors to muss a treasured garment. She watched warily as a drop began its untidy descent down the side of the bottle. Before it could travel any further and cause a laundry-day emergency in the Hitty Household, or embarrassment for herself, she skipped away, hopping back into her green bag, unwilling to partake in this particular act of worship.

Monday afternoons are made brighter by the arrival of a large crate of organic produce from Living Tree Health Foods. Opening the box is almost like diving into a Christmas stocking with tempting treats, lovely aromas and cheerful colors.  This Monday, the box was overflowing with zucchini, carrots, avocado, beautiful sweet potatoes and…

“Lee-chee nuts!”

“No! Lye-chee nuts!”

“Lee-chee!” “Lye-chee!”

LeeChee

“Things have come to a pretty pass…”

And, as often is the case on Christmas morning, a small squabble occurred. A difference of opinion regarding the correct pronunciation of lychee almost spoiled the otherwise exciting discovery of the delicacy hidden at the very bottom of the box.  Snip insisted on “lye”; Hedydd on “lee”, as was the custom of the household. A bit of instruction on manners and the Chinese language (Well, as much as could be cobbled together…) was offered. Snip and Hedydd made their peace and joined the family in sampling the tasty fruit.

“Nut.”

“Fruit.”

“Nut!” “Fruit!”

Let’s call the whole thing off!

 

On the final day the the repertory season, Hedydd returned to the Alabama Shakespeare Festival to see “King Lear”.  Knowing tragedy and sorrow would be her fare for the afternoon inside the theatre, she took time in the Shakespeare Garden to bask in the sunshine and frolic in the roses.

Shakespeare Garden

Warm sun bathes the garden.

 

Lear 2

Roses blossomed throughout.

 

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”

Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

There has been a flurry of play production and theatre-going in The Wiregrass of late, supported by friends and family of the Mad for the Farthing Crowd. Good stories, well told, never go out of style. Neither does Hitty Hedydd, at least in her own estimation. This particular outing, however, prompted Hedydd to require something special in terms of elegant millinery. An invitation had been extended to see Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”, playing at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. One could hardly attend the Festival in last year’s bonnet, so Hedydd set her own costumier to creating a hat to rival any on the stage.

ASF 2

Hedydd enjoys an evening at the theatre and is especially fond of visiting the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Nestled into Blount Cultural Park, ASF is a treasure in which Hedydd loves to revel.

Indeed, Hedydd’s new hat rivaled, surpassed perhaps, even the lovely creations worn by the actress portraying Lady Bracknell. She was feeling rather self-satisfied until she noticed the lobby display advertising “King Lear”…

lEAR pREVIEW

“Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.” ~ Henry IV

…and realized that her own wooden head wouldn’t lie easy until she, too, wore a crown.


Hitty Hedydd’s beautiful new Liberty of London dress is another creation of Kay DeMattei.

Dothan Opera House

Hitty Agapanthus attends SEACT’s “Les Miserables” at the Dothan Opera House.

 

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