Garden report: The marigolds, morning glory, petunias, zinnias, impatiens and celosia still have blooms. But the leaves look bedraggled. The season is winding down. The vegetable bed has been cleared. In that process I ate some cherry tomatoes that were on the dead stalks. It’s nice to report eating a tomato in October. I put a plastic bag over one pepper plant since it had a small green pepper. I want to see if it will grow.
The geraniums and ferns are back in the house. I will wait until the nights get colder to bring in the cactus. I read that a cool temperature hastens the buds when brought indoors. I will let you know if it works.
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The Woodbury Room at the Jones Library was dedicated last week. It’s lovely now, with yellow walls, different carpet colors and textures to delineate separate areas. A portion of the floor is wooden to make it easier to roll out the piano. There are boxes on the wall that open to reveal white boards, perfect for recording or relaying information at group sessions. Speakers at the dedication noted that Amherst loves meetings and this is a great meeting venue.
The Woodburys lived in Shutesbury and enjoyed the Jones Library. They were members of the Friends of the Jones Library. (I am a member as well.) I told Library Director Sharon Sharry that there should have been a candle on the white chocolate-frosted sheet cake to mark her first anniversary as director. She was hired last October. Linda Wentworth, who is leaving the Leverett Library to rejoin the Jones staff, was also there. So next October there can be two anniversary cakes.
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Zoe Langsdale, a student at Amherst Regional High School, sent me an email about the annual chorale lasagne dinner. It will be held Oct. 22 with sittings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
The chorale, directed by Anita Cooper, performs during the dinner, which is served by chorale members. They are also responsible for providing the desserts. The group will also wear its new T-shirts. Call her at 362-1742 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
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Thanks to the many organizers and artists that produced the Arts Biennial. It is really fabulous. The Saturday opening brought a lot of people downtown to the many venues.
There is even a drive-by display. If you ride through the Boltwood Parking lot, look in the storefront window in the new condo building. The door, and rawhide sculpture that is featured in all the ads, is visible. It’s stunning.