ART CART for November 2, 2020

by Nancy Maxwell

Art, Culture, and Community

Today marks Day of the Dead, a social holiday for those of Mexican and Latin-American heritage that reunites the living with the souls and spirits of ancestors. Deceased family members are honored.  Increasingly a more mainstream holiday in the United States, the Mayans were celebrating this annual ritual where spirits move between two worlds about 1,000 years before the birth of Christ. Aztecs held a month-long celebration. Altars with photographs of the deceased, favorite foods, and special personal possessions of the deceased are often set out.

Colorful skulls, some made of edible sugar, are commonly used as decorations and favors.  All Saint’s Day, the forerunner of our modern Halloween celebration is one variation on Day of the Dead. So enjoy those Skittles and Sugar Skulls; just be sure to brush and floss!

Midnight tonight is the deadline for Cookie Stroll Stop applications. Some spots are still available.  The Cookie Stroll will have approximately 24 stops around town.  The committee, headed by Laura Elliott (, 317-417-3626) is working closely with the Board of Health to do the Cookie Stroll safely.

It’s November! It’s candy cane making time! Every Saturday in November and December the public is invited to watch candy canes being made the way they’ve been made for many, many years at the Martinsville Candy Kitchen.

Berries & Ivy will kick off the Holiday Season with its annual Christmas Open House on November 7, with special sale items, door prizes, and holiday treasures.

The Morgan County Farmers’ Market has moved indoors to the Morgan County 4-H Building on November 7, November 21, and December 5, 9 am-12:30 pm.  On Saturday, December 12, the Winter Market will take place in the Lower Gallery at Art Sanctuary as part of the Cookie Stroll events.

Dessert Rose hosts its annual fundraiser, “Gather to Give”, Friday, November 13, at Mallow Run, 7:30-midnight.  Details are on Facebook. Desert Rose is a local shelter for abused women and children.

Heather’s Original Paint Company will host Paint Nights at Art Sanctuary, 5-7 pm. Register for the November 15 event on Facebook or call 812-340-0027.  Have socially distanced fun and create artwork to take home.  The November class is for ages 16+; kid’s classes will be added to the Winter schedule starting in December.

Habitat for Humanity will host its Annual Craft Fair on November 21 at the Morgan County Fairgrounds, 9 am-3 pm; vendor space is still available.  Applications can be obtained at the Habitat ReStore, 39 W. Pike, or call 765-349-9003.

The Morgan County Coalition for Literacy for individuals to tutor area residents working on passing their GED high school equivalency diploma. Tutors will work one-on-one with prospective students; training will be provided.  Contact Dave Reddick at or Sharon Goins at for additional information.

Red, white, pink, pink/white mix, or red/white mix poinsettias are on sale from members of Psi Iota Xi Sorority.  Orders are due by November 18 and will be delivered on November 28.  Order from any member or call Katy Burkhart at 765-346-1047.  Dollars raised support local arts and cultural projects.

For great suggestions of what to see, where to go, and what to do, the Holiday edition of TraveliN Magazine is now available around town, including at The Main Connection, Art Sanctuary, and Berries and Ivy.  Fall Fun and Holiday Happenings in Morgan County is a special feature this time, listing many activities and happenings in the county.  TraveliN is a great resource for “one tank trips” around the state, special holiday events, musical happenings, wine tours, art shows, parks, and recreational options.

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