ART CART for September 28, 2020

by Nancy Maxwell

Art, Culture, and Community

Many of us have seen the hummingbird numbers dwindle; it’s obvious the migration south has begun in earnest.  It has been a wonderful year for anyone who enjoys birdwatching, starting for many with unusually large numbers off Baltimore orioles, rose-breasted grosbeaks, and woodpeckers of all five Indiana kinds, through large numbers of hummingbirds making their last appearance in the next couple days or weeks.  Keep feeding the hummers a bit longer; the standard is to feed 7-10 days after your last sighting. Mature males have already left, females are right behind but this year’s juveniles will be the last to head south, the least experienced in finding available natural sources (already withering in this unusually dry season) and likely to return to your feeders next year if they stop on the way south this year.

If hummingbirds are leaving, then Fall leaf colors are not far behind. As dry as it is, colors may be a bit muted but there will be color soon! Already looking forward to next year’s Spring colors, several groups have been cleaning up their downtown flower beds recently. When the County and City get worked out who will take responsibility for regular watering, the flower beds will show marked improvement!  Morgan County Sertoma, Martinsville Kiwanis, Breathe & Flow Yoga, Community Choir, Nancy Maxwell Fine Arts and Mary Ann Frame are just some of the groups, businesses, and individuals volunteering to keep our downtown area looking good.  Ben Rawlins is the community coordinator for the flower beds and he still has several flower beds that need to be adopted.

Purdue Extension has revamped the annual Farmers’ Day at the Morgan County Fairgrounds so that the public can still enjoy in a safe manner.  Tractors, cart demonstrations, horses, sheep, goats, dog agility demonstrations, beef & dairy cattle, pigs, poultry, hay displays,  tree identification, and Master Gardener’s Pollinator Garden.  Participants will remain in their vehicle at all times as volunteers (wearing masks) explain and demonstrate as vehicles go past.

The Morgan County Public Main Library is now open, and what a beautiful building it is! There are many “virtual” book clubs, family crafts, toddler story hour, and other activities going on; checking out books in the new space is in real life, not a virtual activity anymore.  Check with the area libraries; Brooklyn, Waverly, Morgantown, and Mooresville for items specific to their calendars.

The Carnival of Cars; Midwest Edition takes place Sunday, October 4, 1-5 pm in the old Marsh parking light. Admission is free however donations are appreciated and will benefit the Martinsville Youth Center.  Cruise-In on the Martinsville Square continues to draw a great variety of cars and large numbers of viewers Thursday evening into October.

Taps on the Square continues every Friday night, on the southwest corner of the square, rain or shine, 6:40 with Taps at 7 pm.  Names of missing and deceased are read and Taps is played by members of Indiana Spirit of ’45.  It is a touching event each and every Friday night. This week will be week #405.

Check-in for the Fall Art Show hosted by Art Sanctuary Sunday, 2-6 pm and Monday 3-7 pm in the Main Gallery of AS.  Works in any media, from artists and crafters in youth, amateur and professional categories are welcome.  There is no admission fee; this is a show, not a competition, and will remain up through much of October. Contact Mika Power, AS, with any questions.

Get outside, breathe deep, wave at your neighbors and stay safe, wear your mask and keep me posted at artcartmartinsville@gmail.com