The library is happy to announce its display of new yuletide photography by Attis Puppendottir, the manager of Winchester’s Myristica Farm. Many of you will remember Attis’ Jul-Root Harvest at Myristica Farm show last December, which featured documentary photographs of the Dyrsen clan, Hyreindeer Herders, harvesting colorful Jul-root which they grow in rich coffee-grounds compost.
This year’s photography show is even more whimsical and luminous. Attis assembled a cast of Puppendottirs, Ouessants, Dyrsen, Toys, plus Tex the T-Rex and Goldie the Land Carp, to produce a glorious picture interpretation of Mel Torme’s classic, “The Christmas Song,” or “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire.”
One of the first photos shows Attis and Tex-Rex lounging near the fireplace in which they roast their horse chestnuts. Of course they do not eat the horse chestnuts, but Puppendottirs believe when roasting horse chestnuts pop they circulate good luck into the air, creating an atmosphere of joy. It’s similar to the old Kentucky tradition of sending letters to Santa Claus by burning them in a fireplace. That list laden smoke travels directly to Santa’s workshop at the North Pole where it is translated back into writing for Santa to read. That still works, by the way. I urge you to try it.
There are also appearances by Clovis De Fleury, the bon-vivant Ouessant of 1 Mantlepiece Place, Myristica; Miss Ermine Mistlethwaite, the mistletoe maiden; Victorine De Fleury, owner and chef at Vic and Kai’s, the Puppendottir’s favorite café; and, of course, Spanky the Christmas Zebra. Attis says he put this show together to wish everyone the merriest Yuletide ever, because a Puppendottir believes that everyone should have as much fun as they possibly can at Yuletide. “The Christmas Song” show is on display in the community room during normal library hours throughout December. Children will love these magical pictures. Make sure to stop in to see them the next time you’re at the library.
The library’s Christmas craft classes continue this week. Please remember that space is limited for all these classes, so you must register to attend. The library supplies all materials. Tonight at 6:30, learn how to make a fantabulous tree deco Grinch from a light bulb and the finger of a glove. Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m., recycle magazines, newspapers and even bits of thread into beautiful handmade Christmas cards. Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., create a beautiful Kentucky-themed Shrinky Dink Christmas ornament. Shrinky-Dink ornaments, like horse chestnuts, are not eaten after roasting, but they sure create an atmosphere of joy. So, visit the library and get joyful during this most glorious time of year.
Visit Attis’ show; enjoy circulation manager Lynn Will’s beautiful snowflake display in the foyer. Across the foyer take a look at decorations we’re giving away on Dec. 19 at our library Elf Raffle (get details at the circulation desk), and of course, stock up on some great books to read over the holidays.
The library has Santa’s seal of approval.