First of all, happy spring, officially. Today is the vernal equinox, early because of leap year. Equinox folklore tells us this day you can balance an egg on its base, and you can. I’ve done it; but not during the vernal equinox. As with all metaphysical quests, the journey is the goal. Got an egg? Give it a try — after you find out about all the great things that will be happening at the library for the next week.
Wednesday and Thursday this week our programming is the bees knees.
On Wednesday, our Kentucky Picture Show series is really and truly this time showing the movies I told you about last week. To those of you who came expecting a inspiring story about sister power and bees, and instead found a Hitchcock thriller about deranged sophists, I apologize. Come back tomorrow at 2 or 6:30 p.m., and I promise this time it will be an uplifting film about apiarists.
We will have an actual apiarist (beekeeper) in the library Thursday. Prize-winning mystery novelist and beekeeper Abigail Keam will be at the library’s Book Lunch at noon to talk about her Josiah Reynolds mysteries. “Death By A HoneyBee” won a Gold Medal Award from Reader’s Favorite in 2010. “Death By Drowning,” her second novel, won a Gold Medal Award for Best Mystery Sleuth in 2011, and both books were listed as finalists on USA Book News “Best Book List 2011.” If we are lucky, Abigail will be able to bring brand new copies of her latest book “Death by Bridle.” Oh, and I did mention she is also a prize-winning beekeeper? She has won 16 honey awards at the Kentucky State Fair and was the first recipient of the Barbara Horn Award for a perfect 100 for State Fair beekeeping entries. This is going to be a wonderful program, so call up quick to reserve a place because reservations close today at 8 p.m.
Friday afternoon, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., we will have a gallery talk by and a reception for the Bluegrass Drawing Society, which has a collection of drawings on exhibit in the library’s community room. The show is marvelous. We’ve had many art shows, but this one really has patrons walking up close to and contemplating the images. There’s lots of fine technique on display in this show, so if you have an interest in drawing come to hear the artists — Rebecca Chamberlain, Denie Knoebel, and Bill Berryman, all Winchester residents — talk about their works during the gallery talk and then meet them during the reception. Their show is a perfect example of how local art brings life and beauty to a community.
At 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27, the Tuesday Night Philosophy Club meets to chew the philosophical fat. This is a discussion group, not a book group. We share readings, but the crux of the meeting is the discussion group members generate. We are non-partisan, open-minded and congenial, and range in age from 20s to 80s. Feel free to drop in. We meet in the community room. And we’re going to have a fabulous program in April, but I’ll tell you about that later.
The last word today is about sunsets, Kentucky sunsets. Are you watching television at dusk? Scrolling TMZ for updates about Lindsay Lohan’s medical enhancements? Well, pull yourself together and stop that and go outside and watch the sunset. In spring, Kentucky has sublime (in the sense of transcendental) sunsets. And the songbirds are back.
HD has nothing on the western horizon in Kentucky at sunset in the spring. The view is especially fine under those majestic oaks in the front yard of the library.