Winfrey Blackburn has commissioned a serpent sculpture to be created for his garden. It comes from the “brazen serpent” or “fiery serpent” mentioned first in the Old Testament, II Kings 18, verses 1 and 4. It was destroyed by Hezekiah around 700 B.C. There were lots of snake cults in Canaan in the early Bronze Age. Ugh! Phew!
Joe Autry, a multimedia sculptor and artistic contractor did the sculpture for Winfrey, for his terrace, at his home on Upland Road. Winfrey had a gathering of friends for the unveiling. Guests were muffled up on the cold sunny winter morning last week but survived by being treated to warm beverages and good old-fashioned chili to ward off
old man winter.
Joe has quite a book of his sculptures. He has traveled three times to Russia to compete in the sculpting of rock hard salt! The sculptures will survive as long as they are not subjected to water.
Corky Sachs had her favorite houseguests in last week: Pat and Geoff Halfpenny. Pat and Geoff are from Staffordshire, England, where Pat was the head of the Staffordshire Pottery Museum and a regular on the English Antiques Road Show (years before we had the American version). And Geoff was a specialist on bats. Bats are considered very important in England. If you wish to rid your house of bats you must contact someone certified in bats to come and get them and move them to a house that is new to the bats.
Pat has an international reputation and was wooed here to become the head of the museum at Winterthur, quite a prestigious position. She was also a leader in the International Ceramics Society, a writer of books on ceramics, and a consultant for Scotland Yard and the FBI concerning forgeries and thefts of valuable English antiquities and ceramics.
Both Pat and Geoff are now American citizens. She has retired, but he is still running the Delaware Natural History Museum. Anyone that meets them will be thoroughly and completely charmed.
Each year during Thanksgiving week, the students and teachers at the Heuser Hearing & Language Academy prepare their own Thanksgiving feast. It is a pleasure for them as well as a learning experience. The staff prepares the turkey and each class is responsible for a side dish. One will cook green beans, another sweet potatoes, and another the rolls. Then they all sit down together to enjoy the fruit of their labors.
Fabulous Finds, the resale shop at 2101 Frankfort Ave. that benefits Heuser Hearing & Language Academy, is holding its Holiday Open House in conjunction with the Frankfort Avenue Trolley Hop on Friday, Nov. 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. Event producer Tim Utley has promised that Santa & the Mrs. will be there, and there will be holiday punch, yummy treats and special buys throughout the store. Holiday décor including lighted trees, lovely decorations, children’s toys and jewelry will be featured.