A festival is held in honor of the ancient Celtic Crone-Goddess, Reign of the ‘Old Woman’ in Scotland. Schichi-Go-San, a ritual for good health that is hundreds of years old, is performed in Shinto shrines in Japan for children ages three, five and seven. After the ceremony, they are given blessed candy that is decorated with symbols of good luck. On the full moon of November, Baba Yaga, crone goddess of old Russia was honored with a feast day, now reduced to a wicked witch, from a primary deity. In Hawaii, the harvest season begins in November and rituals of thanksgiving to the God Lono are held. The Day of the Dead is also celebrated on November 1st in Latin America and Spain, with offerings of food to honor the spirits of deceased loved ones. Family and friends gather together for small parties where they talk about those who have passed on.
For us, our November tradition is Thanksgiving Day, which is all about eating and giving thanks for our blessings, but how did it start? The first documented Thanksgiving services were in territory belonging to the United States and were conducted by Spaniards and the French in the 16th century. Thanksgiving services were routine in what became the Commonwealth of Virginia as early as 1607, with the first permanent settlement of Jamestown, Virginia holding a thanksgiving celebration in 1610. There are other mythic stories of Thanksgiving starting with the Puritan’s starving and being helped by the Natives. Others pinpoint 1637 as the true origin of Thanksgiving, owing to the fact Massachusetts colony governor John Winthrop declared a day of thanks-giving to celebrate colonial soldiers who had just slaughtered 700 Pequot men, women, and children in what is now Mystic, Connecticut.
All of this could just be fake news and it could have started with a couple of farm families getting together to share their meal of guinea fowl. Every year it grew to include their neighbors, then their children’s children…until now, celebrating with a Butter Ball instead of guinea fowl, which is now on the endangered species list. Celebrate this Thanksgiving with your BFF and be thankful that we are together in Brookings, Oregon.The gallery will be closed, so make some art with your family.
This November for me, is the conclusion of three years as Gallery Coordinator. Rachel Gates takes over on January 1st and has a diverse schedule of shows. It has been a privilege working on bringing art to the Manley Art Center and I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have. Thank you for your encouragement and support.
My final show for 2020 will be ANNABELLE WALKLEY’s Quilt Show. We are so fortunate to have her heirloom quilts that she has spent a lifetime creating during her nomadic life around the world. She will be attending 2nd Saturday on November 14th, so I encourage you to attend from 3 – 5p. Mask must be worn and there will be social distance seating.
Art Change out.....November 3rd!
The Membership, Current and Past Board Officers and Coordinators wish to thank Sharon for such a wonderful job. Sharon will still be deeply involved with PBAA in other areas.
We welcome Rachel Gates and look forward to her upcoming shows.
Watch the December Newsletter for the 2021 show line-up.