There was so much to do in Houston this weekend! As an added bonus, we had a wild thunderstorm that brought cooler weather with it, just in time for the first day of fall.
A major event this weekend was the Houston Fine Arts Fair. There were galleries from all over the world, and the variety and quality of the art was something not to be missed. I am always amazed at the creativity of the work, like this map made from pencil shavings:
And this collage made from little colored pencils:
Next up was The Depressed Cake Shop, a pop-up bake sale organized by Jody Stevens of Jodycakes, to raise funds for The Montrose Center, a mental health organization that provides behavioral health and prevention services to Houston residents. Depressed Cake Shop pop-ups have already been held in thirty cities around the world. There were clever gray cakes from some of Houston’s top restaurants being raffled, plus loads of gray cookies, cupcakes, cake pops and other goodies to purchase, such as:
Red Velvet Armadillo Cake from Jodycakes
Eyeore Cake from Uchi
50 Shades of Gray from Coppa
Gray cupcakes with a nonpareil capsule
Happy Pill Cookies
And my son’s favorite, the Sharknado cake (he is still complaining that I didn’t buy it):
There were complimentary drinks by Deep Eddy Vodka (try the iced tea vodka), and light bites by Phoenicia. The bake sale was hopping, and it was great fun seeing all the baked goods, plus we came home with some interesting treats for school lunches.
We wrapped up the weekend with a visit to the Polish Harvest Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish.
The Harvest Festival, held throughout Poland, is held after the harvest is over, and always includes three main activities– the ritual of cutting the last stalks of grain, the weaving of the harvest wreath, and a feast and dance. According to legend, the last ears of grain held magic forces that were the key to continued fertile fields and abundant crops. Some of the festival highlights included Polish costumes:
Harvest creatures (?) near the stage:
And, of course, the real reason anyone goes to a festival — food!
Pierogis and kielbasa on a stick
This time of year, as the weather begins to cool ever so slightly, it’s great to be able to get outside and enjoy the many ethnic festivals, county fairs, football games, and other autumn attractions, especially after spending most of a hot dry summer indoors.