THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
Well, ya’ll, holiday time is officially here! Halloween got us warmed up and now here comes the trifecta of fun: Thanksgiving break, the winter holiday, and New Year’s. There are a lot of things going on and, as always, I’m trying to sift through them for you. Below I PICK-ed a couple of versions of Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol as well as the re-opening of the Wortham (yippee!) and the opening of a brand-new art space. And…I highly recommend the annual “H-E-B Thanksgiving Day Parade” which starts at 9am, rain or shine. If the weather is good, I’ll be there!
Thanksgiving also kicks off the shopping season. Of course there is “Black Friday” this Friday, November 23 – but there’s also an alternative shopping experience this Friday: the annual Quaker Barter Fair on “Buy Nothing Day,” also this Friday. I prefer to barter rather than shop and the Quaker Fair is just so fun for everyone (kids AND adults). There are also a few other shopping celebrations – “Small Business Saturday” this Saturday, November 24; “Cyber Monday” next Monday, November 26; and “Giving Tuesday” next Tuesday, November 27. Each shopping day has its own focus and I recommend you learn more about them.
For you families out there, I know it can be stressful when school is out this week, so I’ve rounded up a few of my fave fall drop-in camps, all in my first KID PICK below. And – as I told you last week, Dessert Gallery has a fun promo through this Friday, November 23 (note they are closed on Thanksgiving). Each time you buy a cookie or cupcake for a child, you’ll receive one Children’s Museum pass good for 4 people through December 31. All the deets are below.
And, finally, if you are noodling around for volunteering ideas, watch this week’s VIDEO PICK. ABC Channel 13 has plenty of ideas.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I am VERY grateful that you are my reader and I’m grateful for all the arts organizations that give us so much.