TWIRLING FAST LIKE DANCING SUFI DERVISHES
The winner is…Karen Millsap…for the collaborative door prize painting created by Lowell and April Davis!
Following Lowell’s and April’s splendid “Dad and Daughter: Dynamic Duo” exhibition, Hyde House will be quiet before artCentral’s Annual Membership Exhibition opens June 2nd with the recognition of award recipients, the annual picnic for members and guests and the art community’s party to celebrate David’s and my May 20th wedding.
In the meantime, we’re appreciating artCentral’s exhibition pause, for David’s and my life is very full in this week leading to our Saturday nuptials. We’re twirling fast like dancing Sufi dervishes as we complete our move and set in order our new old house.
Most all the boxes are unpacked and delivered to the Crisis Center for recycling. The sliding envelope doors, made of vintage beveled glass inserts, framed Mondrian style with dark mahogany trim, are unjammed to slide gracefully between foyer and salon and spacious dining room.
Our art is now on our high-ceiled walls, up the stairwells and everywhere! Our Paradise is throbbing with creative energy.
Though our secret destination wedding and at-home after-party are to be simple family affairs, there are plenty of special day preparations to make before our east coast, west coast and Joplin/Lamar/Verona loved ones arrive and join in our festivities.
Our wedding invitation to them reads, “Gather to Caravan. Dress up, but leave your stilettoes at home and be ready to climb a ladder!”
This is going to be fun! Last weekend our Springfield friends, Wayne and Susan, came for a day to help us with our to-do list. Just a few weeks ago, when we decided to purchase Paradise, they spent a Saturday with us driving around and around this amazing sanctuary we now call home! How sweet to have them crossing our porch for their first official welcome to our beautiful heaven.
We give them the grand tour, then pile in Fanny to fetch pots of ivory, wedding calla lilies just arrived at the Botany Shop in Joplin. After a quick stop for cappuccinos and treats, we head for our secret destination, north past Kellogg Lake. Reverend Jan and her faithful friend, Scout, are waiting to greet us. Jan assists us as we decorate her venue with strings of Buddhist prayer flags, strands of twinkle lights and tiny twinkling trees. In the slanting rays of afternoon sunlight the space becomes a wedding-ready wonderland. We’re so very pleased!
Back in Carthage, we enjoy a Cave Gang patio pizza dinner with Wayne and Susan. Saying our farewells, we’re happy knowing they’ll be back very soon helping us focus and settle after this sweet week of our twirling fast like dancing Sufi dervishes on our way to our wedding.