Autumn cool–I love it–a promise of transformation. Green turns to yellow-gold and then orange to red–old growth giving way to new. Leaves turn shades of red, flutter down and cover grass, once green, now washed to beige.
My neighborhood changes too. Fawns growing into long-legged bucks and does. Their spots fade and they romp in the crisp-cool evenings like teenagers on a Friday night. The herd dances through the pecan trees and leap across winding roads.
In the fall, fashions evolve from summer white into earth tones, wrapping around us to warm our spirits. My city is changing too. Wonderful shops–transfigured with vibrant colors of the season.
Recently I peeked in the Opera House window. The site caught my breath. Like a huge gaping wound, it stood void of its beauty. The ghosts haunting the historic building seemed to flutter through the gutted building. But there’s no mournful sound. It’s a song I hear—joyful and whispering of the glory to come. On the eastside of Granbury’s Square, the old Granbury Live building has an amazing new look. It has been transformed into a huge stage with intimate, theater seating. You have to see it for yourself. Maybe I should say, “You have to hear it for yourself,” because the sound is phenomenal.
I only watched part of a dress rehearsal for The Secret Garden. It was enough to make me know I don’t want to miss this classic musical. The old stage that the legendary Tom McRea built has been extended to double its size. The center rows, from the fifth row back, have been removed, pulling the audience into the stage area. As a fan who refused to sit in what I called, “the hole,” I stood in amazement at the changes. Every seat now offers a perfect view. How did they think of this?
Scott Young, president of the Historic Merchants Association, explained it like this: “Most of us try to think outside the box. Andrew doesn’t have a box!” I so agree! Andrew Barrus may be one of the most creative people I’ve ever met. However he also has a business-savvy. He’s a dedicated, detail person that seems to center him in the task at hand. Drawing plans for stage and sets, designing, planning and building a community of caring people to support the arts.
My shopping/photo shoot with Dana Vollmer was a treat for me. This is an exceptional young woman. Dana has become an icon for Granbury, Texas and the U.S.A. Her mark on the swimming world has placed a pointer on the world map—annotating Texas, Hood County and Granbury as a place that raises up champions. In November Hood County has an opportunity to set excellence as a goal and provide young swimmers with the tools to accomplish their goals. How many more champions can we build with an Olympic-size-pool where our youth can train? Don’t forget to vote for the future.n opportunity to set excellence as a goal and provide young swimmers with the tools to accomplish their goals. How many m
Voting has never been more important in our nation. We have a clear choice between candidates on all levels and choices between issues. Read, study and listen. Know before you vote. I also would ask each of you to vote your values, not a party.
Fall Festival happens at the end of the month, ushering in the holiday seasons. Willow and Reagan, the magazine-article-writing cats, can’t join in the Bow Wow Trick or Treat, but you can. Cool weather, cool shops, cool new restaurants and wonderful musicals, our annual local star-search every Thursday night at Shanley Park, murder-mystery theater and live shows…it doesn’t get any better than this.