Fall in Capitol Heights: Sunflowers and Other Mysteries

By on 10 October, 2013 in Art, Fun, Karren Pell with 0 Comments

It’s fall in Capitol Heights, and there is a lot going on. First of all, my sunflowers are blooming. Now before you accuse me of being self-centered–I will just admit to being self-centered! I love the fall and my front yard when the sunflowers bloom–they MAKE the yard every year. I have been waiting to be sure of the timing, (Timing IS everything as you will see) and then I contacted the Capitol Heights Civic Association because I wanted “Yard of the Month” for October. I have worked all summer on the front yard–weeding and culling and planting. So I emailed the end of September and much to my disappointment, “Yard of the Month” had already been chosen. The young neighbor was so sweet and promised to consider my yard for November. The bushes will be dead and black by then, but whatever! Timing is everything and mine..well….

The second news item is that Capitol Heights has started a “garden group.” We meet at a different member’s house each month, visit that member’s gardens, drink delightful beverages, munch delectable morsels, and conspire on various fronts. We are planning a deeply mysterious project yet to be determined. We are preparing intellectual ground before we plant the seeds of a fruitful and impressive venture. This week I invited the garden group to meet at my house. I had this vision of my yard ablaze with sunflowers, my garden group co-conspirators coming to the meeting, and me being a proud hostess with “Yard of the Month” sign in my front yard. Well, as the saying goes, two out of three ain’t bad….

Third, this is a big weekend for Capitol Heights as “Artober” is being held in Vickers Park and “Better Block” is being initiated on Mt. Meigs Rd, and the marathon coming through the neighborhood. Living in a historic neighborhood is such a fun adventure–all kinds of events going on. So the Garden Group decided to participate in Artober. We are selling plants, and other deeply mysterious and as yet unnamed items, in order to create a pot in order to fun our deeply mysterious yet to be announced project. We do not know the other deeply mysterious participants, but we figure time spent in Vickers Park, on the corner of South Madison Terrace and James Avenue, with friends and plants is not time wasted. Come by and see us–I’m sure we’ll have something you want (I’m selling sunflower plants) and besides we are fun people.

Also ongoing that day is the marathon. I am sure it goes through Capitol Heights because I see the marks when we walk the dogs–how’s that for serious field research? Lot of neighbors will be out cheering the runners. I hope the runners notice my sunflowers.

Finally, the Better Block movement has its first event in Montgomery on Mt. Meigs Road. This is one of the boundaries of Capitol Heights. Capitol Heights residents and Executive Council member Joe Birdwell organized the event which is part of a national movement to reclaim and revitalize blighted blocks. Capitol Heights has had a vision for Mt. Meigs Road as an entertainment and art district for some time. To prepare for Saturday, volunteers have cleaned out and spiffed up specific locations. Storefronts, warehouses, retail spaces will be open for just the one day-Saturday–thus the term “Pop-up shops.” On Saturday Better Block on Mt. Meigs will have Pop-up T-Shirt stores and coffee shops and other deeply mysterious and otherwise unknown ventures open for business, gathering, gawking, and, in the case of the coffee shop, guzzling. The goal is to create inspiration for the vision of what Mt Meigs COULD be–a place we can play, share, enjoy, and business owners can, like, make money! Whoa! I do assume someone will see to it that some sunflowers are available.

Both venues are people, family, child, dog, and even dinosaur friendly (must be on a leash). Both events run from 9:00-1:00 and are free and open to the entire world.

Karren Pell is a writer, teacher, and performer who lives with her husband, Tim Henderson, and an assortment of cats and dogs in Capitol Heights. She is the author of three books. Her musical compositions range from commercial songs to theatrical works, with five musical adaptations to her credit.

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