First of all, a correction from last week's column. I got the library's email wrong; it is bnoblelib1899@willex.
This Saturday night, get yourself down to the Whallonsburg Grange and participate in some square and contra dancing. There will be a live band playing traditional and Celtic dance tunes, with instructors on hand to help you learn the steps. You don't need a partner, or patent leather shoes, or any experience, just $6 to get in the door. Students are half price, and it all starts at 7 p.m.
The gallery of the Adirondack Art Association will be open this weekend and Monday, and then that's it for this season. You might want to see the show and perhaps get in a little early Christmas shopping.
Also this weekend is a tour of artists' studios in the Boquet Valley. A number will have their studios open, marked by bright yellow signs. This is a great opportunity to talk to local artists and get a sense of how they unleash their creativity. More information can be had at boquetstudiotour.com.
This week my mother, age 85, and my son (Westport Central School, Class of '01) and I are in London. Paradoxically, my mother strongly dislikes most old people and thus detests tours, and yet she's not quite able to go on her own. My son provides navigational advice and history lessons, while I handle the cooking and make sure we all look right when crossing a street. I haven't been to England since I was a teenager, and the place has changed a lot. The air no longer carries smell of burning coal, there are no more steam locomotives running the rails, and there's almost no tweed to be seen on the streets. On the other hand, women's skirts are still very short, sausage is served at every meal, and the hard apple cider is delicious. Sadly, you can't walk past 10 Downing Street any more, and Westminster Abbey, formerly free of charge, now costs $24 to enter. Next week, we're off to Amsterdam.