By Mickey Howley
I hope the Limerick challenge and the “green” attire does not throw folks off coming to the Green Gala of Yalobusha. It is quite well understood that many may have trouble with a simple rhyme pattern and there are plenty of folks who don’t look good in any color. You know who I’m talking about. You might be one of them.
Come anyway. Everyone is welcome. You might be bald. You might be fat. You might even be not so bright. This is the event for you. It is the Gala with the green theme on the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. You want to be there and it is perfect if you have any Irish in you and meet the aforementioned qualifications. But you’re especially in luck if you are bald or fat or a bit dim. Because there might be something at the Gala that will help you with that. Now most you might have heard of “The Blarney Stone” which is a block of bluestone built into the upper wall of Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. So it has been there for some time and is a great example economic development through historic preservation. Yes. This bluestone at the castle attracts visitors from all over the world who want to kiss the Blarney Stone for the gift of gab.
The word “blarney” has come to mean “clever, flattering, or coaxing talk.” But blarney is something more than mere flattery. It is flattery sweetened by humor and flavored by wit. Most of you sorely need this.
So there might be something akin to the Blarney Stone at the Green Gala. An opportunity to kiss something that might change your life. Wow. Think about it, that gift of gab also might also make you seemed coiffed, thin, and brilliant.
But don’t listen to me, please. Here’s what Ramona Bernard, co-chair of the Water Valley Arts Council, has to say about the Gala:
“Hi everyone! Our fund-raiser is coming right up… This Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Bozarts. $10 at the door (unless you have one of our coupons from the Herald’s Shopper Section from a couple weeks ago, then it’s $9.)
Please reach out to your friends, family, and acquaintances and encourage them to join us. It will be a lot of fun. We’ll have food, drinks, and great music from DJ-and-True-Friend-of-the-Arts Bobby Murphree (a suspiciously Irish name.) There will be dancing under the mirror ball and folks who don’t like dancing can hang out in the front part of the gallery and have snacks and visit with other guests. (Don’t worry, it won’t be too loud to talk… we don’t roll that way). And we will have some seating available for folks who need to rest their feetsies. Plus we’ll have a few surprises.
This is a costume party-dance but you don’t need a costume to feel like a part of the action, we’ll be happy to see our friends, new and old. There WILL be a Green King and a Green Queen crowned and awards for the Cleverest Use of Green, Most Environmentally Green, and a Green Team category…so come with some friends.
And if you write Limericks, bring them along. We’ll have a special prize for the best limerick of the evening!”