The time at residence the pandemic compelled on a few of us, renewed the pursuits of many in gardening, baking (sourdough particularly), maintaining chickens, stitching and different slower elements of sustaining our our bodies and houses.
I used to be no exception — I received child chicks for the primary time (I’d all the time purchased grown chickens earlier than) in 2020 and once more in 2022, had a wonderful backyard in 2020. I canned, fermented and preserved meals in different methods, I made my sourdough often and shared starter with a number of associates who wished to start their sourdough journey.
Whereas my pursuits in these homesteading duties started lengthy earlier than the pandemic, the period of time I stayed at residence allowed me to give attention to them.
I’ve discovered myself currently with much less time — this yr my backyard was a complete bust, and I haven’t made sourdough bread in months.
I received a brand new job this yr, and at residence have been engaged on some main time-consuming development initiatives — which account for lots of the time and focus I’ve for my homestead. I’ve additionally discovered that I’ve been taking extra time to get pleasure from dwell leisure, which I’d prevented for just a few years.
Within the final week I loved a Shakespeare play carried out dwell in Morgantown, and the Pittsburgh Symphony performing Beethoven’s seventh Symphony (opened items by John Adams and Robert Schumann).
I have already got tickets to see an indie pop group carry out in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Opera, Hamlet carried out by the Rustic Mechanicals on the Mon Arts Middle (full disclosure, I work there), Narnia the Musical carried out by West Virginia Public Theatre, the Monongalia Symphony Orchestra efficiency and the Neighborhood Orchestra live performance.
Whereas that looks like loads of dwell leisure for just a few months, I’ve discovered that I frequently need extra.
Although we dwell in a small city, there are many native alternatives to see music and performs carried out. As I reminded myself when shopping for tickets, Pittsburgh isn’t that far-off and has a great deal of performances. Clarksburg, Fairmont and Bridgeport are additionally not lengthy drives and develop our choices for what performances to get pleasure from.
Many performances are free — the college is a superb useful resource at no cost live shows. Neighborhood ensembles (the brass band, harp ensemble and opera outreach program will likely be performing at no cost on the MAC subsequent month) and the above talked about group orchestra have free live shows. Graduate music pupil performances on the CAC towards the top of the semester are open to the general public.
A live performance I’m very disenchanted to be lacking this fall is the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. They are going to be performing Nov. 3 on the Robinson Grand. Sadly, I’ve a dedication that night, however I’m encouraging my household to go in my stead.
Native theater teams — M.T. Pockets, Dancing Elephant Productions and Morgantown Theater Firm and WVU Puppet Cell and faculty of theater and dance basically, all often have productions. Preston County additionally has choices — with dwell music at Arthurdale Heritage, the Rustic Church and the Preston County Arts Middle and wonderful performs at Preston Excessive Faculty.
At most exhibits I’ve gone to this fall I’ve observed low attendance. I questioned if the renewed of curiosity in dwell leisure I’m experiencing is just not shared in our group. Or perhaps there are simply so many choices, and we’re all going to see totally different productions.
Both method, I plan to maintain going to as many as I can squeeze into my schedule — each for my very own leisure and to help as many performances and performers as I can.
ALDONA BIRD is a journalist, beforehand writing for The Dominion Publish. She makes use of expertise gained engaged on natural farms in Europe to assist her discover potentialities of native productiveness and sustainable residing in Preston County. Electronic mail [email protected].