Four Fun Things in October

Sonia Thompson

This October brings a front porch celebration to Splinter Creek, two different and fun ways to support the arts, a spooky bike ride for a good cause, and beautiful sculptures made from -- of all things -- fallen and raked leaves.

1. Conference on the Front Porch
The seventh annual Conference on the Front Porch is is Oct. 5-6, and it kicks off with a dinner at the Splinter Creek Community Porch. This special event explores and celebrates the South's best architectural feature -- the front porch.

2. Artistic Leaf Raking
Land artist Nikola Faller travelled to a pair of European parks in Croatia and Hungary to rake fallen leaves into a variety of patterns. We love this idea and could see ample opportunities to create something similar at Splinter Creek this fall. View more of Faller's work, including the sand art he's most well-known for, on Instagram.

3. Two Ways to Support the Arts
Both the town of Water Valley and the University of Mississippi Museum are holding events to support art and artists this month. Saturday, Oct. 14 is the annual Water Valley Art Crawl, featuring 20 locations and 34 artists. Then on Thursday, Oct. 26 is the Splinter Creek-sponsored Harvest Supper, hosted by the Friends of the Museum, held on the grounds of Rowan Oak. The museum fundraiser features artwork from 24 local and regional artists, two of whom will be live painting the event.

4. Oxford Witches Ride
Oxford's inaugural Witches Ride will be Monday, Oct. 23, and will benefit local food bank The Pantry. Dust off the cobwebs from your magic broom (aka bike) and come as your favorite witch. Ride through downtown spreading some halloween cheer for a good cause.

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