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Letter from the editor | November 2019

Emily Adams Keplinger


"November is the pearl-grey month, the changeling between warm crimson October and cold white December; the month when the leaves fall in slow drifting whirls and the shapes of the trees are revealed. When the earth imperceptibly wakes and stretches her bare limbs and displays her stubborn unconquerable strength before she settles uneasily into winter. November is secret and silent.” 

These words by Alison Uttley seem to perfectly sum up the essence of November. With Daylight Savings Time ending on November 3 (at 2 a.m.), the transition from the last month of autumn to the first month of winter will seem to be hastened by the early evening darkness. But rather than bemoan these changes, let’s embrace them, and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. There’s so much to be thankful for this season. 

Plan to show your support for historic preservation as the annual Adapt a Door & Design Gala is held on Nov. 2 at Howard Hall, 2282 Madison, benefiting Memphis Heritage. 

On Nov. 9, you have your choice of at least four major events. The 20/20 Memphis Eye Ball Gala will take place at the Great Hall in Germantown. The annual Agape Heartlight will be held at the Soundstage at Graceland. Meanwhile, the Greenway Soiree, a benefit for Wolf River Conservancy, will be at Opera Memphis. And the Memphis Hilton will be the setting for the fifth anniversary celebration of Courage Thru Cancer. This event gives those who have been diagnosed with cancer a chance to hear inspiring stories of courage of others so that no one has to face their crisis alone.

Head over to the Harbor Town Dog Show on Nov. 10 to see cute pooches strut their stuff, all while raising funds for the Humane Society of Memphis and Shelby County.

The 10th annual Red Boa Ball will take place on Nov. 15 at Memphis Botanic Garden. Not only is this a fun and high profile event, but it supports the critical services provided by the American Red Cross of the Mid-South. 

And not to be missed, the 69th and final Memphis College of Art Holiday Bazaar will be held at Rust Hall in Overton Park on Nov. 22 & 23. The Bazaar will kick off on Nov. 22 with a ticketed Preview and Purchase Party from 5–10 p.m., and will have an Open Market with free admission on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.­–5 p.m. This is truly the end of an era. 

At RSVP Magazine, we are thankful for these groups, and all the other local nonprofit organizations that are the weavers of our community fabric. Each one gives us reasons to be thankful!