Not to bombard our loyal readers with seasonal goodness, but we just can't help it. Pumpkin coffee is available and Oktoberfest beers are finally out at your favorite local brewery. Hurray!
Fall and photography are some of our favorite things here at HORNE, so we are super excited for colorful leaves and sweaters and apple cider. In honor of tonight's Full Harvest Moon, here are some of our favorite photos that capture the spirit of the season.
Whether you love autumn for the smell of apples and spices, walking through crunchy leaves, camping and snuggling by a fire, or the return of football season, there are plenty of things to look forward to in the coming months. We've created an inspiration board below--check out the pictures and get into the spirit of the season!
In the midst of all of this Labor Day weekend fun--complete with a blue moon, cookouts, and warm weather--autumn is definitely in the air. The leaves are changing, the kids are back in school, and Halloween candy is already in the grocery store aisles. (Too soon, in our opinion).
In case you are beginning to feel the end of summer blues, or haven't managed to squeeze in a vacation yet, we are here to help. Each year, Lonely Planet publishes a list of the best September festivals around the world, which includes the very distant and exotic (such as the Reed Dance, performed by 30,000 women in Swaziland), and the popular destination attraction (such as the Historic Regatta in Venice, Italy), and the more local music festival (such as Farm Aid). You can check out the full list here!
Personally, we'd most like to check out the Egremont Crab Fair in England. It is one of the world's oldest festivals, created in a charter by King Henry II in 1267. Highlights include wrestling competitions, climbing a greasy pole, and a gurning competition--held to see who can contort their face into the most unnatural shape. What more could you ask for in a harvest festival?
Barnes, up close.
For those of you familiar with the Philadelphia Arts scene, you'll remember the controversy surrounding the decision to move the Barnes Foundation. Albert Barnes made millions of dollars selling pharmaceuticals, and used his money to buy a massive collection of art--including hundreds of paintings by post-Impressionists such as Cezanne, Matisse, and Renoir before they had earned their current reputations.
In his trust, he established a foundation for educational purposes. He wanted his collection to be accessible to the general public (not just the elite), and the works to be exhibited as he originally intended. His intention is quite unique among the standard presentation of an art gallery--a typical ensemble might include an El Greco painting sandwiched between a Van Gogh and a Cezanne, all hanging above a Pennsylvania-crafted wooden chest topped with carvings from the Dogon people of Mali.
In addition to maintaining the integrity of layout, Barnes also insisted the collection was not to be moved from its location in Merion. For multiple reasons, some of which served conflicting interests, the Barnes collection was moved from the suburbs to the city in May 2012, and now sits nearby the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Renoir Museum. A few of us had a chance to check out the exhibit yesterday, and it really is quite spectacular. The collection itself is incredible, and the story behind the controversy makes it even more fascinating. You can read more about what many people call the greatest art heist in modern history here, or check out "The Art of the Steal."
This weekend marked the end of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. The holy month is a time for spiritual reflection, prayers, and charity. It culminates with a feast, Eid al-Fitr, which lasted from Saturday evening into Sunday. For you photography lovers out there, The Atlantic published a collection of images from practitioners around the globe. From crowds at the Great Mosque in Mecca to a son showing his father how to track the crescent moon using an iPad app, we loved the universal appeal of these stories and pictures. Check out the link here!
It's rare that we come across a product that uses design for the greater good. But designer Gabriele Diamanti has done just that--in an interview with Co.Design, he explains that while neither charity nor business is his true passion, he finds the overlap full of potential and possibility. Inspired by his friends' work in NGO's and his interest in global water scarcity as a graduate student, Diamanti developed a solar oven that purifies salt water and makes is safe to drink. He hopes local craftsmen in developing countries use his design. Ideally, the instructions would be delivered to a community and a micro-credit NGO would finance small-scale, local production. We love this kind of thinking! Check out the full article here.
As we pull
into August, some of you may be looking around asking, “Where did the summer
go?” With back-to-school season
not too far away, (or here, if you live in Phoenix) here is your official cue to make the most of the days left. We’ve compiled a list of our top five
must-do summer activities, but feel free to make your own—and stick to it!
1. Sleep outside, at least once. Check out the National Park and Forest Service websites to
plan a camping trip, or just pitch a tent in your backyard!
2. Attend a festival. Food, wine, art, music—anything will
do, just remember cash and a sun hat.
3. Swim in something other than a pool. No, your bathtub doesn’t count.
4. Get your feet dirty. Whether it’s corn hole at a barbeque or
playing wiffle ball with the kids, remind yourself what grass-between-toes
5. Make s’mores. Even if it happens over the coals (or
the flame) of a grill, get sticky with melted marshmallows.
Know your farmer.
With summer in full swing,
farmers’ markets across the country are (finally!) teeming with a wide array of
fruits and veggies. For those of
you who love to eat upscale, local food—we do—but Chez Panisse is a bit too far
away, we introduce you to Outstanding in the Field.
Across the country, farmers
and renowned guest chefs work together to create the best of what the fields
have to offer. The
ingredients are seasonal, and often sourced from no more than a few miles
away. Think traveling, culinary
adventure. You can see the full
list of events here.
Can’t make it to a farm
dinner but still want tasty, local recipes? Founder Jim Denevan has a cookbook, so you can create your own farm-to-table delicacies.