A partial haul form the accidental gardeners makes me wonder how good it’d get if we tried. Image: Sherry Lucas

by Sherry Lucas

Here’s a resolution I think I can handle: Veg out. Multiple interpretations will cover kicking back or digging in or just loading up in the produce department — yep, that’ll suit.

My dearest and I have been yakking about gardening — vegetable gardening — for years, but it seems like we never quite get those seedlings in the ground. Staying on top of a grove of fruit trees guarantees we won’t miss out on the harvest, but still, we could use some vegetable action, too. This past summer, some butternut squash seeds wound up in our compost pile and presto! Easiest garden ever. The vines really went to town. It looked like that was the direction they were headed, anyway, and they appeared vigorous enough to make the trip.

This year, the accidental gardeners will make it intentional. Maybe that’s the secret: Get some success under your belt and resolve to make it happen again. Have a good experience and resolve to repeat it.

On the local front, resolve to do more, see more, enjoy more of the cool events right at hand. On the fun front, resolve to have more of it.

Put some frost on your fun in the final days of Journey to the North Pole, through Sunday at the Mississippi Children’s Museum. The visiting exhibit “Very Eric Carle” continues through Jan. 11. Check the museum’s event calendar for daily fun at the museum.

A Gallery Talk, 11:30 a.m. to noon Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Art, is a chance to hear Alex Bostic discussing the significance of Titus Kaphar’s work “Darker than Cotton.”

Alex Bostic leads a gallery talk Friday at the Mississippi Museum of Art. Image: Mississippi Museum of Art.

Horn in on some of the coolest local music, as the Southern Komfort Brass Band commands the stage at Martin’s Friday night, 10 p.m., with New Orleans-style jazz with a Mississippi twist.

Rev your internal engine Saturday and Sunday at the 2019 Racing Vehicle Extravaganza, Mississippi’s premier auto show, where more than 175 radical custom, race and performance cars will compete for more than 100 awards (including the impressive, 7-foot Best of Show trophy) at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Find the latest Resto-Mod and classic muscle cars on display and meet Street Outlaw drivers from around the South. Highlights include the 300 MPH NHRA Jet Dragster Team driven by “The Predator” and a meet and greet with Shane Lester and Natalie Lester as seen on Street Outlaws New Orleans and No Prep Kings. This is the event’s 31st annual edition. Free kids tickets are available at metro BankPlus locations. Tickets are $12 adults, $5 children ages 6-12.

The Racing Vehicle Extravaganza is Saturday and Sunday at the Mississippi Trade Mart. Image: Bill Bissell

Join quilters Marilyn Rose and Pam Kennedy in the galleries and La Brioche at the Mississippi Museum of Art, for Art & Coffee and a discussion of master level techniques in quilting. The event is free and open to the public.

Quilter Marilyn Rose is among the speakers at Art and Coffee Saturday at the Mississippi Museum of Art

Reconnect with the music you love, with The Disco Stranglers — Eagles Tribute Band, 8 p.m. Saturday at Duling Hall. The band specializes in the performance of the entire “Hotel California” album as the show’s main focus, with an opening of songs from the Eagles’ first four albums. Tickets are $20 on ticketfly.com.

The Iceman Special brings a psych-rock sound as well as songwriting explorations in reggae, funk, pop and more, 10 p.m. Saturday at Martin’s.

Train your brain in the new year with trivia fun around the neighborhood. Gather at The Pig & Pint at 7:30 p.m. Monday for Challenge Entertainment’s Live Trivia. Do it again Tuesday, as Challenge Entertainment presents Live Trivia at Sal & Mookie’s, at 7 p.m.

Soprano Deanna Simkins is the featured artists at Tuesday’s Music in the City at the Mississippi Museum of Art. The program starts at 5:45 p.m.; arrive early for the cash bar at 5:15 p.m. The event’s free.

Sherry Lucas, a features writer in Jackson for the last 35 years, is here on Wednesdays with “The Mix,” highlighting a curated sampling of creativity and culture from across the metro area. For additional Fondren events, see our online calendar here. Reach Sherry at sherry@finditinfondren.com.

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