When we think of November holidays, we think of Thanksgiving. There are two more holidays that have special celebrations.
In America’s southland, sweet potatoes play an important role in both diet and economy. Sweet potatoes are high in nutrition and they taste good too! North Carolina is ranked the nation’s #1 supplier explaining why the sweet potato is the state’s vegetable.
All over the south, late October and November mean Sweet Potato festivals with live entertainment, art, and beauty contests to raise money for projects in our poorer communities.
Over in France there is Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Beaujolais Nouveau is a cherry-red, fresh and fruity wine with a short fermentation period which was originally produced to celebrate the end of the harvest season.
French law doesn’t allow the wine to be released before the third Thursday in November so at 12:01am, the festivities begin and last for 5 days, honoring the wine and the farmers that make it.
Since 1951, there has been a race from Beaujeu to Paris to carry the first bottles for distribution. The wine has been carried by motorcycle, balloon, helicopter, Concorde, elephants, runners, and rickshaws.
In honor of these two holidays, Tipping Paint artists have put together an exhibition that celebrates everything Southern and French; there’ll be some sweet potatoes and wine too.