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  • Writer's pictureCheré Dastugue Coen

Take 5: Get Outdoors This Week

Enjoy fall weather with social distancing events Sept. 28-Oct. 2, 2020

Are you suffering from cabin fever but nervous about stepping outside due to COVID-19? Here are a few events happening throughout the South this week that will get you into the great outdoors while still allowing for social distancing.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Yoga and Art, 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

Here’s a chance to exercise your body while erasing the pandemic stress from your mind on the Frank Lloyd Wright Lawn of Crystal Bridges. The cost is $5 (free to museum members) and participants must bring their own mats and practice social distancing of 10 feet. Open to all levels. Note, restrooms will not be available for this outdoor event, due to being after museum hours, and as a safety precaution and to comply with Arkansas State guidelines, Crystal Bridges requires face coverings at outdoor programs and events.

Register online or with Guest Services by calling 479.657.2335.

George Ohr Museum

Raku Class, 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Learn how to make the unique firing process of Raku in the Ceramics Courtyard of the George Ohr Museum in Biloxi. Raku is a unique firing process that creates colorful and iridescent pottery. Participants must wear closed-toe shoes and clothes they aren’t afraid to get dirty. For the $45 fee, students ages 18 and up will bring home two fired pots.

Credit: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Sound Healing Meditation in the Cistern, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

Buffalo Bayou, Houston, Texas

While developing the Buffalo Bayou greenway park, the old Houston Cistern was discovered, an underground water reservoir dating back to the 1920s. Today, guests may enjoy a Sound Healing Meditation class in collaboration with the city's Pralaya Yoga and Youniversoul, incorporating wind chimes and sound bowls. Guests must bring their own mat and the cost is $15 per person. All guests are required to wear a face mask and use hand sanitizer before entering the Cistern. Markers will be placed throughout the space to indicate socially-distanced spots and the maximum group allowed is 34 people. Cleaning will take place between every meditation session.

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

Scarecrows in the Garden, Thursday, Oct.1, running through Nov. 1, 2020

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta, Georgia

Scarecrows in the Garden incorporates dozens of fall-inspired creations by local artists, crafters, youth groups and more, scattering the artwork throughout the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. Winners are later announced in several categories. Masks are required to enter the attraction and tickets are timed to regulate the number of guests to this outdoor oasis in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. By admission.

Dale Chihuly at Cheekwood

Cheekwood Harvest and Chihuly Exhibit, Friday, Oct 2, 2020, continuing

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Nashville, Tennessee

Cheekwood Harvest with family-friendly fall activities runs through Nov. 1, 2020, at this 55-acre botanical garden and historic estate in Nashville. Trees throughout the property will be turning colors and, coupled with autumn weather, make for the perfect time to visit. Through Jan. 10, 2021, visitors may also enjoy the works of Dale Chihuly on select Tuesday-Sunday evenings with the exhibit Chihuly Nights which features large-scale installations in the estate gardens as well as pedestal works presented in the art galleries.

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