Out & About

Get inside and outside this week

Fall officially arrived two weeks ago, but you wouldn’t believe it based on how hot it was. Now it’s finally beginning to feel appropriately seasonal, and we’ve had a short stretch of almost perfect, less-than-90-degree days.

While we’re enjoying this “lull” between our normal summer and winter temperatures, it’s a great time to participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities around town. Here are a few of those events scheduled during the coming week.

Literary Festival

Macon has a bountiful legacy in music and architecture, but also has a rich literary history, so it’s a great place to celebrate the printed word. The Lost Keys Literary Festival does that by fostering a love of literature throughout the city and around the region.

Named after the second collection of poetry by native son Seaborn Jones, the festival offers something for all members of the family: workshops, panels, readings, an open mic activity, a kids’ storytelling tent and a VIP writers’ after-party.

The Lost Key Festival takes place today and Saturday at various locations around the city. Call 478-238-6051 or visit lostkeysfest.com/literary-festival for the full schedule.

Last Calls

The final Second Sunday concert of SparkMacon’s Music + Makers program occurs Sunday. The initiative has given creators of art and technology projects an opportunity to showcase their work. The concert is from 6-8 p.m. on Coleman Hill downtown. Email sparkmacon@gmail.com for more information.

An exhibition of 25 vibrant and colorful abstract paintings, sculptures and prints by New York artist Gloria Garfinkel, called “Origami Interpretations,” has been on display all summer at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. This exhibition closes next week. Contact 478-477-3232 for museum hours.

Time for Tastings

Billed as Middle Georgia’s premier tasting event, Toast and Taste 2016, which offers samples of brews, wines and spirits produced in Georgia, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Thursday at the Hay House.

Activities at the event will include a chef competition between some of the greatest cooks, restaurants and caterers in Macon. The first Johnston-Hay Silver Spoon award for the best professional chefs and cooks in the city also will be bestowed at this year’s event.

This annual fundraiser benefits the operations and preservation efforts at the Hay House — known by many as the “Palace of the South” — the 1855 National Landmark House on Georgia Avenue in Macon.

Contact Melanie Byas at melanie@retrowarehouse.com.