I don't go out much at night (mainly because my younger kids are six and nearly fifteen months). Tonight, though, I'll be at the Northampton Center for the Arts for the Twist Fair, where sixty crafty vendors will be sharing their wares (some wears, I'm told). I'm excited to go to Twist. For one thing, I have some friends exhibiting. For another, I am sure to run into many more folks I like. And did I mention I'll be out of the house, maybe even after dark?

I first met Lexie and Cory Barnes last summer before the first Twist launched in September. I interviewed them for Preview Massachusetts. I was enormously impressed. Between them, they have two companies–her bags are, for many, items that are greatly coveted; his are pretty cool too–four kids and, also, Twist. I get exhausted even thinking about how they must manage. When we met, our youngest babies (both fourth children) were still in the sleepy, constantly cuddled phase. Their hope for Twist was that it'd be a place for established and emerging artists to show their creations, and that they could provide accessible work to buyers. I think I'll see some great work; I think I'll find some stories for Preview; I think I'll see ebony skies. Can't wait.

Hours: Friday May 1st, 5-9 PM; Saturday May 2nd 10-6 (adults 3$, kids 6-12 1$, kids 5 and under free.