August is the worst month of the year. The broiling heat, the return to schools, the threat of storms. No matter the year, blue tarp has become the sad, soggy anniversary gift.
Of course, the Delta variant chose August to return us to a health hellscape. Be better, and a bit less basic, COVID.
Though we’re again adjusting our masks and our plans, an entertainment escape is possible. Specifically, an arts and entertainment escape. All behind the double N-95 safety of our front doors.
Pandemic or not, “Steppin’ Out” is still chugging along, 35 years after its WYES debut.
My introduction to the Peggy Scott Laborde-captained entertainment semicircle-table was through my maternal grandparents, who would have it on in the background during Friday-night babysitting sessions. Like us in the time of COVID, tuning in didn’t lead them to driving out. My grandfather would always be more at home discussing dividends or the Book of Deuteronomy than the early set at DBA. But, it was enough that Steppin’ Out was local, familiar, and sanctioned by the Public Broadcast Station (and viewers like you…).
So this week, pour one out for the ageless wonder Peggy Scott Laborde. May our COVID-times age nearly as well—though not nearly as long—as her 35 years.
If you know Sandra Wheeler Hester’s nickname, can hum the “Informed Sources” intro, and have a strong opinion on the true “Steppin’ Out” theme (consult below), this one’s for you. Before tuning in next Thursday at 7pm, pick your Bingo card. Not unlike Alan’s ties, there are 30 to choose from! Winning cards will get an introduction to Julia Street* and an episode breakdown next week.
*That is, to the downtown street hosting White Linen Night, not the giver of punny dishtowels.
Steppin’ Out Theme Song