Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Greetings

We were so sad Ruth Hamilton was not able to make it to the Mergefest, but very happy when she brought this delightful sculpture by the shop last week. I laughed so hard my cheek "balls" were hurting. Her attention to detail is marvelous - from my woven copper belt, to the little earring she painted on Glenn and the ruffles on his shirt. And the way we are looking in each others eyes so lovingly! By the way Ruth, thanks for taking off about 100 pounds between the two of us. You are such a wonderful woman and gifted artist.
Many of you remember Ruth's show at the Brick Box and she recently had a show at the Brandon Music Gallery -

Thank you Ruth for providing us with immediate inspiration for this year's ecard!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I guess winter is finally here

It seems official now. With the snow/rain/ice, grey skies and coming home to a pitch dark house at 4:30, I have to face the fact that winter is here. It's in the 30's right now, but they are saying tomorrow night it will be 10. Fa, la, la, la, la. I'm trying to remember how much fun I had snow shoeing last year, and the camping trip at the cabin in Merck Forest and how special that was. I'm having a hard time conjuring up all that joy at the moment, actually. I think the solstice will help - the knowledge that we will have more daylight hours on the way. I guess I wouldn't have made a very good vampire at all, now would I?
But enough whining.
Check out the red dirt above and how it is absorbing the heat of the sun. It's a thought for me to hold on to this winter.
And I just started to knit this month! Am I now a true Vermonter or what?!
The holidays are fast upon us and I'm so ready to be absorbing some of that family love.
And for anyone needing a new recipe for a company party or family gathering, I give to you the salad Susan and Jeff McGee shared at the 'fest.

Jack's Salad

Dressing -
3 tbls. cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup mayonnaise
mix well; set aside for 30 minutes

Cut up 2 heads of broccoli. Add 1 medium red onion, coarsely cut. Crumble 1/2 - 1 lb. cooked bacon. Add 2 cups Mozz. cheese (shredded)
Mix well; toss with dressing.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Farewell dear friend



Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
and death is only a horizon;
and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
~Rossiter Worthington Raymond


We will miss you Joan.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Those cookies that just kept coming


EVERYONE remembers the cookies that Chris Mathewson "Cupcake" baked for the big day. Yesireee Bob......all 480 of them! Indeed - just when you thought you were the lucky one who snagged the very last cookie, you'd turn around 5 minutes later to find the plate refilled again. Which of course meant you had to continue eating them. They were that amazing, and totally addictive. None of us could believe it when we woke up the following morning and found the original box Chris brought them in, and yes, MORE COOKIES! Everyone was excited, and we, of course, ate them. So imagine our surprise when a week or so after Glenn and I returned from our honeymoon in Maine, we found a tin of guess what? More cookies. And still somewhat fresh. We ate them, all except one. We vowed to each other to save it until the day we got the recipe to make more. So the photo above is Glenn eating the last one today after lunch, and thank you Chris for the recipe below. I think we need to call a meeting with the powers that be so I can make a motion that you be called "Cookie" now, instead of "Cupcake".


Peppermint Pothole Cookies


1/2 cup unsalted butter

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup turbinado [or light brown] sugar

1 large egg, beaten

2 tablespoons whole milk yogurt

2 teaspoons peppermint extract

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 to 3 teaspoons cut peppermint leaf

1 rounded teaspoon baking powder

8-9 ounces dark semi- or bitter- sweet chocolate, melted


Cream butter and blend with sugar until smooth and even textured. Beat in egg, yoghurt and peppermint. Combine flour, salt, peppermint leaf and baking powder and add to mixture.


Place teaspoonfuls on buttered, uncoated cookie sheet. Pat with floured fingers to form depression in center of each. Fill with chocolate.


Bake for seven to nine minutes at 375 degrees. Remove from oven and cool for about five minutes, then chill to set chocolate.


Makes about six to eight dozen.


Sunday, November 15, 2009

White Trash Cake

A fellow former flatlander (3 f club?), Martha Bartsch brought a wonderful cake to the 'fest. Martha is yet another talented artist we have the pleasure of knowing - and her cake rocks!

White Trash Cake (Hummingbird Cake) from West Virginia


350 degree oven- cook in angel food cake pan (hole in center) coat pan lightly with crisco and flour


3 cups all purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

1 tsp. sat

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. cinnamon

mix well with a spoon, add:


1 1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 unbeaten large eggs

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1 8 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained

1 cup chopped bananas (3-4, ripe best)

mix well, then add and mix in:


1 cup large pieces walnuts, black walnuts if you can get them, pour into pan


Bake 1 hour or until done


whip, beat until light

1 8 oz. cream cheese

1 softened unsweetened butter

1 tsp. vanilla

1 box confectioner’s sugar


Spread over cake and enjoy. Un-iced cake can be made ahead and frozen. Thaw and frost.



Thank you Martha!


Mergefest Collages












Artist Paedra Bramhall created a mergefest collage for us that we wanted to share with you. He is also making collages with the images he took from the wedding (check out the iron and roses one below). He has offered to print a limited edition for anyone interested.

Paedra can be contacted at: paedra07@sover.net
and to see his extensive artistic journey through various mediums you can visit his site at -










Friday, November 6, 2009

This week's recipe

Here is the dish that Chris and Judy Louras brought to share at the wedding. I'm sorry to say we didn't get a chance to taste this either, but we are thinking it sounds pretty wonderful and are hoping to have a second chance at trying it.....hint, hint.


Crawfish/Shrimp Etouffee Recipe


1 pound shrimp (cut in half) or crawfish tails

1 stick butter

1 large onion, diced (heaping cup)

1/2 cup celery, diced

3/4 cup green bell pepper, diced

1/4 cup red bell pepper, diced

2 large cloves garlic, minced

1 bay leaf

1/2 cup K.A. A.P Flour, *toasted

3 cups *crawfish/lobster stock/veggie broth

( i.e. 2 cups lobster stock + 1 cup veggie broth)

1 teaspoon parsley

1 teaspoon thyme (if ground, then less!)

1 tablespoon tomato paste

2 tablespoons seafood hot sauce (greene’s of vt texas chipotle)

2 tablespoons chipotle hot sauce (sting ray)

1 teaspoon lemon


Saute onion, celery, bell peppers, garlic and bay leaf in butter in Dutch

oven until onion translucent.

Whisk in flour and stir/scrape constantly for 5 minutes on medium+. This

is a white roux.

Slowly add most of crawfish/lobster stock/broth mix and bring to boil for

5 minutes.

Add parsley, thyme, seafood sauce, chipotle sauce, lemon and tomato paste

Simmer for 15 minutes, do not boil, stir about every five minutes.

Mixture should have a sauce-like consistency, add a little stock if

necessary, but don't over thin.

Add crawfish tails/shrimp and cook 10 minutes. Crawfish tails are precooked.


* Stock can be made by boiling lobster bodies (w/liver), or crawfish heads

and/or shells.


* Toast the flour in a cast iron pan, over medium heat. Keep the flour

moving. This isn't something that can be left alone, the flour can burn

quickly. You’re looking for a med. brown - darkish brown color.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Iron Guild

We really can't thank the Iron Guild enough for the "Ring of Fire" performance they dazzled us with at our wedding. Our dear friend Don Ramey brought over a CD of images he took and we were able to relive it again. Great photos Don!
To see a slideshow of the pour click here:

The Iron Guild also just had their 4th annual Halloween Pour at the Steel Yard in Providence and it looks like it was amazing and very well attended. I hate it we couldn't be there. Sigh, maybe next year.
That is a really fun blog also- a huge amount of cool information. I think I'm going to have to start following it.

And for more of the Guild, you can also see a snippet of the pour here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flJu1lWQTUA

You guys are fantastic! Please don't ever stop.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween





For those of you who couldn't stay the night of the fest, here is a sample of what it looked like. These shots are from Heather Ruelki and make us all look oh so much spookier than we are. Great job Heather......and HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Yum!

We have heard so much about the amazing food that was brought to the wedding, but alas, like most brides and grooms, we were too busy and excited to eat much. We did manage to get our sticky fingers on some of that salmon Peter Wallace prepared, and man was it delish. A huge shout out to Peter and his wife Kathleen for all of their talent and effort! We were also able to land some of that incredible chowder of Ed and Sandy Gregan's (I think Glenn had more than a few cups). Was that a seafood extravaganza or what?
The tent was filled with fabulous looking food and we are thrilled to have gotten some recipes to try. I will try to post at least one a week - and remember, if you would like to share a dish you brought it's not to late.

The first recipe is from our dear friend and officiate of our ceremony Susan Farrow. Well, actually it was Patrick's, but Susan submitted it to us. So, we share this in his memory and in his honor.


PATRICKS BOTTOM LINE

GARLIQUE EXTRAORDINAIRE


For 1-2 typical Garlic enthusiasts

recipe may be doubled, tripled, quadrupled etc.

***

SLICE ONE BLUB GARLIC CLOVES

LENGTHWISE AND PEEL


***

HEAT SIX TBSP. OLIVE OIL

IN A HEAVY SKILLET

(if it smokes its too hot).


***

ADD SPLIT CLOVES, TURN AND

SIZZLE TILL GOLDEN BROWN


***

SALT TO TASTE

EAT LIKE FRENCH FRIES



Cooking transforms garlic into a sulpher compound,

and is widely considered to be an effective agent

in preventing illness and promoting a robust sex life.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

They're here!

Shawn's photos are here!
She has put together a fabulous slideshow and you can see it at http://www.shawnlinehan.com/mergefest01/mergefest_slideshow.mov

If you are on dial up or have a slow connection you can access the images here:

We are so lucky to have such a loving friend and talented photographer in our lives.
Enjoy!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Jules

I wanted to share this image of one of the many things my new sister-in-law Julie did for me/us for our wedding. This was the table she set up in my dressing tent in the second meadow, and she also has a full length mirror, chairs and a coat rack to hang my dress on. For Glenn she orchestrated a "Robin Hood" room tucked up into the woods off the third meadow for him to get dressed in.
A brief rundown of some of the other things she was responsible for:
- She and my new Aunt Joannie, another incredibly talented woman (who, by the way made my beautiful bouquet and the boutonieres for the boys) wrapped those close to 200 napkin bundles
- She got all the tables decorated, put on bows and wrapped the candle poles the morning of the wedding
- She put together that amazing cheese platter and decorated the cheeses with greenery and wildflowers from the meadow
- She was there to accept and distribute the ocean of food brought by all our generous friends (and we would like to thank Seth and Suzanna for helping her with that)
- She was a rock through it all - offering love, support and sisterly guidance to us both when we needed it most

Thanks Jules. We love you!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Message from Mom


The Wedding was spectacular. Just as the vows ended, for the first time in days, the sun came out! Then during the Ring of Fire there was a brief moment of “Moonlight In Vermont!” If you believe in signs then surely this was a marriage made in Heaven.
Thanks to my three Grandchildren for taking such good care of Granny Annie in the airports and thanks to all of Jackie and Glenn’s wonderful friends and to the Campbell Clan who pitched in to help make this event so memorable. A special thank you to Glenn’s Aunt Ginny for being so friendly and making me feel at home and to Donna for transporting me back and forth. That Donna is an awesome driver. She fearlessly slid me right up to the Third Meadow. I’ll ride with Donna anywhere!
A final thought: Last summer Glenn took back to Vermont , in a big barrel, some Carolina red clay to have at the Wedding. Well not to be outdone, I brought back from the Wedding , not in a barrel but on my shoes, a lot of Vermont black mud which yesterday I sprinkled over the grass in my yard. The circle is now complete!
Love to All from Jackie’s Mom
Anne Kirkman Wade

Thursday, October 15, 2009

We're Baaack!

What fun we had on our honeymoon!
It actually began here in Vermont while taking my son Christopher to the Burlington airport by way of Long Trail, Otter Creek and Magic Hat Breweries. We started around 11:00 and sampled pretty much everything we could get our hands on before he had to catch the flight at 2:30. I think for him, Long Trail's Double Bag was the winner. It was a lot of fun and I think he was pretty relaxed by the time he boarded his plane.
As for Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, we headed off to Maine and decided to extend our beer sampling to that fair state also.
We started in Portland at Sebago Brewing Company http://www.sebagobrewing.com/brews.php
where we really enjoyed Frye's Leap IPA and their Midnight Porter. Their glasses were really cool so we bought two of them also.
Next we ended up in a bar during their open mic night http://www.thedogfishcompany.com/ and stayed probably too long trying all kinds of new (to us) local brews. They had a really cool looking glass also, and after much coaxing on Glenn's part, they agreed to sell us one.
I think that evening started the pattern.
We left Portland and went to Hermit Island campground on Casco Bay in Phippsburg, Maine where we stayed that night.


The next day we decided to go up to Acaida National Park. That night we went
into Bar Harbor and happened upon their oldest microbrewery Bar Harbor Brewing Co.
I thought their Blueberry Wheat was yummy and Glenn really liked Thunder Hole Ale.
We found out that they had recently been bought by another local brewery, Atlantic Brewing, and needless to say, we knew we were going to have to find them and sample, sample, sample!
Meanwhile we were staying here -

And seeing sights like this-


We finally found Atlantic Brewing Co. http://www.atlanticbrewing.com/index.php and could of taken a tour through the facility, but being from Vermont, we were pretty sure we knew how beer was made, and we opted to sit outside and sample their beer instead. SOB (special old bitter) was a hit! We left with two more glasses and a case of Mount Desert Island Ginger to take back to the campsite.
When we got back to Portland, we spotted Gritty McDuff's
http://www.grittys.com/ptld.html#brewery and sat down to a sampler of seven of their finest.
Their Halloween and Black Fly Stout were fabulous. We also left with another glass.
Last on the Campbell honeymoon beer tour was D.L.Geary
http://gearybrewing.com/pages/home.php. If you go to their website you will notice a strong resemblance to our honeymoon suite. We headed back to Vermont with a six pack of their Autumn Ale and another glass, an education in Maine microbreweries (and a cold for me).

We want you all to know, that in between all the beer drinking , eating seafood and making goo-goo eyes at each other from across a campfire, the conversation kept coming back to how darn lucky we are to have such wonderful people in our lives.
We are glad to be home.





Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Three days in and loving it!

We are now in Portland Maine, it's raining like heck, and we don't care. It's soooo nice to not care too much about the weather again. I guess I don't have to tell anyone how lucky we were to have our wedding day turn out the way it did.
The circumstances of the weather really illustrated the whole yin and yang thing. If we had not had all the clouds, would we have noticed the "sun event" as much?

We are reliving every moment of the day, and basking in all the love and well wishes of you all.
I can't even begin to express how precious this time is.

Which leads me to this-
A lot of folks seem sad the blog will end and want it to keep going. All I know to do is to slowly morph it into something else.
One thing that was suggested is to have guest bloggers who want to write about their experiences of the day and night.
We liked the idea and propose this:

- send us your thoughts (jackie@cpisculpture.com) and we will post you and if you have a blog or website send the link also.
Many people who met that night want to keep in touch.

-there will be a link to a website with all of Shawn's photographs (I will email you when that is posted) and we will post any photos you want to share on that site too.

- everyone was so generous in bringing AMAZING dishes to share, I want to start posting them soon. Please, I had so many coming up to me asking "did you get the recipe of so and so", and I really only have a handful at the moment. If you had a favorite that night, send it to me and I'll post kudos to the chief.

-there are talks on the table about another 'fest marking our anniversary next year around this time, so we have a whole year to ponder and write about it!




Monday, September 28, 2009

Three things

Just a few suggestions -
- heels are dangerous in a meadow
- bring an umbrella (just in case), and if you are camping, rain gear
- flashlights will be helpful after dark. We will have many on hand to use, but the more the better.


Campers -
We will have water available, drinking and washing and there will be plenty of coffee for in the morning (good thing, right).
We're excited!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Blessed


After writing the last four posts, I am feeling very tenderhearted and extremely grateful to have such loving, talented and generous friends and family in our lives. I will try not to get to sappy in writing about you all, but I feel I have to mention things as they come to me. Hence the photo above.
Hats off (or in this case, hats on) to one of the sweetest, strongest women we have had the pleasure to meet.
You always inspire us Susan, and we are so very blessed to have you"hitching us".
With or without flowers on your head.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Capturing Mergefest moments

We will be having a " photo booth" for guest to self inflict shots of themselves but I am thrilled beyond belief that my dear soul sista Shawn will be the live 'fest photographer. Her work is amazing, and so is she. Some of you may remember Shawn and Ken from their visit and show at The Brick Box 2 years ago.


Be sure to check out her website at www.shawnlinehan.com and you will see how fortunate we are to have our wedding "seen" through her eyes.
And while you are on the site look under "info" to sign up for her eco newsletter and check out her blog also.
Although we talk every week, since they are in Portland Oregon, 2 years ago was the last time we have been together. I am giddy that in less than a week, not only will I have all three of my children here, but Shawn and Ken as well.

Introductions please


We would like to introduce you to The Wee Beastie, who will be making an appearance at the Mergefest escorted by our friends the Iron Guild. For those of you not familiar with the Iron Guild, please visit their website at : www.ironguild.net

To see more of The Wee Beastie in action you can click on these links :
It's promising to be an exciting evening!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

And it just keeps getting better


Wow! Peter Wallace, chef extraordinaire from Nantucket has devised a "fire cone" to cook salmon that is just amazing. He is bringing organic Tasmanian salmon and cooking it on the cedar planks attached to the cone. Below you can see her in action, along with the mouthwatering results. Peter, we think she needs a name.



Delish!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The manifestation of a bread oven

Really great Sunday in West Haven this past weekend! By the time we got there (and I thought it was early - great wedding by the way John and Paula) Charles and Hakan were already scouting out logs to make the base for the notorious bread oven Charles has been planning.
What a wonderful thing to witness, and I can't believe it is the one time we went out there without the camera (there again, great wedding John and Paula....I'm blaming it on that). Luckily, we had our trusty iphones with us, and even though the quality leaves a bit to be desired, we got documentation. And here goes!

First there is a lot of chopping and notching of the logs and fitting them together like Lincoln Logs to make the base for the bread oven, or B.O. for short - wait a minute, that's not good.


Anyway, next comes the building of the platform. I love the way Charles pegged it with branches he found to hold it together and make it sturdy.
















Then he added the North Carolina/Vermont clay mixture and then fire bricks on top of that. After came the building of the sand "half egg" that will be the form for the outer layers of clay.



















After applying a wet layer of newspaper for separation, Glenn got in on the action and helped build up the outer wall. The interior sand form and newspaper will be removed after it dries and the door is cut in.

And Voila! There she is in all her glory. I think Charles is planning more layers, but this is where she was when we left on Sunday. I can almost smell the bread baking now....
And Leah was there also, back from her awesome New Mexico trip and working on that fabulous belt for me!

Welcome back home Leah!

Monday, September 14, 2009

Wedding Day Schedule of Events

First of all, we'd like to give a big THANKS to all who helped us gather the many rocks and build rings for the fire pits.
Much work, and much, much fun later when it was done.
You guys are the best!

Now, on to the the wedding day. Below is a photo of the meadow that you will be directed to off Hackadam Road in West Haven. There will be three signs (symbols) to follow - one on Route 22A North at Main Road, one at Hackadam Road and the final at the entrance to the meadow.
The meadow you will enter will look like this and be filled with cars.
This is where you will park.


After parking, there will be a horse drawn wagon to bring you from the first meadow, through the second meadow and on to the third, where the event will be held. There will be a screened room to wait in if the wagon is en route when you arrive. For those of you camping, we request you start arriving as early as 12:00 to set up your tents, etc. and be ready for the ceremony at 2:00. The wagon will be there and ready to transport you and your belongings. For those not camping, you to need to allow an extra 20 minutes (only 10 if you want to walk the 1/2 mile out to the meadow) to the travel time.
The ceremony will start at 2:00 with the sound of bagpipes in the second meadow.
At that point you will be directed out of the wedding tent to the central circle where the ceremony will be held. Susan Farrow will be our officiate, and will guide you where to sit and stand. The ceremony itself should take no more that 15 or 20 minutes, and then back to the tent for toasting, feasting and merriment.

So, to recap:

12:00 - 1:50 Guests arrive, set up tents if camping, and gather in the wedding tent.
2:00 - 2:15 Ceremony
2:30 Party!

Any questions at all, please contact jackie@cpisculpture.com.

The countdown is on!


Friday, September 4, 2009

Mergefest Music


We are so thrilled that our friend John Peterson is bringing his bagpipes and will be "piping us in" for the ceremony. There is nothing quite like the sound of those pipes as they come up through the woods, and when you hear them in the distance, you will know the ceremony is about to begin. What Scottish drama!









We are also thrilled to have Mary Barron and Marcos Levy otherwise known as Cold River Band play their wonderful mix of music.
Man, can our friend little Miz Mary smoke those strings! And is there any instrument Marcos doesn't play?
You can read more about them here-





Monday, August 31, 2009

Wedding Works in Progress

Just wanted to share a sampling of some of the objects the mergefest is generating. This is the ceremonial bronze chalice we are currently working on at Campbell Plaster & Iron. It's very exciting, because it's the first truly collaborative object we have worked on at the shop.
The concept was this - to find the definitive chalice form, fabricate it (which Glenn did perfectly out of plaster) and adorn it with
something in keeping with the"meadow motif". The cup has leaves from the canopy of hardwoods we collected, and the stem has meadow flowers, grasses and fern. We haven't decided on a patina, if any. And the little bronze acorns have been fun (and taught me about wax work) and will be laying around on tables.
And this is the belt our friend Leah (what a talent) is making out of copper wire for my dress. It will go all the way down the front and be beaded with dyed freshwater pearls my future sis-in-law Julie got for me (thanks Jules). Also, be on the lookout, some of Leah's "pods" may make an appearance at the 'fest.


And be sure to check out the Etsy shop of twobeans.
Fabulous work.

Leah and Charles are something.

And Charles....Mr.Charles. Well, he is the mix master bread baker in da hood. Oh, yeah! Not only does he make the BEST bread, but also the oven to bake it in, Check out the photos of "The Littlest Oven" that he made with some North Carolina red clay we brought back from my home town (you'll hear that story later).

Charles wants to mix the red clay with clay from West Haven and make a bread oven in the meadow to bake in. How cool is that!!?














We are very blessed to have such talented friends in our lives, and we'll keep you posted as works unfold.



Monday, August 17, 2009

Pardon Our Appearance......

My mother used to say that the horrible storms we had down south, whether they be wind or ice, was nature's way of pruning. Coming from the land of pine, to hear the snapping and thud of tall trees as they give way to the force of wind or the weight of ice still makes me cringe. I had half a pine fly through the air and end up in my den one time. It wasn't pretty.
The past month has been a flash back for me in dealing with the property in West Haven. There was storm with winds that took out quite a few trees. Two of them (of course, pines) directly affected the wedding and had to be removed. They weren't small either, and one of them was wedged 15 feet up in the crotch of a beech tree. Needless to say, the Scotsman I'm marrying insisted on pulling it down by himself and I want to give a big thanks to our neighbor John Thompson for helping with that. The whole operation had me so stressed out, I had to walk away until I heard the thud.
After clearing that one, we went back the following weekend, and the road was blocked by an old rotten tree this time. This summer's mantra is the continuous hum of a chainsaw.
And I may have to put up a sign at our wedding "venue" saying PARDON OUR APPEARANCE WHILE MOTHER NATURE REDECORATES.


Monday, August 3, 2009

Whatta I wear?


We've had some questions about attire. Wellllll.....
what fun, fun, fun for me to answer!
Glenn will be "rockin da plaid" so to speak,
but really, any old kilt will do (see examples right).

I especially like the full out disco one on the left!


Another option is brown suede which will
complement our colors wonderfully.


I know this
ensemble
will make
the women
folk feel
mighty safe
and protected.










And let's not forget about the lasses,
for there are many options available.

I like this one in particular because
it comes complete with a basket
for hickory nut picking or in a
pinch a stick and a piece of string
turn it into a great critter trap.
That combined with the 3 yards
of fabric that make up the headdress,
I'm seeing great wood hauling
potential here.

Lovely!





I don't know, that may be too cold for October.
I'm just REALLY glad they left off the face on that one.









Now there's a Green Man welcome at any event!





And last, but not least, the Vermont state fabric - Fleece!

Comfy!
So, what we are really trying to say is, anything goes. No, really.







ANYTHING GOES!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Not camping and need a place to stay?

For those coming in from out of town who feel tent camping in October leaves a little to be desired, here are some suggestions:

This is a B & B right down the road in Fair Haven, and the precious sounding woman who runs it told me she had 4 rooms, all with private baths available that weekend.

If you want a B & B in Rutland, this one is really nice, but hurry, they only have 2 rooms left that weekend, and they only book 2 or more nights, and the guy I talked to didn't sound precious at all.

Yeah, I know that's a long freakin link there, but it's the Hampton Inn in Rutland. It seems to be the newest and best hotel around here and they have about 20 (minus one, I just reserved one for my mother) rooms out of their 80 something available.
It's a really popular weekend, what with the leaves and all.

And let's not forget the really, really big wedding tent with sides where, if you wanted to, you could blow up an air mattress and have a slumber party .....or something.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Let Them Eat Pie!

I just love the internet. It never ceases to humor, enthrall and amaze me. I wanted to find a photograph of pies for this post and within five minutes was chuckling out loud.
First of all...for a little serious history of the apple pie we go to
www.homemadeapplepie.net and learn of the origins of pie.
Glenn enjoys cooking and eating apple pies, so I know he'll be making some for our event.
Me....well, I was looking for something a little different - something that was really me.
And, as usual, the internet came to the rescue with this delight -
I am so set!
And for any other of our amazingly talented friends who want to jump on the pie-making bandwagon, here is a sight anyone can follow!

And last but not least......by any means, is this sight that will give all of us ideas on campfire cuisine -www.chuckwagondiner.com/categories.php?id=11

How's about that Billy's Beer Butt Chicken!!!!!!!!