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


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.



For 1-2 typical Garlic enthusiasts

recipe may be doubled, tripled, quadrupled etc.







(if it smokes its too hot).







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

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.

Monday, October 19, 2009


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
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 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. 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 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 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 ( 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!