Long hot lazy summer days are here, and it's looking a lot like it'll continue through the next 10 days or so!
You just can never know what the weekend will bring, but so far we're planning a little informal karaoke on the porch. The amazing Brooklyn trio will be serenading us - so bring sheet music and some instruments and we'll make a little music. Robert, our piano man and our unofficial Medusa troubadour will return the following Saturday, this time with the rest of his band.
I'm planning to get more Heather Ridge chicken in on Friday, and we've got all of the Wild Thymes sauces shelved and ready for sale. Salads in from Boar's Head or raw materials from Kropp's - it's shaping up to be a wild grilling weekend. Summer doesn't last very long around here, folks! Let's live deep!
As I've briefly mentioned, we're hosting an end of summer festival on the 27th of August. Really, we just can't resist a party, while also trying to avoid getting in the way of the Firehouse, who's got events planned, and to not plan anything too close to the amazing Harvest Festival happening in Preston Hollow on October 1st. Technically, we're raising money for the Medusa Council - so we can throw even more amazing parties, as well as host some more kids programs through the fall - but even more importantly, we're also trying to get the word out about the dizzying diversity of creative growing and production ventures up here on the Hill.
A few details: It is, first, a bit of a local food festival. Here's the plan -
If you are a local gardener, grower, processor or producer, who would be willing to make a donation of a food product, we will feature it in a delicious recipe, highlighting your product. Between our notable beef, pork, chicken, produce, and sauce vendors, we think we'll be able to put together a wide variety of amazing salads and barbecue, as well as some unbeatable desserts. Moreover, we are printing out free Festival programs, which will include all of the recipes as well as a short piece about your farm. Additional advertising is available to those who don't have donations for a proportional fee.
Although I understand that lots of folks have already agreed to participate in other area markets for the season, we are also hoping get some local vendors who'd like to showcase their wares on the day. This especially applies to our local potters, weavers, soap makers, and other value-added product makers. If you are interested, please give me a call at the store.
We are also hosting a cruise-in that day - since we've had such a fantastic time at previous ones. We would like to get more cars, though - so if you are a classic car enthusiast, or just think you've got a bad-ass bike, please join us. I'm sure there will be plenty of others around who'll agree with you.
Lastly, we are hosting a number of bands that day. Rumor has it that Wayne Orr will be joining - a Medusa legend of rock who's been holding out for that special occasion. Perfect cruise-in music, I'm told. Robert, our piano man, will also be holding court, showcasing older tunes and lovin' it if you'll join in. (He'll also be playing Saturday on the Porch on the 23rd, at 6pm.) We're hoping to also get a few other local bands - Perry Moak and Tim Zinn and their band are considering it, as well as an amazing hillbilly band from over in Berne. Lots of talent coming out of the Conkling Cafe's Open Mic night, I'm told - which is happening *this* Thursday - and they're thinking about collaborating, too!
Last thing: we'd love to encourage more volunteers - we love doing this but could really use the help. Specifically, if you are a local resident who knows some farms that I don't know of and would be willing to include them in our network for the 27th, please do so. If you'd like to help with food preparation, we'll all be working at the Firehouse for several evenings vefore the event. And if, even if you're just curious, you'd like to join us for a Medusa Council meeting,. please don't hesitate: our next meeting is on 2nd of August. If you are a farmer, please don't be shocked to see a tall, dark-haired women with a Queens accent and a wise-cracking smile coming your way: Manny may not be from here, but she's Medusa, through and through, and has many years of community development experience under her belt. She'll charm you into coming over, I'm sure!
Highs in the 90's all week! Don't you just *love* summer?? (A reminder, too: we have Lake Myosotis beach passes for loan - nothing like spending the afternoon with friends near the water!)
Thanks to so many amazing vendors, local and otherwise, we are fully stocked up on nearly everything - from juicy pluots (an apricot/plum hybrid) and fresh lettuces, snap peas beans and squach from Bob Kropp to Boar's Head meats and cheeses. New Function waters are in, as well as Humble hummus chips and more of that amazing Mt Vikos spreads. Lots of meats, too, in case you are thinking of grilling! Heather Ridge Farm chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs, kielbasa and sausages as well as amazing cuts, all here frm Morning Fog - and the full line of Wild Thymes sauces.
But really, I just wanted to give everyone a heads up - we've been hosting music on the porch - a new Saturday series sponsored by the Medusa Council. This Saturday, we're honored to be hosting a great friend of the store and professional pianist. Robert plans to bring lots of music and lots of lyrics and wants to see Medusa singing along. It's going to be, to use a Jason-ism, PHENOmenal!
We're also having a Local Food Gathering Cruise-in Band afternoon which needs a more concise name. Happening on Saturday, August 27th, we're interested in finding local vendors, especially processors and growers. If you know anyone who might be interested, please have them give me or anyone on the Medusa Council a call (i.e. Pat Rice, Manny Abate, Janice Duncan, etc.).
Several other things afoot. YOGA and Meditation at the Medusa Firehouse (as soon as we officially get permission), led by amazing Westerlo instructor and meditation leader Loretta Pyles. We're tentatively thinking of Saturday mornings - will pass on more info about the rate and other details very soon!
And I want Bingo back. I am totally serious. And I don't think I'm alone. And I think Alan Duncan is the perfect guy for the job. I also have come across bingo equipment, used but in good shape, and I'm looking for a benefector who may want to purchase it. Nothing brings community together than a little heathy gambling.