Mar 26, 2009

This weekend: Gloucester Daffodil Festival

Yes, the wise and world-weary weatherman are calling for rain most or all weekend, just like last year, but the temperature should be at least twenty degrees warmer and that will make all the difference in the world.

From the official website:

23rd Annual
Daffodil Festival

Saturday, March 28 & Sunday, March 29, 2009
Main Street - Gloucester, Virginia

2009 Daffodil Festival Program

Calendar of Festival Dates

The Daffodil Festival Committee and the Gloucester Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism sponsor the Daffodil Festival. The Daffodil Festival Committee's goals are to sponsor a festival to celebrate the heritage of Gloucester County and the daffodil industry, to promote a positive image of the county, to provide a family atmosphere and to encourage involvement of civic organizations and individuals in the festival which will create a sense of community.

The festival is held rain or shine.

Mar 19, 2009

This weekend: Church Hill Irish Festival

From the official website:

Join us for the 24th Annual Church Hill Irish Festival on March 21st and 22nd in historic Church Hill. The festival will begin Saturday at 10:00 a.m with a walking parade to include traditional Irish music and dancing. The celebration will continue with a street festival in front of St. Patrick's Church on North 25th Street between Broad and Franklin Streets and will run from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Sunday.

Traditional Irish musicians, bagpipers and dancers will perform throughout the weekend. This year's lineup includes Uisce Beatha; the Janet Martin Band; Andy, Cindy and Then Some; Page Wilson; Gary Gerloff; Tinkers Damn; Bart Chucker Band; Susan Greenbaum and many other local favorites. We will also have a Bluegrass Stage (see our Saturday and Sunday schedules for more info.)

In addition to great entertainment, there will be plenty of family fun, including children's games, face painting and Irish-themed crafts. Over thirty Irish vendors will be in attendance! Food and refreshments will also be available. Enjoy wonderful "Irish Lasagna" prepared by the Ladies of St. Patrick's, "Fish and Chips" and other favorites provided by Rare Olde Times Irish Pub, and many more.

A huge children's play area will be sponsored by the great folks from "Connor's Heroes", an organization that assists families and children who are fighting childhood cancer.

Proceeds benefit the St. Baldrick's Society and their fight against childhood cancer, the Church Hill Association, the Church Hill Crime Watch, Richmond Hill, Child Saver's Clinic of Richmond, St. John'n Church, the St. Peter's Meals Program, Stone's Circle of Friends and many other neighborhood causes. Proceeds also benefit the historic preservation of St. Patrick's Church, a "little church with a big heart" built in the 1850's by Irish Immigrants to Richmond, and its outreach programs.

A $2.00 donation will be collected at the gate. Sponsored in part by Guinness & Harp Beer and our friends at Loveland Distributing.

We kindly ask that you leave all pets at home. For more information, please email us or call 804-356-1093.

Vendors don't get their booth assignments until we show up Friday evening to set up, but I should be on the Broad St end, near to where I've been in previous year.

See you there!

Mar 15, 2009

Birthday, baby and birds

Thanks to all the friends on Facebook and all the folks I ran across last Tuesday who extended their wishes for my 30th birthday. My sisters try to razz me about the year (even the older sister, which is kinda self-defeating), but like they say 'age ain't nothin' but a number.'

My mom stopped by with a darling little cake for me, which was splendid since I hadn't made one. The topper was a little box, containing an antique gold and diamond ring belonging to my family back when we were the Spencers, the same line that produced Princess Di.

Our new Nubian buck Ford finally arrived, his delivery having been rescheduled twice by the February flu and the March snow. He's gorgeous! And ironically patterned exactly like a French Alpine. The plan is to have our herd Queen Dierdre adopt him so he'll come up with rank in his new herd. Thus far, progress is slow. He's not bonding to us very well and was resistant to the playful advances of his kid-pen-mate Prieka. Thankfully, he's beginning to warm up and even accept a bottle from me with minimum struggle. Once he's more settled, we'll make another run at Dierdre. He likes to sit on the couch with us, but I can't tell if its fondness or passive resistance.
Here is Ford with my nephews Rieley and Biscuit.

We also came into possession of half a dozen chickens whose owners have to move and can't take them with. They are Barred Rocks, Buff Orpingtons, a Rhode Island Red and something else. We lost two the second night to the crafty wild predators that call our property home.

And what's a birthday without presents? My darling husband Kevin gave me a pop-up card with kissing gophers (some kind of woodland creature at any rate) with the handwritten message at the bottom, "Good for one starter bee kit." Squeeee! And my sister Joey, mom of the aforementioned nephews brought me a glass vase of cut sunflowers, the bottom of which was filled with something shiny. It turned out to be a small fortune in dollar coins! Seed catalog, here I come!

All in all, a pretty good day on the old farm.

Mar 13, 2009

No Shamrockin' this week

Shamrock the Block, originally scheduled for Saturday 3/14 12-6 on the grounds of the 17th St Farmers Market, has been moved to 3/28 due to the miserable crap weather being forecast.

Unfortunately, due to the change of date, I won't be available to set up my booth as I'll be at the Gloucester Daffodil Festival. With a little luck and a fair amount of bribery, perhaps I can get one of my many sisters to do the Shamrock booth for me - hope springs eternal.

Remember, you can always check our website for show dates. I promise to try to keep it as accurate as possible and be everywhere I say I'll be.