Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Thunderstorm Last Night

Weather Report:

A thunderstorm rolled in last night off the lake. It rained for the first time in several weeks which, no doubt, our garden welcomed. Everything will pop now. Driving into town last night, I was checking out the cornfields. The plants are just ribbons of green. The adage knee high by Fourth of July will not apply to this year's crops. But, it's strange, no matter how early or late we are (in a span of 3 weeks), everything matures at the time expected. How can that possibly make sense? But it's true. There seems to be a three week window of time.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Things to Do in June

The Shoe Factory Art Co-Op
June Art Show

250 N. Goodman Street (#212)Second floor.

Exhibit Hours: Wed-Sat, Noon to 5 p.m.
June 10-30th, 2011.

Went to the opening last night and saw some fabulous metal works (functional art) by Kathy Kosel and striking garden totems by Bruce Day. Both would be conversation pieces to have in your gardens. Other works exhibited bring the garden indoors. Some whimsical, some
timeless -- something for everyone's garden.

Over 50 artists exhibiting. We took in the show; had a bite to eat at The Gate House and listened to a band play in the Village Gate Quad. Sadly, the music lasted for about an hour. Would have enjoyed hearing more. My friend Rick Petrie (poet ) was working the event in the quad. Need to find out the name of the band. Would like to go to their next live session.

There were a lot of other local musicians in the listening crowd.

The Jazz Festival started last night too. Plan on going to some of the street concerts this week. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate. Says it's going to rain today and a bit tomorrow (ugh!). Hope it passes us by.

Today, a lot of work awaits me in the garden. I will be planting potatoes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts (they look like jingle bells-- I love them!) Thus far, we have peas, tomatoes: honey bunches(yellow cherry), cherry, yellow grape, Marianna plum,Brandywine (heirloom; eggplants , purple and ghostbuster,onions, silver white, red, yellow (started and sets) Peppers, red, yellow, green-- all sweet.

Need to also plant, carrots, beets, lettuces, green beans, and all the other dry bean varieties we grow, zucchini, squash (several kinds) et more.

We are at least three weeks behind our usual planting. The weather has been
full of rain for days.

Have had sun for the past few days and everything is at last drying out.

Our basil looks good. Personally, I wish we could bottle that scent. I love basil.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Warming up now that it's June

Upcoming event:

Genesee Reading Series at Writers & Books:
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
7:30 PM
Members: $3, Public: $6
Tom Holmes and Adam Wilcox

Put together a poet/foodie and a poet/oenophile, and what do you get? A banquet of tastes, textures, and sensory delights for the literary palate.

Tom Holmes is the editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. He is also author of After MalagueƱa (FootHills Publishing, 2005), Negative Time (Pudding House, 2007), Pre-Dew Poems (FootHills Publishing, 2008), Henri, Sophie, &the Hieratic Head of Ezra Pound: Poems Blasted from the Vortex (BlazeVOX Books, 2009), The Oldest Stone in the World (Amsterdam Press, 2011), and Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press, forthcoming).
He has been nominated three times for the Pushcart Prize. His work has appeared on Verse Daily and has also appeared in Blue Earth Review, Chiron Review, Crab Creek Review, The Delmarva Review, The G. W. Review, Mississippi Review, Mid-American Review, New Delta Review, New Zoo Poetry Review, Orange Coast Review, Rockhurst Review, San Pedro River Review, Santa Clara Review, South Carolina Review, Sugar House Review, Swarthmore Review, and many other journals that don’t have “Review” in their name. His current poetry book reviews and writing about wine and poetry can be found at his blog, The Line Break:

Adam A. Wilcox is President and founder of Writ Wilcox, an information design company. Before that, he was a radio producer, curriculum developer, manager of technical documentation,and instructional designer for e-learning, and also ran an entrepreneurial custom-courseware business.

His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Colorado Review, Cairn, and Folio, among other journals. For eight years, he wrote the “Gut Instincts” food column for Rochester City Newspaper, and currently writes for and edits He also plays bass for The Dan Eaton Band and leads the Saturday Service Band at First Unitarian Church of Rochester. He lives in Rochester, NY, with his choreographer wife, Anne Harris Wilcox, their three home-schooled children, and their Bernese mountain dog.


Publishing News:

The Aroostook Review just accepted my story "The Catch" for its upcoming issue.

tinfoildresses will be releasing an anthology of selected poems called Rising in Hope. Proceeds from the book sales will benefit Japan Relief ( Red Cross) per Heather Schmidt, editor. I will update when this anthology is released, with details of purchase. Please consider supporting this. The poems will not disappoint. It's a poignant collection.