For whatever reason I just can’t seem to catch up this week. I was home for most of it, and yet the to do list is piled high and my email inbox runneth over.
I got to briefly meet Sheryl Crow this week at BOB/The River’s iHeart Radio Studio.
Today will be somewhat productive, starting first with a trip to a greenhouse and then Ashcombe with my mom, whose super green thumb I hope will rub off on me.
Later tonight I’m off to catch Rebecca Marie Miller at the Abbey Bar, an action-packed show that marks the release of her new album; includes a reunion of her old band, Brave the Day; and introduces Natalie McKee. You can learn more here, including a listen of Miller’s album, Trojan Heart.
Prior to that we’ll have a (hopefully dry) cruise aboard The Pride, marking its inaugural voyage down the Susquehanna. Don’t forget you can get Booze Cruise tickets online (even from your phone!) here — there are only about 20 left, so act now.
Laribee has partnered with Tiffany Foster and Megan Stinson to realize another art-based vision in Midtown. This Saturday (tomorrow!), Harrisburg’s first weekly handmade market, HomeGrown Market, will open at 1423 N. Third St.
The market’s premise is to feature handmade artisan products, from art and supplies to clothing, stationary, furniture and more, a complement to the Broad Street Market and neighboring art galleries, restaurants, etc.
“Midtown is the clear forerunner for a growing local arts economy,” Laribee said. “We’re in the district of dozens of beloved Midtown businesses and situated right next to the future Susquehanna Art Museum. We are trying to find a way to bring buyers and sellers under the same roof and feature the wonderful makers in this area and help them thrive in Harrisburg.”
HomeGrown Market, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each Saturday, will be home to a rotating city-based roster of vendors, musicians and start-up companies selling art, handcrafted work, specialty items and select art supplies.
Regional artists, crafts artisans, collectors and food vendors are encouraged to contact Laribee to apply for space at the HomeGrown Market, available on a first-come, first-serve basis for just $20/day. Vendor applications, driving directions and more can be found at www.homegrown-market.com.
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and I’m sure some of you forgot. Well, worry not, you don’t have to settle for a last minute bouquet, because I’ve put together some great local gift ideas. They may not be as touching as the macaroni necklaces we made as kids, but they are as unique as she is!
Is mom a trendsetting fashionista? Maybe she’s in the process of updating her wardrobe? For a great last-minute grab go for an on-trend statement scarf.
Splurge:Amber Kane is a local artist who makes unique handmade scarves that are basically wearable art. Each scarf is entirely unique and made with fair-trade materials locally in Mechanicsburg. You can check out her offerings here.
I can’t remember for the life of me what tonight’s plans are, so I think it’s QT with the husband. Tomorrow evening we’re enjoying another low key night with friends to plan for next weekend’s trip to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia.
Saturday night is date night with my favorite neighbor and friend — we’re cruising on The Pride for its inaugural launch, then heading to see Rebecca Marie Miller at the Abbey with dinner somewhere in-between perhaps.
Sunday is Mother’s Day (Even if you forgot, scroll down for a bajillion brunch/event ideas). Mom and I have a tradition of going to Ashcombe for our annual herb and veggie needs — I also plan to treat her to Sweet Sensations of May at The Vineyard at Hershey and The Vineyard at Grandview.
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Practically everyone has a “bucket list” of travel destinations. Some people prefer the tropical getaways, lying in the sunshine on a beach with a bottomless margarita in hand. Others prefer more adventurous getaways, exploring mountains and experiencing the wilderness. Still, others seek the intrigue of discovering foreign lands, learning new cultures and different ways of life.
And then there are those of us who fantasize about visiting our dream locales, but exploring them with a bib attached to a shirt and mile markers along the way. I like to call this my “race bucket list.” I study course maps and picture myself as one of the runners in the photos splashed across the websites. I think of crossing the finish line in a new place and seeing the town from a different perspective.
Here’s what’s on my dream running list:
The Boston Marathon – One of the most well-known races, the oldest marathon is definitely on my bucket list. In order to compete, runners must qualify by running a certain time (based on age and gender), commonly known as a “BQ.” I can only imagine the excitement in the air in Boston over that long weekend. A town filled with people who love running. I can’t wait to run past the students from Wellesley College,tackle Heartbreak Hill and finally, run down Boylston Street toward the finish line — hopefully I’ll be running this race in 2014.
“I’m so excited to get back to Buck’s and back to Pennsylvania — that’s my fanbase,” Gallaher said in a recent telephone interview. “Everyone has been behind me since day one and it’s so cool to come back — and no one has ever heard me with a full band so I’m hoping we can get a lot of people out.”
Gallaher is no stranger to playing Buck Wild’s stage in front of a full house – he served as an opening act for nationally touring country artists including Ashton Shepherd, Craig Campbell, Colt Ford, Jon Pardi and Frankie Ballard. But now that it is his own show, he’s even more excited to play for his hometown fans.
One of my favorites is the Wine & Cheese Cruise. Hosted by Chris “The Wine Guy” Mildner, it’s a simple concept: Take your wine and cheese pairing and put it on the boat. Each cruise features a different flight of four wines, paired with Cabot cheeses and crackers and fruit from Wegman’s and Giant. Makes for a great Sunday evening event.
Fifteen Midtown homeowners will open their homes (and gardens) to touring groups from 1-5 p.m. – rain or shine.
This year’s tour also includes bed and breakfasts, new apartment buildings and local cafes. Local food and beverages are available at each stop, and a block party at the King Mansion wraps the event with more food and live music.
The Block Party runs from 5-8 p.m. and is included in your Home Tour ticket.
Brenner Nissan and Unique Limousine will provide transportation along a shuttle route, and Harrisburg Bike Taxi will offer rides between various points on the tour.
Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at registration.
HYP and SaraBozich.com are giving away 2 tickets to this Saturday’s HYP 15th Annual Home Tour.
For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can (Note: there are new options!):
I have always gravitated towards dark beers and hearty red wines. I’ve come to appreciate white wine and lighter ales – particularly during the spring and summer months – but I will always be most at home drinking in the richness and depth of darker, heavier libations.
As the weather gets warmer it’s natural for me to gravitate towards the lighter, sweeter drinks that help quench the thirst and break the sweat, but there are still days I want to partake of something a bit heavier. Those cabs and stouts that I talked about several weeks ago are too much for a hot day, but luckily, we have porters and tempranillos that perfectly fit the bill.
Porters and tempranillos are the gentler relatives of stouts and cabs. They rely on their suppleness rather than their bite. And they are delicious.
Most people recognize porters and stouts as styles of beer, but what’s the difference?
So, my birthday surprise for my mom was importing my sister from the other side of the state. Keri’s been here barely 40 hours and has already overtaken my Facebook wall.
Yesterday, we hit golf balls with my dad at the driving range, then I took her out to The Vineyard at Hershey for an afternoon wine tasting — she had never done one before! Then, we cooked dinner at home. Keri and I both fell asleep on the couch not even halfway through Silver Linings Playbook (um, hello, downer), and it was nice to not be the only one for once.
Today, I’m headed to the gym to pre-work-off all the deliciousness that will be PA FLAVOR this afternoon. I’d love to hit a Derby Day event in the evening, but we’ll see how things go.