Do you know what this is?
You got it – a FULL PLATE of SWEETS! A full plate of cannoli, that is – whipped up by my recently engaged daughter for a recent Premier Jewelry party with an Italian theme hosted in our home recently.
Just another little something on a calendar this summer that has had barely a space on which to jot down another thing to do!
Where, oh where, has the summer gone? A FULL PLATE, indeed!! I had such plans for posts and tea settings and whimsy stories and inspirational whatnots and garden journals . . .
Devotional ruminations and thrift store brag-abouts and vintage finds to share . . .
OH! But, life happens and routines impose their time-clocks and one week turns to another and how very remiss I have been visiting all and sundry in Blogland this past month!
Yes, in my last post I noted that my beautiful daughter will be a beautiful bride before the year is out.
Tonight we have an appointment at a bridal salon to get our first look at gowns. Guests lists have been a great topic of discussion this past week, as has a possible venue. The months ahead look to be full of such preparations – and I want to squeeze every ounce of joy from the melee!!
Speaking of melee – in the midst of my own melee of homeschool class preparations for September and our monthly parent workshops and field trips with my 2012 venture as director of Constellation Academy Home School Resources Network – I am also planning a visit to my son, daughter-in-law and grandbaby, Mackenze, in Massachusetts the end of this month! She’s turning two, you know . . .
So, in the interest of doing something with all the photos I’ve snapped with good blog intentions, in a nutshell – here is a July recap of my recent doings that have eaten up my computer time:
Our hometown Main Street group sponsors a number of events in our historic Landis Avenue downtown, including our July Seafood Festival.
Why go to the beach when we bring the beach to YOU!
Tons of sand that are kept at Public Works for spraying on the streets each year during snow storms is moved for the day and dumped in the middle of the Avenue right in front of the stage where children of all ages build sand castles and toss beach balls to the tunes of some great classic rock cover bands with a zydeco swing and folk feel that are crowd pleasers.
No downtown band event would be complete without Mr. and Mrs. Arsenault who have been dancing together since their courting youth in 1961. Mr. Arsenault taught history at our local college campus for decades and enjoys retirement with his wife and summers in Vineland.
They have quite the moves and are a delight to all onlookers.
The problem with this festival, though, is trying to decide WHAT to eat! So many delish dishes to choose from with sixteen food vendors this year!
Ed and I opted for a stay at Gilligan’s Island, though.
Yep – our good friends at Larry’s II Restaurant, a place we often visit, dreamed up a great idea in keeping with the seafood theme: Gilligan’s Island!
They were all there – Gillian, the Skipper, too . . .
The millionaire and his wife . . .
The movie star, the professor and MaryAnn . . .
All making things move to serve visitors to the “island” the most excellent of meals!
Just look at the yumminess on their menu!
PLUS – Key Lime Pie Smoothies!!
Ed and I went back for seconds, to be sure!!
Come September, it’s the Chili and Ribs Cook-off! Same basic set-up with bands and vendors – but no sand. I’ll report on that event, to be sure!!
This was a busy month for Miss Kathy at some local libraries performing this year’s Summer Reading Program Show. The New Jersey State Library theme this year is, “Dream Big – READ!” – so I packed up a suitcase full of some of my Big Dreams about a vacation destination.
Problem is – I can’t decide where to go! As I show and tell about some of the bizarre postcards and souvenirs in my display . . .
We talk about some great summer reading about the places the items represent like Paris, France with the Invention of Hugo Cabret, world-wide adventures with Herge’s classic TinTin Adventures, and the Geronimo Stilton chapter books from Italy .
Shooting Stars at Constellation Academy
This was also my first Shooting Stars Summer Reader’s Theatre Workshop for a handful of homeschool students. Keeping things simple, we learned about “story” and worked with the theme: It’s A Mystery!
My Shooting Stars enjoyed learning their lessons and creating their first lapbook to record what they learned – in addition to writing their own Reader’s Theatre play titled, The Case of the Missing Sandcastle, performing it for a small audience of moms and siblings on the last day.
I’m doing another workshop starting next week, running three weeks, with a new group of students. Just a little something to get our feet wet for September when I start my semester Starlight Story Studies – for Primary, Elementary, and Intermediate homeschool students. Visit my Constellation Academy blog HERE for details.
Mid-July also found me and our Constellation Academy network staff conducting another homeschooling workshop for the homeschool mom – sort of a monthly retreat, renewal, retooling getaway for four hours on a Saturday. This past month, we worked with a luau theme and created lapbooks.
For the whole story on that click HERE!
I have also been coordinating the vintage photo exhibit for the month of August at the Vineland Public Library. Gathering vintage photos of Vineland history and history makers from local citizens, I finally finished all the caption writing, framing, and organization – and successfully set up the show on August 1st – WHEW!
My artist friend, Sandy Smith of Magnolia Hill Studios, participates and fills an entire wall of the exhibit with “inter-generational” works depicting aspects of Vineland history in mixed media by young children and senior citizens.
Really love this Andy Warhol take on our city founder, Charles K. Landis.
The show will be running all month – but no reception this year. Too much busy in the next week, too – so I can’t promise I’ll be doing teatime or any other of my regular daily posts next week either. Perhaps another one-post recap of what’s coming up on my calendar which includes:
Each of these has their “list of things to do” so – please forgive me if I’m not making the blog posting with regularity or reading rounds with copious comments over the next couple of weeks. Don’t forget me, friends – hoping to get back into the groove – settled down into a routine – curled up with tea and blog reading and more consistent blog writing each week . . . soon . . .