Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Man Who Dressed in Black

85 years ago today J.R. Cash, The Man Who Dressed in Black, was born in Kingsland Arkansas.

Johnny Cash February 26, 1932 - September 12, 2003 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Backyard Maple Sugaring 2017

Monday morning Annalee and I tapped seven sugar maples in our yard to kick off my fifth year of backyard maple sugaring. By the end of the week I had collected about 25 gallons of sap, so Friday was my first day of boiling.

Friday February 17, 2017 - Day 1, Year 5:
Cold and clear at 6 am in Rocky Point. At 25 degrees with 15 mph winds, wind chill 14, and 8 inches of snow still on the ground, it was a Frosty Morn' for sure. I got started around 6:30 and had a good boil going by 7 am. I averaged about 2 1/2 gallons an hour on my homemade evaporator and brought the syrup in to the kitchen for the final boil around 4:30 pm. They say you should get one gallon of syrup for every 40 gallons of sap, it seems to be more like a 50 to 1 ratio form me, my trees, and my evaporator. I ended up with a little less than a half gallon (7 1/2 cups) of Long Island Maple Syrup from my 25 gallons and ten hours of toiling over the hot stove.

Tuesday February 21, 2017 - Day 2, Year 5 
Cold, clear and calm, mid to high 20s at 6:30 am. Disappointing sap flow the last two days, only collected about 2 gallons, but good flow Saturday and Sunday. Today I boiled about 22 gallons of sap in 9 hours to yield 4 1/2 pints of syrup. The weather forecast for the next ten days doesn't look good for sap flow, night time temps are predicted to stay above freezing all week. This year was the earliest I tapped my trees, but conditions were good (nights below freezing, days above) a couple weeks earlier. I hope I didn't wait too long.

2016 Maple Sugaring Blog

2015 Maple Sugaring Blog

2014 Maple Sugaring Blog

2013 Maple Sugaring Blog

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Homegrown String Band™ - An Anthology of American Folk Music: A Celebration of American Music from 1927 to 1932

Join us, The Homegrown String Band™ at 2 pm on "Super" Sunday, February 5th, as we present our show "An Anthology of American Folk Music" at The Port Jefferson Free Library.  This show will feature original arrangements of songs that were included on Harry Smith's 1952 seminal six LP collection, as well some other country and blues music that  was recorded between 1927 and 1932, "The Golden Age of American Music." This was an important period in the history of American popular music that took place from the time that new technology made high quality recordings and radio broadcasts possible up until the downturn of the "Great Depression."

The show is FREE, you can call ahead to reserve your seat. 631-473-0022

100 Thompson Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777

Sunday, January 8, 2017

South Country Library - 7 pm, Friday January 20, 2017

We started playing music together as a family in 1994. Our first stage performance was in January 1997, 20 years ago this month. Later that year we branded our nuclear family band; The Homegrown String Band™ - "The Family That Plays Together."

Join us on Friday January 20th, from 7 to 8:30 pm, as we celebrate 20 years of family style acoustic American music and dance.

22 Station Road
Bellport, NY 11713

Saturday, November 5, 2016

. . . . The Unbroken Circle . . . A Never Ending Story . . . .

On Saturday November 12th at 2:00 pm, in Meeting Room B of The West Babylon Public Library, The Homegrown String Band™ will be once again presenting their Unbroken Circle program. This popular progarm features traditional songs and stories that have stood the test of time, surviving hundreds of years and making their way into the canon of  20th and 21st century contemporary pop and rock performers; including Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan.

2016 - 211 Route 109
West Babylon, NY 11704