Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hackettstown Free Public Library June 28, 2018

HG2, the Homegrown Duo of Rick & Georgianne will be performing at The Hackettstown, N.J. Free Public Library from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm on Thursday June 28th. Free Show! 


110 Church Street
Hackettstown, NJ 07840
(908) 852-4936





photo by Dave Blinder

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Edwards Farm Day Sunday, June 3, 2018


It's that time again! Summer starts on Edwards Farm Day. Come on down to the farm on the corner of Edwards Street and Foster Avenue in Sayville, NY for a great day of family fun.

"An afternoon on the Edwards Farm . . . will feature hands-on activities including quilting, grinding corn, making ice cream, and seed planting along with baby farm animals, spinning and weaving demonstrations as well as music by The Homegrown String Band. To help defray expenses, admission is $4.00 per person, $15 for a family of four, $2.00 each additional person over 2 years of age."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Connetquot Public Library - Sunday, February 18th

On Sunday, February 18th, at 2 pm; we, (The Homegrown String Band), will be bringing our unique brand of acoustic American music and dance to the Connetquot Public Library in Bohemia, New York. The show is free and open to the public. Come on down and help us celebrate 21 years of performing our old, new, borrowed, and blue, high energy American roots music.


"The Family That Plays Together" - photo by Steve Gravano


760 Ocean Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716 
631-567-5079


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Backyard Maple Sugaring 2018

Wed. Jan. 31, 2018 - Day 1, Year 6:
I tapped seven trees last Wednesday January 24th, the earliest I've ever started my backyard sugaring. Today, one week later, I started boiling. This was not only the earliest I've boiled but also the coldest day I've spent hunched over my homemade evaporator. I brought three buckets of, mostly frozen, sap inside the night before so I would have some warm liquid to start with. I started the fire at 7am, (the air  temperature was 18 degrees) by 7:30 I had a good boil and by 4:30 I had boiled 30 gallons of sap down to 2 1/2 quarts of syrup.


Tues. Feb. 6, 2018 - Day 2, Year 6:
A little warmer today, but not much. 23 degrees at 6:45 am, high for the day was around 32. It started snowing around 10 am so I threw up a pop up canopy over my evaporator; a real home, not too far away, from home. I boiled 30 gallons of sap in 10 1/2 hours. The yield was 2 quarts plus 1 cup of syrup. I'm really tired right now.

Tues. Feb 13, 2018 Day 3, Year 6:
I collected 40 gallons of sap over the past week. I boiled down 30 gallons today in about 11 hours. The yield was 2 1/2 quarts of syrup. I still have about 10 gallons plus whatever is in my buckets, maybe another 5 or 6 gallons, but very little wood left, so unless I scrounge up a pile of wood in the next few days, I'll be done for this year. Total for the year; 90 gallons of sap boiled, over 31 hours, for 7 1/4 quarts of syrup.

Thurs. Feb 15, 2018 Day 4, Year:
I picked up some good sized oak branches the power company left along the roadside last summer. They had been lying on the ground throughout the fall and winter, so they were fairly wet. I cut them up, split the bigger ones, and stripped the bark and wet sap wood. Once I had a hot fire going I warmed them up around the edges of my evaporator. It took a couple hours to get a strong boil, but I managed to cook up another 2 quarts plus a cup of syrup over another ten hour day. I'm done. Nine and a half quarts of syrup, 120 gallons of sap, and 41 hours of boiling.



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2016 Maple Sugaring Blog

2015 Maple Sugaring Blog

2014 Maple Sugaring Blog

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

HG2 at the Denville Public Library December 12th - 7pm


Tuesday December 12, 2017 Rick & Georgianne take their Homegrown Two duo (AKA Cackle & Crow) on the road to Denville, NJ. The show, at the Denville Public Library, starts at 7:00 pm and is free to the public.

Denville Public Library
121 Diamond Spring Road
Denville, NJ
973-627-6555





Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Haverstraw King's Daughter Public Library

This Sunday The Homegrown String Band Quadrupelo will be performing at The Haverstraw King's Daughter Public Library. The show is free and starts at 2 pm.

(Don't forget to "fall back" to Standard Time Saturday night!)


85 Main Street
Haverstraw, NY 10927
845-429-3445