Tuesday, April 22, 2014

HGSB @ Milford Arts - Performance Coffeehouse

Friday night, April 25th, The Milford Arts Council will be hosing The Homegrown String Band at their Performance Coffeehouse concert series. The show starts a 8:00 pm. This is great venue/theater in a remodeled railroad station. It's been a few years since we last played there and we're really looking forward to our return performance. Tickets are $15 at the door,  $10 for MFAC members.

 

Directions

Directions to MFAC
From New York:
I-95 to Exit 37, High Street exit. Take right off ramp, cross over Route 1. Go straight to first stop sign, take left onto West Main Street. Take second right onto West River Street (Parsons Complex and Church are landmarks ). Go straight until reaching railroad underpass. Take immediate right after underpass and proceed to Center for the Arts (former eastbound Railroad Station).

From New Haven:

I-95 to exit 39A, Milford Exit. Ramp feeds into Route 1. Proceed to left lane. Traffic island with Downtown Milford sign will be on your right. Continue straight onto Cherry Street. Continue straight through fourth traffic light, then turn left onto River Street. Go straight until reaching railroad underpass. Take immediate right after underpass and proceed to Center for the Arts (former eastbound Railroad Station).


Milford Center for the Arts
40 Railroad Ave South
Milford, CT 06460
203-878-6647, 203-882-0969
Tickets $15, MFAC member $10

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Run Little Rabbit Run Run

Our friend Wells caught us having a "Little Rabbit" fun at Crazy Beans last Saturday night.



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Great South Bay Music Festival - July 18 - 20


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Crazy Beans April 12, 2014

Rooster Rick, Bushman Harmonica, and Larrivee 000-50 Guitar
@ Crazy Beans Cafe  - photo by Ed Neale

Join us this Saturday night for an evening of Homegrown fun at Crazy Beans Cafe in Miller Place. Looks like we are doing the first set as a trio, (Rick Georgianne, and Annalee) then Erica will be joining in with her fiery fiddle for the second set. The show is free, keep these live music events going, support the venue by having a snack, coffee, tea, or a cold beer and support the band by tossing some cash into the tip jar. The show starts at 7:00 pm.


 465 Route 25A
Miller Place, NY 11764
(631) 403-4954



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Backyard Maple Sugaring - 2014

Backyard Cinder Block Maple Syrup Evaporator
March 11, 2014 Day 1:
Year two of maple sugaring, finally the weather cooperates, today I boiled down 30 gallons of sap and bottled three quarts of grade A Long Island maple syrup. I was much better prepared this year than I was for my inaugural attempt last year. This time around I had a good supply of dried, seasoned, fire wood and some proper pans with plenty of surface area. It was also a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 60s so I was working in jeans and a tee shirt. A good day to boil sap. One more day of boiling and we'll be good 'til next year. How sweet it is!


March 15, 2014 Day 2:
It was a lot colder today than Tuesday, more of a traditional sugaring day. I managed to collect 20-25 gallons of sap between Tuesday and today (Sunday.) This was enough to keep me busy for  about eight hours of boiling and yielded two plus quarts of tasty maple syrup. The finished syrup seems to be a little darker than last year, maybe because of the hotter fire and increased volume?, but tastes just as good.


March 21, 2014 Day 3: 
Day 3 once again yielded a little more than two quarts of syrup, but it took a lot longer than day 2. I think my sap may have gotten contaminated with rain water. I was also getting down to bottom of my wood pile and the wood was a little damp which made it much harder to keep the fire hot and the boil steady. This brings my total for the season up to a little less than two gallons. Unless I come across a pile of nice dry wood this weekend, I will probably pull my taps this week and move on to the next project.


Snow in Rocky Point March 31, 2014
April 1, 2014 Day 4: 
Nearly a month later than I pulled my taps last year I still had three trees producing sap, so I covered my buckets with plastic bags and  waited for the rain to end. After three days of rain, and a surprise snow storm that left four inches of snow on the ground, I had collected  about 10 or 12 gallons of sap. Today was a beautiful day with bright sun and temps in the 50s, so I pulled my taps and boiled down a quart, plus a half cup, of syrup. This brings my total for the season up to two gallons and one pint.


photos by Rick Jackofsky

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Whittling Away the Winter Blues

Well, this has been one of the longest winters I've seen in a while. The music business is always slow this time of year, but this year has been even slower than usual. The bright side is we haven't had to travel in foul weather or worry about last minute show cancellations (my glass is always half full). Now we finally have a couple shows to tell you about. This Sunday, March 9, 2014, we will be "flying" off to Tenafly, NJ, for a free show at the Tenafly Public Library. The show starts at 2:00 pm. Daylight savings time starts at 2:00 am, so don't forget to spring ahead or you might not get that front row seat. Saturday April 12, 2014 well be back at The Crazy Beans Cafe in Miller Place for a 7:00 pm show.

I  always look for some interesting way to spend my time when we're not traveling. Two years ago I used our down time to put together my banjo tutorial, Ragged but Right: The Ungentle Art of Clawhammer Banjo. Last year I restored a couple of old banjos and took up maple sugaring. This year the weather has even been too cold to make syrup. The daytime temps need to be above freezing for the sap to run, but this year we haven't had more than two or three days in a row where the mercury has risen past the 32 degree mark. This winter I conquered my winter cabin fever by teaching myself some whittling and woodcarving. So far I've made 20 wooden spoons using only hand tools. I rough out the spoons using a hand axe and finish them with knives, gouges and sandpaper. I should have a nice inventory by the time the Rocky Point Farmers Market opens on Mothers Day, May 11th. In the meantime I have a few up for sale on my online shop.

Tenafly Public Library
100 Riveredge Road
Tenafly, New Jersey 07670
201-568-8680

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Remembering Johnny Cash 1932 - 2003

Johnny Cash was born 82 years ago today in Kingsland, Arkansas. He passed away in September of 2003 leaving behind an incredible body of work that influenced a generation. This is a video of The Man Who Dressed in Black, a song I wrote about six months before he died. The video was made in March of 2010 at the Vanilla Bean Cafe in Pomfret, CT.