Monday, April 11, 2011

The United Theater, The Ukuele and The Seedlings

We had an interesting weekend that began with Bruno's safe return from Brazil, although he was a bit weary from lots of sitting and eating too much rice and beans.  It was good to have him back to share in the blooming daffodils and warmer temperatures.

On Saturday morning we visited a "Green Fair" in Westerly, RI which was held in the United Theater, which is currently under renovation.  The theater was bought by The Westerly Land Trust with the renovation is being overseen by Mr. Charles Royce who recently rebuilt the Ocean House in Watch Hill, RI.  It was fun to see the "guts" of the theater and to imagine the possibilities.  We also learned about growing native plants, the history of Wilcox park, environmentally friendly lawn care, AND that there is a great Artisan bakery within minutes of the Spruce Street house (all this time!).  You can see more photos of the United Theater as it stands now at this link.  We walked through the actors entry to the back of the building and popped outside into the parking lot of 84 High Street, a favorite place to eat.   It was fun to link these two locations together; and to rediscover a place that you think you know so well.

On Saturday afternoon Sheri and her new Flea attended a Ukulele workshop in Worcester, MA taught by Jumpin' Jim.  Jumpin' Jim is a local celebrity who has been playing and teaching ukulele for many years.  He and his family make Flea and Fluke ukuleles by hand in Connecticut.  Jim is also famous for playing uke with George Harrison.  The workshop was well attended and a lot of fun.  She has mastered Surfin' USA and Somewhere Over the Rainbow, but has a long time before she will be playing bluegrass like Jake Simabukuro.

The remainder of the weekend was spent planting onions, setting up the automated hydration system in the raised beds and starting seeds inside.  We look forward to salad greens in late May, followed by beans, carrots, beets, beans, strawberries... oh MY!

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