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1 “Darryl Length” Apart 🙂
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1 “Darryl Length” Apart 🙂
Once a week Charlotte and I stop by Russell Orchards for their wonderfully fresh fruit; peaches and plums a month ago, and currently, a grand selection of apples, along with several varieties of pears. We are also addicted to their fresh eggs, red potatoes, cider, a variety of home grown veggies, and my family’s favorite, the original and simply the best apple cider doughnuts.
Much to Charlotte’s disappointment, Daryl is usually asleep. Wake-up, wake-up she calls, but to no avail. Daryl snores dreamily on. But after many, many wake-up attempts, this time she awoke from her darkened corner. Daryl walked toward Charlotte (actually, towards her water bowl, both in the same direction) for a quick slurp, then outdoors to her pigsty to closely examine her food bowl. Out the barn door we raced to hopefully catch a second glimpse. Daryl turned around once in her pen then shuffled indoors to return to her shady corner in the barn, falling fast back to piggy dreamland, but not before emitting some deep throated classically hoggish snorts and grunts. This was enough activity to endear Daryl to Charlotte forever.The little Billy Goat Sweet (I would write Gruff, but he really is very sweet and Patient) is much more fun. Here he is getting his ears examined and in the next photo, she is showing him how to button a coat.
Thirty-four minutes and 6.07 seconds. That is how long I waited in line for one dozen cider doughnuts at Russell Orchards yesterday. And…I’d do it again. My only regret is that some people in line around me had empty wine glasses because they were smart enough to partake in wine tasting prior to getting in line. Me, not so much.
After an afternoon hockey game at Pingree we drove through Essex and into Ipswich to spend some time at Russell Orchards….which thousands of friends.
The boys tolerated the annual sit near the pumpkin photo before we headed into the bar to check out the line. They immediately deemed it too long for them to stand in, but promised to not get the largest pumpkins on the farm if I held a place in line for them. Deal.
The boys picked out their pumpkins, found their favorite honey sticks, and did some drive-bys to check on my progress (or, most likely, to check on how much longer they had to wait for a warm cider doughnut).
Super warm doughnuts in hand, the boys tolerated the annual Russell Orchards Ford Truck photo and then we all meandered down to the pond and barns to see the animals. We checked on the little pigs…and the giant one. We looked at the goats, ducks, chickens, bunny, and one rat. Finn picked up an apple that was already on the ground in front of a donkey and offered it to him….without shoving a finger up its nose. I should explain that Finn had a thing for shoving his finger up the nostril of many a farm animal when he was younger. We read the sign that said, “Please do not feed the donkeys” and did not do it again.
The boys tolerated the annual sit on the tractor photo and we were off.
Forced Family Fall Farm Fun. Check. I was happy that their hockey schedules cooperated this weekend so we could get our farm fun on.
For this year’s Thanksgiving apple pies I decided to add some Idareds to the mix of Granny Smiths and Fujis; keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll be extra delish. Happy Baking!
Everyone loves Russell Orchards!
This afternoon while picking up another batch of 99 cent per pound apples at Russell Orchards, I met a super nice gentleman Dave who was hand pressing apples and giving samples of the freshly pressed cider. He was so friendly I just had to ask a question that has long been on my mind, which is, why is Russell Orchards apple cider so far off the charts superior to any other cider anywhere else. Cider everywhere else seems devoid of character and is just too sickening sweet for my taste. Dave shared that no matter what apples are available they make a very conscious effort, by choosing from a variety of apples, to achieve the perfect blend of sweet and tart and that’s why Russell orchards has that wonderful complexity of flavors.
During the conversation I mentioned that when Russell Orchards closes, we don’t even bother to purchase cider again until the following fall. Dave recommends freezing and offered a simple fool proof technique. Open the jug and poor off about 3/4 of a cup. Removing just that amount allows the cider to expand without bursting the container. It’s that simple. This year we’ll be serving cider at Christmastime, too. Thanks so much Dave for the tip!
Set electrician Alec Roy, from Watertown, reports from Russell Orchards (the current Katie Fforde base camp) that filming will continue on the Northshore at least through Thanksgiving. We talked a bit about the film tax credit and he made a point of thanking everyone who supported, and is continuing to support, the film tax credit. Sending a huge shout out to our Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante for all her tremendous work in preserving the credit and undoubtedly saving thousands of well paying jobs!!!
Shopping for design clients in Essex and Ipswich today and ran into these charming geese.
Cape Ann Film Festival Preview Night
Info from Jo-Ann Castano–
MULTI-DAY, MULTI-VENUE FILM FESTIVAL TO LAND IN GLOUCESTER AND ROCKPORT THIS OCTOBER
The Cape Ann Community Cinema at 21 Main Street in Gloucester will celebrate its 2nd full year in
business with 17 straight days of films from around the state, around the country and around the world.
The Cape Ann Film Festival will run from October 1-17, and will feature 43 films and events, many of them
with filmmakers in attendance.
The Festival’s preview night is on Thursday, September 30 starting at 7:00pm, and will feature trailers from
each of the 17 nights of films, plus a special musical set from the quirky instrumental rock band,
The Weisstronauts. Admission to this special event is $10.00, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beer and
wine for all guests.
2010 marks the first year that the Cinema has invited another venue to participate in one of its festivals.
The Shalin Liu Performance Center at 37 Main Street in Rockport, which just this week starts its
year-round film programming under the name “The Rockport Music Cinema,” will host several of the Festival’s
films in its 330-seat state-of-the-art amphitheater.
“We’re hoping that a lot of folks who have heard about us but haven’t made it down yet will come and celebrate
with us during this very huge month,” said Robert Newton, managing director of the Cape Ann Community Cinema.
“The Festival is going to be a great time for all, and I’m very much looking forward to making a whole lot of new
friends in October.”
The Cape Ann Film Festival will feature 43 films of all genres: “180° South,” “1981,” “Asparagus: A Stalkumentary,” “Barbarella,” “Best Worst Movie,” “The Blue Bird,” “BoyBand,” “Breathless,” “Cairo Time,” “Canvasman: The Robbie Ellis Story,” “The Cartel,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Clamdigger’s Daughter,” “Cropsey,” “Do It Again,” “The Eagle: America’s Tall Ship,” “For Once In My Life,” “Gasland,” “The Gloucester 18,” “The Green Room,” “Handsome Harry,” “Hibakusha,” “Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” “The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground,” “Lovely, Still,” “Metropolis,” “My Tale Of Two Cities,” “Night Of The Living Dead: Re-Animated,” “Orgasm, Inc.,” “Orlando,” “Polis Is This,” “Racing Dreams,” “Ran,” “Science Fiction Double Feature: 2081/I’m Here,” “The Secret Of Kells,” “The Secret Of NIMH,” “Soul Kitchen,” “Speedy Delivery,” “Stonewall Uprising,” “The Stranger,” “Ten9Eight” and “Truth: Fishing Crisis Or Government Mismanagement?”
Additionally, the dozen short films in this year’s “Media That Matters” touring show will be interspersed, paired appropriately throughout the Festival.
Synopses, trailers and full Festival schedule are listed on the Festival’s website at www.CapeAnnFilmFest.com.
Listing the Topsfield Fair is kinda obvious, no? Well at least if you click on the picture above it will bring you to the website (I know how people hate to look things up for themselves) Makes it so much easier when someone puts that nice fat juicy link right in front of them to click right through.
so here you go-
GHS Football vs Beverly Under The Lights!
Friday Night 7PM
On Saturday there will be music
Fall Music Series Laurie, Ellen & the Boys 12:30 PM-3:30 PM at Russell Orchards
Saturday October 2&3 The Gran Prix Of Gloucester
Paul Boudreau, race founder gives us some insights on why YOU should check out this international event happening right here in Gloucester!
For more information check out the website-
Pictured above are some of the images that will be displayed in the Best of Rocky Neck Members Exhibition.
It’s that time of year. Joey in 2008: “Have you picked apples this year?” If you haven’t now is the time. Russell’s Orchard in Essex (Follow signs for Crane’s Beach) has trees loaded with crispy tasty apples that just taste ten times better than apples that have been sitting around in a grocery store. You think Gaia are flavorful? Taste one right off the tree.
If you have small children who need to pick their own pumpkin, take a hayride out to the fields, eat cider donuts fresh out of the machine, or pet a bunny you need to go next weekend to Russell’s Orchard. Click here for how Pick your Own. Hayrides are thrown in free on the weekends.
Find them on Facebook.
If you are an old curmudgeon who thinks a hayride is just for kids think again. The tractor drivers are comedians.
I take this guy’s photo and as he pulls even with me, “Hope my face didn’t break your camera!”
Go early on the weekend as this is very popular although Russell’s is set up to handle a crowd. Plenty of parking and plenty of stuff to do. I didn’t even make it to the winery. This time. Meanwhile I have homemade apple crisp with vanilla ice cream on the menu this week. 298 days until the Blackburn Challenge. Plenty of time to fit into the kayak.
Open 9-5 every day. You miss out on the hayride if you go during the week.