Hi everybody! Did you laugh when you read the title of this post? I did when my good friend Vernon Benjamin invited me to attend this swanky affair down in Rhinebeck (same location as the June, Country Living Fair). Apparently, the Sheep and Wool Festival is the place to be the third week-end in June. It was packed. As in 45,000 people over the two-day week-end.
Several barns contained animals on display–every type of sheep (and there are many), plus llamas and alpacas. They had been judged and given ribbons, for what exactly, I have no idea. But they sure were cute.
Vernon and I worked together 100 years ago (okay, maybe more like 20 years ago), for then-Assemblyman Maurice Hinchey, a New York State representative in our lower house. Vernon has just published the seminal book on the Hudson: The Hudson River Valley: Wilderness to the Civil War. I’ve agreed to help him set up some engagements in the Albany area. He invite myy sweet husband and me to visit him at his book table at the SWF, so we took him up on his offer and had a lovely day.
Food demonstrations, including an absolutely delicious lamb stew, cooked live by Nancy Fuller–a lovely Hudson Valley cook for the Food Network. She was delightful. I talked to her people about my person (Vernon). Do they ever have guests? Yes, but they are foodies. I don’t think Vernon would call himself a “foodie.” I was stretching my publicist/representative/agent wings and they were clipped.
After a final visit to see Vernon, we took in a book discussion with Leda Meredith, author of Northeast Foraging. She’s a New York City gal who forages in Prospect Park. She teaches people what to look for, how to harvest it sustainably, and how to prepare meals with it. She hunts for stuff like bark, roots, and fiddle heads (pictured on book cover). Extremely knowledgeable, she entertained us with stories and taught us a few things along the way, like don’t harvest all of one plant from an area. You might kill it off and that’s the end of it. Just take a little at a time. Makes sense.
Bye for now,
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