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Splendid Events

May 1, 2011

My old friends and I used to have a terrible birthday tradition. Whoever was celebrating their birthday would get to pick the major activity for the day. Which is fine. However, everyone was expected to come along, regardless of how much they might hate that thing.

Somehow this turned into an ongoing series of events, each more onerous than the last, for one or more members of our close circle of friends. The apex of this might have been the trip we all took to Disneyland.

I mention this not because today is my birthday. It’s not. Nor is it the birthday of any of my friends. But it is the birthday of my baby, the FUSSYlittleBLOG. The blog’s birthday festivities are up in the air. If you follow my tweets, there may be some impromptu celebrating later today. So keep your eyes open.

However, there are a few better-organized but no less significant events on the horizon that I think you should know about.

A Spring Deliverance – May 14 – 6-9 pm
Something interesting happened last week. The FLB received a comment from Noah Sheetz, asking me to simply post a link to this event. I’ve never met the man, but I’ve speculated on what his life must be like, since now he needs to cook for her.

Then once I approved his comment, and the link was posted, I received a note of thanks and in invitation to attend the event as his guest.

It’s important that you know I’m not elaborating on the event because he offered me a free ticket. Frankly, I’m not even sure I can attend. I hope to, but for now it’s up in the air. Regardless, you should go because it sounds amazing.

There’s a lot going on at the event that involves art, music and architecture. But here’s the bit I expect you will care most about:

Chef Ric Orlando from New World Bistro Bar, Harmony House Marketplace, the Heldeberg Market and the Honest Weight Food Co-op will host a cocktail reception at St. Joseph’s Church in Albany that will feature local food and wine.

Local chefs will serve up sustainably and locally sourced food while Harmony House Marketplace pours the finest wines that New York State has to offer. Many of the farmers and vintners will be on hand to talk about their farms and wineries and how their products are incorporated into the reception.

Our friends Nick and Britin of All Good Bakers will be there too.

Tickets are only $20 and reservations are required. You can e-mail Noah directly ( if you want to come. And more information is available here.

Where the Wild Things Are – Weekends in May

I don’t really like nature. There are lots of nasty things out in the woods that can kill you, or if not kill you make your life really miserable to varying degrees. But it turns out there is also a lot of delicious stuff that grows out in the wild, and if you know what you are doing, the world is your pantry.

Just beyond the Capital Region are the Berkshire Mountains. And Berkshire Farm & Table is presenting an incredible series called Where the Wild Things Are, which is a series of wild food walks led by an impressive array of instructors.

Most are around two hours long and cost between $15-$25 per person depending upon the walk. If you happen to be a Williams College student, it’s free. But you do have to register 24 hours prior to the walk with You could also ask about the specific price of the walk you are most interested in attending.

I would really like to meet this guy who will be heading out on walks May 14 and 15 at 11am in Williamstown. Unfortunately, it may not be in the cards for me, but I hope some of you can go and report back on the awesome weirdness of the experience.

All the details can be found here.

Surely there are more great food things happening around the region in May. But these two really struck a chord with me, for what I hope now are fairly obvious reasons to you. Perhaps one of you will even be inspired to spearhead a FUSSYlittleREADER meet-up without me.

Regardless, I hope you all keep your eyes on the Twitter feed later today. I blog alone, so I have no trouble celebrating alone. But should I get out, it would be nice to see a few of you in person. Cheers.

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