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Never On Sundae
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Face the MUSIC
Gunplay— A True Story
A Tribute: Jack Buley
We hear again from Mimi Johnston
Whiskey, braggadocio and humiliation
Susan Powell reflects on a far-reaching life
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DEPARTMENTS, COLUMNS AND STORIES DEPARTMENTS, COLUMNS & STORIES Letter...............................................................................................4 THINGS TO DO June......................................................................5 FACE the music Summe³ Plea²u³e².........................................6 recount Gunplay-A T³ue Sto³y...............................................7 Adventures of a nature guide A Southwe²t Sp³ing........8 around&about.....................................................................10 Our Place Footp³int².................................................................12 NEWS Golf & Wine Fund³ai²e³² Offe³ Oppo³tunitie²........13 wayfaring Stranger Le²²on of the Locu²t²....................13 Notebook a Tribute: Jack Buley...........................................14 sustained Living What Matte³² Mo²t.................................15 Hammock Butte³fly Cafe........................................................15 Good Food Neve³ on Sundae..................................................16 Origins by Ma³y Law²on........................................................17 Robin's Remedies Think Cool..................................................18 MORE CALENDARS, STORIES & PHOTOS hill²Nhamlet².com
C ELEBRATING THE ART AND C ULTURE OF RURAL LIFE Pub lisher/ Edi tor Catherine T. Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org Ass istant Jane Rigsby email@example.com Creative Director Shea Williams firstname.lastname@example.org Contribu to rs Marty Bell, Ann Braun, Ana Christensen, Wayne Christeson, Nathan Collie, Bob Duncan, Anne Goetze, Mike Gannon, Mimi Johnston, Larry Kane, Robin Lockwood, Rachael McCampbell, Stuart Moore, Sherry Paige, Sherlene Spicer Advert ising/M arketing ADVERTISE@hillsnhamlets.com 615.790.9036 Ad D esign Sara Goodman George daily
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For June we feature a detail of Anne Goetze’s 14- by 1-inch oilograph titled “Barn on Bailey Road.” It is part of a series Goetze completed of rural scenes in Williamson County. Goetze’s work can be found in collections, galleries and shops throughout Tennessee including Laurel Leaf Gallery in Leiper’s Fork. Mimi Johnston provided Jack Buley provided Published monthly 4208 OLD HILLSBORO ROAD, SUITE EIGHT Franklin, TN 37064 PHONE: (615) 790.9036 ALT: (615) 799.8586 Fax: (615) 595.0060 Hills & Hamlets™, Copyright ©2011. All rights reserved, no duplication without express written permission of Hills & Hamlets, its editor and staff. This publication is owned and copyrighted by Hills & Hamlets and its pages may not be used on Web sites or digitally copied without express permission of the publisher.
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Compliment O ne of the quality of life assets in Leiper’s Fork is the sense of community we all share. It occurs to me that an important component of the glue that maintains that increasingly rare spirit is this publication. Hills & Hamlets has assembled a distinguished group of accomplished contributors who each month offer us a variety of writing characterized by an impressive breadth and depth of interests and wisdom. Other media could take a lesson from the caliber of Hills & Hamlet’s layout, photography, and content. And all of this didn’t “just happen” without a lot of hard work. In the face of economic challenges
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and shifts in communication technology, this worthy publication, with Catherine Anderson’s steady hand at the tiller, thrives and does us all proud. It is my hope that we can all find a way to express our appreciation to Catherine. Her efforts add so much to Leiper’s Fork and they add immeasurably to our town’s unique nature. Geoff Cooke Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee
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Music City Roots WSM’s two-hour live radio show broadcast from the Loveless Barn— 8400 Highway 100, Nashville. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Drinks, food and concessions available. 615.646.0067 or www.MusicCityRoots.com
Creole Shrimp & Open Mic Night at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork—4142 Old Hillsboro Road,Franklin—from 6 to 8 p.m. 615.794.1308 or www. puckettsgrocery.com/leipersfork
College Grove Country/Bluegrass held at the College Grove Community Center—8601 Horton Highway, College Grove—from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Every Friday night enjoy a variety of local musicians and a spacious dance floor. 615.330.8757 Live Music at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork—4142 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin. A variety of songwriters, musicians and bands; Cover charge is usually $10; reservations required. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m. 615.794.1308 or www. puckettsgrocery.com/leipersfork Square Market & Café Free Live Music—36 Public Square, Columbia. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. and entertainment is from 6 to 9 p.m. 931.840.3636 or www. squaremarketcafe.com Music on the Ridge at Amber Falls Winery—794 Ridgetop Road, Hampshire—Matt Roy from 6 to 8:30 p.m. 931.285.0088 or www. amberfallswinery.com.
Vance Smith’s Grand Old Hatchery Live Music & Dancing—113 South Main Street, Dickson. Doors open around 4, music begins at 7 for a family friendly evening of dancing and fun. No alcohol or smoking; concessions available. 615.797.3204 Live Music at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork—4142 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin.. A variety of songwriters, musicians and bands; Cover charge is usually $10; reservations required. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., music begins at 8 p.m. 615.794.1308 or www. puckettsgrocery.com/leipersfork Square Market & Café Free Live Music—36 Public Square, Columbia. Dinner begins at 5 p.m. and entertainment is from 6 to 9 p.m. 931.840.3636 or www.squaremarketcafe.com w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
Music on the Ridge at Amber Falls Winery—794 Ridgetop Road, Hampshire— with Wynn Varble from 4 to 8 p.m. 931.285.0088 or www.amberfallswinery. com
Hello, Dolly! Presented by the Renaissance Players at The Renaissance Center, 855 Highway 46 South in Dickson. The 10time Tony Award winning musical is held Fridays and Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through the month. Ttickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for 12 and under. Group discounts are available as well as a Father’s Day special with buffet. 615.740.5500 or www.rcenter. org
Bethel Homecoming—4360 Skelley Road in Maury County—the fun begins in this storybook setting at 11 a.m. with homemade plate lunches and desserts served at the Community Center. Train rides and activities for the family continue throughout the day. Live music begins at 6 p.m. and continues into the night. 931.682.2398 or 931.682.2315 Summer Songwriters Night & Country Buffet held at Peggy’s Field, 2759 Pulaski Highway, Columbia to benefit The Foundation for Geriatric Education and CASA. Andy Childs, Don Schlitz and Richard Leigh begin entertaining at 6:30 p.m. Meet the Artists tickets are $25, general admission is $60 per adult; $20 per student. www.summersongwritersnight. com
Youth Fishing Rodeo at Bowie Nature Park, 7211 Bowie Lake Road in Fairview. Registration begins 8 a.m. with fishing until noon. Participation limited to ages 16 and under. The lake will be stocked prior with catfish, so everyone should expect success. Participants are encouraged to bring their own fishing poles; some fishing poles are available on a first come basis. TWRA provides bait or bring your own. As always, expect very cool door prizes and snacks. 615.781.6697 ext. 2215 or 615.799.5544 ext. 2 or email@example.com. Book Collecting 101 at Yeoman’s in the Fork, 4216 Old Hillsboro Road in Leiper’s Fork from 1 to 3 p.m. Taught by nationally recognized rare book and document expert Mike Cotter, instruction focuses on Basics, Locating & Acquiring, Organizing & Cataloging and Display & Storage. Free and open to the public, please RSVP 615.983.6460 or info@yeomansinthefork. com. More information is available at www. yeomansinthefork.com .
Solstice Summer Night at the Hill held at Owls’ Hill Nature Sanctuary—545 Beech Creek Road in Brentwood—from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic to enjoy at the Pavilion, then
See these listings and more at hillsNhamlets.coM participate in a nature program and take a twilight walk listening to the sounds of a Southern Summer Night. A wonderful family program, it’s also perfect for a date. Ages 5 and up are $10/person in advance; $15/person at the gate. Gates open at 5:30 for picnickers. Call 615.370.4672 or go to www.owlshill.org/familyprograms.
Blackberry Jam Music Festival—For the eighth year, the day-long concert is held again at Boyd Mill Farm, 3395 Blazer Road outside of Franklin and will benefit Hard Bargain/Mt. Hope Redevelopment of Franklin and Hands On Nashville. This year’s entertainment headlines Jonell Mosser debuting her new album and MSG. Gates open at 1:30, music begins at 2. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the gate. Ages 12 and under are free. 615.794.3867 or www.theblackberryjam.com. Dancin’ in the Fork held at Lawn Chair Theater—4144 Old Hillsboro Road, Franklin—in Leiper’s Fork begins at 6 p.m. Dance under the stars to the Cajun swing band L’Angelus preceded by The Hog Slop String Band. Free admission; bring your own lawn chair. Concessions available. 615.476.4153
GoodWorks in Leipers Fork Summer Kick-Off Community Mixer and Fun(d)raiser—held at Puckett’s in Leiper’s Fork, 6 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy appetizers and Bob Teague’s original jazz and classical Spanish guitar from 6-7 followed by a delicious organic spread by renowned raw food chef Dorothy Bauer (“Foods to Live For”), sponsored by Whole Foods of Cool Springs. Entertainment from 7-9:30 by Gary Talley of the BoxTops with Chopper Anderson, Dave Hoffner, Waldo Latowsky, Michael Woody and Renee Armand. Suggested donation $25. Reservations through 615.435.3714 or rachael@ rachaelmccampbell.com by June 14th.
Old Timey Ice Cream Socials Unwind in Williamson County while enjoying any or all of these fundraiser suppers that include hot food, homemade ice cream, exciting auctions and more. 4 College Grove Baptist Church, 8813 Horton Highway. 615.368.7892. Harpeth Lick Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 6981 ArnoAllisona Road. 615.368.7892. Triune United Methodist Church, 7906 Nolensville Road. 615.395.4970. 11 College Grove Methodist Church, 8568 Horton Highway. 615.368.7611. 18 Bethesda United Methodist Church, 4814 Bethesda Road. 615.794.2191. 25 Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 6602 Arno Road. 615.368.7565. Peytonsville Baptist Church Fish Fry & Auction, 4940 HarpethPeytonsville Road. 615.794.1970.
Lawn Chair Theater Summer Movies
Jailhouse Industrys offers free family movies outdoors on Friday nights in Leiper’s Fork at 4144 Old Hillsboro Road through August. Concessions are available including hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks and snacks. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Movies begin at dusk. 615.477.6799
10 Tarzan the Ape Man starring Johnny Weismuller and Maureen O’Sullivan 17 The Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy 24 The Greatest Show On Earth directed by Cecil B. DeMille
1 Tarzan and His Mate with Weismuller and O’Sullivan 8 Manhattan Melodrama with William Powell and Clark Gable 15 Samson and Delilah directed by DeMille To place a calendar listing, send e-mail to catherine.anderson@hillsNhamlets.com by the 15th of the month preceding your event.
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Summer Pleasures: An Overachiever’s (New) Perspective
Face the MUSIC
t is widely acknowledged that summer heralds change. The pattern of life for families of school-age kids is upended for two and a half months, with back-and-forth trips to school replaced by weeks at summer camp, trips to the beach, and visits to far-flung friends and family. Like many Williamson County moms, during the past 10 summers since my girls started kindergarten at Hillsboro School in Leiper’s Fork, I’ve done my best to be uber-mom, making the most of every summer minute. Art camps. Dance camps. Memberships to the zoo, the Frist, the Adventure Science Center. I even joined the faculty of Kids On Stage as a keyboard teacher, so I could be a part of the experience, and ended up spending the last three summers directing the program. From founding Puckett’s After Hours and the Music in the Fork concert series, to bringing Kids On Stage programming year-round, I felt it was my duty to give my family and community every ounce of energy I had. What benefits they would receive from my unceasing busyness! And how they would suffer if I stopped! Until one day in January, when I realized that my own creative spirit was slowly fading, and I painfully faced the fact that the joy had gone out of living life as I had known it. Some of you may have noticed the absence of “Face the Music,” the (mostly) monthly feature on songwriters, musicians and others in musically creative positions that I’ve written for over eight years. My ever-patient editor
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and friend has been understanding as I took the last six months as a sabbatical of sorts, in order to take stock of my life. I knew it was time for some changes—I just didn’t know what they would be or how momentous. oday, as I write this, it’s nearly 11:00 a.m., and my girls are still both asleep. I’ve been up since just before 7:00, watering flower beds, attending to email, and spending a blissful 30 minutes drinking coffee on the porch and listening to the melodies of several songbirds who make their homes in the trees surrounding my house. Funny that I rarely noticed them all those mornings in summers past, as I yelled to the girls to hurry up because we’re already running behind for swimming lesson, museum visit, road trip, or whatever else was in store for that particular chock-full day. In my time of hiatus much has changed. A long-dormant song I wrote over a decade ago has been recorded by a wonderful European artist and will be released worldwide sometime this fall. I resigned from the position I thought I’d hold for 20 years and though I still have twinges of wistfulness for what might have been, mostly I feel at peace, confident that the new caretakers of Kids On Stage are in it for the right reasons and doing their best. As I look back over the past 25 years of working life, I’m proud of the things I’ve accomplished and am grateful for the awards and accolades I’ve been given. I’ve been blessed with a Clio and several Addy awards for my work in advertising; Parents’ Choice and Directors’ Choice
FIRST SALON VISIT
Hills & Hamlets thanks Mimi Johnston for sharing her heart as well as her many talents with us over the years.
TRUNK SHOWS FEATURING
Saturday, June 18th 5 to 8 p.m. GYPSY & Friends take the stage for:
• Gypsy Soule • RL Designs • Jeanne Elizabeth Reynolds Guitars • Bebo Folk Art • Mosaic Goddess • Sparrow Ink
GYPSY’S First “Moon Ball” A Block & Creek Party with Music by GYPSY & Friends Under the Light of the Full Moon Waning
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patriarch of a family of seven kids and eight grandchildren. ooner or later, I’ll get back to work and will again resume writing “Face the Music,” teaching voice and piano lessons, and will inevitably get back to the overscheduled, highly-stressed life to which my nature has so often led me. But for right now, whether that’s a matter of months or moments, I will breathe and appreciate and hopefully pass on to my children that a full life doesn’t mean that every minute must be occupied in productivity. Sometimes, it’s enough to enjoy the quiet company of those who bring us joy. Y
All day events Friday, June 17th & Saturday, June 18th starting at 11 a.m. each day.
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awards for educational music I wrote and produced for young kids; and local awards for music at Puckett’s and Kids On Stage. I’ve worked with wonderful musicians like Michael Bolton and Patty Austin; amazing actors like Chris Farley and John Malkovich, and held the enviable position of house bandleader at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago. Yet here I am, in the midst of what might be considered a mid-life crisis but what may be nothing more than a gentle message from a faithful, loving God to stop and rest for a little while. So this summer, we’ll be sleeping in a little more often. Listening to the birds. Enjoying, rather than gulping that first cup of morning courage. And spending as much time as we can with my father, who is facing his exit from this life after many years as the strong
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A True Story B
ack in the 80s, when I was trying lawsuits for a living— and before the appearance of metal detectors in courthouses— there was a hunting preserve up on the Cumberland Plateau called the Chatooga Hunting Lodge. It wasn’t a hunting preserve exactly: it was a place where animals exotic to Tennessee—like moose and caribou—were imported from elsewhere and penned up on several hundred acres of land for people to go and shoot them—sort of like fish in a barrel. And there was also a man from Chicago named Jack (short for Giacomo) Volaro. He was soon to become my client. He was in his late 30s and very rich. He told me his money came from a “pizza business in Chicago and Miami,” but nothing he ever told me really rang true, so there’s no telling what business he was actually in. He was thoroughly Italian and left the deliberate impression that he was “connected.” Anyway, Jack decided he wanted to go big game hunting and lined up a reservation for himself and three of his Chicago friends at the Chatooga. They weren’t interested in any particular prey: they were willing to shoot at whatever they could find. And for some reason they all brought hand guns with them—in this case .44 Magnums. And there was another man at the lodge that weekend, a rich coal baron named Phillips from up in Eastern Kentucky. He was a fat surly fellow who had flown his private plane down to Tennessee to hunt. verybody arrived at the lodge one evening and gathered in Jack’s room to prepare for the next day’s activities. Jack and his three friends were bunked in one room, and Phillips was to stay alone in the room across the hall. As is common among such people, there was some
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whiskey drunk, lots of talk about past hunts and how rich they were, and comparisons of each other’s weapons. As the talk progressed Phillips decided he would take a shower before supper, so he repaired to his room across the hall and undressed. The water in the shower was not hot, however, so he left it running and lay face down on his bunk while the water heated up. Meanwhile, across the hall, the boys were still drinking and talking and comparing guns. Eventually, Jack asked one of his buddies to let him see his pistol. He brandished it around for a moment and then, without warning, he pointed it at the wall and pulled the trigger. He later said he thought he was “dry firing” the gun, but of course it was loaded and it went off with a catastrophic roar, deafening everybody in the room and blowing a large hole in the wall. s the men’s hearing gradually returned they heard screams and cursing from across the hall and Phillips stumbled out of his room, completely nude, with blood running down his legs. It turned out that while he was lying on his face waiting for the water to warm up, Jack’s .44 slug had traveled across the hall, through Phillips’s wall, and through both cheeks of Phillips’s butt. It was Phillips’s good fortune that he wasn’t lying on his back at the time. Well, of course a lawsuit ensued. Phillips sued everybody in sight— Jack, the men in his room, the lodge, and everybody else he could think of. He claimed permanent injury and pain and suffering. The permanent injury claim was legitimate enough—Phillips said it pained him to sit down. But part of his pain and suffering claim was based on the allegation that his buddies up in Kentucky had started calling him “ol’ shot in the ass.” I wound up representing Jack.
Phillips’s lawyer was a local attorney named Arnell Oakes. He was a lawyer from the old school of country lawyering, full of flamboyant histrionics and colorful language. And this was the kind of case he relished—gunplay was involved—and throughout the trial he used language from the “Dirty Harry” movies about “the world’s most powerful handgun” and “go ahead and make my day.” But his best was yet to come. In preparation for the trial, we took depositions from everybody, including Phillips’s doctor, who had the most knowledge about his alleged disability. The doctor practiced in a tiny town right up against the Kentucky/West Virginia border—at least six hours by car— so I and counsel for one of the other defendants chartered a little Cessna in Knoxville to fly us up to Pikeville, Kentucky. The Pikeville airstrip in those days turned out to be a layer of asphalt laid down over a strip mine, with sharp drops off into the valleys on all sides. Our pilot flew over the spot more than once before he finally decided it was safe to land. There was no taxi service, of course, so we had called ahead to a car dealer in Pikeville to come and pick us up. In town, we rented a used sedan from the dealer and headed off into the mountains for the almost two hour drive to the doctor’s office on one of the most twisted roads I have ever been on. Oakes himself took two days and drove all the way; “a little vacation,” he called it. In his deposition the doctor confirmed that Phillips had a legitimate disability injury, and he said he’d even heard of the “ol’ shot in the ass” allegation. Well, the case was tried in federal court in Cookeville before a U.S. district judge who once had been an FBI agent. He knew all about the .44: “We used them to shoot into the engine blocks of whiskey runners’ cars,” he said.
The trial went according to form. I tried to convince the jury that Phillips wasn’t really hurt as badly as he claimed, and I tried to spread the blame to the man who had brought the loaded gun into the lodge in the first place (part of his testimony was, “What’s the use of having a gun if it isn’t loaded?”). We got a pretty good verdict: Oakes’s final settlement demand had been $500,000 and the jury awarded Phillips a relatively modest $25,000 against Jack and the gun owner. So Jack and I were happy. uring the course of his closing argument, Oakes once again talked about how the .44 was the world’s most powerful handgun and then, unexpectedly, he reached into his briefcase, ripped out a .44 of his own, and began to brandish it in front of the jury. The judge dived under his bench and jerked out a .38 special and screamed at Oakes to drop the gun, which Oakes did— right in the middle of the courtroom floor. The judge then called all the lawyers back into his chambers and gave Oakes the most stinging lecture I have ever heard from a judge. He held Oakes in contempt, with punishment to be determined later, and asked Oakes if he had anything else to say to the jury. Oakes meekly said that he had said all he needed to say. I guess we could have asked for a mis-trial, but things were looking pretty good for us at that point and I just wanted to get it over with. Like I say, we were happy with the verdict and Jack returned to Chicago well satisfied. He called me later to invite me to fly down to the Super Bowl with him, but I’d seen about all of him I wanted to see. akes and the judge are dead and gone now, but I don’t know whatever became of “ol’ shot in the ass.” Y
Wayne Christeson lives with his wife Anne on a farm in Leiper’s Fork. He is a recovering attorney.
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or several years now, I’ve wanted to go back to southern New Mexico and southern Arizona. April or May, I’ve heard are good months to see several species that I had not yet gotten to see. So, this May after a wedding in Dallas, we decided to keep heading west. It was a wonderful week of birding! While in Texas we checked out Cedar Ridge Preserve managed by Audubon Dallas. About 20 minutes from downtown, we found this green oasis with its small ridges of cedar trees, prairies and a natural pond. It’s where I finally saw a painted bunting—a five-inch bird with a blue head, red underneath, and greenish yellow wings and back. It was as beautiful as I had envisioned. From Dallas, we drove straight to White Sands, New Mexico. Our timing was good for the late afternoon light hitting the pure white hills of sand. We chose a lovely campsite near Alamogordo so we could be in the sand dunes again to compare them in early morning light. Add a beautiful full moon to the evening and our timing was perfect. It was so big and beautiful but we only have time for a sampling of hiking in the pure white sand. One area had a trail for horseback riding. Here we saw a camel being loaded into a trailer. What fun it would have been to photograph that on the
The Arizona desert offered unusual delights to our Tennessee native.
dunes. Onward, we drove across I-10 into way south New Mexico. We were headed into the Chiricahua Mountains, but sadly there were large fires there and the roads were closed. We were able, however, to get to a birders’ lodge near Portal, Arizona; Cave Creek Ranch. It had been full before the fires. Luckily for us, we were able to stay for one night. Birding there was extremely cool. Our host Reed kept the many feeders filled and even poured
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Dickson’s Old Timers Day was never more appreciated— last year the flood cancelled the festival for the first time since it began over a half century ago. The parade on May 7th was the highlight for many; further excitement added as its historic downtown undergoes Main Street improvements and renovations. Derrick Webster
Williamson County residents Brown McMillan and Gus Dahl were a couple of key players at The 70th Annual Iroquois Steeplechase, in the paddocks and on the field. McMillan was a Paddock Judge and 16 year-old Dahl rode and won the Guilford Dudley, Jr. Memorial Flat Race atop Pleasant Woodman, a three yearold chestnut gelding trained by Doug Faut. Congratulations on a sweet victory! Rachael McCampbell
The Cumberland Society of Painters’ “Gestures in Harmony” opening reception at Leiper’s Creek Gallery on May 14th attracted a crowd of enthusiasts of traditional contemporary fine art. Margaret Morris 10 HILLS & HAMLETS
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The Tennessee Renaissance Festival in Arrington always gives special meaning to local color, exceeding its reputation again last month. Elizabeth Neal
High Meadow Farmâ€™s annual open house in mid-May gave visitors an upfront and personal experience with the gentle alpacas that are bred and raised in the Williamson County hills. Anne Goetze
On May 18th, the recently formed Downtown Leiperâ€™s Fork Association unveiled its marketing plan to brand the town for tourism. Executive Director Mark Shore of the Williamson County Convention and Visitors Bureau was among the speakers that celebrate the effort and its Web site www.visitleipersfork.com . Ferris Becker w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
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f you’re reading this, you were Left Behind. Or you’re reading this because the world as we know it didn’t end. Or you’re reading this because you’re sitting in the Country Boy or Puckett’s and you’re waiting for breakfast. Most of us were betting on the world not ending, since only the saved were going up to heaven, leaving the rest of all humanity to suffer the horrors of the damned. But because a good portion of humanity, including the saved, have always suffered horribly throughout all time, it was just going to be more of the same, so the presumed date didn’t matter. Before it all fell down around our ears, we were given an opportunity to think about it differently than, Oh, I’ve been left behind and they’re all going to the party—or Heaven—without me, or, Damn, I’ve missed my plane. To ask instead what you would leave behind is much less pitiful. Life seems impossibly long when you’re a child, and impossibly short when you’re old, and the in between happens, and it’s full of riches, so why not wonder this (instead of thinking the afterlife is an exclusive country club): when you are gone, what did you leave behind? I was sitting on a porch in Santa Fe (the one in New Mexico, not in Maury County) finishing a book that was so good I hauled it around with me the rest of the trip. It was a used book I’d picked up somewhere, hard to remember exactly, and then it came to me. I’d just gotten it at a sale of someone who’d ended her own life. It was part of what she’d left behind. Someone I’d scarcely known had left behind enlightenment. omeone else here in his accidental, sudden and tragic going left great good behind; his love for his wife and his children and his friends—
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and for me, an indelible image: his smile, always attentive and joyful, as warm as an embrace, as welcoming as a hug. When Jack smiled at me I wanted to thank him. Now down the road from our place, another kind of leaving. My best friend of 25 years and her husband are going to a new farm next to their daughter’s. They’ll be living in a pretty house with a lot of flowers in the garden, and they’ll have their grandchildren and great grandchildren nearby. A wonderful journey, a kind of heaven for them, a kind of loss for me. They will leave a lot behind. Almost everything I know how to do here is because of them. Essie has loved me and taken care of me She taught me how to live on a farm by her modest and hard working example. She has given me tomato and okra starts every year, seeds, coconut cake at Christmas, jars and jars of her own dill pickles, her beautiful
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poems, and her heart. A truer heart I will never know. She was who I walked a mile down the road to talk to when the world was too much with me. There was never a moment of condemnation or judgment no matter how foolish or wrong I’d been. She always stood by me and was sorry for what I might have suffered, even at my own hands. The peace that sat on the porch with us as we rocked through hot afternoons lasted for days after, it seemed, and time itself changed for us, slowed down, got deeper and easier. The quiet, the laughter, Othal’s stories told in a way that’s gone from everywhere but here, makes me think I should have taken more than a picture or two, because when the porch is empty or someone else is sitting on it, it won’t be what it was. e have all walked through empty rooms looking for someone, opened closet doors and found nothing but dust balls and hangers.
We have folded things and put them away when the person who wore them couldn’t any more. We have waved goodbye to our friends, our children, wishing them luck, wishing them a safe passage, wishing they wouldn’t go. We have held on to loved ones as they laid their bodies down, and we have walked away from the graves of others and gone on with our lives. All that matters is what we still have that they gave us while they could. Their laughter, their kindness, the great and small teachings that help us get through the confusion of each day. Each one in their own way has shown us that we must try to be full of this life, to live it with all our love, wildly, steadfastly, honestly, sweetly, generously and then, when we go, leave it all behind. Y Renee Armand is a singer/ songwriter, who lives on a farm south of Leiper’s Fork. w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
Cork in the Fork Offers Many Opportunities for Involvement Leiper’s Fork Wine Tasting Fundraiser Embraces, Bridges and Builds Community
he Leipers Fork Community Association (LFCA) has a committee in full swing planning this year’s fundraiser Cork in the Fork (CITF). Co-chaired by Jennifer Bickerstaff, Becky Black and Heidi Green, meetings began this spring for the November 5th event. “We want to knock it out of the ballpark this year,” says Green. “We’ve had such great success the previous two years and we are fine-tuning it even further.” Bickerstaff agrees. She says, “It’s important for the community and its
supporters to know we have so many ways to be involved in what has proven to be such a fun event.” This year’s CITF Planning Committee is stronger than ever with members who have past experience joined by several with fresh perspectives and new energy. “We are playing to everyone’s strengths,” adds Black. “And we expect to do the same with our sponsorship drive.” Currently, the committee is seeking event sponsors, restaurant sponsors, silent auction donors and event volunteers for the myriad tasks that go
Westhaven Golf Club Hosts ‘A Drive in the Country’ Tournament July 25 Fundraiser Benefits Hillsboro Middle School Golf Team
he communities of Leiper’s Fork and Westhaven in Williamson County will create another opportunity to share some fun on Monday, July 25th. Not only do the historic village and 21st century neighborhood development share proximity; beginning this fall, their middle school children share a school. Westhaven’s golf course offers the perfect opportunity for the school to create a golf team, introducing another alternative to its roster of sports programs. Presented by the Downtown Leiper’s Fork Association’s campaign Visit Leiper’s Fork and The Westhaven Foundation, friends of both communities can gather for a day on the links for the scramble and to raise funds for the new Hillsboro Middle School Golf Team and the w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
communities’ events. Tournament players will enjoy a round of golf and be provided with range balls, cart, lunch, gift bag and automatic entry into a drawing for door prizes. There are three levels of sponsorship—Presenting, Platinum and Hole; opportunities to sponsor remain available. Golfers may register as individuals or foursomes to compete. Trackman Swing Analyses and Mulligan shots will also be available. Online registration for the event continues through July 23rd after which registration must be paid on-site based on availability. See Facebook for details or call 615.595.8190. A Drive in the Country will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., a shotgun start begins the tournament at 8:30 a.m. Y
Scene from 2010’s Cork in the Fork by Jg Stratton.
into creating an exciting evening in one of the most charming communities in middle Tennessee. There are five levels for Event Sponsors, and may include inkind donations as well as monetary. CITF sponsors receive far-reaching appreciation as it’s their generosity that ultimately allows for free music events in the town each year. The restaurants that donate their time, talents and products receive excellent visibility as well, as some 400 aficionados attend this wine-tasting event. Additionally, the volunteers who
assist with every task from pouring to trash pick-up are well rewarded through attendance of this spectacular event; it also features a variety of live music throughout the little village. Cork in the Fork is an annual fundraiser that raises money for the Leipers Fork Community Association’s free music events in historic Leiper’s Fork. Stay current of the latest details by being a Cork-in-the-Fork Facebook friend or going to www.corkinthefork. com. Y
Lesson of the Locusts
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y the time you read this, most of the cicadas will have lived, mated and died. This particular incarnation of what we called in my boyhood “the locusts” will go back to their netherworld in the tree roots for another 13 years. That’s fine with us. They were a major nuisance—or were they? On the one hand, from the perspective of wanting our world to be free of that which disturbs the status quo, the cicadas were a major pain to be endured. They made too much noise; they were clumsy flyers, bumping into our space; and they were scary, looking like giant alien flies on steroids—demon-possessed red eyes! On the other hand, from the perspective that all living beings by virtue of their existence must have a purpose in the grand scheme of things and, hence, an inherent nobility, the cicadas are a wonder to behold. The fact that they emerge above ground for only a few weeks every 13 years bears witness to gratitude for living life fully no matter how short that life is. So which is it—hate the cicadas or love the cicadas? The answer lies in
our fundamental approach to life—fear or love. Driven by fear, we don’t like anything or anybody that disturbs our engrained patterns of envisioning our world. Driven by fear, we don’t like the different invading our space. Driven by fear, we turn the different into the ugly and scary in our minds—the satanic. Flowing with love, we accept anything or anybody that interrupts the daily routine as a divine gift. Flowing with love, our space is open to accept the gift. Flowing with love, the different is beautiful and benevolent in our minds—the divine. Although we live our lives above ground for a much longer period than the cicadas, our lives are way too short to be driven by fear. Cicadas, I welcome you back and I anticipate your raucous song should you and I live another 13 years. Y Marty Bell, Ph.D., is a professor, preacher and singer/songwriter. He teaches at Belmont University and ministers to three Methodist churches in rural Williamson County: Green’s Chapel, Garrison and Greenbrier. He can be reached at bellmg@ comcast.net. J UNE 2 0 1 1
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A Tribute:Jack Buley NOTEBOOK
n the self-help section of every bookstore, and in countless magazines every month, you can find answers to most of life’s biggest questions: how to get your dream job, how to find (and then pursue, and then make an impact with) your passion, how to “win friends and influence people,” how to raise happy, welladjusted children that other people love, and of course, how to find your perfect soul mate to live your best life. Nothing against self-help books, but there is an alternative to reading how other people have reached their life’s goals (which may or may not have anything to do with what you want): you can choose to achieve all those things, and choose to live your best life. Look around you—who seems happy? Better yet, who seems amazingly happy? Who looks successful to you? What makes you smile? Easier said than done, but oh, so worth doing. It seems life teaches us valuable lessons every single time we’re willing to listen. And sometimes, the lesson comes at far too great a cost. On Sunday, May 22nd, we all lost a vibrant, passionate, successful, funny, fun-loving, generous soul amongst our communities here in the hills and hamlets of middle Tennessee. Our dear friend, Jack Buley, of Leiper’s Fork, died in a fatal single car accident on the morning of his 50th birthday. His physical absence will be greatly felt far beyond our peaceful corner of the world. Jack’s significant contributions to his family, his businesses and his friends stretch, quite literally, around the globe. He never met a stranger, and former strangers quickly became friends who not only loved Jack, but felt better about themselves as a result of being around him. If he believed in you, you simply couldn’t help but believe in yourself. Jack had just recently achieved his lifelong career goal of becoming CEO, and in just a very short time, had made a truly remarkable impact within TB!S (The Bargain! Shop), a multi-unit retail store based in Canada. While his contributions there were quickly becoming apparent in bottom line profits, his accomplishments were far more immediate, personal and longlasting in the people around him. Those who worked with him found new energy, renewed passion and a tangible confidence in what they could bring to the table. Classic Jack. Work hard, but not too hard. Check.
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All who had the privilege of knowing Jack knew he could throw a party. In addition to the always delicious “Jack’s own special dishes” (he wasn’t really one for using recipes), great wine, music, laughter, and if you were lucky, maybe even a horse race, you couldn’t help but leave that gathering with either a new friend, a new idea or at the very least, a big smile on your heart for how great life could be. Always use the good plates when having friends for dinner and drink the good wine. Check. In addition to all of the traditional elements of success, there is no doubt that Jack’s two greatest joys were, first, in celebrating the accomplishments of his children, JB (who passed away in 2006, but lives on through those whose lives he touched), Taylor, a rising journalist who was a published author before graduating from college, Trelawney, his beautiful and talented daughter who has inherited the retail gene (first in shopping, then in her career), and his youngest son, Colin, who will graduate from high school on Father’s Day and start college in the fall. Not only was Jack proud of his kids, but he loved them fiercely, and perhaps most importantly, told them so every day. Tell the people you love that you love them. Check. nd of course, next, Jack was a big presence, and could both fill and light up a room. He was whole. In February of 2007, he became more than the sum of his parts, when he married the great love of his life, Cathy David. A more beautiful, warm, loving and engaging couple, you would struggle to find. They loved each other wholly, supported each other always, and brought out the very best in each other. Together, they became more than they were individually, which is really saying something. Jack and Cathy not only loved each other deeply, they felt profound respect for one another, and even when thousands of miles apart due to their mutual business successes, they stayed connected on so many levels. Their love is one for the books, far too short, certainly, but one that will live in Cathy’s heart forever. Live life to the fullest. Every day. Every moment. Check. When Jack and Cathy found their home in Leiper’s Fork, they knew that it was special. This beautiful community reflects kindness and talent and oldfashioned neighborly affection in a way that is too rare in this world. With Jack
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working in Canada, and Cathy working in Texas, they had just recently made the decision that this Tennessee home was their forever home. They even made the step of naming it Journey’s End, and while not able to spend as much time here together as they’d like, both knew that they could never let it go. In 2009, they had the great honor of standing in for Santa and Mrs. Claus in the greatest Christmas parade in the world (Leiper’s Fork’s). It seems, in reflection, that 2009 was a year when the real Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up. It is incredibly difficult to imagine this world without him, so we offer this tribute to Jack and ask that you all keep his spirit alive by living your life to the fullest, every day, every moment. Tell the people you love that you love them. Always show up when you’re invited (and maybe even if you’re not invited). Work hard, but not too hard. Be fiercely true to your own passions, and be unexpectedly kind and
expressive to others—it’s the ultimate renewable resource. ur deepest sympathies go to Cathy, Jack’s kids, and all his family and friends. He lived his best life. Take a note from this and save yourself some money on self-help books. This great man lived his best life and celebrated everything with everyone he loved, and offered a hand up to anyone who needed it. That’s a legacy to be proud of and a model for the rest of us. God bless you, Jack Buley and may you spend eternity in peace, surrounded by music and sunflowers and gardening and horses, and may you stay a driving force of love and direction for all of us. Y
Susan Powell has contributed to Hills & Hamlets since 2009. Although she currently lives in Orange County, California her heart has clearly never left Williamson County, Tennessee where she plans to return. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
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s there any validity to the phrase “sustainable future”? If so, is it predicated on those living sustainably in the here and now? The Brundtland Report titled Our Common Future and published in 1987 states, “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This United Nations’ sponsored report declares that world sustainability depends upon countries acting in concert to ensure a sustainable future for all, from the most impoverished to the wealthiest of nations. We all breathe the same air. Is it a leap to say that if resources are not allocated and consumed today in a sustainable manner, there is no future for the human species? Ultimately, that is what the issue is all about. The sky does not need to fall. Homo sapiens and all previous humanoids survived without burning coal or gas or oil from underground for hundreds of thousands of years. Metallurgy was a tremendous innovation, but success in the hunt still depended upon quickness, skill and bravery. In this age, the question, “What makes us happy?” supersedes “What must we do to survive?” The choice between possessing the newest wonderful thing or ensuring that your great-great grandchildren have the same access and opportunity as you to life and liberty appears pointless, until the newest wonderful thing devours the last ingredients to make that thing wonderful. The reality may be that the consumption of most “things” will become unsustainable, as resources must be allocated to those “necessities” required to survive. Wonderful is in the eye of the beholder, but the universality of survival is food and shelter. The expenditure of energy and resources for the truly useless and absurd is mind-boggling to say the least. We all own it and discard it without thought. The industrial age! It is a wonder there is still wonder when the minds of most need not invent but simply are given. Plastic figurines of action heroes litter our homes and overflow our landfills, to what end? To spark the imagination of adolescent minds or sell one more burger, large fries and extra large mega soft drink? Luxuries are just that. How does a
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society determine what is acceptable extravagance in times of limited resources? What can we live without to contribute to a sustainable now? If energy was limitless and affordable, we could air-condition the world. Is there an obligation to cooperate or share resources and technologies for the betterment of mankind by the wealthiest nations, without exploitation and monetary gain being the primary motivations? At what point are we all in this together as our planet races through an unforgiving outer space orbiting the sun? Is the human family destined to relive the Stone Age, or will some amazing innovations propel us all into the world of George Jetson? By 2050 there will be another two billion souls walking this earth. Will most live in poverty? If one could choose their parents, would we all be Americans? All resources are finite— the imagination is limitless. Where does this leave us? Dare we think down the road, say, another 50,000 years? That’s approximately how long humans have been…modern. The vast majority of people on the planet actually live sustainable lives, which translates to just barely getting by. Sweden’s gross domestic product (GDP) is one-tenth of Japan’s. The two countries are similar in size. Both are envies of much of the world in terms of health, education and business opportunities. However, slums and rural poverty are the norm. Everyone recognizes the exceptions as seen in countless magazines dedicated to modern western lifestyles. Few will ever achieve that stratosphere of comfort. s survivors of the recent tornadoes, floods and tsunamis recover from the incredible shock and awe of nature, what do they search for in the strewn rubble of their lives? What really matters more than loved ones by their sides? To find a photo of some relative or child now grown, a pet swept out to sea, a lover lost to some distant combat, a generational portrait, any letter written by hand…. Y
Stuart Moore lives in northwest Williamson County and is a landscaper, writer and advocate for planet-friendly lifestyles.
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By ROBIN LOCKWOOD
his has been quite the lush spring. All the rain we’ve had has filled the creeks, the cicadas’ song is ringing in our ears, and summer is arriving. Nature lives around us, despite our attempts to obliterate her, and is a miraculous, divine work of art that provides for all its creatures. Our family lived in Omaha, Nebraska for one year prior to moving home to Tennessee. In the front yard, a rather large weed sprang up and I decided to let it grow and see what it would become. Throughout the summer I watered it, pulled weeds and grass from around it, and simply tended to it, as it grew taller and taller until it reached about 6 feet in height and about four feet in circumference. Then it began to bud out. By now I figured that I was looking at a species of sunflower but continued to nurture it anyway. What I didn’t know when I first decided to let it grow was that Omaha is directly in the migration pathway for the monarch butterfly.
As the first monarchs began to flutter into our area, they descended upon it. That sunflower shrub became the restaurant of choice in our neighborhood for a couple of weeks and was simply magnificent covered in monarch butterflies. We humans impact nature around us by our decisions. The pipevine butterfly is a native butterfly here in middle Tennessee and is becoming rare due to habitat loss. Planting pipevine, Aristolochia macrophylla, also known as Dutchman’s pipe, allows this beautiful blue and black butterfly to thrive. It is a thrill to see the black baby caterpillars munching away on the leaves of the pipevines. It’s food and support for nature’s own; both I am privileged to provide. Y Robin Lockwood lives in the southwest section of Williamson County and is a founding member of the Leiper’s Fork Garden Club. She is also well known as an herbalist and her column “Robin’s Remedies.” J UNE 2 0 1 1
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t the recent Franklin Street Festival my daughter asked for an ice cream cone. We stopped into Ben & Jerry’s. She asked me if I was going to have anything and I said no. While waiting in line to be served, I perused the selection of flavors available. After the server took my daughter’s order she asked me what I wanted. Without thinking I instantly said “I want a hot fudge sundae.” It was delicious. I try to watch what I eat, avoiding unhealthy concoctions or ingredients. There was a time when I regularly ate a lot of ice cream. My first diet, if you can call it that, I termed the “Ben & Jerry’s Diet,”as all I did was eliminate ice cream (specifically Coffee Heathbar Crunch and Cherry Garcia). I lost 10 pounds in two months, and kept it off. Ice cream has ever since been on my no-fly list. I still enjoy making homemade ice cream, but I restrain myself. That is why I surprised myself by ordering the sundae. I guess that I felt that I had earned a treat. As treats go, the ice cream sundae is a toned-down version of the deluxe ice cream soda. The legacy of the ice cream soda is what gave birth to the sundae. It is a great story. Back in the 1880s sodas were the new rage. Pharmacies across the nation were peddling carbonated water at their soda fountains under the belief that sparkling water was good for your health (probably true). In that era chemists were creating tinctures and tonics that often contained herb or root extracts, combined with a litany of ingredients, some of which contained opiates, components of the coca leaf, or just plain alcohol. These concentrates were sold to pharmacies as medicine, and carbonated water was the chosen delivery device to mix with the tonics. Hence, the soda. A typical soda fountain consisted of the actual fountain, which was a spigot controlled by a shift that pivoted back and forth. Pull the shift toward you and bubbly water flowed. Push the shift back and a thin high-pressure stream of fluid pressed forth. Also present at the fountain were a series of wells with pump attachments. These wells contained a variety of concentrates, or syrups, which formed the base of the soda mixture. A soda was mixed by first pumping a tall glass with some of the selected syrup. Next was a short pull of the fountain to add some bubbly water,
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followed by several short bursts of the high pressure thin stream of carbonated water to dilute the syrup, and then m o r e bubbly water to
complete the mix. This process was termed “jerking the fountain”, and created the term soda jerk, which does not mean the idiot mixing your drink, but rather the process of the actual mix. Since pharmacies maintained an icebox; ice cream was also available. A scoop of ice cream, a dollop of whipped cream, a maraschino cherry, and we have the ice cream soda. If we include the stimulant or depressant ingredients, then I am sure that we would have a very enjoyable treat indeed. Milkshakes were also a staple of the soda fountain. Ice cream, syrup (alcohol) and milk were combined in a shaker and hand-shaken. The thickened mixture was poured into a tall glass and served. In 1911 the Hamilton Beach Company patented its electric mixer which became the standard device to make shakes. Milkshakes were never again shaken, but the name remained stable. Efforts over the years to rename the drink came and went. Do you recognize any of these interlopers? Frappe, cabinet, awful-awful, malted, phosphate, concrete, velvet and frosted just to name a few regional appellations. he next impetus toward the ice cream sundae came from the temperance movement which viewed any intoxicants as immoral and evil. It is true that alcoholism was epidemic in the late 19th century, so the temperance movement had support. Beer, wine, liquor and soda were considered hard substances and therefore targeted by the movement through legislation. The first successes
of the movement resulted in certain states or counties banning the serving of these beverages on Sunday. As a consequence, pharmacies assembled the major ingredients of an ice cream soda, minus the soda, and dubbed it the sundae, respectfully changing the spelling so as not to offend. Initially, the sundae was served only on the Sabbath, but popular demand put it on the menu as a regular feature. As its popularity grew the fountains expanded its selection of ingredients, offering sauces such as hot fudge and butterscotch, fruits like strawberries, pineapple and banana, and a variety of chopped nuts. The sundae was born. he temperance movement continued to gain traction, with measured results. In 1914 congress passed the Harrison Act, which outlawed a wide array of drugs loosely termed narcotics. This forced the now well-known soda manufacturers to alter their secret formulas, omitting the coca and substituting caffeine for the stimulant factor. This allowed them to reclassify their beverages as soft drinks, and thus suitable for sale on Sunday. The ice cream soda was again available seven days a week. In 1919 the temperance movement had their crowning achievement with the Volstead Act, beginning America’s Noble Experiment known as Prohibition, which history largely views as less than successful. The good news is that the noble movement gave birth to something that outlived the movement itself. The ice cream sundae is great any day of the week, not only on Sunday.
Y Larry Kane received his chef training in Boston, Massachusetts. A 2001 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence winner, Kane can be found at the Publix at Bowie Commons in Fairview, Tennessee
Hot Fudge Sauce
(2 cups) 1 c. heavy cream ½ c. corn syrup ½ c. dark brown sugar ¼ c. Dutch-process cocoa ½ tsp. kosher salt 4 oz. bittersweet (60%) chocolate, coarsely chopped 2 tbsp. unsalted butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract In a medium saucepan bring cream, corn syrup, sugar, cocoa, salt and chocolate to a boil over medium heat, stirring often until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat to low and stir in remaining ingredients. Remove from heat. Serve warm. Keeps well in fridge. Reheat in microwave on low until warmed.
(single serving) 1 ea. medium ripe banana (yellow, with specks) 3 scoops golf-ball sized ice cream (flavors of your choice) 1 oz. each strawberry slices, chopped pineapple and chocolate (Hershey’s) syrup 3 oz. canned whipped cream 1 ea. maraschino cherry chopped toasted walnuts (optional) In an oval dish, 6” X 3” place a split peeled banana. On top of this place three scoops of ice cream. Pour over the strawberries, pineapple and chocolate syrup. Spray the whipped cream over the ice cream. Top with the cherry and the nuts.
Classic Ice Cream Soda
(single serving) 3 ea. golf-ball sized ice cream scoops (flavor of your choice) 1 oz. vanilla syrup (or other flavor) 6 oz. sparkling water 1 oz. whiskey or a pinch of cocaine (optional) 1 oz. whipped cream 1 ea. maraschino cherry Combine first four ingredients in a tall glass. Top with whipped cream and the cherry. Serve with a long spoon and straw. w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
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Think Cool By ROBIN LOCKWOOD
ithout getting into a political debate, our local climate has shifted. The USDA has redefined us as a Zone Seven for gardening. Our weather patterns have shifted. No longer are we simply receiving weather coming in from the Gulf of Mexico, we are now receiving weather trends from Texas and Missouri as well as the Gulf of Mexico. And now, we are blessed with immediate summer by the end of May. Yes, it’s quite warm out there and we all need good heat strategies. Drinking water is critical, especially when working outside. By the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrating. The Institute of Medicine advises that men consume roughly three liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day and women consume two and two-tenths liters (about nine cups) of total beverages a day. Gatorade, while beneficial, is not good when it is used as the only fluid in extreme heat; half water and half Gatorade works well. Yes, electrolytes need to be replenished every day in order to maintain good health. There’s a great homeopathic remedy on the market put out by a company called P&S Laboratories. It’s called Bioplasma. Sounds a bit odd, however, this little remedy really works to keep a person from dehydrating. It comes in tiny pills that disintegrate under the tongue. This remedy assists the cells in maintaining hydration and helps hang onto electrolytes. The wonderful thing about homeopathic remedies is that they do not conflict with conventional western medications but they really work. Nothing beats a cold glass of rosemary and lemongrass tisane with a lemon squeeze in it. Simply put a half teaspoon of rosemary leaf and one teaspoon of lemongrass into a cup, and pour boiling water over it. Allow it to steep until it
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cools. Strain the herb; add a few chunks of ice and a slice of lemon. Amazingly refreshing, and it has a restorative element to it as well. When one is really hot, you become depleted mentally as well as physically. This remedy helps to restore the mental awareness, while it refreshes the body. (To make a pitcher of this remedy, use three teaspoons of rosemary leaf and four teaspoons of lemongrass leaves, steep in two cups of boiling water until it cools, then dilute to taste.) Cooling bandannas, otherwise known as “neck coolers,” are one of the greatest inventions of all time. These are made from cotton fabric with absorbent acrylic polymer beads inside. Soak the fabric in cold water for 20 minutes and the polymer beads will expand. Tie it around your neck during the day. When it gets hot, simply turn it over. Rinse them out in the evening and rehydrate. (I like to keep mine in the refrigerator.) These bandanas really work to lower your body temperature and are easily found online. They are very inexpensive and worth every penny when working in the heat. Wearing a hat assists in keeping your body temperature lower by keeping the sun from directly beating down upon your head and protects the facial skin from direct sunlight and harmful UV rays. That said, however, it’s very important that we get some sun on our skin daily. So use common sense. Get some sun on your skin each day, preferably in the early morning hours when it is just up and protect yourself in the heat of the day with sunscreen. Enjoy the summer heat. We’ve begged for it all snowy winter long! Y Robin Lockwood is a Master Herbalist, a Plant Spirit Medicine practitioner and a Dagantu (weather worker) in the Cherokee tradition. w w w. h i l l s N h a m l e t s . c o m
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