I did read a lot, in particular about Wellington's peninsular campaigns during the Napoleonic wars. Symbolic significance? Who knows...
Sunflower Babies, Uncle Walter's, 2005
I've changed the header picture - a local sunflower from Geree McDermott's garden. Is anyone besides Geree and Kristine L. growing sunflowers? Send me a picture for the header. My best intentions (do bear in mind proverbial paving): to keep sunflower anomie at bay out by changing out sunflower images frequently.
I also made some changes in blog settings - no more anonymous postings. Someone tried a scurrilous one that did not pass moderation but did convice me that it was time to change posting requirements. If you wish to post anonymously or without having to register, you can send me your message to post for you. This is standard practice on many blogs. You can be anonymous to our reader but not to me.
Anyway, here's yet another quick rundown on sunflowering.... somewhat by location. We're missing music, although there will be music at the Poets & Writers Picnic.
Shaffer Hotel and Garden
- Poets & Writers Picnic
- Sunflower Poetry Writing Workshop - download brochure - this one is a real memory hog and takes up more than its share of online file space. Look for replacement by an easier on your ink cartridge BW version
- Sunflower ATC Display and Trading Day at the Pavilion in the Shaffer Garden (behind the Gazebo). The ATC artists are preparing original sunflower ATCs for featured readers at the Poets & Writers Picnic as a gesture of appreciation
The Shaffer Pavilion will also host the following:
- Handpainted sunflower dishes, household items, and glassware at Straw Mountain Studios or whatever Judy Mowris is calling it these days.St
- Stacia Robin's handmade goddess dolls, some with sunflower themes
- Megan's anti-sunflower sunflower art. Post modern irony run amok (we hope)
- Sunflower Hat Contest awards (judging last I heard will take place on the street) - downloadable BW flyer - contact Ruth Ballen for more information. Ruth does not have e-mail and loathes answering her phone (I feel the same way), so keep your eyes open for a loudly attired & somewhat older eccentric with a taste for bizarre headwear waving to all & sundry on streets. It's probably Ruth. If not, apologize and try again...
- Sunflower Cook-off - downloadable BW flyer - e-mail Kristine for more information. She won't be back from San Diego until the end of the month but promised to be checking her mail. More on this later - including links to sunflower recipes for you to try out. Just remember that it's not really your recipe unless you make some changes.
- Sunflower Quilt Raffle - tickets available at Cibola Arts; quilt on display at Mountainair Grocery
- Sunflower Face Painting - Joan Page
- Booths and vendors @$20/table (contact Mary Schultz and Joan Page for more information). We're not sure just yet what will be there. Rather than make something up, we'll wait to post that information until someone lets us know)
- Children's Sunflower Art in shop windows up & down Broadway - created by Mountainair students
- Cibola Arts exhibit "Sunflowers and More"(wasn't this the same as last year's sunflower offering?)
- Sunflower window and other displays such as last year's "Sunflower Babies" at Uncle Walter's and Abo Trading's colorful and outstanding collection of Mexican Sunflower Folk Art... and we hope, much much more. Personally, I'm hoping for an ice-cream creation from the Meds & More soda fountain... yellow (maybe with a touch of green) & garnished with chopped sunflower seeds instead of nuts...
- Retablo Show. The sunflower retablo by Nicolas Otero commissioned for this year's Sunflower Whatever is currently on display at Cibola Arts. Someone is supposed to send me a picture. When it arrives, I'll post it here and maybe even give it a turn as blog header image. Depending on numbers & entries in both locations, the Retablo Show may end up at the Community Center. Read more about retablos...