New Years Day

Had a party last night and I can’t believe I didn’t take any photos of the finished crab cakes……bummer.  They were good, I have some frozen, but it wouldn’t be the same photo.

We had 25 and the singers were great.
1_1_12_nyeve_party_5Most everyone had a solo, there was quite a variety of tunes.

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There was acting and choral singing.
1_1_12_nyeve_party_3We borrowed a digital projector because one of the original Sam Balzac tunes was about the Land of Make Believe so we projected some images from a program DVD about Arto Monaco and his Land of Make Believe on the gallery wall while they sang.

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We have done so many parties over the years, we have real glasses and utensils that we keep just for gallery events.  Literally from ten to a hundred, we have done many varied events in the gallery.  New Years Eve parties among them.

In the photo on the left is the large punch bowl bear that Sue made and on the right are examples of the gift boxes we used for Let’s Make A Deal.

We have coasters on all of our displays so even the very large wall can be slid out of the way.  We can seat 25 to 30 comfortably.  I have cardboard sheets measured to fit over the glass displays so we can put hot food on them.  We have electricity on the displays so hot food can be plugged in.  The lights can always be arranged to focus wherever we need to have it.  Sue and I have always said this is like out little theater.  We were step up into it from the studio it’s like coming on stage for us.

We kicked around an idea for many years and tried to find land and finance a small theater because we liked doing this and I was getting interested in doing theater.  We eventually did it through JEMS because we could make it a non-profit and raise enough money, but that’s another story.

I would like to do some kind of theater in our gallery space this year, something funny, I’ll have to look around.  I am going to be in a play in July at the Recovery Lounge, more on that later.
1_1_12_nyeve_party_9Here is beautiful smiling Sue.

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So after the singing and a little noshing I played Let’s Make A Deal.  Had a lot of fun, everyone got a gift of some kind, there was a lot of laughter and spur of the moment funny stuff.

After that I went to the kitchen, opened a bottle of Proseco, and started frying my croquettes and my crab cakes.  We had so much prep done, Sue keeps a list that we check off.  I always schedule in chill time, otherwise you’d get burnt out before the party is over.

I really enjoy cooking and having a party enables me to have a nice culinary kitchen challenge, everything was a big hit, you can’t go wrong with great flavors.

New Years Day was very active for me.  I cleaned the gallery and got it back into shape.  Moved all my drums back and shined all the displays.  I worked on my Mom’s quilt during the day and visited with her tonight at her house.

Any type of New Years resolution would evolve around my time with Mom.  I think I’m finally getting a mental handle on the whole switching roles thing that goes with taking care of aging parents.  Because of that, I’m really beginning to feel a twinge of creativity, but even more so, the desire to do something about it.

So that would be a big resolution to make.

I remember the book “The Artists Way” and an important step in finding the way back to your creativity was to have a “place”, a studio space where your creativity could flourish.  Also to put aside the time for it.

So I’m going to strip my studio, all the old ideas and notes will be out.  I think I’ll pack up a lot of stuff and put it in storage too.  I mean I have papermaking supplies, gocco print supplies, inks I probably won’t use ever again.  Framing stuff that I’ll never use again, because now I just go the easy way and buy the metal frames in bulk.

I’ll replace the old music with new.  I have four albums that Ervidlus gave me over the summer that I haven’t even listened to yet.  Sitar and Indian music, and a wonderful cello and sitar.

Last month I got in lots of New Supplies.  BFK Reeves printing paper, Arches Text Wove, Binders Boards.  I had to get my glue in before the winter because they can’t ship the glue in the winter, so I got the glue, tape and some brushes.  I’m all set.  Let’s see what happens, creatively.

Also this year I want to hike.  Last year I didn’t hike, probably the first year in my whole life, other than being a kid.  I really missed being out in the woods, and that will affect your creativity as well.

I want to discipline myself for this part in the play “The Birthday Party”, set to go in late July.  I have a small part, so that’s perfect for me.  I haven’t even read through the script yet, I’m really not all that excited about it actually, yet.  Talking with Scott about the dynamics of the play was exciting and I’m sure once I can sit down with the cast and we all read it and talk about I’ll get into the spirit of it all.

Sometimes though I shake my head and say to myself, “What have I done?”.  It will require the discipline that I haven’t had of late.  I had it once, I’m sure I can get back to it.  I’ve lost weight with each play I’ve been in, because rehearsals interrupt my dinner hour usually,  So I eat very lightly because it’s either too early or too late.

So I have just a couple of resolutions, oh and drink more water and eat more fruit.

Also I wanted to write some stories and essays and put them in a special place on the blog.

I’ve lived half my life in the Adirondack Mountains now.  I’m 64 this year and I’ve lived here 32 years.  I’m very excited about this coming year.

The year 2011 was great.