Beer: Coffee Milk Stout
Brewer: Stone Brewing Co.
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: ** (6.5 of 10)
Comments: Charcoal black with a thick cream head. The smell, appropriately, is like freshly-roasted coffee beans. The coffee flavor isn’t strong but this is definitely a well-balanced stout, smooth and sweet. The head dissipates rapidly and leaves no lace.
We spent the holiday at the Opening Our Doors festival sponsored by the Fenway Culture Alliance where various cultural institutions were open free and offered special events and entertainment.
We started at the Christian Science Center where Joh Camara and Jama Jigi performed African drumming. Then we visited the Mapparium. At the YMCA, my daughter built a kite and flew it around the gym. Then at the Emerald Necklace Conservancy the kids did some drawings and we borrowed a bird watching kit which we used to explore the Fens. Finally, at Evans Way the kids were able to decorate their own solar lamps.
It was a fun and full day.
A photographic cliche, but a good one.
Vintage cars celebrate 80 years of the Mapparium.
Joh Camara and Jama Jigi perform.
A spectator joins in the dance.
Indoor kite flying.
Mallards on the Muddy River.
This weekend we visited Connors Farm in Danvers. It wasn’t quite what expected, less farm and more amusement park with a loud band, a chainsaw artist, and massive crowds. The line for tickets wound through the farm stand and was quite confusing (NOTE: if anyone from Connors Farm reads this, consider setting up admissions sales tables/tents in the parking lot on busy days to make it easier to get the wristbands and easier to shop for farm products).
Once we settled in, it was a lot of fun. Even the band, Psychedelic Relic, sounded pretty good. We tried to make our way through the corn maze but got really lost. Or not so much lost, as we kept circling back to the beginning and could not figure out how to advance further into the maze. The kids got frustrated and we decided to take a break, but we never made it back. No matter. We had a great time seeing the barnyard animals, watching the pig race, and playing on the horse swings, jumping pillows, and pedal carts among other things. Then we picked two massive pumpkins to bring home.
Here are some nice photos of our day of autumnal pleasantries.
Pig race, photofinish.
Carving a bear. With a chainsaw.
Allis Chalmers by the pond.
Lost in the maize.
Modern technology could help.
A little gospel to knock your socks off to start the week. The sock-removers are the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers of Los Angeles, performing “Little Light.”
Author: Felicia Day
Title: You’re Never Weird on the Internet
Narrator: Felicia Day
Publication Info: Simon & Schuster Audio (2015)
Felicia Day’s memoir is funny and inspiring, and especially good narrated in Day’s own voice. Day describes her unusual childhood where she was homeschooled and first found community through gaming communities on the internet. Growing up and deciding to go into acting, she finds herself typecast in roles and ends up writing, producing, and starring in one of the earliest successful web series, The Guild. I first learned of Day watching The Guild, and despite knowing next to nothing about gaming culture, I found it hilarious and accessible (and if you haven’t seen it you should watch it now). While the documents her success as an artist creating her own niche, Day also has lived with anxiety and depression with a particular bad period coinciding with the end of The Guild and honestly described. Day also includes a chapter about gamergate, the notoriously misogynist and nasty movement which has split the gaming community Day loves so much in recent years. All in all, a good, honest, and funny celebrity memoir.
Recommended books: Bossypants by Tina Fey, Nerd Do Well by Simon Pegg, and American Nerd: The Story of My People by Benjamin Nugent
Beer: Post Road Pumpkin Ale
Brewer: Brooklyn Brewery
Source: 12 oz. bottle
Rating: *** (7.5 of 10)
Comments: This bubbly amber-colored beer with a thick head smells of cinnamon spice, and has an appropriately sweet pumpkin flavor up front with a bitter aftertaste. There’s light lacing, bit of a lingering head, and a light mouthfeel. Definitely a pumpkin delight for the season.