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Shakespeare Festival, Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library

Posted by on Apr 16, 2016 in What's Happening Locally | Comments Off on Shakespeare Festival, Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library

Presenter Bill Gathergood at the Shakespeare Festival in 2014 with the lovely Bianca, our resident shrew Katerina and their father, otherwise known as from left to right Vickie Mueller, Charles Tippitt and Carolyn King.

Presenter Bill Gathergood at the Shakespeare Festival in 2014 with the lovely Bianca, our resident shrew Katerina and their father, otherwise known as from left to right Vickie Mueller, Charles Tippitt and Carolyn King.

The Friends of the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library in Townsend, TN, a group who helps support one of two public Blount County Libraries, have scored another successful event on March 19, 2016 with their third annual Shakespeare Festival.

After presenting THE TAMING OF THE SHREW in 2014 and MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING in 2015, Bill Gathergood presented A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM this year.

The comedy, which was a favorite of Queen Elizabeth I, is one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  Gathergood, a Shakespeare enthusiast who has taught the Bard for several decades to classes in the U.S. and Russia, brings Shakespeare to life even to those who find the playwright “difficult.”

The members who attended the event, which is held at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in Townsend, are eager to volunteer for the roles that Gathergood lays out for the play.  After all, who could resist playing Titania, the Queen of the fairies, an Athenian Duke or the mischievous Puck who has magical power over mortals?

Besides learning about a Shakespeare play, those in attendance found about the theater in various parts of the world as well as during Shakespeare’s time.  Gathergood explained that audiences could get quite rowdy and those sitting in the pit were very close to the actors on stage.

Judy Krueger, who chaired the committee that planned this year’s Festival, had this to say: “Since our little Townsend Library here in Blount County is temporarily closed because of structural problems to the building, there are many individuals in the area who want to keep the Library’s programs alive.  Offering a Shakespeare play to the community is not only a cultural opportunity but it lets the community know that the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library is still a viable force.  We particularly appreciate the efforts of the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center in offering a venue to help us make the Shakespeare Festival happen each year.  We’ll be having the Festival again in 2017 although a date has not yet been set.”

Two other activities sponsored by the Friends of the Library are already in the planning stages for this year.  Both events will be held at the Heritage Center.  On October 7, 2016 the Friends will host a storytellers’ festival.  This will be the first time that the group will be involved in this activity which has been held for several years at the Center.

On November 5, 2016 the second annual Handcrafters’ Showcase, which features locally made craft items for sale, will be held.  This latter event was so popular that there have been requests to schedule it again.

Meanwhile, the Library Board is working towards getting the necessary repairs made to the building which is leased from the Tuckaleechee Utility Board.  Then the Mary E. Tippitt Memorial Library can open its doors again.  mizkathleen@ Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

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22nd Annual Mountain Quilt Festival in Pigeon Forge, TN

Posted by on Apr 10, 2016 in What's Happening Locally | Comments Off on 22nd Annual Mountain Quilt Festival in Pigeon Forge, TN

First Place & Best of Show, Ann Fox, Brandon MS

First Place & Best of Show, Ann Fox, Brandon MS

Dolly Parton’s song, COAT OF MANY COLORS, tells of her mother taking bits of cloth and creating a patchwork quilt coat for her daughter.  In addition to being a nice song, Dolly’s patchwork coat represents the skills of mountain women and men who stitch together works of art that are displayed annually in Pigeon Forge.  March 15-19, 2016, the Piece-Makers and the Night Quilters’ Guild brought together over 500 quilts from around the region and displayed them at the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge, TN.  This was the 22nd annual Mountain Quilt Festival.

Anita Smythe, Shadow Play

Anita Smythe, Shadow Play

In addition to displaying quilts, the guild arranges for over 70 quilting technique classes to be taught by professional quilters.  They also bring in over 30 vendors who have products and material for sale to the many quilters who attend the festival.

Prizes are also given to winners in several categories.  Distinctions are made between professional and amateur quilters with prizes for large and small quilts, hand and machine quilts, pieced quilts and appliqué quilts.

Arab Sitting by Anne B. G. Armour

Arab Sitting by Anne B. G. Armour

In addition to the Festival, the Piece Makers’ Guild work year-round to create “charity quilts” that are given free to battered women’s shelters.  When children are brought into the shelter with their mother, each child receives a quilt they can cuddle with at the shelter and take with them when they move on.

Just as Avie Lee Parton hand stitched Dolly’s coat of many colors, hundreds of people in the East Tennessee region save bits of cloth and plan patterns and color combinations to bring together works of art that will be given away to a loved one or remain in the family for generations.

By Bill Gathergood for Gracehill Bed and Breakfast

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Dip- Spinach with Water Chestnuts

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Recipes | Comments Off on Dip- Spinach with Water Chestnuts

Spinach Dip w/ Water Chestnuts

Spinach Dip w/ Water Chestnuts

Dip- Spinach with Water Chestnuts
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 C mayo
  • 1 ½ to 2 C sour cream
  • 1 to 2 cans water chestnuts diced fine
  • 1 package Knorrs vegetable soup mix
  • 1 (10 oz) package frozen chopped spinach
Instructions
  1. Thaw and drain the frozen spinach squeezing out the excess moisture.
  2. Pat dry with paper towels then take a pair of scissors and cut up even finer.
  3. Mix all five ingredients and let rest in the fridge for a few hours so the soup mix will soften up and flavor everything.
  4. Serve with crackers, torn up bread, or cut up veggies.

 

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Soup- Lemon Orzo Chicken

Posted by on Apr 24, 2016 in Recipes | Comments Off on Soup- Lemon Orzo Chicken

Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

Soup- Lemon Orzo Chicken
 
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This is a Greek soup thickened with eggs and lemon juice. If you don’t have the little orzo pasta you can substitute with rice. This soup is good with the Romano Pita Pockets recipe I have posted under bread. (The pita pockets could be an appetizer, bread, snack, or used for scooping up dip.)
Ingredients
  • 8 C. of chicken stock
  • ¾ C. orzo or other rice shaped pasta
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (between ½ lb. to a 1 lb.) cooked and sliced very thin. It is easier to slice it very thin if you cool the chicken down after cooking.
  • 3 eggs
  • ⅓ C. fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. grated lemon zest
  • 2 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions
  1. In a large pot bring the stock to a boil then reduce to medium low and add the orzo or rice and cook, uncovered until very tender, 15 to 20 minutes.
  2. Place the eggs in a mixing bowl and whisk.
  3. Continue whisking while pouring in the lemon juice.
  4. Stir in the zest.
  5. While whisking continuously, slowly pour about a ½ cup of the hot stock into the egg mixture.
  6. Turn the heat off and pour the egg mixture into the soup pot while whisking continuously. The soup should thicken slightly. If it doesn’t, turn the heat to very low until it thickens. It will thicken more as it cools down. Be careful with the heat or it will curdle the soup.
  7. Add the chicken breast slices.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Ladle into bowls and garnish with the parsley.

 

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Breakfast- Gluten Free Potato Frittata

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Recipes | Comments Off on Breakfast- Gluten Free Potato Frittata

Potato Frittata

Vegetarian Potato Frittata is Gluten Free. (Of course I have panko crumbs on the zucchini rounds. You can serve whatever you’d like on the side.)

 
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Ingredients
  • 2oz of small potatoes per person (I use Dutch Yellow Peewee Potatoes)
  • 1½oz of grated Smoked Gouda Cheese per person
  • Onion diced, about 2 T per person
  • Red Pepper diced, about 1 T per person
  • 2 eggs per person
  • 1T of half and half per egg
  • Butter
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Put the potatoes in a sauce pan and add water to an inch above the potatoes. Boil until soft when you prick them with a fork. Maybe 20 minutes or so.
  2. Dice onion and sauté in butter until golden brown or caramelized.
  3. About half way through sautéing the onions add the diced red peppers to the same pan.
  4. When the potatoes are soft, drain, cut in half and put cut side down in another frying pan with a little butter.
  5. Remove from heat when they are just turning golden brown.
  6. Put in the same pan with the finished onions and red pepper.
  7. Grate the cheese.
  8. Whip up the eggs with the half and half, add salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Cut up some rosemary and add to the onion mixture along with the eggs.
  10. Then stir in the cheese leaving a little to one side to garnish the finished frittata.
  11. Cook on medium heat watching closely and scraping the bottom of the frying pan to pull the curds to the top.
  12. You can use a 9X13 pan, but I started using one ramekin per person and like it better.
  13. When the eggs are starting to hold shape but still wet, scoop into the ramekin and fill up to the top.
  14. Place in a 325 convection oven or 350 regular oven and bake until puffed, about 20 minutes. Let set for about 3-5 minutes and loosen and scoop onto a plate.
  15. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary stuck in the top and the leftover grated Gouda Cheese.
  16. (We use herbs out of our garden. Our rosemary bit the dust about a week ago so I subbed in chives for this photo.)

 

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