By QB Social Butterfly
It's a great time of year to get your foodie on. Below, are food festivals for all locations and all types of food fanatics.
May 4 – 5, 2012
Breitenbach Dandelion Festival – Dover, Ohio
Enjoy a simpler lifestyle for a couple of days in Amish country. Featured foods include all things dandelion flavored, including jelly, ice cream, bread, and sausage (who knew?).
May 22 – 26, 2012
The New Orleans Wine & Food Experience - Louisiana
Wine and dine around New Orleans' best restaurants, galleries, and museums.
May 24 – 27, 2012
Mudbug Madness – Shreveport, Lousiana
Just admit, this festival's name alone is compelling reason to go. Still skeptical? Think Cajun food and Zydeco music.
May 26 – 27, 2012
Pungo Strawberry Festival – Virginia Beach, Virginia
Enjoy strawberries prepared 50 different ways, a carnival, and (best of all) free admission!
June 23, 2012 (12:00 – 6:00 p.m.)
Richmond Vegetarian Festival – Richmond, Virginia
Prepare yourself to see a lot of hipsters. If you can get past this, though, it should be a great festival.
July 11-15, 2012
Taste of Chicago - Illinois
Don't miss the world's largest outdoor food festival!
Pittsburgh's Newest Pop-Up
It's raining pop-up stores at Cats and Dogs Coffeehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A pop-up store is a store that “pops up” in a location for a bit, then moves or disappears. From May 24 through 27, Clowder & Pack, a pop-up bookstore, will be open in Cats and Dogs' back room. All proceeds will go to Assemble, a “community space for arts + technology” located on Pittsburgh's Penn Avenue. Oh, and did we mention that QB's going to be there?
Here, Clowder & Pack's creator Connor Site-Bowen talks about his latest project:
QB: Could you describe the current atmosphere at Cats & Dogs? What attracted you about it and how do you hope to alter it for the pop-up bookstore?
CSB: Cats and Dogs is a wonderful local coffee shop. Blonde wood furniture, vaulting pressed-relief ceilings, clean white walls, and large south-facing windows provide an atmosphere of space and lightness. The art is always local, and changes often. The coffee is delicious and the owners, Mr. Cat and Mr. Dog, are friendly, cheerful, and passionate about making Pittsburgh an even better place to live.
There is a large (15ft x 15ft) back room, usually available for meetings and other reserved events, which Clowder and Pack will inhabit. It will be a store-within-the-store, accessible via the cafe. Readings and the like will take place both in the back room and the general space.
Richmond, Virginia's ESL Programs Underserve Mixtecs
By Christine Stoddard & Zack Budryk
By Sean O'Hara and Jeff Ocampo of Wide EyesQuailBellMagazine.com
I meet Angela Bacskocky outside of an old uniform factory, and I see her dog Glory has been waiting on the other side of the glass door. We head up the staircase past scooters, bicycles, and what looks like a paper-mache canoe. Her studio is spacious. She shares it with a few other artists. She shows me around, and I see remnants of everyone’s various projects. It is certainly a used space. As we walk to her end of this community work area, there is a giant nest in the middle of the room. I investigate it as she starts to tell me about her work. There have to be thousands of sticks and branches fastened together in layers. The base is brick and stone. There are pieces of metal scattered here and there. The space in the middle is large enough to fit a person. I want to crawl inside it. I pull myself away and look around. There are bundles of sticks that have yet to make the nest. There are tables full of bones, skulls, bird feathers, and scraps of fur pinned on the walls. I should mention that the walls are covered in aluminum foil. I wonder if this is a nod to Andy Warhol. She catches me looking and confirms that it is indeed a tip of hat to Warhol. Behind the nest there is a leather couch that I would imagine would be sitting in a law firm in the 1920s.
I walk to the hangers holding her garments. The construction shows the work of a practiced hand. Wool, leather, and silk make up the pieces that I look through. For something so well-constructed, they also look comfortable. There is something prestigious about leather and fur that can’t be mimicked with substitutes. The colors are warm to me. Not in a summer sort of way but in the way you seek warmth in the dead of winter.
Congratulations to Rachel West!
By Tykeya O'Neil and Lindsey Story
A Refreshing Take on Jewelry
By Sidney Shuman
The Jewelry and Accessory Trunk Show at Gallery 5 for Richmond, Virginia's Fashion Week offered a variety of crafty and innovative accessories presented by local dealers. Many different materials, from animal bones to coral, were presented in the jewelry and added a unique play on every day jewelry selection.
On the subject of inspiration, each designer had a different approach to how they present their prospective on jewelry and the materials used. “I am very inspired by the 1940s and old Hollywood” says jewelry designer Cynthia Bouvier for Bouvier Jewelry. She uses quality gem stones and pearls in her statement jewelry. Companies such as Half Past Noon and Silver Lining Décor use vintage and antique pieces in their jewelry to show a re-purposeful view in the accessories world. “I love to make jewelry composed of antiques because every piece is unique, no matter how many people make it” says Didi Chisholm, owner of Half Past Noon.
Futuristic merchants included Urban Revisions and Rare Bird. These companies are very different; Urban Revisions uses glass to create a futuristic vibe while Rare Bird uses sleek, flat metals and minimalistic shapes to show their fresh prospective. Wild Child Dzigns showed an African-culturally inspired flair in their jewelry, even using the shape of the continent in some of their bracelets. Other companies used more organic and natural materials to show their take on the industry. Academy Jewelry, which was recently picked up by Anthropologie, uses hand painted coral as their organic statement piece. “I just found some coral one day and thought it would be a good idea to put it on jewelry,” says Rachel Albright from Academy Jewelry. The most shocking organic pieces came from Extollo Jewelry who made their accessories from animal bones. A necklace made of cat vertebrae easily captured the attention of anyone passing by. Such a diverse selection truly shows the spirit and ingenuity of our local dealer.
As the merchants were speaking of their products, they never indicated a specific seasonal change in their work. They are dedicated to their specific niche of inspiration, their vision, and what they want to wow customers with. “I put many different seasonal pieces on display because someone may be looking for that one-of-a-kind necklace to go with their winter wear even now, and I would not want them to miss it,” says Didi Chisholm of Half Past Noon. The craft being more important than the season was a new, refreshing statement to hear from vendors and exemplified their passion for their creative talent.
Getting involved in Richmond Fashion Week’s events and seeing jewelry from local merchants in the area is a great way to network with other crasftsmen and find your new favorite necklace! The materials used, inspirations shared, and passion expressed by these local companies at The Jewelry and Accessory Trunk Show made for another amazing year added onto Richmond Fashion Week’s budding legacy and showed no sign of this city’s fashion industry slowing down.**Check out earlier posted pictures of the event here.
Bell(e) of the Week
By Tykeya O'Neil and Lindsey Story
You have until Thursday, April 26th at midnight EST to cast your vote! We'll announce the winner on Friday, so please check back, fledglings <3
The Anne Boleyn Villain Series: The Media
By Bayly Ogden
The first movie portrayal of Anne Boleyn came in 1912. It was a short film about Cardinal Wolsey. Since then. there have been many movies about Henry VIII and his six wives. There have been two different portrayals of Lady Boleyn throughout the films: the independent woman who was following her heart and the cold, calculating woman out for revenge due to the loss of her one true love.
In these movies, there are many differences between the fiction and reality. The first apparent difference is the casting of Anne as the “young and beautiful.” The majority of historians agree that Anne was not particularly attractive by standards of the time. As a brunette with dark eyes and darker coloring, she did not fit the typical 16th-century English standards of fair eye and blue eyes (Friedmann). Another element to touch upon is her age. In the films Anne remains a young beauty, but how is this possible throughout a ten year courtship? During the final three years of her life, Anne’s youthful looks faded away due to both the passing of time and the stress of maintaining her marriage (Friedmann).
By Belle Byrd