July 12, 2010
July 11, 2010
Hello all! I know I know, I haven’t updated in awhile. The past week and few days has been incredibly busy and included a vacation, getting a pretty bad cold, lots of travel, work, and trying to finish two different costumes for events this past weekend. I’m still trying to get over this cold and the horrible congestion it entails, but I wanted to make sure I got some kind of post in before people thought I had abandoned this blog.
The first major event of this weekend was getting to go to the Lady Gaga concert. Despite your feelings about her music, if you enjoy offbeat glamor and a chance to dress up, Lady Gaga is a great inspiration. Of course, her concert also doubled as an offbeat fashion show for her fans. Originally I had planned to create a dress out of mirrors, but come thursday I couldn’t find the bunch I’d been collecting, so instead I modified an old prom dress I had, hemming it to tea length, doubling the tulle, adding sequins and changing the top. I also glammed up the makeup and tried some new stuff with my hair. At the concert they had a photo area where you could pose with a mock up Gaga gyroscope. I’d been waiting for them to post their pictures of me but have become impatient and decided I should just get this posted and then put up the picture later when I can get access to it. Sadly I didn’t get a photo of my outift, but I did get a picture of my hair and makeup before I showered for the night.
As soon as the Gaga concert was over, I quickly jumped the 1 train downtown to the Wasabassco City Winery Show. Lefty Lucy was the stage manager and kitten for the night, but Doc had said I could go around and collect email signups instead. I arrived at City Winery just before the intermission was about to happen so I ended up going around during the intermission and at the end of the show. I also got to see performances but Bird of Paradise, Madame Rosebud, Nasty Canasta and Gigi La Femme. Getting the email signups was pretty fun since I enjoy talking with people and interacting with “the audience.” This Wasabassco event was a super fun way to end an already fantastic evening.
That evening I ended up getting to bed pretty late, but woke up around 10 the next morning and headed up to the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. For those of you who don’t live in New York or are unfamiliar with the Greenmarkets, here is a great synopsis from the the Grow NYC website:
“Greenmarket was founded in 1976 with a two-fold mission: to promote regional agriculture by providing small family farms the opportunity to sell their locally grown, caught, foraged and baked products directly to consumers, and to ensure that ALL New Yorkers have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.
What began over three decades ago with 12 farmers in a parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue in Manhattan has now grown to become the largest and most diverse outdoor urban farmers market network in the country, nearly doubling in eight years from 28 locations in 2002 to 50 today, with over 200 family farms and fishermen participating, and over 30,000 acres of farmland protected from development.”
I am lucky to have one of these greenmarkets (or farmer’s markets as I grew up calling them in PA) very close and love the chance to spend my Saturday morning looking through the variety of veggies and locally made food products. This week, with bags of veggies in tow, I approached one of the bakers stands I had seen previous weeks. Their sign mentioned vegan products, but boy was I surprised when I asked and found out ALL their food is vegan! Ends up the whole bakery is vegan and sells at both the Grand Army Plaza and the Manhattan Union Square green markets. Their peach muffin and corn bread made a great addition to the spring onions, collard greens, romaine lettuce, green beans, bok choy, raspberries, blueberries, mixed greens and apples I had bought. I used the berries as a sweet snack to help me get through the costume work I did the rest of the day for my Wasabassco debut later that night, but we’ll save talking about that experience for the next post!