at the Land Trust
featuring a leaf mountain, music, poetry, storytelling,
and S’Mores for all!
The Lake Claire Community Land Trust presents
PEACE & LOVE HARVEST FEST 2015
Saturday, Sept. 26, 2:00 – 11:00 pm
Adults – $10 donation, teens – $1, kids under 12 – free
Greetings neighbors and friends! The time is almost here for the Peace & Love Harvest Fest, our bi-annual fundraiser for the Lake Claire Community Land Trust. It’s happening on Saturday, Sept. 26 (note new date). We are excited to bring you a full day of music, art, food, friendship, community and FUN! We will be dancing and playing from 2:00-11:00 pm, so come on out and be part of your neighborhood and help raise money to maintain our beautiful oasis in the city.
The musical line-up is not yet complete, but as always it begins with our teen bands, who have been playing for us now from their junior high days and now into high school. They have grown not only physically, but artistically and musically and we are so proud of them.
Fuiste – This teenage trio just released their debut EP with their high-energy blend of progressive & experimental rock/jazz originals. Its members are now Grady High seniors. (Other teen bands are still tentative.)
My Imaginary Band – A crockpot of Alternative Rock. Imagine if you got out your musical blender and mixed together Cake, The Decemberists, Flogging Molly, Old97s, Radiohead, White Stripes, and the Jam. Put all that together and you get this cool but quirky band playing songs you know by heart and many you never ever knew existed. Its members are parents of some of our teen performers at past festivals.
She She R – This brand new all-female band emerged out of Ladies Rock Camp of Atlanta. They are making their DEBUT appearance, covering music from the band CCR (Credence Clearwater Revival). They are practicing hard and are very excited to be a part of our musical lineup.
Swami Gone Bananas – Atlanta native, artist, and musician Mike “Swami” Schulman was a radio personality in the early ‘90s. He called himself “Swami Gone Bananas” then, and the name was born. A fine artist in the ‘60s style, he began working for the Grateful Dead in 1992. Swami always said that the Dead were the best cover band ever, so after Jerry Garcia died, he put together a band to ‘cover’ them. The band has gone full circle since then, writing their own songs, becoming one of the South’s fine nightclub acts, and playing festivals all over the Southeast.
You’ll also be treated to a hula dance performance by the Aloha Kitties, and some powerful drumming by the Sensua Players. We are so lucky to have all these talented and amazing musicians and performers to be part of our cause!
Besides the music, we’ll have food and drinks, an Artists’ Market, a Bake Sale, face painting, and a raffle with lots of cool prizes. If you bring your own re-usable plate and utensils, you will receive $1.00 off on your meal. Bakers, we would love your donation of deliciousness for our Bake Sale table! Please include all ingredients on a small card. And please, everyone, use the marked recycling containers.
This event is held in the Lake Claire neighborhood, so we ask that you treat nearby neighbors with respect. Walk, bike, carpool, or take MARTA if you can. If you drive, please do not park on side streets. Event parking is available at Clifton Sanctuary, 369 Connecticut Ave., a short walk away. Walk quietly to and from your car. Please leave your critters at home.
Your donation helps to maintain and beautify the Land Trust. Cash is preferred, but will take cards at the ticket booth. Food and drinks are cash only. There is a money machine close by at the Candler Park Market or over at the Edgewood Shopping Center.
We can’t wait to dance with all of you! Please invite all your friends and family!
The All Together Now Family Fun Series presents . . .
THE MAGIC COMPOST BUCKET
An Interactive Comedy Puppet Show About
Our Environment & Growing Food
on the Land Trust stage
Sunday, Sept. 20, 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Join Miss Ladybug, Farmer Greenthumbs, and Ms. Ellen Feather for a laugh-out-loud good time! Participants will be entertained and invited to play and create while learning and laughing about the cycle of decomposition. The lines of puppet, people, actors and audience are blurred through improv, props, food, music, and stories.
Farmer Greenthumbs is an accomplished entertainer and musician. He teaches music and gardening, and hosts birthday parties with Ladybug Events Ellen Feather is an accomplished musician and actress. She weaves her many talents into her work as a professional Montessori teacher.
All Together Now is brought to you by Ladybug Events in collaboration with the Lake Claire Community Land Trust Family Project. Our last event on July 19 was about herbalism for the whole family, featuring Dara Suchke and Cara Langston. It was lovely learning about the healing plants that grow in our neighborhood, sipping refreshing teas, and making bug repellent. We’ll close the year on Nov. 15 with a giant leaf pile, music, storytelling and more, featuring local poets and artists – and s’mores for all! (Note that this event has changed back to its original date.)
In the spirit of the All Together Now series, Ladybug Events is happy and excited to bring together children, local community educators and artists to celebrate our jewel, the Land Trust, and spread awareness about our responsibility as stewards of our Earth.
If you would like more of these type of programs let us know on our website, Ladybugeventsllc.com, or the Land Trust’s, LCCLT.org. And next time you are planning a celebration, would like a custom class about homesteading (etc.), or need an entertainer for a birthday party or other special occasions, contact LadybugEventsLLC.com.
Sat. Aug. 29, 5:00-11:00 pm at the Land Trust
by Stephen Wing (as published in the Lake Claire Clarion, Aug. 2015)
As a board member of both Nuclear Watch South (NWS) and the Lake Claire Community Land Trust, I’m proud to invite my neighbors to NWS’s 4th annual No Nukes Y’all JAMboree fundraiser at the Land Trust starting Saturday, August 29. Your $10 donation and purchase of food and drink will power NWS through another year of exposing and opposing the dangers of nuclear technology around the Southeast.
August is a big month for Nuclear Watch South, as it is the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima. A delegation of Atlantans will observe the occasion in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where the Hiroshima bomb was constructed, on Saturday, August 8. Closer to home, on the evening of Sunday, August 9, NWS will host the annual commemoration of Nagasaki Day in the Rose Garden at the Carter Center – remembering a tragedy, but also drawing deep sustenance and hope for a non-nuclear world through song, dance, poetry and prayer in a powerful circle of sharing. All are welcome.
For the entire month of August, Nuclear Watch South will be the featured “Be the Change Partner” at Sevananda Natural Foods. Stop in and round up your purchase amount to support that clean and peaceful future we are all working towards!
And to finish the month in style, we party! Copious Jones headlines the JAMboree with its original hometown rock ‘n ’ roll sound. Other musical offerings include the Ex-P.A.N.D. Band, featuring neighbor Bill Fleming, the vivacious Aviva and her Flying Penguins, and that special brand of comedy, politics and music, The Pacha Mamas. Once again our famous homemade burritos will be on the menu, along with donated ones from Decatur’s Raging Burrito and other yummy selections. Walking neighbors are especially welcome.
Founded in Atlanta in 1977, Nuclear Watch South is a grassroots organization confronting the disproportionate role of the southeastern U.S. in nuclear energy and weapons production (and pollution). Since last year’s JAMboree, the group has continued its campaign to shut down construction of two additional reactors at Plant Vogtle, located in a poor black community on the Savannah River in Burke County near Augusta.
Because no bank is foolish enough to risk financing a nuclear power plant, the Georgia Assembly committed your money to the project through legalizing “CWIP” – Construction Work in Progress, an escalating tax on every Georgia Power electricity bill. You have effectively been captured as an investor without your consent, insulating Georgia Power from risking its own money. If and when the reactors go online, Georgia Power and its shareholders will reap the guaranteed profit. NWS’s petition calls out this un-democratic and anti-capitalist enterprise has gathered 1,000s of signatures. You can add your name at www.nonukesyall.org.
Nuclear Watch South is also intervening to stop Plant Vogtle before the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to cancel the reactors under construction. In June, NWS Coordinator Glenn Carroll testified before the PSC as an expert witness, proving with Georgia Power’s own data that the new reactors are unneeded. The company’s annual report data, filed with the federal Securities & Exchange Commission, show that Georgia Power’s current market demand uses only 58% of its capacity, far below the national average, and that sales have remained flat for a decade despite the company’s forecast of rising demand.
Of course there are myriad environmental reasons for not going further down the nuclear path. Besides the unacceptable risk of nuclear meltdown the additional reactors would use as much water as the entire city of Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta every day and add to the unsolved problem of nuclear waste, which remains deadly for thousands of years into the future.
Nuclear power plants are famous for going over budget and falling behind schedule. The Vogtle expansion is no exception. Not quite one quarter complete, it has cost almost $6 billion so far, including $2 billion in cost overruns, and is projected to wind up costing $12 billion more. Construction delays have put it three years behind. For comparison with those numbers, Ms. Carroll challenged Georgia Power and the PSC to research what the cost of cancellation would be. Under Georgia law, the PSC may cancel the project if it is not in the best interests of Georgia Power’s customers, which it clearly is not.
We hope you will help us, and it’s really easy!!! Come on over to the Land Trust and party with us! While you’re there, you can sign the petition and sign up to get involved. Or just eat another burrito and enjoy dancing to the music at the fabled Land Trust.
Every year the Lake Claire Community Land Trust holds a 4th of July cook-off, potluck, and watermelon seed spitting contest. The 2015 theme for the cook-off was BEANS. Anyone can enter a dish in the contest and anyone can taste and vote. This year we had eight entries. The winners: First Place went to Veronique Perrot for her Coffee Panna Cotta. Jamie McGill’s Fudge Protein Bars won Second Place and Genise Spenle’s Red Bean Ice Cream won Third Place.
The tasting and judging was followed by a scrumptious potluck, after which we walked over to the Land Trust for watermelon seed spitting. The seed spitting winners: Burges Richardson (adult division) and Royce Mann (youth division).
Here are the winning recipes:
First Place: Coffee and Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta (Veronique Perrot)
Panna cotta is the Italian take on the blancmange dessert family. It is sweetened and flavored cream gelled with gelatin or agar-agar. I added a layer of coffee-flavored agar for visual and taste contrast.
The trickiest part of this recipe is to get the agar-agar concentration high enough for the cream to hold its shape, but not too high for a pleasant mouth feel. Agar sets as soon as it gets cold, so it is easy to test the mixture by pouring a spoonful in a cold glass. If the stuff in the glass is still runny after a few minutes in the freezer, add more agar, and heat mixture up until it is dissolved.
About agar: this substance, a thickener, is extracted from seaweed and is available in powder or in flakes. The dosage by volume is different between the two, as the powder is denser than the flakes. I found agar flakes at Rainbow (also available at Sevananda).
Find wide mouth jars, ramequins or shallow bowls to serve as molds for the panna cotta. You’ll have to figure out how many you need to fit a total of about 4 cups. You may want to put them in the fridge to speed up the setting of the agar.
In a glass measuring cup, pour 1/4 cup water and sprinkle 2 tsp agar flakes. Heat in the microwave, stirring once in a while, until flakes have dissolved. Prepare about 1/2 cup of strong coffee; sweeten it to your taste, and add to the water and agar to make 1/2 cup of coffee agar. Rinse each of your molds, shake off the excess water, and pour a little of the coffee agar in each. Refrigerate until set.
Heat in a saucepan on low heat:
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp sugar
1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped in the mixture
Let simmer a few minutes, then add 5 tsp of agar flakes, and let sit on very low heat for about 10 minutes, until the flakes dissolve. Turn off the heat.
Check that the mixture sets as desired by pouring a spoonful in a cold glass and placing it in the fridge for a few minutes. You have plenty of time before the whole pan cools down enough to set. Check for sweetness as well. Once you are happy with the taste and set, let the whole pan cool to about 120F (the mixture becomes slightly viscous), and very gently spoon it over the coffee agar in the molds. You may have to add only a few spoonfuls in each mold in turn, to keep the coffee agar from melting. Refrigerate until ready to serve. To unmold, break the seal between the panna cotta and the mold with a knife and invert on a serving dish.
I had to strain the vanilla bean mixture before pouring it in the molds to obtain a smooth result. It may be that boiling the cream led it to curdle a little. I used a fine-mesh tea strainer – a bit of a drag, but this was for The Cook Off, after all!
Second Place: Fudge Protein Bars (Jamie McGill)
1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed very well
6 tbsp dark chocolate or regular cocoa powder
7 tbsp vanilla protein powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup agave or honey
3 tbsp sugar
3 1/2 tsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/3 cup to 2/3 cup chocolate chips plus a handful to sprinkle
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in a food processor, and blend until absolutely and completely smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips. Pour into a greased 8×8 square pan. Sprinkle extra chocolate chips over the top. Cook the protein bars 16 minutes. They will still look underdone, but this is okay. Let cool. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for about an hour. The bars will have firmed up and are now ready to cut and eat. Store leftovers in the refrigerator. Makes about 8 bars.
Third Place: Red Bean Ice Cream (Genise Spenle)
4 cups plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half
1/2 cup granulated sugar
4 large egg yolks
1-1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
2 cups red bean paste
scant 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
3 TLB coconut rum
Pour the 4 cups half-and-half into the top of a double boiler over medium heat.
Meanwhile, whisk together the sugar and egg yolks in a bowl until the yolks turn thick and pale. Temper the yolks by gradually adding the hot half-and-half mixture a cup at a time while whisking vigorously so as not to scramble the eggs.
Return the mixture to the top part of the double boiler and whisk over simmering water until slightly thickened and heated through, 10 to 15 minutes. Dilute the cornstarch with the remaining 2 tablespoons half-and-half and add it to the mixture. Continue whisking to a custard consistency that coats the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Transfer the custard to a heatproof bowl and whisk in the red bean paste, almond extract, & coconut rum. Set over an ice bath and refrigerate overnight (or at least 12 hours).
The next day, pour the custard into an ice cream maker and process the custard according to the manufacturer’s instructions, 30 to 35 minutes. Transfer the ice cream to a container and freeze until ready to serve. Makes about 1-1/2 quarts.
Sat., June 27, 12:00 noon-6:00 pm
at the Land Trust
The Women’s Outdoor Network’s annual Summer Festival is happening Saturday, June 27, from noon to 6:00 pm at the Lake Claire Community Land Trust.
Enjoy live entertainment from a WONderful all-female line-up, including the Maria Gabriella Band, Steff Mahan, Diane Durrett & Soul Suga, Tabetha Durham, the Morgan Rowe Band, and comedy from Ruthann Hayes, all led by MC Renee Washington from WSB radio.
Guests will feast on summer food delights catered by Jo Ellen. And the Caribbean style adult beverages will be served by your familiar bartenders.
The entrance donation is $15 for WON members, $20 for pre-paid non-members, and $30 at the event. Purchase your tickets today at http://www.wonatlanta.com/summerfest/
The entrance donation includes food. Vegetarian options are available. Drinks are $5 each; non-alcoholic options are $2.50; water is free. Fun snacks are $2.50. Either cash or credit cards will be accepted at the event.
Coolers and outside food and beverages not allowed! This is a pet-friendly event, on leash, as there are other exotic animals on the property.
The event is a fundraiser for WON, an LGBT-friendly non-profit, volunteer-driven organization that has been serving the Metro Atlanta women’s community for over 20 years by providing a fun and safe environment for indoor, outdoor and social activities, as well as volunteer opportunities.
A FAERIE & GREEN MAN CELEBRATION!
Sunday, May 17, 4:00-6:00 pm at the Land Trust
for families and kids – all ages
All Together Now Family Fun Enrichment Series #2
(suggested donation $5)
The All Together Now Family Fun Enrichment Series presents a “Faerie & Green Man Celebration,” a celebration of our home, the Earth, and the magical protecting spirits within all of us that care for nature. Join the very faerie Miss Ladybug and her amazing artist friend, Ms. Pam Beagle Daresta, for an enchanting afternoon of art and creation with the Green Man and Faerie Spirits of the Land Trust. Enjoy light live music and Faerie & Green Man tea while we create. Bring your own cups.
Pam Beagle Daresta teaches at the Carlos Museum, the John C. Campbell Folk School, and the City of Decatur’s Special Interest Camps. She weaves myth and fine art, sharing skills and deep thoughts about our natural world. She will be collaborating with families to create beautiful Green Man and Nature Sprite images with large, intricately cut, one-of-a-kind stamps using special inks, and found nature objects. Paper will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your special supplies.
Miss Ladybug teaches at the SoulShine School and provides programs and entertainment throughout Metro Atlanta. She specializes in whimsical characters, birthday entertainment, and environmental education. She will be dressed up as a faerie and encourages all participants to join the fun by dressing up with flowers, leaves, or whatever you fancy. She will be leading a faerie craft project using paints, unique faerie forms, and leaves around the Land Trust.
We would love to take photos of the art work made with Ms. Pam and Miss Ladybug on May 17 to create an art show display on the Land Trust bulletin board. Come out to play and let’s enchant the Land Trust with family fun energy!
The All Together Now series is brought to you by LadybugEventsLLC.com in collaboration with the LCCLT Family Project. Each program is donation-based and supports local artists and educators. Coming up in July: a family herbal remedy class. To volunteer and help with more fun events, contact Andrea.Zoppo@yahoo.com.
(BY THE WAY . . . Miss Ladybug is also available for garden or fairy-themed birthday parties for children at the Land Trust. Inquire at missladybugeventsllc.com.)
The 1st annual
FOOD, CLOTHING & SHELTER FEST
Saturday, May 9, 12:00 noon at the Land Trust
“Street journalist” and filmmaker Ebrima Ba is a native African who was amazed to find that many people in the U.S. go hungry because they do not know how to grow food. His 40-minute documentary Food, Clothing & Shelter is the result. The film highlights the lack of food security in Atlanta and around the world. “Any community of people that depends or relies on handouts or aid from others will lose its self-worth and dignity,” Ebrima says. In addition to educating people about the issue, he has also founded an urban farm in Stone Mountain.
Next on Ebrima’s agenda: an annual festival that celebrates life and the three basic human necessities. The first annual Food, Clothing & Shelter Fest on May 9 will feature classes on how to make your own clothes and shelter. You can also learn from local farmers how to grow your own food. Locally grown food will be available for sampling.
The festival’s keynote speakers will be Rashid Nuri and Eugene Cooke. Rashid Nuri is the founder of Truly Living Well Farm in the Old Fourth Ward, a nationally recognized leader in natural urban agriculture. Eugene Alala Cooke is the author of Grow Where You Are and co-founder of the Good Shepherd AgroEcology Center in the West End, an “urban ecological restoration prototype” working to improve community food sovereignty and justice. Dr.William Richardson of the Atlanta Clinic of Preventive Medicine will also be speaking on health and wellness.
During the day we will also hear some of the best local bands in Atlanta on the Land Trust stage. The performers will include Kebbi Williams and the Wolfpack, Musiki Scales, Maestro the Vocalinist, and many more. The festival will be hosted by Wanique Shabbazz, Director of Operations for WRFG-FM, and Ajzah Netjer-Simons, Board President of Sevananda Natural Foods Market.
The Festival will kick off a crowdfunding effort to finance a sequel to Ebrima’s film, which is now in production. Come learn, share, enjoy, and support the cause of local organic food and food awareness in metro Atlanta.
Spring is finally here – let’s celebrate! Our 2015 Peace & Love Spring Fest features headliners the Boo Hoo Ramblers and much more music, plus the usual food and drink, raffle prizes, vendors and more. It’s happening from 2:00 – 11:00 pm at your friendly neighborhood Land Trust. Suggested donation is $10 – kids and teens free! Please leave your critters at home.
Along with the usual meat/veggie burgers, dogs, sides, and drinks, we will have artists vending, a bake sale, raffle prizes, and face-painting. If you enjoy baking, we would love your donation of deliciousness . . . just drop it off at the bake sale table. Please include all ingredients on a small card along with your donation.
Our talented neighborhood kids will lead off the line-up, as always:
2:00 – 5:00 Local Establishment (8th graders), Fuisté (11th graders), and two bands featuring their parents, the Cindy Yosh Project and My Imaginary Band.
5:30 – 7:00 Tony Levitas & Friends – Singer and multi-instrumentalist Tony Levitas writes passionate songs about life, love, loss, yearning and hope. His work has been compared to Neil Young, The Clash, The Velvet Underground, Steely Dan, and John Mayer, though his main influences include the early British Invasion, Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Bob Marley, Jim Morrison and Hank Williams. For the past many years, Tony has played in the classic rock and roll band The Helpers.
7:30 – 9:00 Chickens & Pigs – Atlanta’s own rockin’ stompin’ blues band features Jeff Evans on guitar/vocals and various other Chickens and Pigs, including bass, guitar, drums and often keyboards. With lyrics that are sometimes bizarre, sometimes strange, but always entertaining, Chickens and Pigs will take you on a journey of blues-rag, country-folk, Rolling Stones-type rockers, alt-country and groove-blues. Get ready to cluck your oink off!
9:00 – 9:30 The Sensua Players – Blending traditional & modern elements of West African tribal drumming, the Sensua Players perform with a passionate & spiritual intention.
9:30 – 11:00 The BooHoo Ramblers – The BooHoo Ramblers remain a roots-oriented group playing original and cover tunes that blend traditional, country, folk, rock, and bluegrass styles, a.k.a. rockin’ foot-stompin’ Americana. They are currently pursuing all opportunities to perform their unique and exciting sound in venues near and far.
Please be kind to our neighbors and do not park on side streets around the Land Trust. Walk, bike, skate, ride MARTA or carpool if you can. Event parking is available courtesy of Clifton Sanctuary, 369 Connecticut Ave. (NE, Atlanta 30307) just around the corner.
Cash is preferred, but we will take cards at the entrance only. Food and drinks are cash only. There is a money machine close by at the Candler Park Market.
Be green! Bring your own re-usable plate, cup and utensils and get a free raffle ticket!
And of course, volunteers are needed to make it a success. To join our volunteer list, email info@LCCLT.org. Also note that we’ve scheduled our spring Volunteer Work Day for Sun. March 22, from 2:00 – 5:00 pm, to prep the land for the festival. Please join us!
Spread the word!