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Greens on the Red!

So many Spring festivals! And this isn’t even a Small Town Festival. This is Greens on the Red, which happens to be about two blocks away from my house. Palmer and I walked Penny over for a visit this year. I don’t know how we’d missed it before, but we’d never been.

Of course I didn’t take my good camera or photos of the actual festival offerings, which included some pretty impressive foodstuffs made from local greens from arugula to dandelion greens. There were at least 15 or 20 dishes to try. Most were vegan, but there was some cheese mixed in, too. Even better, our favorite Slow Food representative was there dishing up a delicious gumbo z’herbes, which I particularly enjoyed. Every table also handed out recipes. I went home with several because YUM.

We had a great time. Penny even got to eat a brussels sprout! As we headed out, we stopped to listen to the music in the Community Garden.

Greens on the Red is a lovely little festival, and it’s so nice to have something like this going on right down the street from our house – especially since Penny can come, too.

Daffodils (and quilts and table settings?) at the 2017 Jonquil Jubilee

Around here, Spring brings the beginning of Small Town Festival Season, and I, for one, always look forward to it. These festivals range from tiny (like this one) to pretty darn big (the Ruston Peach Festival, for instance). Last year, I made it to Ruston and to one more: the Wildflower Trails Festival in Linden, Texas, which from what I could tell had neither wildflowers nor trails, though I’m pretty sure I was wrong about that one. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Anyway. The Jonquil Jubilee is held in the tiny town of Gibsland, Louisiana. According to Wolfram Alpha, the population is currently 947. I’m sure that at some point in my life I had visited Gibsland, as it’s only about 15 miles from Minden, but I didn’t remember a thing about it. My mom and I made the 45-minute trek over there last Saturday.

When we got there, we thought these few tents might be all there was to the festival – but we were wrong! The real festival was at a table in the middle of the street.

There, you could purchase a map and a wristband for $10 that would direct you to about 10 sites around town for the rest of the fun. There were some interesting stops, but I’ll get to those later. First, it was time for lunch!

From what I could tell, there were only two choices: this restaurant, called The Gibsland Grill, or a tent outside selling fried food. I figured we’d try the actual restaurant. The only menu choices available for the festival were gumbo, pulled pork sammiches, and chicken salad sammiches. I chose the chicken salad and was a wee bit surprised to get this:

I ate the sammich (first plain white bread I’ve had in a while!) and the chips but skipped the green gelatinous (I’m guessing here) pineapple. I obviously made the wrong choice. Also: I’m sure they offer better food when there aren’t so many people in town.

We also checked out the Bonnie & Clyde Ambush Museum – or, at least, the gift shop. It was a little…scary in there. If you paid them some moneys, they’d let you see the museum, which was behind a fake wall and, well, NOPE. I don’t dare take pictures in there because I was sure I’d be shot for it. Here’s my mom in front of it:

I took the photo before we went inside. Urgh. Turns out there’s a second Bonnie & Clyde museum about half a block away that appears to be owned by the city and looks much less terrifying. Also: far less interesting.

As a side note, there was a bathtub sale at the end of the street.

At that point, I think we’d both had enough of the downtown portion of the festival, so we put up the money for the map and wristbands and headed out. Our first stop was the Methodist Church, which offered a quilt show.


Then, it was on to the Baptist Church, which had some very interesting “Tablescapes,” a hobby(?) I’d never heard of.

Next was a railroad museum in Mount Lebanon, the next village over. They had quite an interesting small collection.

And then, finally, we found the daffodils. Turns out they had peaked a few weeks before (thanks, climate change), but they were still lovely and beautiful. We went to two flowery sites: Oak Grove Farm and a private residence. First, the farm:

And last but certainly not least, a private property near Gibsland.

After that, we had to head back to Shreveport. Sure, it was a gray day for a flower festival, but the temperature was nice and it wasn’t rainy. We both had a good time, and I definitely plan on going back next year. Hopefully the weather will cooperate more and we’ll have an actual winter so the festival timing will be right.

Let’s try this again…

Yeah, yeah, it’s been a while. We’ve had a couple of false starts, but we’re going to get back on track…right?

The truth is that I haven’t been reading much lately. Hardly anything, really. In my defense, I’ve been busy. Besides work, I’ve started a second round of grad school (this one is Thesis Monster-free!), and I have a puppy that I mentioned in the last couple of posts. That doesn’t allow much time for reading unless you count the journal articles I’m assigned for class, and no one wants to hear about those.

So what am I going to do with this book blog, you ask? For now, at least, I’m going to broaden the scope. I’ve been doing some photoblogging elsewhere (here and here if you’re interested), but I decided that my own damn site, which I still pay for, should be home to the primary posts. So here we go. I’ve made a pretty drastic change to the theme that’ll better reflect what is happening here.

There will still be books. I just read Into the Wild, which had been on my Do Not Read List for a long time, and I really enjoyed it. Now I’m trying to get through A Walk in the Woods before a new DeLillo novel comes out on May 3. We’ll see how that goes. I’m also still kind of in the process of reading Redwall, which is super fun. There’s also a game called Stardew Valley, but we won’t talk about that here (except to say that if you like Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon and have a PC, jump on it).

Does all this mean I’m back for good? I hope so. It won’t all be about books, and it hopefully won’t be about the dog, either, though you can tell from the featured image that she’s super-cute. She also goes with me everywhere the rules allow her to go.

One of which was the Linden Wildflower Trails Festival this past weekend, which involved neither wildflowers nor trails but did involve free puppies. I’ve posted some photos from that event:

My 35th birthday is coming up, and my lovely husband is getting me a sparkly new camera, so hopefully I’ll be able to spend lots of time taking pictures and posting them here. Most will be of hiking and (hopefully, before it gets too warm) camping. Otherwise, who knows. The school semester is about to end, so I should have a good month of free-ish time on my hands.

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