We had the lightest of frosts last week, just enough to kill Amy’s squash vines but mercifully sparing the other flowers and vegetables. My tomatoes are still highly productive, and our kitchen counter is covered with them in all stages of ripeness. It’s sort of an assembly line, with the greener ones starting at the far end and moving towards the left as they turn red, until the cook picks out what he needs. Some varieties turn red but never really mature, while others start to go bad the minute they’re ready to eat. In a couple of weeks all this bounty will be a memory, with dreary canned tomatoes waiting their turn in the cupboard.
Prolific author, artist and man about town Doug Peden is having an article published in the distinguished academic journal Leonardo, entitled “Wave Space Art with Science.” Leonardo, published by the MIT Press, is the journal of the International Society for the Arts, Science and Technology, and Doug’s article will appear next year.
There’s going to be a chili dinner and barn dance at Black Kettle Farm to benefit Lakeshore Preschool. The dinner is at 5:30 p.m., with dancing starting at 7 p.m. Black Kettle is nestled in the Boquet hills high above Whallonsburg, at the intersection of Cook and Leaning Roads. Pete the popular fiddling Vermonter will be on the band stand.
I’m getting a little ahead of myself with this one, but on Thursday, Oct. 6, the Whallonsburg Grange will host a talk by Dr. Brenda Buchanan of Bath University in England. She is an expert on the history of gunpowder, and her talk is entitled “On the Gunpowder: Trail from Ancient China to Lake Champlain.” The typical American would assume gunpowder experts to be hard-bitten, hard drinking and heavily bearded, but Dr. Buchanan is described as a slim, white-haired and thoroughly British lady. In the world of historians, she’s got the reputation of being the leading expert on this surprisingly complex subject, and her talk, which starts at 7:30 p.m., should be fascinating.