2nd Annual HSS Memorial Day Yard Sale and Potluck

April 24, 2011

Folks, the first big weekend of “the season” is almost upon us. Can you believe that Memorial Day is just around the corner? Ponchita and I find it difficult–let me tell you, it’s been a loooong winter for two cats!

Since state law requires that all liquor stores close on Memorial Day, why not use the outdoor space for something fun for the whole family and the whole town? Yes, that’s right, it’s time to remind you all that the 2nd Annual HSS Memorial Day Yard Sale and Potluck will be held on Monday, May 30.

Last year’s sale was a smashing success–we had over a dozen vendors, and hundreds of shoppers and buyers showed up! Plus, of course, the weather was perfect; we’re hoping for the same forecast this year.


Here’s the skinny:

Sellers: if you’d like to be a vendor, space for your table is $10, payable to Da Gizz on or before May 29. You have to bring your own table, but the sooner you pay, the better space you get!

Buyers: stop by early and often! While a lot of vendors were up and selling by 8:00am, some of our peddlars were setting up tables until about noon. So far, some of the merchandise you will see will be: kitchenwares (cast iron skillets, anyone?), CDs, tools, estate jewelry, vintage items, bakelite, gently used clothing, some very nice Polish Pottery, old books and magazines, handcrafts, garage items, tchotchkes, good antiques, junky antiques, and probably some plain old junk.And that’s just the beginning!

Food: we ask all vendors to bring a dish to share with each other and with the buyers. (Free food always brings ’em in!) Last year we had hotdogs, hamburgers, cookies, and treats of all kinds. Bottled water was available for purchase, as well.

We’ll be updating the blog as more vendors sign up, so check back frequently. If you’d like to stroll down memory lane, you can check out our write-up on last year’s sale here (with video!)

Two cats blogging and yard-saling!


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.

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General Wine Info

March 4, 2011

You know, there are times when it’s late, and this old Spirits Shoppe cat is tired… How about a nice list of general wine info links for all you tannin gargling cork monkeys? (Any cat with class knows that beer is the way to go…)

Most Popular Wine Types: http://www.ustopwines.com/articles/popular-wine-types-short-description/

The Wine Advocate Vintage Guide: http://www.erobertparker.com/newsearch/vintagechart1.aspx

Olive Garden and the Future of American Wine: http://wineeconomist.com/2009/09/13/olive-garden-and-the-future-of-american-wine/

Olive Garden and Wine basics: http://www.olivegarden.com/wines/wine_basics/

Olive Garden Wine Food Pairings: http://www.olivegarden.com/wines/food_wine/

Top 100 Wine Blogs: http://alawine.com/wine-blog-rankings.html

Find a Wine Rating: http://www.winespectator.com/

There, that should keep you busy for a while…

Two cats by the racks,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Bailey’s Blond Ale

October 13, 2010

Hey, Cisco the blogging cat here…

Thought we might give the cooking gig a break and get back to good old beer…

And what do we have here? Aside from the classy brewery name, we have a local (Nantucket) ale. Time for a taste test…

Right off the bat, the paper in the label has a good feel to it. (That may sound crazy, but beer bottle collectors take note.) Upon the pour, the head is a tad uneven, and the clarity isn’t pure, but we’ve seen much worse.  Likewise, the carbonation is pretty doggone good, though not perfect. As for the taste… Phew, this puppy fills the palate! This is an ale-drinkers beer. As the aroma is lacking (compared to something like a Sam Adams) my guess is that the brewmaster didn’t go nuts on the hops, and that reflects in the “ale-ness” of the work. And for this cat, that’s just fine… If I want complex, I’ll break out the Calculus book.  Nice suds cling to the side of the glass…

Bruce sells the twenty-two oz. Bailey’s Blond Ale for $7.00. All things considered, I’d say that’s a pretty good deal for a local, “A-“/”A” grade beer that can easily hold its own with any ale we’ve ever tasted. (We would have given it an “A”/”A+” except for the head and an occasional off flavor. Of course, that’s highly subjective…)

As for foods that would accentuate this ale (or vice versa) I’m think roast, prime rib, bratwurst, meat-lovers pizza, stew, linguica, chourico, dirty rice, jambalaya… maybe even jag. Very nice…

By analogy, the folks at Cisco Brewers may not have built a Lamborghini, but they’ve at least got a solid BMW on their hands.

See you by the racks, and oh those beer coolers!

Two cats blogging

P.S. Still time for the word search puzzle/contest!


Wine Glossaries

 

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Neon Up For Grabs… Maybe…

June 30, 2010

Yeah, Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here…


His Royal Gizzzness (Bruce) has decided that a little “cleaning of the house” is in order. And that’s going to include some neon signs. Now don’t get your skivvies in a bunch, because Bruce hasn’t exactly decided what needs to go and what must stay. (I swear, if he takes more stuff from the back room and jams it right back out front, I’m going to meow!) Anywho… Here are at least some modern art that may be available (by sale or raffle or something else) in the near future…


Don’t the following light up the dusk???


Bud… Weis…


Here’s a nice group!


Greetings!


Fantastic colors…


And finally (for the moment…)


Bottom line? Da Gizz’s storage space runs near red line… Stuff has got to go. Who knows what he wants to part with, or even if he knows what he has… His artwork collection alone bends the brain – a building can hold just so much and the shingles on this one are starting to bulge. First things first… Let’s look at that neon… Thoughts are more than welcome…


See you by those colorfully-lit racks…


Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Free Books on the Web

June 19, 2010

Hey cats and kittens!

Ever hear of “Project Gutenberg“? That’s just one of the growing number of free Web libraries out there that let you download complete, free (albeit usually old) collections of books. Let’s carefully roam around a bit and see what we can see concerning wine…

But Project Gutenberg ain’t the only show in town… How about…

By now, you should be getting the idea… But beyond all that, there now are online aggregators that collect lists of the libraries. Check out xmarks

But before you go off half-cocked, remember how I said we should roam around “carefully”? Well, we should. Some of these sites are fairly complicated, and it’s easy to get lost. (Who knows where you’ll end up?) So if you’re really not at ease browsing, seek out a more experienced friend, and take a few lessons over a glass of wine – never a bad idea.

Stay busy, and see you by those Alexandrian racks…

Two Cats Blogging,


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Summertime, Local Wines and Beers, Lena’s Fave Wine, and Cape Wind

June 16, 2010

Hi all,


Cisco the HSST cat here… Let’s see if we can’t get a tune into your head that just will not cease and desist.




Now that we’ve tangled the synapses, it’s time to take a quick look at the local beverages…


  • Nothing says “Cape Cod beer” like Cape Cod Beer. Granted, it only comes in big bottles (growlers), and it’s not pasteurized so you’ve got to keep it cold, but it lives up to its name. We carry Red, IPA, and Beach Blond. And, you can access their FaceBook site via our FaceBook site.
  • In the mood for wine? Try Truro Vineyards? This was one of our vineyard choices for a great Summer wine.
    Currently we have: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Cape Blush, Diamond Light, Cranberry Light. The last two come in lighthouse-shaped bottles and are very popular among tourists.
  • But what of the islands? Well, how about beer from Nantucket in the form of Cisco Brewers? These come in “big-ish” singles and 6 packs. This is another great local beer! Currently we have Grey Lady (a “hefeweizen”, or unfiltered wheat beer), Whale’s Tale Pale Ale and Sankaty Light.
  • Winding down… Who can forget our old standard, Mayflower Brewing?

And last but not least, Lena’s favorite all-around Summer wine… Ta-dah! Whitehaven Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a good example of a New Zealand Sauv. Blanc – crispy with good acidity, and a touch of citrus. It goes well with fish, chicken, cheese and crackers or you can just drink by itself. $20/bottle…


‘Til next time, it’s summ summ summertime by the racks,


Two cats blogging,


P.S. Of course I didn’t forget about Cape Wind! Did you?


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


HSS Memorial Day Reminders Including Yard Sale!

May 28, 2010

Hi all,

Two cats blogging here…

A few reminders…

  • First of all, Monday, May 31 2010, is Memorial Day, and Harwich Spirits Shoppe will be closed (as will be all other liquor stores). Shop accordingly.
  • We will be open until 11pm on both Saturday, 5/29/10 AND Sunday, 5/30/10. Once again, shop accordingly.
  • Don’t forget about our most unusual yard sale this Monday, Memorial Day, 8AM ’til 3-ish. It’s not too late to buy a space for your table (4 x 8 max.) for just $10. Expect stuff like:
    • Bikes
    • Boats (and motors)
    • Tools
    • Liquor store memorabilia
    • Neon signs
    • Clothes
    • Antiques
    • Jewelry
    • Pot luck
    • Raffles
    • Contests
    • More…


So here we go! Let’s kick off the Summer of 2010!


See you by the tables,


Two Cats blogging…




Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.