Don’t Forget!

May 23, 2011

As regular readers of this blog already know, our second annual Memorial Day Yard Sale and Potluck is coming up a week from today. We do this because Massachusetts state law prohibits liquor stores from selling on this particular holiday, so why not use the outdoor space for something fun, like a yard sale? And to attract more customers, why not offer free food?

Yes, there will be snacks to share with all the buyers–maybe cookies, maybe burgers, maybe hotdogs, maybe maybe other things. We don’t know yet, because it’s all the vendors who will be providing the pot luck, and they ain’t talkin’! But I can tell you this: last year there were all of those things and more! So if you’re a vendor, don’t forget to bring something yummy to share. And if you’re a shopper, be sure to stop by before all the goodies (both edible and buy-able) are gone!

And in order to lure you into our yard sale clutches, I’ll leave you with an easy and delicious recipe that one of last year’s vendors brought: Portable S’mores:

  • Take one full-sized graham cracker and break it in half in the middle.
  • Place two squares of a plain chocolate bar (Hershey’s or other brand) on one half of the graham cracker
  • Cut a large marshmallow in half and place both halves on top of the chocolate
  • Top with the other half of the graham cracker.
  • Wrap loosely in aluminum foil.
  • Now make 11 more just like that.
  • Place each packet over hot coals for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Open carefully and enjoy.
  • Serves 12.

Take it from a cat who knows; these things are incredibly delicious!

See you a week from Monday!


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.


Memorial Day Comes and Goes

June 2, 2010

Hey, Cisco here (the more dapper of the blog team, Two Cats Blogging.)

Well, the Memorial Day yard sale was quite the success. Check out these two short videos. Talk about a quick glance into small-town America…



All told, the event was a ton of fun. There was food, people, stuff… Just a great time. (Are you familiar with the line from that old Shaker tune by Elder Joseph Brackett Jr… “Tis a gift to be simple Tis a gift to be free…“?)


Anywho, all who showed seemed quite pleased.


After such a hectic weekend, it seems only fitting to take another break and chuckle just a bit… Nothing like a true love song by Weird Al to work out the kinks… Yeah… That’s better…


Bring on the Summer! Let’s have more wine tutorials, more sales, more contests, more giveaways… Let’s make this a time to remember… Tempus fugit.


As always… By the racks,


Two Cats Blogging


P.S. No one ever did solve our wine anagram quiz… Hmmm…


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.


Must-See Movies and a Reminder

May 30, 2010

Hey,

Two cats blogging here… Thought we’d take a break from reminding you of the Great Harwich Spirits Shoppe Memorial Day Yard Sale, and offer up some movie suggestions for Monday night… (And you thought that all we did was dig up classic American music… Surprise! Here are some great movies highly recommended by two felines…)

  • Blood From a Stone” (A stunning true-life documentary of a hunt for Nazi-era diamonds and a concomitant personal transformation…)
  • “True Grit” (A classic John Wayne vehicle with a tinge (of all things), humor.
  • “Casablanca” (Love meets war. If you haven’t seen it, drop what you are doing and rent/buy this.)
  • “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (John Wayne/Jimmy Stewart. Bravery of different forms meets sadistic evil. Wonderful.)
  • “The Ox-Bow Incident” (Harry Morgan and Henry Fonda. Powerful exploration of mob psychology.)
  • “Them!” (Must-see 1950s sci fi fun. Good for 13 years old and up.)
  • “Pulp Fiction” (Stunning, dark, violent, adults-only work by Quentin Tarantino.)
  • “Leon” or “The Professional” (Weird tale of assassin meets little girl. Gary Oldman and Jean Reno are perfect.)
  • “Second Hand Lions” (Robert Duval and Michael Caine in a strange, wonderful story. Great for the whole family.)
  • “Terminator Two” (Excellent modern sci fi for adults.)
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” (Masterpiece in decency.)
  • “Alien” (Frightening adult sci fi.)
  • “Sixth Sense” (Strange story of a child who can see dead people.)
  • “The Usual Suspects” (Fantastic detective story.)
  • “Duck Soup” (Classic Marx Brothers. Ideal for whole family.)
  • “The Best Years of Our Lives” (Certainly one of the finest war movies ever made. It explores the effects of WW II on four people.)


That ought to keep you busy for a while.


Ah heck, we’ll remind you anyway… Check out the pot luck HSS yard sale, this Memorial day!


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.


Yard Sale… Not eBay, But Close!

May 29, 2010

Hey!

Da Gizz and those two stupid blogging cats here…

OK, so the “Harwich Spirits Shoppe Monday Memorial Day Pot Luck Yard Sale” ain’t gonna be eBay, but you can remember us that way…

What’s that? What’s that?!? You don’t know about the yard sale to end all yard sales?

Click me! Click me! Click me!

Be there or b2!

See ya by those few remaining 10$ table footprints…

Da Gizz and Two Cats Blogging…

P.S… I wonder what the weather forecast looks like for Monday??? According to weather.com, right now, we’re looking at partly cloudy with temps around 68°. Yay!


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.


Thoughts on Memorial Day

May 26, 2010

Hey,

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat here. We’re coming up on Memorial Day, and before we move on to yard sales (including ours!), soda, beer, hot dogs, salads, etc., maybe we should step back and think about the holiday itself for just a moment…

Obviously, we all know Memorial Day commemorates those who died in service to this country. In fact, it was initially introduced to pay tribute to the fallen of the Civil War. But before you noddingly agree and then head for the BBQ, I want to relay a very simple story from the American Civil War…

The battle of Chancellorsville Virginia lasted from April 30 to May 6, 1863. Basically, it pitted the Union Potomac Army of General Hooker against General Lee’s Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. The battle was famous for a number of reasons:

  • Literary influence: Crane’s “Red Badge of Courage” was based on Chancellorsville.
  • General Lee’s brilliance: Though outnumbered by at least 2 to 1, General Lee still won the battle and in doing so clearly established himself as one of the greatest military minds of all times.
  • The death of  Stonewall Jackson:  Jackson was mortally wounded by friendly fire at Chancellorsville.
  • Bloodshed: In ballpark figures, the Union fielded 90,000 men and suffered 17,000 casualties. The  Confederacy waded in with roughly 50,000 and suffered 13,000 dead or wounded.  It wasn’t pretty…

But the skirmish I hope you keep in mind raged in a dense patch of underbrush, vines, and scrub pines called “The Wilderness”. Union General Stoneman and his men were trying to access Lee’s supply lines in the rear, and of course the Confederates fought back in The Wilderness. Fighting was fierce, but perhaps the most ghastly aspect had to do with the rifles involved. In the 1860s the typical long arm was a muzzle-loaded rifle musket that used bits of linen called patches that were rammed down the barrel, and when fired, were ejected out of weapon – often smoldering. As night fell, both armies backed out of The Wilderness and made camp. Tragically, the patches caused small brush fires in The Wilderness. Those wounded who could crawl out of the way of the flames did. Those who couldn’t were burned alive. All night both sides listened to the screams of men being cremated alive. In the morning both sides had to go back into the smoke of The Wilderness and start the process all over again.

So that’s the story… If only it was the only one… I hope you think of it as you head for the BBQ… Of a Hell on earth, and the price others paid so that you could have your burger and beer in a secure and a united America.

Thankful by the 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.


Memorial Day Fun at Harwich Spirits Shoppe

May 21, 2010

Since state law requires that all liquor stores close on Memorial Day, let’s have a different kind of fun outside the store instead.

On Monday, 5/31, we’ll be holding a big yard sale at the shop. Anyone can set up a table and sell whatever junk, excuse me, I mean treasures you’d like to get rid of. There will be plenty of space for vendor tables in front of, beside, and behind the store. Here’s the skinny:

  • Sale will run from 8:00a.m. until 3:00-ish.
  • Table space is $10–but you have to bring your own table (max. table size is 4′ x 8′). Each vendor will manage his/her own table, including merchandise and money.
  • Bring some pot luck to share with other vendors and your buyers.
  • If you have a large item to sell (car, boat, trailer), it will be displayed behind the shop.
  • Ads will run in local papers (such as the Chronicle) and on Craigslist promoting the sale, so there should be plenty of buyers.
  • We will also have raffles, contests, and give-aways throughout the day. (And be sure to stay tuned to this blog for updates!)
  • To reserve a table, call 508-432-3333.

This will be a great way to kick off the summer season here in Harwich Port. We hope you’ll join us. Panchita (the other Harwich Spirits Shoppe cat) and I will, of course, be supervising the whole thing from the front store window.

See you outside the wine 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.