Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Katie plans a party in D.C.

It is a very exciting time at Farm Aid for me right now.

This Saturday is the 2nd Annual Fresh From The Family Farm Picnic at Equinox Restaurant in Washington, DC. If this year’s picnic is half as fun as last year’s, everyone there is in for a treat.

The event really IS a family picnic with a real family atmosphere. Last year we had face painting, coloring books and we made butter from cream with the kids. This year we’ve been planning and testing out some fun children’s activities in the office. Last week, Jeni and I each made a “hairy potato head”. If you keep them watered, they grow grass “hair” that you can cut. I named mine Salvatore and gave him a stylish mohawk haircut yesterday.

What amazes me is how many people have donated their time and talent to making the picnic so special. Seventeen chefs from the top restaurants in DC are bringing dishes for our buffet dinner. Farmers from the area are coming to sell their produce and products at our onsite farmer’s market. Mercy Creek, the folk rock duo, will be providing some excellent music. But most of all, Chef Todd & Ellen Gray, the owners of Equinox have been especially helpful. They donate their restaurant, the food and the time to make it all happen!

But I think I’m most excited about the items in our silent auction. Artists, writers, and companies have donated some great things. Of course, my favorite item is the front row tickets, VIP passes and hotel accommodations for the 2006 Farm Aid concert.

I guess it’s pretty obvious that I’m can’t wait, but really, delicious food, great music, and “hairy potato heads”….what else could a girl need?

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