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Addie enjoyed Halloween 2013. Thanks to all the parents and children who came by, got some treats and petted my knuckle-headed dog. She loved it!
Hopefully we'll see you next year.
I parked in downtown Mountain Home around 12:15PM or about 2 hours after the Harvest Festival kicked-off. The crowds didn't appear to be as big as last year but what would they expect without any true local promotion on the internet?
Address: 310 E 2nd N St, Mountain Home, ID 83647
I walked all the streets where booths and vendors were set up. Maybe it was the cool weather or maybe no one knew about the 2013 Harvest Festival but there were very few booths and vendors this year. Really disappointing for me as I enjoy all these entrepreneurs selling their stuff.
Food is one of those things people look forward to when going to any festival but when it's a "harvest festival", I envision foods of all kinds, especially with a local flavor. But that wasn't the case at this festival...Food vendors were scarce. Obviously not the organizers fault but you'd think local restaurants would make an strong showing. And where was that "Dinner for a Farmer" event anyway?
I complained the City of Mountain Home didn't promote the October 5th 2013 Fall Harvest Festival in my previous post. So I decided someone should care enough to review this event...an event I reviewed back in 2010 at this link:
Festival Food: 1 Star
Festival Entertainment: 4 Stars
Festival Booths or Vendors: 2 Stars
Brian Bateman Blend Band plays event in Mountain Home Idaho
See the video taken and produced by "The Bondyweb" from this concert at http://youtu.be/5_7cyABDVzs
A Little Ditty About It
The concert was held in the usual spot at Carl Miller Park right off American Legion Blvd. We got lucky there was a break in the weather as the days leading up to this event were extremely hot and smoky. And Friday afternoon gave us a light refreshing off and on rain that kept temperatures in the "great for a concert range".
The Brian Bateman Blend Band played some very good music. It was a little harder rock music than I've come to expect from these "Concerts in the Park" and for me that's a good thing. The eclectic crowd of about 300 or so folks seemed to really enjoy the music.
About the only thing I was disappointed about was the "local business booths". Usually a bunch of local businesses set up shop in the back part of the park offering food, drinks and cool and unusual local products. Instead only 2 businesses showed up…Common Ground and the Snowcone People.
Hear More, See More and Support Them
The Brian Bateman Blend played their heart out for us. I don't think they got paid for this so if would like to "give back" consider buying some music from them. Find out more about this band and how to get your very own copy of at:
Next Concert is Soon
I'm sure the marketing folks in Mountain Home and Elmore County will get the word out on the next concert. Find them on the web somewhere but I do know The Sweetback Sisters will be playing soon.
See their website at: http://www.thesweetbacksisters.com/
This "blog post" dedicated to the friendly and forward thinking folks in Fairfield, Idaho
First of all, the only reason I knew this place existed was a comment I read on a local website. But when I drove downtown I spotted “art deco” painted window logo of Fatty'z quite easily. When I saw that, I knew I had to try this place.
Where is Fatty'z Pizza?
So on Wednesday June 27th, 2012 my wife gave them a call and ordered some “take out” food. I was kind of excited to see what Fattyz looked like inside, so off I went. Fatty'z is located in the old “AK's Hookah Bar” location or more specifically 230 North Main Street.
The owners did a good job making the place look inviting with photos of downtown NYC on the walls. Nothing to get excited about but really who cares what the place looks like as long as it's clean and it appeared to be. The most unpleasant part of my journey into Fattyz was the fact I had to pay for my food :-) If you want to eat in the restaurant there are a fair number of tables. There are also a few video games to keep you busy.
I brought home their 20 inch Pepperoni Pizza and an order of Garlic Cheese Bread. In short, the pizza was quite good. Being “New York Style”, the crust is very thin but not like a cracker. The garlic cheese bread was just as good. I give Fatty'z a 4 out of 5 stars and if the food is just as good as this time then I'l give them a 5 of 5 stars.
Fatty'z has a website at http://fattyzpizza.com Just having a website tells me these guys are serious and are in it for the long haul. Good on you guys and I certainly hope you continue to do brisk business.
Faceting Lesson #4 at Stoecker Jewelers Turns Junk into Gems
- Design Cut: NoviMMX
- Facets: I cut 57 facets into this stone.
- Number of Days: 4 days to go from rough to gem.
- Machine Used: Selectra-Matic Faceting Machine
Turning it Over – Gemstone Transfer Jig Process
I began the lesson with the Pavilion already cut and polished during Lesson 3. Basically the bottom portion of the stone was cut and it was time to start working on the “Crown”.
The problem here is trying to find a way turn the stone over and getting it attached to a new Dop Stick in a manner so the angles will be precisely the same. The way to do this is by using a “transfer jig” and Kelly thought it best that he accomplish this delicate task.
Video of the Dop Stick Transfer Jig
It much easier to understand the transfer jig process by watching the 2:00 video.
Cutting the Crown and Table
In the above picture you can see how the transfer jig process gave me access to the top part of the stone so I could start cutting the Crown and Table.
The cutting of the Crown and Table went much faster than I thought. I cut the eight “C1” facets at 30º rather quickly and this narrowed the girdle portion of the stone significantly. Then I polished these facets to a high sheen. Next I moved on to cutting the eight square C2 facets at about 28º and polished them up.
The only thing left was to cut the flat part of the top of the gemstone called the “Table”. This process took a little more time as high precision is required to cut right down to the “meet points”. After a few pointers from Kelly, the Table was nicely faceted and polished.
Thanks to Michael and Kelly
As you can see by the above picture, I am now the proud owner of a really cool gemstone that I cut almost completely by myself. I wish to thank Michael Stoecker and Kelly Willis for giving me this opportunity and opening up their shop to me.
But I was told that these guys are not finished with me yet. They seem to have some evil plans for me in the coming weeks. I certainly hope those plans don't include “hot wax”.
PS: A hardy congratulation goes out to Michael Stoecker for recently being chosen as the new President of the “Intermountain Jewelers Association”.
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- Faceting Lessons 3 and Stoecker's Secrets Revealed
- Fast Moving Mountain Home City Council Meeting
- Faceting a “gemstone” with Stoecker Jewelers – Lesson 2
- Lesson #1 – Stoecker Jewelers Faceting a “Gem”
- Top 10 Cars at the 2011 Rumble and Roar Car Show
- Fall Harvest Festival Mountain Home Idaho Style
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