Monday was the end of Oaxaca's big festival -- the Guelaguetza. I guess this is awful, but I've never been. There is something about sitting in the sun for hours looking at repetitive folk dancing that just doesn't ring my bell.
Year before last I went to the "People's Guelaguetza". This is an alternate festival held in protest of the the state government. It was okay, but still folk dancing.
Wonder why they don't hold the event in Armstrong Park.
Good question,I will inquire. The main activities and archival displays are housed in the old U.S. Mint so maybe why. Better then them having it at Armstrong International Airport I guess
Kind of off topic but somewhat related. After Katrina we found in a junk pile some old slightly damaged playbills and among them was one advertising Satchmo playing at the Brown Derby or Dew Drop Inn from the 1940's. I think I'm going to donate it to the Satchmo Museum although ,they probably have a slew.
The "big daddy" of Manitoba summer festivals takes place here in Winnipeg. Folklorama, now in it's 40th year, provides an opportunity for all the ethnic cultures represented in Manito ba to showcase their food, drink and entertainment at pavillions set up in locations across the city. It's hugely popular with many bus tours showing up from U.S. cities such as Minneapolis/St.Paul.
We'll wait for Louis to give us the intelligent, accurate answer. But in the meantime ..................
I remember someone telling me years ago that Michigan is where maraschino cherries come from! This person was disgusted by the maraschino-ing process. Apparently it involved leaching everything out of the cherries first. (with lye, maybe? don't remember)
The cherries are a major crop in the Grand Traverse region of northwestern Michigans lower peninsula. They have been for almost a 100 years. The main reasons the cherries do well here is that one, they are near Lake Michigan and the Great Lake keeps the temperture reasonable year around and second, there are rolling hills that allow for "air drain" to allow for the cold air to go down the hills and minimize frost in the spring.
Yes, the Pacific Northwest is another area that produces cherries and in fact we have to get our sweet cherries from there for our Cherry Festival because the sweet cherries in our area are not ripe yet.
I am sure there are other areas of the country that cherries are grown. Apples are also another major crop in Michigan.
We also have many vineyards in the area and for the same reason that the cherries do well here.
Yes the process for making Maraschino cherries does use a brine process to remove the color from the cherries and then the put the color back in. I have met many people here who do not like them for that reason. But I still use them in Manhattan's.