Monday, November 29, 2010

The Barn Pot Luck Supper

New England provides plenty of opportunities for Christmas Traditions. One of theme is the Barn Pot Luck Supper.

At least three layers for warmth

The clothing has to chosen carefully, and with very practical criteria.
  • The first clothing criterion is warmth. The cows are the primary heating source for the barn, which while wonderful, does leave some cold spots.  Thus  combining long johns with flannel-lined khakis and  insulated Bean Boots makes sense.
  • The second criterion is that every item had to be tough enough both to be chewed, and thrown directly into the washing machine and dryer, jacket included. APatagonia Synchilla Snap-T instead of a wool sweater, and an older Bean Insulated Barn Coat also made sense.

The gatherings are always eclectic, with farmers/homesteaders, members of local shooting groups, as well as other raw milk customers.  Guests brought their own specialties, including: kettle corn made in an iron skillet over a wood fire, Venison chili, and their own hot mulled cider.  And everyone brought far more than their share.

Clothes have to be rugged, as they will get chewed.

And you do have to watch out for both ends of the cows.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Reader Question: What about Prep School Team Jackets?

Question:  My wife insists on wearing our son's Andover Hockey jacket everywhere. Is this preppy?

Response:  This brought to mind one opinion: Ferd's comment, which I will re-post here,  originally on The 2010 Preppy ABC's:  (See Clothing paragraph.)


Do: Any Jaguar built before 1965; any Jeep made before 1990; Land Rover Defender with wet bathing suits in the back and your younger son's hockey gloves; 1992 Ford Country Squire Station Wagon; Geladenwagen; anything without a visible registration sticker; anything with an Obama sticker; Aston Martin; Porsche Turbo.

Don't: Hummer (if you own one, just stop reading - you are beyond my ability to help you); anything made by Ford (expect possibly a 1989 Bronco II with several beach permit stickers from Nantucket); anything Japanese or Korean; anything with a Bush or McCain sticker; and finally, the ultimate sin, a Corvette.


Do: Golden Retriever (but only it its name is Pooh, Bear, or Poohbear); any Lab; Cairn or Jack Russell; Irish or English Setter; any breed with fewer than 5 registered dogs in the United States (as in "we saw her in Tibet and just had to bring her home").

Don't: German Shepard; Beagle; Poodle; Yorkshire Terrier; anything with white fur; anything wearing a coat (unless the coat is a needlepoint with the Wesleyan Seal stitched into a dark blue or red background).

Do: Lacoste under Brooks...; 50-year old sweater found in parent's ski house in New Hampshire when you visited on break from college in 1976; Bermuda length shorts as soon as possible in the season; your younger child's Andover Hockey Jacket; anything belonging to your son that fits; J. Press sport coat belonging to your father when he went to Harvard; Camel hair topcoat from Paul Stuart.

Don't: Any sweatshirt, especially if it bears a designer logo, or the name of any educational institution located in Long Island; LL Bean Hunting Boots (they are so 1995); jeans; anything black; anything white; sneakers; gloves; scarf.


Do: Belgium loafers, especially if it is snowing or very muddy; headband; Patagonia vest; gold knot earrings; Nantucket needlepoint belt; anything from Eye of the Needle; your younger child's Andover Hockey Jacket; your grandmother's wool knit hat; your son's Parka.

Don't: A "winter coat" (ever heard of layering, or Patagonia?); boots; jeans; a hat; a skirt; stockings; earrings longer than 1/8th of an inch; make up that is noticeable; anything larger than size 2 (in fact, if you aren't blond and a size 2, just stop reading and have your son transfer to Stony Brook, there is no way you will fit in at a NESCAC Lax game); heels; anything purchased at a Mall.