Friday, April 9, 2010
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
The Easter holiday is just around the corner, and while browsing online I ran across something that was SOOO appropriate for the season, AND features PLUMS! The following recipe and images were featured on www.eatingoutloud.com in 2007..and I just had to share!
Rustic Plum Tart
1 1/4 c. All Purpose Flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 c. Unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" pieces
3 Tbsp Ice water
1 1/2 lbs Plums halved, pitted and sliced
6 Tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp Ground ginger
1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp All purpose flour
2 Tbsp Unsalted butter, melted
1 Egg beaten (to glaze)
1/4 c. Apricot preserves
For Crust: Blend flour, sugar, salt. Add butter and cut into mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add 2 Tbsp of ice water, blend until moist clump forms, add more water by teaspoons if mixture is still dry. Gather dough into a ball, flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least one (1) hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Toss plums, 4 Tbsp sugar, ginger, and cinnamon in a bowl. Roll dough on a floured surface into a 12 1/2" ball. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet. Mix 1 Tbsp sugar and 1Tbsp flour in a small bowl, sprinkle over the dough leaving a 2" plain border.
Arrange plums in concentric circles on the dough leaving a 2" plain border. Drizzle with melted butter. Fold dough border toward center. Brush border with egg glaze, sprinkle with 1 Tbsp sugar.
Bake tart until plums are tender and the crust is golden..about 35-45 minutes. During the last few minutes, warm the apricot preserves on the stovetop. Remove the baked pie and brush the warmed preserves over the top of the plums. Tart must cool at least one (1) hour at room temperature before serving. ENJOY!
Well, now I'm wondering how many of you have cooked with plums? What's your favorite dish? Want to have your "Blue Plum" recipe featured on this blog? Then email it to firstname.lastname@example.org! If I have a few recipe submissions..I'll create an on-going article!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Last year the Blue Plum saw almost 80,000 visitors over the two-day event. THIS year the festival has been extended into Sunday, so we anticipate even more foot traffic! The dates of the festival are June 4-6, 2010 and a full schedule of events and artist line ups will be listed on the main site www.blueplum.org very soon. The headliners are still being lined up!
In an effort to keep the Blue Plum Festival in the spotlight (although we are the largest event held in the Tri!), you can find us in various social media networks including Facebook (over 1200 fans and growing daily), Twitter @blueplumfest, and Spot Social. Unlike other area events, we want to engage with our friends and followers. Because we want our fans and friends to know that we create and execute this event with all of you in mind. Because without the fans, the team of hardworking volunteers, and our sponsors there would be no festival!
Our Volunteer Coordinator, Jennifer Clements is working on "Plum Up!", our volunteer program that covers most every aspect of this 3 day festival. Want to work in your community??? Then shoot an email to us and let us know you're interested.
OHHH and where else in the area can you reach 80,000 potential clients in one weekend??? Contact David Pennington, the Blue Plum Festival Director. He'll send you over a promotional package with all of the options and opportunities to shine the light on your organization!
In closing, thank you for the follows and friend requests...keep reading, posting, and twittering! And I look forward to bringing you more information about the 2010 Blue Plum Festival as it unfolds!
Blue Plum Media Director
Brandi Woodall is owner of Positive Approach Events & Consulting. The Premier Event Service in the Tri-Cities area. From full service event management to social media marketing, we offer services for every corporate and leisure event.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
The King Centre (300 E. Main Street Johnson City, TN 37601) will feature Dilly-Dally the clown for the kiddies! From juggling to balloon animals, the kids are sure to enjoy!
Do you know what a King Cake is??? If not, come and learn all about this traditional cake and find the baby! That's right...find the baby..the winner will receive a prize!
And what is Mardi Gras without music, The King Centre will welcome the Mud Bugs to the lobby at 7:00pm...they are the area's feature New Orleans-Style band
Nelson Fine Art will also be presenting a new exhibit "Art from the Buffalo School", featuring art and design from the students of Milligan College. The reception will be hosted from 7-9pm with the faculty and student artists on-hand to discuss their work.
And a MUST for any Mardi Gras Celebration is beads!!!! So stop in at Beadworks on Main Street to pick yours up! Also, they'll be having live music and instructions on making your own jewelry. AND they are giving away 2 children's bead partys (up to 8 guests at each) during First Friday!
So whatever your fancy, whether it is beads, music, art, or food and drink...you'll find it all in Downtown Johnson City, Tennessee!
Do your kids love treasure hunting? Well if so..then the Hands On Museum in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee should be on your list of things to do in this New Year!
On January 16, 2010 a new exhibit opened and will continue until April 25, 2010. This new exciting exhibit organized by NRG! Exhibits of Washington State has a dozen hands-on activities that allow the visitors to try tools for treasure hunting as well as investigate treasures! Visitors can drive an Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), underwater, crack a safe, learn their weight in gold, and experiment with real metal detectors to locate treasure!
In addition to underwater treasure hunting, the exhibit also teaches visitors to locate treasures in the attic, family heirlooms, and long-lost toys that may have hidden value. Ever heard of "geocaching"? It's a new form of treasure hunting that includes various ways of locating treasure such as; maps, landmarks, compasses and of course....GPS!
"Treasure Hunting has found it's way into popular culture through books and movies. And now, modern "Treasure Hunters" use some really exciting technology in their search for treasure," said Kristine Carter, Marketing Manger for the Hands on Museum. "This exhibit is something the whole family can enjoy together."
Hands On! Regional Museum is located at 315 E. Main Street in downtown Johnson City, Tennessee. The museum offers daily programming and exhibits focused on the arts, sciences, and humanities for all ages. For more information about this exhibit, or the museum, please call (423) 434-HAND or visit www.handsonmuseum.org.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Monday, January 4, 2010
Blue Plum Question #1- Who are you and can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Jennifer Clements. I have lived in the area all of my life, except for the four years that I spent away at college in Ohio. I am a member of the Junior League of Johnson City, TN which is a nonprofit organization that focuses on women and children's issues in the area. I also enjoy doing volunteer work for my church, Munsey Memorial United Methodist Church located in downtown Johnson City, TN.
Blue Plum Question #2- How did you get involved with the Blue Plum Festival?
Munsey Memorial Methodist Church is involved with the Blue Plum Festival as the kid's area sponsor. They provide entertainment, games, and prizes for kids of all ages during the festival. I have enjoyed helping with this part of the festival over the past four years. My involvement began with the kid's area and has progressed to areas such as procuring sponsorships for the festival.
Blue Plum Question #3- How does volunteering in your community make you feel?
By getting involved with the Blue Plum Festival I have been able to meet a lot of great people and I feel like I'm now a part of something big in our community. I enjoy being a part of something that draws people to our beautiful downtown and entertains them. The Blue Plum Festival is the kickoff event for the summer and is an event that everyone wants to attend.
Blue Plum Question #4- Any final words from the Volunteer Coordinator?
This year I will be heading up "Plum Up", the Blue Plum Festival's Volunteer Campaign. This is your opportunity to become a part of our downtown organization! We are so grateful for those individuals, organizations, and companies that volunteer yearly. This year, we ask that you too become a part of this exciting opportunity and become a part of our "Plum Up Team"!
**For more information on the festival and how you can become involved please visit our official website at www.blueplum.org.