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Issue: # 15   October 2009
   October definitely lets us know it's Fall. The air is crisp with a very cold undertone some days, and the rain returns in all its familiarity. It always surprises me how normal the rain seems! I do love the clear days of Fall the best, though. It's always been, I think, my favorite season, and even though I miss all the Fall colors I grew up with, I love the blue cloudless skies.
    And it reminds me of my sophomore year in college, back in Michigan. For a life drawing class, we were studying anatomy, and had to do a detailed drawing of the skeleton with an overlay of all the muscles. Front and back. Huge project! I had become friends with my high school art teacher, and asked if I could borrow the department's skeleton for several days to make some real progress on this project. She said yes, and I went to pick up Fred, as we fondly referred to him. I drove an older model Pontiac convertible at the time, red with a white top, one of those big, heavy wide cars. I early on got used to wearing a seat belt because of that car - it kept me from sliding all over on the bench seats when I turned! So I figured we could lay Fred down on the back seat, but he didn't bend in as many places as I thought he would, so the only thing for it was to put the top down, and sit him in the front seat with the seatbelt on! Boy, did I get some odd looks as I drove home! And of course all my sisters' friends and boyfriends had to come check out Fred! I had completely forgotten about that drive until we received a new batch of Tuzzie Muzzie hats for Halloween. One has a miniature skeleton sitting proudly on the top!
    October heralds the end of the Farmers Market at Wallingford Center until next
Spring, and the final Art Walk of the season. This month, on the 7th, we are hosting Andrea Savar as our artist. Andrea creates beautiful necklace and earrings from her extensive collection of gemstones, charms, vintage jewelry pieces and French religious medals. You really need to see it - it defies description! Andrea always brings a table full of  jewelry, each more intriguing than the last, and so many one-of-a-kind choices! So please join us for this special event.
    And near the end of the month, the 24th & 25th, is our annual Kristin Ford trunk show! For this year's event, we are hosting A reception for Kristin on Saturday from 12 - 4, but the jewelry collection will be available for the entire weekend, until 5:00 on Sunday. We hope everyone can come and meet Kristin, but if you are unable to come by then, you can still see all the wonderful jewelry!
    We know somewhere in our being that the holidays will soon be here and start scouting for gifts, especially for those hard to buy for people on our lists. Remember that at Crackerjack we have always offered Lay-Away, and now is a great time to use it. You make your selection now, put a 25% deposit on it, and you have sixty days (extended to 90 days at this time of year) to finish paying for it and pick it up! Some customers make regular payments throughout that time period, others just pay the balance when they need the gift and pick it up then. We're easy, and we want to help make life easy for you, and assist with your holiday shopping, and ensure you get the items you want!
    And speaking of easy, don't forget to shop online with us. We are always expanding our website, and it's a convenient way to shop for your out-of-town friends and relatives, or for them to shop for you! We have a lot of Crackerjack favorites such as Harmony Lanterns, Bella Luz nightlights, the Kentucky Springs salad tongs, and the Vaughan and Sons tea towels that cheer up any kitchen, and much more. So if you haven't checked in for awhile, now is a good time to take a look, and get your shopping juices flowing!
    So enjoy the scents and flavors of October (check below for a great Fall lamb chop recipe) and have a fun Halloween. Remember to bring your little angels and ghouls by Wallingford Center to Trick-or-Treat on Halloween from 4 to 6.  

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Upcoming Events

     Winged Lion Set - Andrea Savar
Wednesday October 7 - Wallingford Art Walk 6-8 p.m. October's Featured Artist will be Andrea Savar, whose jewelry is inspired by finds at French street markets!
Join us Wednesday evening for a great selection of one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings and more, meet the artist behind the work, and enjoy some refreshments!

         Kristin Ford Necklaces

Annual Kristin Ford Trunk Show
Saturday and Sunday
October 24 & 25 

 Artist reception Saturday 12 to 4
Join us for our  yearly celebration, a fun afternoon with Kristin Ford and her fabulous jewelry. Kristin brings hundreds of earrings and necklaces, including many one-of-a-kind pieces you won't see again! Her Aliah-liah Collection alone is worth the trip. This collection is Kristin's premier line, incorporating such rarities as Tahitian pearls, unusually cut gemstones and 14karat gold. Feast your eyes and indulge your jewelry cravings!

Halloween at Wallingford Center -  October 31st Trick -or-Treat with your local merchants from 4-6

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Things to Celebrate!

Oct. 1 -  International Day of Older Persons (older than who?)

Oct. 2 -  Guardian Angels Day

Oct. 3 -  World Card Making Day - if you don't want to make your own, come see the fantastic hand made cards we have for all occasions!

Oct. 5 -  World Teacher Day

Oct. 7 -   Balloons Around the World Day

Oct. 10 - Universal Music Day

Oct. 12 -  International Moment of Frustration Scream Day AND national Salesperson Day (is there a relationship here?)

Oct. 16 -  Boss's Day (hint,hint)

Oct. 17 -  Sweetest Day - this seems to be a bigger day in other parts of the country, and was quite a big deal when I was in high school. It really was about sweethearts, as opposed to Valentine's Day which has been extended to everyone you love.

Oct. 18 - National Chocolate Cupcake Day

Oct. 24 - Make a Difference Day

Oct. 25 -
Mother-in-Law Day - 4th Sunday of October

Oct. 30 - This is a busy day! It's Create a Great Funeral Day, Frankenstein Friday, national Candy Corn Day (one of my personal favorites!) and Devil's Night. This also was a bigger thing where I grew up. Some of it was harmless, some was not!

Oct. 31 - Halloween AND National Caramel Apple Day

October is the Month of Apples, National Popcorn Popping and Polish Heritage
- lots of great food, all the way all month long!
October Nesting

October seems to be the epitome of Fall. I always associate October with clear blue skies, warm sun, cool air. I love it! It is the month of pumpkins and cornhusks and costumes and candy. The excitement of Halloween preparations permeates everything. As a kid, growing up in suburban Detroit, Halloween was huge. And for some reason the neighboring community did Trick-or-Treating on the day before Halloween, known as Devil's Night. Perhaps they were attempting to undermine the mischief that took place on Devil's Night. I never knew the reason. But a lot of kids would Trick-or-Treat both nights and you can imagine the haul they made! My sisters and I never did go twice - I suspect our parents figured one night was enough. And as it was, they would go through our piles we would dump on the living room floor to explore what goodies we'd received, remove any gum, and give it to the next kids who came to our door!

My grandmother lived with us, and it was her happy job to stay home to give out the candy while our parents took us around the neighborhood. There were so many kids going up and down the streets, you'd sometimes have to wait at the foot of a front walk to let other kids pass after receiving their loot. It was so exciting to be out in the dark with all these other fanciful creatures, begging to do just one more street! When we returned home, my grandmother would report on how many kids she'd given candy to - always over a hundred, sometimes closer to one-fifty!
We all had different styles when it came to doling out our stash. I would eat all the Baby Ruths and Snickers first, then move on to the Bit-O-Honeys and Squirrels and Mary Janes, saving the Smarties and suckers 'til last. One sister liked all the fruity, sweet candies and would start with those. And of course a lot of swapping went on. What was a Reese's Peanut butter cup worth? And there were always the few nickels and, in those days, apples, which never quite made the cut, but were an interesting novelty. One of my sisters was so disciplined with her portioning of her candy, she still had some left the following July! I'm not sure whether she knew she had some left, or whether it just got lost under her bed, but the rest of us ate ours quickly enough that there was no danger of losing track of a piece of it!
As I got older Devil's Night, which I had been completely unaware of when little, became very intriguing. In about eighth grade, it became known that if your house was T.P.'d on Devil's Night, some boy had a crush on you. You can imagine all the girls hoping to awake on Halloween to streamers of white in all the trees and bushes, cars and porches! I wonder if the parents had any idea what we were hoping for! To them it was a nuisance and a mess, and I wonder if they ever knew it was something to be envious of! Luckily for my parents, I don't think it ever happened at our house! Some people went further with the mischief, soaping windows, which wasn't too bad, and easily washed off, but others threw eggs, which made a real mess. And then at some point it became quite destructive in certain areas, turning Devil's Night from something rather harmless into a night to be feared.
As the custom of Trick-or-Treating took a backseat as I got older, it was replaced with Halloween parties, and other Fall traditions. I still really miss the Franklin Cider Mill, home to the best fresh-pressed cider, hot greasy donuts, smoked cheeses and sausage. If ever I'm home in the Fall, that is on the top of my list to visit. It's funny how certain foods appeal only at certain times of the year. How as the weather cools you begin craving squash and roasted meat. And cider! It's also the time of year you want candles lit, and to unearth the throws, put the outdoor furniture away and move inside. It's time to begin nesting, that process of revisiting our homes, and making them warm and cozy, full of good smells and inviting for the long cold days ahead.

NEXT MONTH: Turtle Stories!

 Thank You for your continued patronage of a local independent business and for supporting American handmade! Have a great Fall!

Kathleen Koch
Crackerjack Contemporary Crafts

Honey-Dijon Lamb Chops
  2 T. Dijon mustard
  2 T. fresh, or 2 t. dried rosemary, crushed
  2 T. chopped fresh mint, or 2 t. dried mint flakes
  4 t. honey
  t. coarsely ground pepper
  4 (4oz.) lean lamb chops
  1. Preheat broiler.

  2. Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl, and stir well. Trim fat from chops, and place in
   broiler pan. Broil 5 minutes on each side. Brush mustard mixture over chops. Broil 2 minutes
   on each side until desired degree of doneness, basting occasionally with the mustard mixture.
  Yield: 2 servings

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