It was beginning to feel as though summer would never arrive here in the Northwoods. Hard to believe a few months back we actually were contemplating beginning the Rookery's live outdoor music series a bit earlier this year. Over Memorial Day weekend, in fact. Wouldn't that have been fun?
Instead, it appears we may just luck out in terms of timing and kick off our outdoor music season on the first really nice weekend we've seen in quite some time. The current forecast is calling for a high of 77 degrees on Sunday, with partly cloudy skies. While there also is a slight (20%) chance of showers and thunderstorms, our new tent should be up and ready to fend off any scattered raindrops.
And what better way to kick off our new music season than by welcoming Molly and the Danger Band back to the Rookery's outdoor stage.
Molly and the boys are a uniquely Americana band...blending rock, country, jazz, and bluegrass, along with a twist of Irish. From classic covers, traditional and original music, no matter what you call it, you're bound to have a good time.
Molly and the Danger Band are huge local favorites. As evidenced by the fact our biggest crowd of the summer turned out to see them wrap up last season's outdoor music series on the last day of September.
Accordingly, you might want to get here a bit early this Sunday. The Rookery grill fires up at 1:30 and the music begins at 2. All seating is first come, first served. So if you expect to arrive after the music begins it might be a good idea to bring along your own lawn chairs.
Copper River Salmon
What's the Big Deal?
The mighty Copper River is one of the swiftest and most rugged rivers in Alaska. Twisting and cutting deeply through the Wrangell and Chugach mountains, it's 300 mile stretch of pristine glacier-fed waters are riddled by hundreds of rapids.
Each year around the middle of May the first salmon of the season return to the rivers and streams of Alaska with the Copper River being one of the first. King, Sockeye, and Silver salmon embark on their long journeys up the 'Copper to spawn and lay their eggs. As salmon start their journey up the river and prepare to spawn, their feeding habits diminish. Because the Copper River is so swift, they must store extra fat and oils in order to survive the long trip.
This high fat and oil content is why Copper River salmon are recognized as some of the world's best-eating salmon. One taste of this firm red fish, with its rich and nutty flavor, and you will understand why food lovers relish the three to four weeks that fresh Copper River salmon is available each year.
This is it. Your one opportunity of the year to enjoy fresh Copper River sockeye salmon right here in Cable. Friday thru the weekend, or until it sells out (call ahead to reserve). Only at the Rookery!
Weather Delays Fresh Veggie Delivery
Our wacky spring weather also has affected the start of the farm share program offered by the Rookery's partner, DragSmith Farms. The first delivery, originally scheduled to arrive today (June 13) has been delayed by one week. With the revised start date of June 20 the full season program also will be extended by one week on the other end thru November 14.
Which means there's still time for YOU to sign up! A half bushel box of tasty and nutritious organic vegetables delivered fresh to the Rookery every week for pickup at your convenience anytime after 4 PM on Thursdays. A total of 22 weeks for only $390.
Or take advantage of the special nine week (July 1-Aug 26) "vacation package" offered only to Rookery guests for just $225.
To sign up for either program simply stop by the Rookery or mail your check to DragSmith Farms, 1346 16 1/2 Avenue, Barron, WI 54812. Be sure to include your name, mailing address, phone, and email. You'll also want to be sure to specify the Rookery as your pickup site. We guarantee you're gonna love it!