Here we go! Every year for the last 4 years or so Linda and Ken Perrin of Atlantic Art Glass in Ellsworth Maine have hosted just the best winter solstice party you could hope to attend that Linda has dubbed "The Fire Gathering". There are glass blowing demos and you can try it yourself if you ask nice, blacksmithing demos, this year there was raku pottery demos and a live band and tons of people came out to warm up around the furnace. It's a wicked great time and the bean dip is out of this world awesome! So this year I played the role of "Television Presenter Guy Nate Parker" and went about meeting the artists and finding out other peoples favorite holiday traditions. Music provided by the house band of A.J. Emmett and Dave Lavalle (can't remember the other two guys names), Phoenix "1901", and Medeski Martin and Wood "End Of The World Party".
Good times! Happy holidays everybody!