Monthly Archives: January 2011
This is a short month with a lot packed in. The Round Tables will include discussions on “Food and Faith” (2/10) led by members of Whitney Sanford’s UF class and our own Vickie Machado; and Restoration of Felon Rights (2/17), led by Meshon Rawls, Legal Skills Professor at UF. In addition, we’re putting together a team of February chefs for the Cafe and rounding up help for a Valentine’s celebration.
Ways to help this week:
- We are in particular need of help during clean-up at the cafe on Wednesday, between 2 and 4. It’s not glamorous, but it’s good work hanging linens on the line, sweeping, mopping, etc.
- We could also use an extra person or two at the Coffee Shop on Thursday, 1-3 (clean up 3-3:30).
- And we almost need help on Wednesday afternoons at the Cafe.
Drop us a line if you’re willing!
A big thank you to folks who have been donating citrus. What a windfall! Besides handing out the fruit right and left to some very grateful folks, we’re making lots of grapefruit-ade - a delicious alternative to the usual water served at the cafe and other gatherings. Thanks so much for thinking of us.
This week the new refrigerator was delivered, just in time for all the fruit). I’m sure it will wear off, but right now we are so happy each time we open the door and find the food looking like it did when we put it in there (instead of icy or melting). It’s also wonderful not to have to mop up the water leaking from the bottom every time we walk through the doors. Thanks to all of you who helped. We will be paying it off for a little while… we welcome contributions!
This Thursday, the fourth one of the month, we’ll host an agenda-less potluck instead of a Round Table. We’d love for friends, family, newcomers, old-timers, and anyone else to join us for a great dinner with good people. Bring a dish to share if you can, if not, please come anyway!
NEW SEMESTER AND PUBLICITY: What a great beginning of a new semester last week was! The party was so well attended that we had to run out and get more food (thank you Julie and Linda!). We have had a steady stream of new faces at the house lately as well as phone calls and emails from folks wanting to know more about what is going on here and how to get involved. This is due, in part, to the wonderful assistance of our friend, Julie Garrett, who graciously offered to help publicize the house for the ART FOR ALL Sale in December. It worked! Within a few weeks we had done several interviews with local papers and even had TV 20 filming live at a cafe. We really appreciate all the new people who have reached out to us and Julie for helping get the ball rolling. If you ever need a “publicist” she’s your woman!
BREAKFAST BRIGADE: We started the Breakfast Brigade up again last Friday. What an interesting experience. . . Two out of the three had changed location and there were low numbers at all three. Back when we started the BB almost 11 years ago, we would easily serve 80-100 people each week. This week there were only about 30 people between them. Lack of local construction work is the main reason – the human cost of our floundering economy.
REFRIGERATOR R.I.P.: Our stalwart old refrigerator which was donated to us 7 years ago is on it last leg – freezing the refrigerated food, melting the frozen food, and leaking water all over the place. We’ve needed some extra space and a more efficient refrigerator/freezer for awhile now, so we’re going to go ahead and bite the bullet and get one that is suited to the kind of food storage and preparation we need here at the house. We’re in the process of purchasing a large, energy-efficient refrigerator/freezer and expect it to arrive at the end of the week. We are very grateful to the Gulig family for helping get our “refrigerator fund” started this Christmas (thanks Paul, Maggie and family!)! If you would like to help contribute, please send a check to the house at218 NW 2nd Ave, Gainesville, 32601 or drop off your contribution any time in person. Thanks so much!
ROUNDTABLE CHANGE: Our speakers for this week’s roundtable had to cancel but have promised to join us later in the semester. Instead, we’ll be offering a special viewing of a documentary that chronicles the local civil rights movement and the integration of the University of Florida. The film is about 30 minutes long and we’ll start at 6pm sharp. Following the film, at around 6:45pm, folks can either sit down to a potluck dinner and discussion of the movie or join Diedre Houchen and head over to UF to see either the poet Nikki Giovanni or Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a speaker on women’s issues and Islam.
Our Patrick is a father! Little Jeremiah was born Monday evening, and both Patrick and Catherine look pretty happy about it. We are too! Patrick was part of our community for over a year before he married Catherine, moved to Ohio and started graduate studies. We have missed them both so much! Seeing this sweet little guy makes us miss them all the more…
Congratulations to a sweet family!
We are back.
We’ll kick things off Saturday night with an Epiphany Party to usher out Christmas and welcome in the 2011. Please join us for festive snacks, warm drinks, and a house blessing. Bring a finger food to share if you can. Saturday, 7-9.
We will be starting up our new schedule on Monday! There are a couple changes from the tentative schedule we sent out in the fall. The Art for All workshop is changed back to Tuesdays (1-5) and the Coffee Shop to Thursdays (1-3). And we are re-starting the Breakfast Brigade during the month of January. We’ll see what the need is at the labor pools and how the funds hold up and make a decision at the end of the month whether to continue it. Thank you everyone who gave toward getting it started again; we’re pretty confident it will become a regular part of our schedule again. See the whole thing here and this week’s schedule in particular here.
Needless to say, YOU are needed to pull all this off. Below are some ways you can be involved this semester. We would love to have a team of regular, committed volunteers that can show up weekly at the same time. If your schedule allows and you’re interested, please let us know. We also welcome folks who can only help out on occasion. Please let us know in advance if you are coming on any given week so we can make the best use of you!
TUESDAY’S ART FOR ALL WORKSHOP, 1-5 – Join Kendera in making pieces of art for sale in the spring; information on particular projects coming soon.
WEDNESDAY’S FARMERS MARKET CAFE
- Chefs-in-Training: Learn how to bake bread and transform local produce into delicious meals. Sign up for a month of cafes to learn the ropes. We’re looking for 3-4 people for January who can be here between 9:30 and noon.
- Serving and Clean-up Help: 11:45 – 3
THURSDAYS COFFEE SHOP: Serve free coffee and snacks in a “coffee shop” ambiance from 1-3pm.
FRIDAY’S BREAKFAST BRIGADE:
- Bread Baker-in-Training: Another opportunity to learn to bake bread – although a bit early for some. Meet Kelli at the house at 3:30AM to prepare the dough.
- Regular volunteers: Meet at the house at 4:15 to bake, boil, slice and otherwise prepare a warm healthy meal for day-laborers. Shape bread loaves, boil eggs, prepare fruit and table fixings. We’re done by 7. We try to schedule between 4 and 8 people each week for this, so call or email if you plan on joining us.