Strega Nona Entertaining: Conjuring Creative Fun
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Summer Solstice Record Spin
Quick– how many 45s can you rattle off that contain references to the sun? If you are a music lover, chances are good that you are hopping on the vinyl train and building up your collection. If not, get in touch with your best record geek pal who also owns a player. The plan: a Super Summer Solstice Backyard Record Spin. You will need a functional player (it is always good to have an additional one back-up) and some vintage discs. Invite your guests to tote their 45s and 33s, even 78s if they have them hiding in a closet. 33s especially come in handy so that you don't have to keep hopping up to flip the record. Also, don't just have one designated DJ. Encourage everyone to get in the mix and take turns spinning the tunes. That way, a natural flow will emerge and you will enjoy an eclectic variety of music. If one person is being a little piggy though, be sure to gently nudge them off the turntable so that everyone does in fact have a chance to play.
Break out the folding chairs and a long table for snacks and beverages, buffet-style. The signature cocktail should of course be a "Sunny Sangria:"
Bottle of white wine, like Chardonnay or Pinot Gris
Flavored sparkling water, such as orange or raspberry
1 lime, seeded
1 lemon seeded
Wash and cut up fruit and fill a large serving pitcher 1/4 full. Add the bottle of white wine and let it sit in fridge overnight to ferment well.
When ready to serve, fill an individual glass of ice, add sangria mix, and top with a splash of sparkling water.
You can also make a non-alcoholic version with R.W. Knudsen's Morning Blend Juice. Some times it is appreciated to have a pitcher of each available. Be sure to mark the spiked one!
So get down, get funky with your bad selves while you're digging the songs. Here is part of a sample sunny playlist that I actually used for a past Winter Solstice (Interestingly, the songs work well for winter or summer):
Sunny- Bobby Hebb
Cheap Sunglasses- ZZ Top
Green-Eyed Lady- Sugarloaf
Sunset- Roy Orbison
Behind the Sun- Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sun Goddess (Live)- Earth, Wind & Fire
Sunset People- Donna Summer
Sun is Shining- Bob Marley
Sun- John Lydon
Everyday Sunshine- Fishbone
Invisible Sun- The Police
The Sun Always Shines On TV- a-ha
Sun King- The Beatles
On the Sunny Side of the Street- Ella Fitzgerald
Blue Skies- Frank Sinatra
St. Louis Blues- Billie Holiday
I'll Follow the Sun- The Beatles
You are my Sunshine- "O Brother Where Art Thou" soundtrack
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