Fast Molasses – Music from The Rust Belt

Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt

For me, summers past are marked by the music that accompanied them. 2010 was for biking downtown to the coffee shop with wayfarers on my eyes and the Black Keys in my ears.  2011 was for weekly garden parties and Motown. 2012 included swollen feet everything, Cleveland pride, and Dr. Dog on vinyl. 2013 was for manufacturing feelings of a fabulous life during cancer treatment with Ella Fitzgerald on Pandora in my forever messy kitchen. During the past four summers, music has seen me through some difficult times and even helped to develop my intense local pride for northeast Ohio. Good things come out of this place I call home, and one of them is a merry band of friends who play soul-satisfying music fit for the perfect summer sountrack.

Fast Molasses has come a long way from their Friday night house parties— and I mean that quite literally! The boys have moved all the way to the Pacific Northwest, so I don’t see them around Canton any more, but Christopher mailed me some music with a nice handwritten note, even enclosing some chocolate mint from his garden. He said I should make a pitcher of ice tea and listen to the CD with headphones on one lovely summer night. It was perfect.

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If you need a little Americana in your life (Who doesn’t?), click through to listen to Fast Molasses on Bandcamp and download their new album, From the Sugarcane. Along with a pitcher of sweet tea, their music will infuse your summer with exactly what it’s been missing. Oh, and follow their adventures on Instagram here and Facebook here. Miss you guys around here! Thanks for sending the music!

Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt    Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt

Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt    Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt

Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt    Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt

Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt    Fast Molasses - music from the Rust Belt

top image by Sonya Kumpus

Making Nice in Columbus, Ohio

A visit to Columbus, Ohio

visit columbus, ohio

Summertime seems made for exploring. I love traveling far from home, but I think a lot of us really neglect exploring the cities near our own homes. Columbus, Ohio is a place I’ve visited lots of times through my life, but I’ve only recently begun to dive deeper into the city to see what it has to offer, aside from the obvious— Ohio State Football. (I’ve mentioned before that I married into a Buckeye-crazed family!) I’m loving the wealth of culture Columbus has to offer, and this weekend Phil and I are headed to Ohio’s capital city to experience all the fun we can in one weekend.

My sister-in-law recently moved into the German Village neighborhood of Columbus, and I’m simply smitten with its charm! We’ll be starting our weekend there, but check out all of our plans below. If you’re from Columbus, you should pretty please share you favorite spots so we can check them out!

 A visit to Columbus, Ohio

visit columbus, ohio

A visit to Columbus, Ohio
 

visit columbus, ohio

  • North Market: The large, indoor market hosts farmer’s bounty on Saturday mornings, but we’ll be there on Sunday for food and the Market Flea. I can’t wait to see what treasures I discover!
  • The Columbus Museum of Art: Free on Sundays! I’m looking forward to seeing the Modern Dialect exhibit if we have time to visit.
  • Katalina’s Cafe Corner: A small and extremely charming carry-out restaurant with space to dine in. They have nutella stuffed pancake balls! Need I say more? They’re really popular in the mornings, though, so we may stop by in the afternoon.

A visit to Columbus, Ohio

I’ll be sharing our Columbus experience next week. We’re excited to have fun, unwind, and eat to our hearts’ content this weekend! Be sure to send along your Columbus recommendations!

Wear & Share Fashion Show in Canton, Ohio

Happy Earth Week! Alright, so I missed posting on Earth Day, but that’s because I was busy getting ready to be a judge at Canton, Ohio’s second annual Wear & Share Fashion Show! If that sounds like a lot of fun, let me assure you— it was! I was invited to attend as a judge, but I left the event feeling extremely inspired and motivated to put my imagination to work with my sorely neglected mending pile at home.

The 2014 Wear & Share event was dreamed up by the fine ladies and gentlemen of ystark, a local organization that works to improve the Canton area community through knowledge, leadership and participation. The ystark committee members were inspired by Annie Leonard’s The Story of Stuffwhich focuses on reusing materials to help with the waste problem of consumerism. Wear & Share celebrates and inspires with this earth-friendly mindset, featuring the wear— on-site vendors selling repurposed clothing and accessories as well as the refashioned styles showcased on the runway— and the share— a clothing drive to share your lightly worn clothing with those who need or can repurpose them.

photos by Mallory + Justin Photographers

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

I’ve never attended a high style fashion show before, but I’d wager to say the Wear & Share fashion show was twice as inspiring! The showcased designers were regular folks (women and men) from my own hometown of Canton, and the outfits they crafted were fashioned from just a few dollars worth of supplies from the thrift store! It was incredible as a judge to be able to see the before photos of the supplies— dated curtains, horrible satin pajama pants, ’80s dresses with the hugest shoulders, and even neckties. The way the original elements were deconstructed and completely refashioned just blew my mind and really got my own creative wheels spinning. So inspiring!

It was so refreshing to see such a variety of styles all in one place. The diversity showcased was really encouraging. Some of the runway styles were pretty easy to wear— just like something you could wear to the office— while other styles were begging to be taken out for a night of drinks and dancing. There was pattern mixing, there was subtle use of muted materials transformed into glorious vintage-inspired duds, there was high fashion influence, and there was even a good ol’ nod to punk rock styles.

My new friends and talented photographers, Mallory + Justin, captured the entire event, so if you’d like to see more of the designer’s creations and more of the event, please check out their public gallery here. If you think something like this would be fun to do in your hometown, why not work with some creative community-minded friends to put your own event together? You don’t even have to wait for Earth Day!

photos by Mallory + Justin Photographers

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

Canton's Wear & Share fashion show- photos by Mallory + Justin

photos by Mallory + Justin Photographers

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