THE WORST RECIPE PRESENTATIONS EVER – No. 8

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THE HOLY MOLY

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Mission:

“The Holy Moly” aims to help initiate, support, and develop creative pursuits that further enrich the culture and economy of the Historic Downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi, area, as well as create employment opportunities for local people.

Description:

The Holy Moly Masonic Temple is a commercial building in the centre of Historic Downtown Clarksdale, Mississippi. Built in the 1920’s by the Freemasons, it has 3 shops on the ground floor and what were the meeting rooms for the Masonic Temple above.  These shops have permits for conditional use, which means people can live and work in the same space.  The Holy Moly Masonic Temple has approximately 12,000 square feet of floor space.

More information about the apartments/retail spaces is available here.

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THE BLUE FRONT CAFE

tumblr_n6ldf0dVM31sckoc4o1_500The Blue Front Cafe is a historic old juke joint made of cinder block in Bentonia, Mississippi on Highway 49, approximately 30 miles northwest of Jackson, which played an important role in the development of the blues in Mississippi. Along with the Riverside Hotel in Clarksdale, where bluesmen such as Robert Nighthawk and Sonny Boy Williamson II spent the night and Stovall Farms, home of Muddy Waters before he headed north to Chicago to find fame and some fortune,  the cafe has been given a marker and officially placed on the Mississippi Blues Trail.

The Blue Front Cafe is a true remnant of the past — a virtual time machine evoking the strain of blues created by Jack Owens’ hauntingly, slow style of blues guitar.

The counters are covered with vinyl. Box fans stir a warm breeze. An old jukebox gathers dust. Cigarette butts fill the ashtrays atop wooden tables that are paired with resin lawn chairs. And on the walls are the ghosts. The largest being a photograph of Owens himself, an old man holding his instrument close to his heart. The rest are snapshots of those who pioneered the music that best captures the hopes and heartbreaks of the poor man and the land — such as Son Thomas and Muddy Waters.

The cafe has been in the family of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes since 1948 and is considered the home of Bentonia blues, a playing style made famous by Owens and his contemporary, Skip James. Experts describe the Bentonia sound as a minor-tuned, acoustic country blues sung in a near falsetto.

Located in the southern portion of the Mississippi Delta in Yazoo County,  it provided a focus of entertainment for the field hands from the surrounding cotton plantations who gathered at the Blue Front Cafe for drinks, relaxation and great music.

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THE WORST RECIPE PRESENTATIONS EVER – No. 9

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I HAVE NOTHING TO SAY, AND I’M SAYING IT

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The iconic screenwriting & poetry blog of Australian/American writer & teacher, Billy Marshall Stoneking – http://www.veracity24.tumblr.com

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THE WORST RECIPE PRESENTATIONS EVER – No. 10

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THE ‘FAMOUS’ BROWN DERBY

tumblr_n7sslxowfe1sn9lzco1_500On New Year’s Eve, 1954, I was en route with my parents to Texas where my father had been given a new duty posting with the Air Force. On the 31st of December, we were in Los Angeles, and looking for someplace to eat. My Mom told me about this place called the Brown Derby and we spent a good part of the early evening looking for it. Alas, it was never found.  The original Brown Derby opened on Valentine’s Day of either 1926 or 1929 (accounts differ) and moved one block away in 1937.   Apart from the gimmick of the name and a reputation for pretty good food, they had two things going for them.  One was the Cobb Salad, which was allegedly invented at the Brown Derby, which was owned by the Cobb family.  The other big attraction was that this was the place where the stars ate, and that, more than anything else, was the main reason I wanted to go there. Can remember who I was hoping to see now, but it was probably some cowboy star, like John Wayne or similar. brownderbymenu

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