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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Yes Dear Readers Fruitcake Has A History by Kevin Dayhoff

Yes, Dear Readers, Fruitcake Has A History



The holidays are upon us and I can only be sure that many thoughts have turned to getting together with family and friends – and of course, the wonders of fruitcake.

Yes, fruitcake. Yeah! I know it is a rather heavy subject for the Christmas season, but fools rush in where angels fear to tread. I’ve been called many things over the years, but “Angel” is not one of them, so here goes.

Seems nothing stirs the passions of many like the subject of food. I’m still nursing the bruising I took several years ago when I commented on the virtues of squash: “As much as I like vegetables, one food that does not exist on the Dayhoff's Nutrition Pyramid (DNP) is squash. God created the squash as a joke. The word "squash" is Native-American for "mud disguised as plant."

Moving along; your intrepid writer here has observed that first among equals on the holiday food passion meter seems to be the topic of fruitcake. After all, nothing warms the cockles of one’s heart like fruitcake on a cold Central Maryland night. I have been told that fruitcake burns – forever – in the fireplace at a rather high temperature; and it adds a brilliant display of holiday colors to the flames.

The subject of fruitcake arrived when I was recently asked as to what was my favorite food during the holidays. To which I answered, “Yes!!!”

Fruitcake has gotten a bad rap over the years. That’s probably because people haven’t had homemade dark fruitcake with icing – a Southern tradition.

According to various learned commentaries on the virtues of fruitcake, the concoction of chopped candied fruit, nuts, and spices – and plenty of alcohol – was quite popular at Victorian teas in 19th century England, where many know it as “Christmas Cake.”

Another variation of fruitcake – or “fruit bread,” …http://www.thetentacle.com/ShowArticle.cfm?mydocid=5537


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American Profile Flinging Fruitcake

American Profile Flinging Fruitcake

Flinging Fruitcake

What to Do with Leftover Fruitcake by Pam Grout December 13, 2011 Holiday desserts sail over Manitou Springs, Colo. http://americanprofile.com/articles/fruitcake-toss-manitou-springs-colorado/


Wearing military-style fatigues and an aviator cap, Jerry Pokorny, 64, stuffs a frozen fruitcake into a long, slim tube attached to an exercise bike. He checks printed satellite maps, twists the valve on a 10-gallon tank of compressed air and–kaboom!–the fruitcake sails across the high school football field in Manitou Springs, Colo. (pop. 4,992), past the goalposts and into the distance toward Pikes Peak.

Calling himself "a retired engineer with too much time on his hands," Pokorny built his wacky "Fruitcake of Mass Destruction" out of parts from a junkyard to join 75 contestants in the 2011 Manitou Springs Great Fruitcake Toss. The annual event celebrates the world's most reviled and underappreciated holiday dessert by challenging contestants to toss, hurl and fling fruitcakes through the air, occasionally obliterating the sugary artillery in the process…http://americanprofile.com/articles/fruitcake-toss-manitou-springs-colorado/


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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Eagle Archive: Where were you when Twinkie the Kid and Captain Cupcake died?

Eagle Archive: Where were you when Twinkie the Kid and Captain Cupcake died?

Eagle Archive: Where were you when Twinkie the Kid and Captain Cupcake died? By Kevin E. Dayhoff Dec 8, 2012 http://tinyurl.com/bqf5tfo

November 21, 2012, was a sad day.

As many were looking forward to sharing Thanksgiving dinner with friends and family; Hostess Brands, the makers of Twinkies, Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and many other culinary delights high in the food pyramid, announced it was closing its 85-year old business.

The Hostess Brands website did not mince words, "Hostess Brands is Closed. We are sorry to announce that Hostess Brands, Inc. has been forced by a Bakers Union strike to shut down all operations and sell all company assets.

"Thank you for all of your loyalty and support over the years. …The wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes, 570 bakery outlet stores and the loss of 18,500 jobs."

If such treats as Suzy Q's, Dolly Madison Zingers and HoHos are not a critical part of your childhood, then certainly you remember the holy trinity of spokespersons for Hostess: Captain Cupcake, Fruit Pie the Magician and Twinkie the Kid.

Certainly many of the 30 Hostess products are a strong childhood memory for many Carroll Countians. As soon as the news that an expiration date had finally been determined for the Twinkies family, the Eagle Archives crisis lines lit-up with inquiries as whether or not it was true that Dolly Madison and Twinkie the Kid were no longer with us… http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/carroll/news/community/ph-ce-eagle-archive-1209-20121208,0,344660.story

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Dayhoff, Yarish, and Seabolt exhibit art at Grace Lutheran Church gallery in Westminster, MD

 Dayhoff, Yarish, and Seabolt exhibit art at Grace Lutheran Church gallery in Westminster, MD

November 2, 2012 / December 9, 2012

Off Track Art co-op members Kevin Dayhoff and Carolyn Seabolt are now also showing at a Group show at the Grace Gallery in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church along with Susan Smith – friend of Grace member from Frederick, MD; Sam Gunby; Gail Albert – friend of Grace member from Mt Airy, MD; and Donna Yarish

The show is expected to continue into the winter months…

For more information about the show contact the gallery curator:

Donna@donnasworldofcolor.com
www.donnasworldofcolor.com
Direct:  410-925-4537
Studio:  410-848-0444
Fax:   866-857-4799

Or contact the church at: Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD 21157 Pastor Kevin Clementson and Pastor Martha Clementson http://gracelc.org/ 410-848-7020

[20121102 pubver KED Grace Lutheran Gallery List of Art] – [20121102 Pubver KED Grace Lutheran Gallery List of Art]

Art, artists, church, Lutheran, Donna Yarish, Carolyn Seabolt, Off Track Art, Kevin E. Dayhoff, Westminster MD, Carroll County

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20121102 Grace Lutheran Gallery List of Art

Grace Lutheran Church, 21 Carroll Street, Westminster, MD 21157
Pastor Kevin Clementson and Pastor Martha Clementson http://gracelc.org/

November 2, 2012

Group show at the Grace Gallery in Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

List of participants for The Grace Gallery; Susan Smith – friend of Grace member from Frederick, MD; Sam Gunby; Gail Albert – friend of Grace member from Mt Airy, MD; Carolyn Seabolt; Kevin Dayhoff; and Donna Yarish

Curated by Donna J. Yarish, www.donnasworldofcolor.com

Kevin E. Dayhoff may be reached at Email: kevindayhoff@gmail.com

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 1
Artist: Kevin Dayhoff
Title: “Main Street Rain”
Medium giclee-printed photograph
Dimensions: 21.75” wide x 17.75”
Price: $235.00 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00;
5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25%
commission to be contributed to the church.

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 2
Artist: Kevin E. Dayhoff
Title: “The Magic Tree”
Medium: giclee printed photograph
Dimensions: 21” wide x 17” high framed.
Price: $235.00 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00;
5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25%
commission to be contributed to the church.

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 3
Artist: Kevin E. Dayhoff
Title: “Church and Flag”
Medium: digitally enhanced glicee-printed drawing
Dimensions: 21” wide x 17” high framed.
Price: $193.17 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00;
5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25%
commission to be contributed to the church.

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 4
Artist: Kevin E. Dayhoff
Title: “Sin”
Medium: original college
Dimensions: 18.25” wide x 22.25” framed
Price: $325 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00;
5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25%
commission to be contributed to the church.

Date October 28, 2012

“Main Street Rain” giclee printed photograph
March 30, 2011 by Kevin Dayhoff

Main Street Rain
Giclee printed photograph
Prints available
$235.00

“Main Street Rain” giclee printed photograph $235.00. 21.75” wide x 17.75” high framed. [20110330 Wster E Main St rainc]

A solitary man armed with an umbrella, labors up the sidewalk against a cold late winter March rain near the Westminster branch of the Carroll County Public library in historic downtown Westminster Maryland.

This photograph was displayed at the South Carroll Fine Arts League exhibition at Fairhaven June 1 to July 15, 2011. It has also been displayed at the Carroll County Nonprofit Center at 255 Clifton Blvd., in Westminster from February 1, 2012 to May 1, 2012.

This copy of “Main Street Rain” is actually my display copy. However this size framed, at this price, can easily be duplicated. Prices for prints depend on the size and whether you want it framed. For example, an 8” x 10” glicee-print framed is $135.00; a 5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25% commission to be paid to the gallery

Kevin Dayhoff, P.O.Box 1245, Westminster, Maryland, 21158,  kevindayhoff@gmail.com www.kevindayhoff.com

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 1
Artist: Kevin Dayhoff
Title: “Main Street Rain”
Medium giclee-printed photograph
Dimensions: 21.75” wide x 17.75”
Price: $235.00 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00; 5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25% commission to be contributed to the church.


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“The Magic Tree” January 13, 2010 by Kevin Dayhoff

“The Magic Tree” giclee printed photograph $235.00. 21” wide x 17” high framed.

Kevin Dayhoff, P.O.Box 1245, Westminster, Maryland, 21158,  kevindayhoff@gmail.com www.kevindayhoff.com

“The Magic Tree” giclee printed photograph. 21” wide x 17” high framed.

This picture was taken one evening in the vicinity of Rte. 32 and Old Washington Road, just southeast of Westminster, as Caroline and I were going out to Bullocks for dinner on January 13, 2010. 

This photograph has been displayed on a number of occasions, including the South Carroll Fine Arts League exhibition at Fairhaven June 1 to July 15, 2011 and it was included in the December 29, 2010 – Off Track Art 5th display, 11 Liberty Street, Westminster, MD 21157… Most recently, it was displayed at the Carroll County Nonprofit Center at 255 Clifton Blvd., in Westminster from February 1, 2012 to May 1, 2012.

A number of framed prints of this photograph have been sold or donated to charitable causes in the past in various sizes at various prices.

[20100113 CC orange sunset title medium price info] [20100113-sunset-(2)c-orange] $235.00. 

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 2
Artist: Kevin E. Dayhoff
Title: “The Magic Tree”
Medium: giclee printed photograph
Dimensions: 21” wide x 17” high framed.
Price: $235.00 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00; 5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25% commission to be contributed to the church.


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Church and Flag July 1, 2006 digitally enhanced glicee-printed colored drawing by Kevin Dayhoff

Church and Flag
Digitally enhanced colored drawing
Prints available
$193.17

“Church and Flag” (“4th of July 2006”) has previously displayed at shows including my 2nd Off Track Art display July 7, 2009 (4.) where it was shown in much smaller size and priced at $125.-

It was also shown at my 1st Off Track Art display February 13, 2009 (10.) in a bit of larger size than what was shown in the 2nd Off Track Art display and it was priced at $155.-

“Church and Flag” has been a very popular and well-received drawing. This is the largest size of the drawing I’ve had printed so far. A number of framed prints of this photograph have been sold or donated to charitable causes in the past in various sizes at various prices. This copy is actually my display copy. However this size framed, at this price, can easily be duplicated. Prices for prints depend on the size and whether you want it framed. For example, an 8” x 10” glicee-print framed is $135.00; a 5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25% commission to be paid to the gallery

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 3
Artist: Kevin E. Dayhoff
Title: “Church and Flag”
Medium: digitally enhanced glicee-printed colored drawing
Dimensions: 21” wide x 17” high framed.
Price: $193.17 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00;
5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25%
commission to be contributed to the church.

[20060701 Church and Flag] (January 24, 2012)

Kevin Dayhoff, P.O.Box 1245, Westminster, Maryland, 21158,  kevindayhoff@gmail.com www.kevindayhoff.com


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“Sin” is an original college by Kevin Dayhoff. The 18.25” wide x 22.25” collage was completed on February 4, 1985.

This piece of art has, to the best of my knowledge, never been displayed before in a show outside of my home.

It is seriously not really for sale… However this size framed, at this price, can easily be duplicated. Prices for prints depend on the size and whether you want it framed. For example, an 8” x 10” glicee-print framed is $135.00; a 5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25% commission to be paid to the gallery

Grace Gallery Nov. 2, 2012 Artwork 4
Artist: Kevin E. Dayhoff
Title: “Sin”
Medium: original college
Dimensions: 18.25” wide x 22.25” framed
Price: $325 Prints/Giclees: 8” x 10”
Glicee-print framed - $135.00;
5” x 7” – 85.00 which includes a 25%
commission to be contributed to the church.

Kevin Dayhoff, P.O.Box 1245, Westminster, Maryland, 21158, kevindayhoff@gmail.com www.kevindayhoff.com


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Kevin Dayhoff
October 14, 2010

Kevin, age 57, is a Westminster native who lives on Uniontown Road with his wife, Caroline Babylon.  Kevin has been a freelance writer and artist since 1971; a self-employed artist and businessman since 1974 and exhibiting art since 1981.

As a landscape, collage, mixed media assemblage, sculpture artist, writer and photographer; he has had a life-long pervasive interest in spatial relationships and the juxtapositioning of incongruent objects. 

After graduating from Westminster High School in 1971, he attended Elon College two years before quitting college to pursue a career in writing and art.

He returned to Westminster and worked at a variety of jobs. Dayhoff soon put aside his drawings and collages and concentrated increasingly on technical writing and landscape designing where he could turn his art into a finished product that the greater community could more easily understand - and for which he was paid.

In 1974, Dayhoff started his own business as a landscape designer, contractor, and nurseryman.  As the business continued to get established, he found that he could spend more time on his first loves – art and writing.

In June and July 1981 Dayhoff had his first art show, a one-person show at the Theatre Project in Baltimore, followed by a group show, "Four at 409" at Gallery 409, in Baltimore in October 1982

It was in the 1982 time period that Dayhoff met Carroll County artists Linda Van Hart and Robert J. Waddell while he was exploring photocopier art.

Hart and Waddell opened-up more opportunities for Dayhoff to explore art and have opportunities to show.  In addition to encouraging Dayhoff to continue exploring photocopier art and collage, Hart and Waddell also introduced Dayhoff to ‘Mail Art.”  Dayhoff continues to participate in (幸円 良介 - Ryosuke Cohen’s long-running “Brain Cell” – “Fractal” series, from Osaka, Japan, (from 1988) to this day.

Beginning with a June 1983 one-person show, Dayhoff has had the opportunity to display art locally at the Carroll Arts Center on five occasions over the last 3 decades.  In addition to the Arts Center, he has had about six shows at Western Maryland College from 1985 to 1991, including an extensive one-person retrospective show, “Tales of a Disenfranchised Hilltop Artist/Farmer,” in February 1990.

Dayhoff retired from landscape design, contracting and raising nursery stock after 25 years in the business, in 1999.  From 1999 to 2005 Dayhoff served as an elected official for the city of Westminster; from 1999 to 2001 as a councilmember and 2001 to 2005 as mayor.

He currently writes about history, art, agriculture, community, and crime for several publications including Explore Carroll for Patuxent Publishing Co., since June 2, 2005; The Tentacle, since June 9, 2005 and Investigative Voice since February 25, 2010. 

In the past he has enjoyed collaborating with a number of artist groups, including The Consortionists with Linda Van Hart and Bobby Waddell from 1983 to 1989; the United Art Workers from 1989 to 1991 and most recently with Off Track Art from December 2008 to present.                                                                           

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Donna J. Yarish
822 Snowfall Way
Westminster, MD 21157
Studio Phone: (410) 848-0444
Cell Phone:  (410) 925 4537
donna@donnasworldofcolor.com
Website:  www:donnasworldofcolor.com

Artist Biography

After working in the corporate world for many years Donna took an early retirement.  In January 2007, she took her first art class at Carroll Community College.  She continued with private watercolor classes with Felisa Flecker, workshops and classes with Tara Grim, Carolyn Seabolt, Sarah Abel DeLuca, and Skip Lawrence.  Presently Donna enjoys abstract painting, using acrylics, collage and mixed media with Ed Ramsburg, who continually encourages her to grow as an artist.

She has exhibited at Carroll County Community College – The Great Hall, Carroll Life Gallery, Circuit Court Building, Carroll County Arts Council, Frederick Arts Council (FAC), Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (DVAEC), The Artists Gallery, FMH Crestwood Gallery, and Frederick County Art Association.  Within this past year, two of the art pieces have been shown at the Annapolis Statehouse Building.  Presently, original pieces and giclees are in private collections and consigned in a local shop.

When Donna was in the second grade art class, she remembered feeling the excitement when painting her first abstract.  Now she is focusing on acrylic, collage and mixed media abstracts - the larger the canvas, the better.  She enjoys expressing creativity through painting and going to new levels using the imagination with whatever materials are available.  The whole process from beginning to end is exhilarating! I love sharing my world of color with others.

Juried Shows

Salon Frederique at The Artists’ Gallery, Frederick, MD, 2010
5th Annual Frederick in Annapolis Show, State Capitol Building, Annapolis, MD, 2011
6th Annual Frederick in Annapolis Show, State Capitol Building, Annapolis, MD, 2012
Art at the Mill (Burwell-Morgan Mill), Millwood, VA 2011
Frederick Memorial Hospital – Crestwood Center Gallery, Frederick, MD, 2011, 2012
Towson Art Collective Gallery, Towson, MD 2012
Art Square, 11th Annual Something Hot Regional Show, Leesburg, VA 2012

Group Shows

Carroll County Artists’ Guild Members’ Exhibit, Carroll Community College Great Hall, Westminster, MD, 2009, 2012
DVAEC Members’ Show, Frederick, MD, 2010, 2011, 2012
Frederick County Art Association Members’ Exhibit, Frederick, MD, 2010, 2011, 2012
Frederick County Art Association @ The Griffin Center, Frederick, MD 2012
International Miniature Art Show, Seaside Gallery, Nags Head, NC, 2010
Grace Lutheran Church Holiday Members’ Exhibit, Westminster, MD 2010
Grace Lutheran Church Gallery 2011, 2012
Artomatic @ Frederick, MD 2011
Carroll County Artists Guild Exhibits @ Circuit Courthouse, Westminster, MD 2011, 2012
Carroll County Artists Guild Exhibits @ Carroll Life Gallery, Westminster, MD 2011, 2012
Carroll County Artists Guild Exhibits @ Carroll Senior Center,  Westminster, MD 2011, 2012
10th Annual Carroll County Arts Council Member Show, Westminster, MD 2012
Hampstead Art House, Sassafras Gallery – “Hues of Spring,” Hampstead, MD 2012

Small Group and Solo Shows

Abstract X 4, a four-person show at the Blanche Ames Gallery, Frederick, MD, 2011
Birdies Café Exhibit – Solo Show, Westminster, MD 2012
Six Pack Abs:  Flexing Abstraction, a six-person show at the Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, MD, 2012
Two-person show at Carroll County Community College, Miller Center, Westminster, MD 2012

Awards

9th Annual Carroll County Arts Council Member Show: Artistic Excellence Ribbon, Westminster, MD 2011

Donations

Grace Lutheran Church, Westminster, MD 2011

Other

Curator for Grace Lutheran Church Gallery, Westminster, MD 2011, 2012

Rev Nov 2012

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October 26, 2012

Carolyn Seabolt of Westminster, local artist and cat lover, has just illustrated a new book titled “Blackie’s First Christmas” which was released October 1, 2012.

It is authored by James Huckleberry, who has worked with Seabolt on two other books. The book is available locally at Off Track Art and Cat Tracks Studio. Contact Seabolt at cattracksstudio@aol.com for more information.








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Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Rick Steves: Greece in Economic Crisis and Your Travel Dreams

 Rick Steves checking out the impact of the economic crisis in Greece


June 11, 2012 http://blog.ricksteves.com/?p=7675 Retrieved December 2, 2012

With all the news about Greece’s economic problems, people are wondering whether it’s a good time to go there or not. I’ve surveyed my Tour Department and our Greek guides who live and work in Greece, and here’s my report…


My guides report that our Greece tours so far this spring have been as smooth and fun as ever — virtually unaffected by the local political and economic events


The big concern among the hotels and restaurants we use in Greece is whether they’ll be able to survive the downturn in tourism as many postpone their travels there, fearing “instability.” And many sights are running on their shorter winter schedules for lack of money to staff the longer summer hours.


… First and foremost, Greece is a safe place to visit. In fact, it’s a good time to visit because you will be made especially welcome. Tourism is Greece’s heavy industry and its leading employer.
It seems to me that US media coverage of Greece has been nothing less than hysterical — just plain silly at times, and woefully lacking in analysis. Greeks are emotional people, and they are given to outbursts of anger — as well as outbursts of joy. Their bad governments in recent times have given them plenty of reasons to be angry. The scenes in Syntagma, the big square immediately in front of the Greek parliament building, are a symptom of this — and act as a release valve. These scenes occur only when the parliament is voting on the hated austerity measures. When you see riots on TV, they are generally the work of a group of anarchists who are limited to Syntagma and know how to get on the news.

The big debate politically is austerity (from the right) versus no austerity (from the left). Until this all sorts itself out, I would recommend that travelers do not wear “Angela Merkel” masks. Regardless of how the debate turns out, and who emerges as the new government, Greeks of all political stripes will take care of tourism, so vital to its struggling economy. The Greeks, a welcoming people at any time, will be doubly appreciative of any visitors in these difficult circumstances.

The main impact on travelers as Greece struggles through this period will be: shorter hours of sights; intermittent strikes; and friends and loved ones back home wondering if Americans traveling in Greece are okay… http://blog.ricksteves.com/?p=7675
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