Fellow hometown heroes and I have created an annual "Pollyanna Potluck" tradition. It started as a gift exchange and gathering over the holidays when everyone headed home from college for winter break. Former themes have included ugly sweaters, red and green, cocktail hour, and an all-black recession Christmas. The blizzard of December '09 pushed our potluck into a January weekend which also led us out of the Christmas spirit and diminished our usual feast into a "minimal potluck" that consisted of pizza, Philly cheese-steaks, and homemade fried lumpia rolled by yours truly. My point? Well, this year's theme was dedicated to big man Norman Rockwell (1894-1978). As seen above in Norm's 1943 Freedom from Want, he brought us illustrations and paintings of everyday "all-American" scenarios. Inspired by the portrayals of family gatherings, food, and 1940's steeze, I dragged my friends on set in front of some intimidating lights and a 50mm lens. The rest was just another potluck for the books.
Ingredients: 3 parts Drems Tem
2 parts Red Snakes
1 splash of bickering
On vinyl for the evening: The Cranberries - "Ode to my Family"
George Harrison - "If Not for You"
Spin Doctors - "Two Princes"
J-Kwon - "Tipsy"
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