Evening of food, music to benefit Jefferson Clemente Course

Evening of food, music to benefit Jefferson Clemente Course

CHIMACUM — So a bunch of food and music lovers from across the North Olympic Peninsula got together and, seeing how they savor the same flavors, made an end-of-summer salad.

This salad, to be served Friday evening, has lots of grilled salmon, plenty of local produce, garlic bread from Pane d’Amore and, as a musical dessert, the bluegrass-Americana band Deadwood Revival.

These ingredients will be laid on a bed of greens: Finnriver Farm, the 33-acre spread at 62 Barn Swallow Road, for an event titled the “Home, Land, Security Benefit Concert” at 6:30 p.m. Friday.

Admission is $10, with proceeds to benefit the Jefferson Clemente Course, a local program offering college humanities classes to low-income adults.

The salmon supper, available from the Cape Cleare mobile unit for an additional $12, will feature the fish with Finnriver blueberry agrodolce sauce, and a salad of greens, fennel, zucchini, mint and chives from the nearby Red Dog Farm.

“It’s just a lovely evening on the land, with dinner and great music for a good cause,” said Crystie Kisler, co-owner of Finnriver Farm.

The organic operation, which began as a blueberry farm, is now a cidery producing apple, pear, blackcurrant and blueberry ciders and wines.

Visitors can walk around the farm of course, enjoy the music outdoors and, later, look up at the blue moon, said Lela Hilton, director of the Jefferson Clemente Course.

Friday night’s full moon is the second one in August, making it a rare event. The first full moon came Aug. 1.

Hilton also encouraged Finnriver visitors to carpool, since parking is limited and costs $3 per vehicle.

The farm is just off Center Road, but visitors are welcome to phone 360-732-4337, or 360-73-CIDER, for directions rather than use their mapping devices.

The “Home, Land” benefit is a way to lend a hand to people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to higher education, Hilton said.

The Jefferson Clemente Course, taught evenings from January until June in Port Townsend, provides books, tuition, child care and transportation to 25 income-qualified students.

As for Deadwood Revival’s contribution, which will get going by 7:15 p.m., listeners can count on some Greek mythology with their traditional folk music.

Deadwood — singer Kim Trenerry, guitarist-banjo man Jason Mogi and bassist Paul Stehr-Green — mixes originals and “twisted covers,” as Trenerry puts it.

“Ginny Aphrodite,” one of Mogi’s original songs, takes the myth about Aphrodite, Greek goddess of love, and sets it in the American South.

In this telling, Aphrodite is called Virginia. She gets a mortal man — a banjo player — to fall madly

for her.

They spend a couple of blissful weeks together, but then an irked Zeus wields some of his lightning.

“That one’s really fun,” Trenerry said.

Another song she and the band especially like lately is “Darlin’ Corrie,” a traditional song Deadwood has revived and thoroughly revamped.

“We’ve added other chords; that’s been going over really well,” she said.

So has “Hippie in My House,” a cover song about a yoga-practicing, beans-and-brown-rice-eating house guest.

All of this is “sustenance for your body, heart and soul,” proclaimed Deadwood Revival’s announcement about Friday’s benefit.

For more information about the band, visit www.DeadwoodRevival.com; for directions and details about the venue, visit www.Finnriver.com.

And to learn more about the Jefferson Clemente Course, visit www.JeffersonClemente.org.

Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

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