My sister and I are very different people. She’s incredibly outgoing and is always happy to leap feet-first into a new experience. I can be a little bit more reserved and often take some time to assess the situation before diving in.
We also have a number of things in common, including an wonderful parents, a deep love of sweet potatoes and kale, and an inability to select a conventional career. While I spend my days cooking, teaching and writing, Raina divides her time between song writing, performing and taking care of 5-month-old Emmett.
When Raina heard that I was going to be in Portland for a few days during my book tour, she made plans to be there at the same time (after all, I haven’t seen her beguiling babe since the night he was born). It just made sense for her to plan a gig while she was in town to help cover travel costs.
Because her show at the Alberta Street Pub and my book event at Powell’s on Hawthorne are the same day, we’ve taken to calling June 16 Jam Fest 2012. As Raina put it, “you can learn how to make jam, and then later see some sweet jams.”
If you’re in Portland, we’d love to have you join us for this one-day Jam Fest. My book signing/canning chat at Powell’s starts at 2 pm and Raina’s show at Alberta Street Pub will kick off promptly at 7 pm.
I’m also teaching a canning class while in Portland, should you want to do a little hands on jamming with me. It’s on Thursday, June 14 from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at Kitchencru. We’ll make strawberry lemon jam and have fun.