Cookin', Critters and Chillun

Blues in the rain

It would have been one of the best block parties ever, except for the rain. Lightly falling mist and then heavier rain dampened the party goers but didn’t keep the real blues lovers from enjoying the Block Party Blues gathering Saturday night.

The event to raise money for the Salem Museum’s new library could have been an even more fun event without the ominous clouds and wetness, but that didn’t stop about 100 people over the evening from setting up their lawn chairs, covering up with raincoats and umbrellas and even dancing to the music of The Spin Outs and The Fat Daddy Band.

Smokehouse owner Jareld Rouse and his family delivered one of his specials to Tony Kellett of Salem, and kept the barbecue coming for people who took a number. Dozens of people passing by who spotted the caboose-like Smokehouse trailer came into the enclosure just to get his barbecue, and took it home.

Kim Crawford of Daleville didn’t mind the rain. She sat picnic style on a blanket, shielding herself under a ruffled umbrella, with her mom, Ina White, and sister, Kristal Bushong of Salem.

Will Caperton of Southwest County was there with his wife, Anne Fizer-Caperton, and her cousin, Janis Augustine of the Salem Public Library, and a friend.

Eventually, somebody had the good idea of moving one of the canopies that had shielded volunteers, and people huddled underneath, so I hear.

My husband Bill and I had to leave for another engagement after the first half-hour. I wished we could have stayed for more of the Smokehouse barbecue, beer and wine and visiting with friends on the grass behind the Salem Museum in Longwood Park.

Too many good things happening all at once these days. Aaah, summer – almost. Everything’s good, except for so much rain.

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