Tub O’ Soda, 10″ x 10″ Oil on gessobord
Original page from Michne Camping Log, 1971
My father kept our camping log all the years we camped. This page has the story of the day I won the “floating mattress!”
It was July 16, 1971. The perfect summer day as I recall. My father was hosting the annual work picnic. I won a green raft that day for my athletic ability in the egg race! It was my biggest claim to fame as a 9 year old. I remember reaching into a tub of iced cold soda with what seemed like every variety ever invented. It was sheer heaven- all the FREE SODA I could drink! Pull the ring tab- wear it on your finger for a bit before carelessly dropping it somewhere in the grass. Take that long first sip…..ahhhhhhhhhh. Life was good.
Cherry Kool-Aid, 10″ x 10″ Oil on Gessobord
Making Kool-Aid was hit-or-miss. First, you had to have packet. Chances are, we didn’t have enough sugar to fill the measuring cup. Next, to find the pitcher- (dump out whatever old drink was brewing in that!) After accidentally snorting the unsweetened powder when you opened it, get your spoon, add sugar, stir, then pray that you would have ice in the ice-cube maker! If all was right with the world, you would have the perfect sugary cup of cherry Kool-Aid. All in a summer’s days work!
Frozen Pink Lemonade
After ripping the plastic strip off the can, removing the aluminum disk from the end, I would hold that can for a few seconds then wait for the “scccuuuupppppp” sound as the plop of pink creamy ice fell into the pitcher. I remember being in such a hurry to make it that filling 3 whole cans of water seemed like an eternity. The sticky, gooey mess would be left on the counter, along with whatever utensil could find to make it. Then, after selecting a glass as impressive as this pink drink, I would find the perfect spot to enjoy it. The ritual involved with pink lemonade hasn’t changed much and while buying a carton may seem easier, there is something about the canned frozen pink lemonade that remains my prefered method of classic, summer-must enjoyment.
Hot Mess: 6″ x 6″ oil on gessobord
Cherry pie from fresh cherries? Nonsense! Who needs fresh when the can are so tasty! Nothing is more American than a slice of pie on the 4th of July! Hope you had yours! Happy 4th! And yes, this painting and the pie were a hot mess, but oh so delicious!
“Look to the Cookie!” Jerry Seinfeld put it best!
Who doesn’t like the Black and White Cookie??!! Hard to resist, no matter what the season. Jerry Seinfeld, while standing in a deli with Elaine, says its the key to racial harmony! If only it were that easy…..and tasty!
Cookie provided by Lakeside Farms, Ballston Lake, NY
Twist with Chocolate Sprinkles, 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Vanilla, Chocolate or Twist. That was it. You could add sprinkles (chocolate) or have it dipped. Of course, you could go to the fancy place that had both hard and soft ice cream. You could get strawberry, chocolate chip, pistachio, maybe butter pecan. The “Ma & Pa” icecream joints of yesteryear seem to be doing fairly well, but to stay with the trends, they have added all kinds of “swirly-making” machinery. Now, it seems if you can imagine it, they can make an icecream cone from it. Soft-serve ice cream is one of summer’s “must haves”. Everyone has their own personal preference- vanilla, chocolate, twist, dip, sprinkles-chocolate, rainbow…the list now is mindboggling. That’s why I still stick with the usual…”Twist, with chocolate sprinkles, please?”
Genius, Tupperware! 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Tupperware parties were a cultural phenomenon when I was a kid. My mother, along with all her housewife friends would get together on some random weekday, have drinks and fawn over Tupperware’s life changing products! But my personal favorite is the Popsicle maker! All you had to do was fill the tiny cups, place the sticks in and ever so carefully place them into the freezer. Before you knew it, you had a frozen popsicle that would take 2 minutes to eat! On a hot summer day, I’m sure the mom’s loved making that at-home treat! Next…to Comet the stained counter tops from the Kool-aid needed to make the pops!
There’s Always Jell-O, by Lisa David, 6″ x 6″ Oil on gesso board
Any dessert I had as a kid was something I whipped up. Rarely was there any cake, cookies or pie. Not that we didn’t ever have dessert-type food, but with four kids, any “fun” food went fast. Real fast. But, there was always Jell-O. Jell-O was fool-proof, almost; instant Jell-O wasn’t. First, you had to boil water, then measure cold water, then find something to put it in, then wait for it to set up. And hours later, you could eat your dessert. If your family didn’t get to it first! And always lime Jell-O!