"…This was the standard ‘switchel’ carried to the fields to quench the thirst of crews of haymakers. Molasses or boiled cider was sometimes substituted for maple syrup. It has many electrolytes and is a great sports drink…"
Survive the summer heat by mixing up this recipe for the self proclaimed Vermont Gatorade from our friends over at Farm Safe VT
Andy Kolovos, while at our Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators, gives his first impressions of the Marantz PMD661 at the Audio Field Recording facebook page. Here’s what he had to say:
Andy here with my PMD661 first impressions:
Pulled it out of the box last night and give it the once over.
The Good: 1) Ergonomically superior to the PMD660 hands down. Seems they listened to complaints about the layout of the PMD660 and addressed them with the new design. 2) Menu system is similar enough to the one used on the PMD660 and PMD670 that I was able to configure the unit without reading the instructions. 3) I’m very happy that they replaced the 1/8” headphone jack with a more robust 1/4”. With the VFC’s loaner PMD660s the 1/8” headphone jack has been the primary failure point. 4) It is smaller than the PMD660 (as expected) but not, to my mind, too small. It’s a good size. 5) It came with a 2GB Marantz-branded SD card. A nice perk.
The Bad: 1) While phantom power is still selected via a mechanical switch instead of a software setting (which is good from my end), instead of having a separate switch, the phantom power on/off is integrated with the Mic/Line selector. I just foresee problems here.
The real question—how does it sound? That I can’t answer yet. Tomorrow I’m bringing it with me as I assist Erica Heilman with the audio recording component of the Vermont Folklife Center’s Discovering Community Summer Institute for Educators. I’ll be putting it through the paces at a dairy farm in Leicester, VT with a selection of mics, most probably a EV RE50 N/DB, a Rode NTG-2 and some others if I can snag ‘em. I’ll post excerpts on the Audio Field Recording page soon.
Brent will be driving up to Burlington today to receive on the Center’s behalf a piece from The Art of Action collection. The piece is by Kathleen Kolb and entitled “Logs to Lumber.” The Council, which is auctioning the majority of these works of art, will be donating a select few to the organizations that were instrumental in the process and implementation of The Art of Action. Check out the link above to see the full details on today’s ceremony and auction!
We had a surprise visit from an old friend of the Center’s: Joe Hickerson. Brent wrote the following of Joe and his friend’s visit:
Following a weekend engagement at the Old Songs festival of Traditional Music and Dance, Joe Hickerson and pal Ruth, stopped into to see us today. It was great to share with this performer friend and former Director of the Archive of Folk Song and Culture at the Library of Congress our recent acquisition, the Margaret MacArthur Collection. Joe has cherished Margaret’s performing and collecting as much as we do. All the best on the rest of your New England trek, Joe.
Joe himself left a note for us in our “A Deep Look at a Small Town” guestbook, scrawling this fond phrase regarding the MacArthurs:
Love the MacArthurs! I first stayed with them in 1960.