The oh-so-cold and you-gotta-be-kidding-me snow just may have kept some folks away from the private get-together in the Syracuse city parking lot across the street from the official Winterfest.
But the Martins — sister Michelle, brothers Scott and Kevin and cousin Jason — were going as strong as ever as hosts of this grand party of family and friends, and their spouses and significant others and most-important friends were out to have a darned good time. Because winter around these parts is hard, always, and a party is a good way to get over the portion that’s past and know that less than that is ahead before spring arrives.
The Martins provided another round of beautiful Martinfest T-shirts, too. My dear wife Karen and I love ours. They made it easier to employ the layered look. I wore mine as the third. T-shirt, long-sleeved T, Martinfest T, winter jacket. I never took the jacket off to display my colors. Perhaps another layer underneath, a hoody, would have done it.
This year’s big addition was a generator under the table of food that made sure the hot dog table kept the dogs spinning. No kidding.
I also liked the two coal grills that burned through the hard-packed barking lot snow down to the blacktop underneath. They reminded me of holes cut out of lakes for ice fishing, and I kept my eye out for jumping fish.
My dear wife Karen’s contribution this year was a Box ‘o Joe from Dunkin’ Donuts and a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream for those who chose some extra warmth. We also stopped by 7-Eleven for a can of squirty cream for more embellishment.
My personal eats list included one chicken finger from the deep fryer, one hot dog from the spinner, one red solo cup of mac salad, one stuffed cherry pepper popper, and one handful of green olives from a huge jar that was earmarked for Bloody Marys that may have been made after we walked over to Hanover Square to visit the official Winterfest so I could write my weekly community blog for Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. You can read my column by clicking the link below.
Cup ‘o Joe with or without the Bailey’s? Hot dog, chicken finger or both? Have you attended a winter outdoor party that’s lasted several hours, and how many people do you think you could fit around two coal grills?