New Plants for 2014: Part Two
Welcome back to our second installment of new plant introductions for 2014. Last month we covered annuals and perennials and this month we’ll look at veggies and at the anchor plants of the landscape: trees and shrubs.
Small gardens often do well with smaller varieties of produce like cherry tomatoes or baby carrots. Now we can add another petite produce offering in the Babybeat beet from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. Small, round and beet-red, this smooth-skinned beet is perfect for steaming.
For herb gardeners, Burpee’s offers a new basil variety called Bam. So often basil will bolt if not watched, but not so with this new introduction. Bam will produce tender leaves all summer and never bolt because it’s flowerless! Plants are sold as transplants, not seeds, so gardeners can begin harvesting almost immediately.
Finally, a new tomato makes its way into the lineup with Burpee’s introduction of the grafted Indigo Sun cherry tomato. These plants have a consistently high yield of yellow fruit with burgundy shoulders. Maturity is about 72 days from grafted seedlings.
In terms of new tree introductions, this year we have a new magnolia called ‘Genie.’ This compact magnolia took over a decade of breeding to become the compact focal point it now is in the garden. Pyramidal growth habit, ‘Genie’ reached ten to thirteen feet in height. Though we are zone four and this beauty is zone five, if one has a protected corner away from the harsh winter winds, ‘Genie’ might surprise you.
Tired of Forsythia not always being a dependable spring bloomer or of the difficulty you may have experienced with Azaleas? Then try a lesser known plant called Lotus Moon pearlbush. Bailey Nursery has introduced this early spring blooming shrub to offer a new idea for early spring. Pearlbush has petite flower buds that open to a profusion of five-petal blooms in early spring. Plant in full sun and expect a mature specimen to be four to five feet high and wide.
Spring officially begins this month so start getting some excitement for another season. The beauty of a new spring and new opportunities in the garden is that all that may have gone wrong last season is wiped clean. We have a new chance, a new opportunity to try again to see what magic we might produce. So, renew your energy and get ready for a wonderful 2014 season!
Bell Tower Theater Holds Auditions and Crew Sign-Up for the Second-Annual High School Production
The Wedding Singer
The Bell Tower Theater is pleased to announce auditions for its 2014 high school musical The Wedding Singer for Friday, March 7 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Bell Tower Theater, 2728 Asbury Road in Dubuque. This musical comedy is based on the 1998 hit movie! It’s 1985, and Robbie Hart is New Jersey’s favorite wedding singer. He’s the life of the party, until his own fiancée leaves him at the alter. Enters Julia, a winsome waitress about to be married to a Wall Street shark. Can Robbie pull off the performance of a decade and win the girl of his dreams?
The Bell Tower Theater is seeking performers who are in 8th through 12th grades during the 2013-2014 school year for 25-30 on-stage roles (one cast) and 5-6 backstage roles. Students auditioning are asked to prepare a song. They can do any song they would like, but should choose something that shows off both their singing ability and their personality. Those auditioning can sing a cappella or bring an accompaniment CD. Those wanting to sign up for backstage roles including lights, sound, spotlight, props and stage managers should sign up on March 7 or 8 as well. All those auditioning and signing up for crew are encouraged to download the audition form from the Bell Tower Theater website and bring the completed form with them.
Participation in the program is free of charge to all kids. Rehearsals will be held weekday evenings and weekend afternoons from April 7 to June 11. Performances are Thursdays through Sundays from June 12 to 22, 2014. Full rehearsal and performance schedules are available at the website. For further information please contact the Bell Tower Theater at 563-588-3377 or visit www.belltowertheater.net.
This program is supported in part by grants from the Iowa Arts Council, a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs; the City of Dubuque and the James B. and Melita A. McDonough Foundation.
Colt Cadets Accepting New Members
The Colt Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps will begin their 2014 season on Sunday, March 2 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School (1105 Althauser Street, Dubuque ). This no-cost open rehearsal will include an informational meeting for students and their parents, followed by clinics and rehearsals in brass, percussion or color guard/dance.
There is absolutely no cost or commitment by attending. These rehearsal clinics are set up as a way for students to check out the Colt Cadets and see if they enjoy the drum corps activity. No strings attached.
The Colt Cadets are available to any young person in middle school or high school with or without prior experience on a musical instrument. There are no formal auditions for the Colt Cadets, instruments and instruction are provided.
We’ll teach beginners a new instrument, while providing experienced performers with new challenges and opportunities. There is opportunity for anyone with a desire to be great.
The Colt Cadets were founded in 2010. In 2014, the Colt Cadets will perform in eight states throughout the central United States. The Cadets will finish their session in August at the Drum Corps International World Championship in Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN (home of the Indianapolis Colts).
No advance registration is required. A second open rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 9 at the same time and location for anyone unable to attend the opening event.
More information can be obtained by calling the Colts office (563-582-4872), by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by visiting www.colts.org
Q: I have a “Mammy” cookie jar marked McCoy. I paid $300 for it at a yard sale, and I was told it is from the 1940s. It is 10 inches high and in almost perfect condition.
A: You purchased a reproduction. An authentic Mammy Cookie Jar from McCoy is a full 11 inches high. Even if it had been an old one, you nevertheless overpaid. Authentic Mammy jars generally sell in the $150 to $250 range depending on condition.
Q. I have several dozen View-Master reels that I acquired during the 1950s. Are they worth keeping?
A: There is an excellent reference that should be helpful for you to determine values: “Stereo Views: An Illustrated History and Price Guide” by John Waldsmith and published by Krause Books. Most of the View-Master reels I’ve spotted in area shops and antique malls have been priced in the $2 to $5 range. As I often mention in this column, there are exceptions to every rule. For example, a package of 15 reels featuring views of the 1939 New York World’s Fair recently sold at auction for $175.
Q: I began collecting glass insulators about 40 years ago, and I have managed to gather about 200 different ones. Is there a reference so I can begin determining values? -- Stan, Longmont, Colo.
A: One of the better references is “Insulators: North American Glass Insulators Price Guide” by Donald R. Briel. Briel has more than 600 in his personal collection and is considered an expert in this field of collecting. You can purchase his book at Amazon.com. A group for collectors is the National Insulators Association. Contact is www.NIA.org.
Q: I have a movie projector from the 1960s, along with a screen and a few movies. Can you put me in touch with someone who can evaluate these items for me, since I want to sell them?
A: You left several key facts out of your letter. For example, what is the brand name of your projector, and does it show 8mm or 16mm films? If it is an 8mm projector, it is probably worth less than $50.