Food to drool over for holiday |

Food to drool over for holiday

If you remember, the Washington school kids had a “Monterey-or-Bust” fund-raiser last April, where you could get your vehicle washed and have your hair cut at the same time. The haircuts were courtesy of Leni, who works at Hair Brained on Main Street in Grass Valley. This is the second year she’s donated her time and talent to the kids down here. Her generosity is all the more appreciated because she lives clean over in North San Juan with her kids, daughter, Isabella (Izzy), 7; and 4-year-old son, Ashley.

The salon was in the school, and the ambiance was unusual, to say the least. I was politely seated in an adult-sized plastic chair, which was set in the entry to the big kids’ classroom. A cape was whisked over me, I was asked my fashion pleasure, and Leni began to snip. When she was done, I checked the results by trotting off to the girls’ room in the back of the school and inspecting myself in the mirror over the sink. I was delighted.

I paid her the $10, which she added to the pile of bills on the counter by the fish tank. I then handed her jut a bit more – well c’mon, surely she could accept a personal little something for giving me such a great cut! She added that to the pile, too.

“Nope. I made up my mind before I came down here that every single dime would go in the kitty for the field trip,” she said firmly. “That includes tips.” Dang!

She was at the school from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., patiently cutting hair. Some of our hairier residents had postponed their regular trims: “Izzat Leni comin’ back down agin this year? Yeah? Wail hailfar, Ah kin wait ’til then; a couple more months won’t matter. She always duz raht on muh h’ar.”

I would never, never recommend one store or service over another, but if you’re on Main Street in the future, please stop in at Hair Brained and say “thanks” to Leni. She sure went the extra mile (well, around 80 of ’em) for us.

How to Build Community: Talk to the mail carrier. Read stories aloud. Dance in the street. Listen to the birds.

News about Littletown and the holiday weekend: Su DeCorte says, “We’re having the baddest blues group within a 50-mile radius coming down to Washington to entertain you on Saturday evening, July 3rd. No, I’m not giving out the name this year. It’s a big surprise, and I absolutely promise you won’t be disappointed.”

That evening, Chef Wil Chambers will offer Sizzling Prime Rib and Firecracker Pork Ribs, accompanied by all the trimmings. I have mostly stopped asking for details about those trimmings, because Wil’s rapturous descriptions of buttered this and sauced that make me salivate and I am tired of drooling on myself. Dessert is Star Spangled Banner Cake, which has something to do with a whole lot of different kinds of chocolate. It’s really best that I don’t know about that either, but you should.

Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Wil suggests you call for reservations, please, at 265-1990 or 265-4364. Right at 9, the tables in the café will be fastened to the walls, the band will set up, and dancing will commence. Su says there are a few rooms still left if you’d like to spend the night, and if you’re going to be celebrating the 4th a tad ahead of time, staying over is a wise choice.

By the way, if you can’t make it for dinner, homemade pizza sandwiches are always available in the bar along with the usual recreational beverages, both leaded and unleaded.


Vivian Herron is a longtime resident of the town of Washington whose column appears on Saturdays. You can write her in care of The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.

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