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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 08-08-2019

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8 ENTERTAINMENT / AT HOME AUGUST 8-14, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION what people are interested in today," CumberlandFest Executive Director Ernie Labbe told The Valley Breeze. "The whole idea is to create a sense of community and provide a venue for people to get together and have a good time." CumberlandFest 2019 will feature an expanded mid- way of amusement rides, continuous musical enter- tainment, food truck ven- dors, a new beer and wine garden, an arts and crafts fair, wrestling, circus acts, special attractions for kids, and a huge fireworks display on Saturday night. After paying at the admis- sions booth, visitors will walk into the midway and can check out rides on both sides of the road. A stroll around the bend leads to the arts and crafts area, and beyond that on the left will be the new beer and wine garden and the main stage featuring musical acts. Past that will be children's activities, including corn- hole, ring toss, inflatable archery and inflatable obsta- cle courses, followed by the food court and a second stage of entertainment for kids and families. "If you circle around the outer road, you'll get to see everything," Labbe said. Organizers said they're hoping to see between 5,000 and 10,000 people at the fes- tival this weekend. "Come with an expec- tation to see some new things (and) to enjoy a day with other people from town in the lovely setting of Diamond Hill Park," said Alan Neville, chairman of the board for CumberlandFest. The committee is using a new provider for the amuse- ment rides: northern Rhode Island-based Rockwell Amusements. Rides include a big laser light Ferris wheel, Orbiter, and Vertigo. Rockwell is also adding a circus stage to the midway. Instead of featuring musi- cal acts on the stage at the reflecting pond, organizers added two new performance stages to "enhance viewing and sound and provide a more comfortable vantage point from which to view the shows." The A stage will have continuous music, includ- ing James Montgomery Band on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Steven Anthony & Persuasion on Sunday at 8:30 p.m., and the B stage will feature acts aimed at kids and families includ- ing Bwana Iguana, Dennis the Magician, Kensho-Ryo Karate, and more. The stage at the pond will be used for bingo this year. Alcohol will be served in the festival's new beer and wine garden, located adjacent to the main stage, on Saturday and Sunday and will feature three craft beers from Woonsocket- based Ravenous Brewing Company and a selec- tion of local wines from Cumberland's Diamond Hill Vineyards. "We're trying to evolve with the community," Labbe said, adding that they have local suppliers to "support the community." Food vendors include Nutmeg Concessions, Del's Lemonade, Ice Cream Machine, Marti's Cupcakes, Smoke & Squeal BBQ, Mings Asian Street Food, and Mickey G's. On Saturday at 10 p.m., a bigger-than-ever fireworks display featuring more than 500 rockets launched dur- ing the finale will provide a "pyrotechnics extravagan- za," organizers said. The fireworks show is larger than they've had in the past and is two to three times the size of the town's annual July Fourth display, they said. The rain date is Sunday night. Also new this year is a Boy Scouts encampment at the park. The Scouts will help out at the festival and stay overnight, organizers said. "I want to be in the park and see people have a good time," Labbe said. "If people think this year is a good year, they haven't seen any- thing yet." Net proceeds from CumberlandFest are donated to youth organizations in the area. In the past, proceeds have always gone to ath- letic programs, but this year money will go to other orga- nizations including Scouting groups and performance arts groups in addition to sports, organizers said. CumberlandFest, created by the Cumberland Youth Activities Council in 1991, has contributed more than $1 million to youth pro- grams over its 28-year his- tory. General admission tickets are $5. Kids 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Pay-one-price wristbands, which feature unlimited amusement rides, will be available on Kid's Night Friday and on Sunday for $25 per person. Attendees who want to leave and come back on the same day will have a stamp to gain reentry into the fes- tival. A complete schedule of events can be found at www. cumberlandfest.org . earlier, and nothing else on my calendar, I thought it would be fun to take them out for lunch. They in turn invited me to their house to play cards afterward, and then to stay for dinner since their son Dave and his fam- ily would also be there. "Great," I said. "I will bring dessert." I thought I could just throw together a quick cobbler since I still had a big bowl full of blue- berries I had picked over the weekend. "No, no trouble at all," I insisted as I headed home with an hour or so to spare before supper would be served. I turned the oven on as I walked into the house, took out the 9-by-13-inch dish I normally use for cobbler, and put a stick of butter into a pan on the stove to start melting. Out came the mixing bowl. Into it went two cups of flour. I double checked the cookbook for measurements for baking powder, salt and sugar, lightly beat the egg, added milk and vanilla, and began mixing, but something wasn't right. The batter was way too stiff. That's when I took another look at the recipe. Rats! It only called for one cup and a half of flour, but since everything was already mixed in, the only thing left to do ... other than dumping it out and starting over ... was to fudge it, adding a bit more sugar, another partial teaspoonful of baking pow- der, a pinch more salt, and another egg. Milk added to make it look right. That done I spooned it over the seven cups of fresh blueber- ries and put it in the oven. So far so good. However, it was when I went to check on it later to see how the baking was coming along that I noticed the pan of melted butter still sitting on the stove, causing a bad word or two to slip past my lips as panic set in. I have been making this recipe for more than 50 years. The stinkin' cook- book I was using is the fam- ily cookbook that I wrote! I could do this in my sleep, yet there I stood, stupefac- tion writ large on my face, melted butter still sitting on the stove, and what was now a giant fat-free blueberry cobbler baking in the oven. It was too late to try again, it was not cooked enough to sample it to see if it was even edible, and besides, there were no more ber- ries with which to make another one, and the clock was loudly ticking away as suppertime drew closer and closer. OK, think. What can I do now? A quick peek into the pantry and I spotted two cans of peaches. Great, an 8-by-8-inch peach cob- bler would have to do. Out came the cookbook again, new pan greased and ready, peaches drained and into the pan. As I measured out the dry ingredients, it sud- denly occurred to me that the melted butter was for the doubled recipe size. Still thinking on my feet, I hur- riedly doubled up on every- thing. Too much batter? Not a problem, I would just use half on the peaches and bake the rest in a square cake pan. I had strawber- ries in the freezer and Cool Whip in the fridge, so I could make strawberry shortcake for Bev's birth- day the next day. Whew! Problem solved. As I pulled into Bev's driveway, I could see that the dining room light was on and people were already heading to the table. "It looks like a mouse might have eaten a corner out of the cobbler,'' my nephew Dave commented as I walked past him with the blueberry one. "No mouse," I explained as I headed out to the car for the other cobbler. "Things didn't go well with the baking and I had to sample a piece of it to make sure it was edible, which it is, although the texture is a little off. But that's OK, we still have a fall-back cobbler just in case." Rhea Bouchard Powers is a writer from Cumberland. LABBE NEVILLE FEST From Page One ABIGAIL FOREMAN, 7, from Cumberland, rides the Serpent attraction at last year's CumberlandFest. RHEA From Page One BREEZE PHOTO BY ROBERT EMERSON

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