Ice Cream and Movies in Ashfield
Notes from Nan: Ice Cream and Movies!
BY HF Contributing Writer, Nan Parati
This is big news: BIGGER than the presidential election outcome! Ready? Winton the Hilltown Ice Cream Man decided to go out of the ice cream business. Maybe you already knew that. Maybe I’ve just upset you really, really badly and for that, I am sorry.
BUT! Here’s the important Breaking News part:
Elmer’s owns ALL of his remaining ice cream! We have it right here!! Why? Because I always wanted to corner the market on something and now I have! No, not really (well, yes really, but that’s not really why.)
We have the stuff, man, and we will be selling it right here out of Elmer’s in the form of dessert until it runs out. And then it will be no more. Ever again. So we are selling each scoop for $49.95, which may seem expensive until you reflect on how rare and good it is.
$49.94 a scoop is actually just for the out-of-towners who never come here who want to order it on-line or through QVC. For Elmer’s patrons we will sell it at normal prices with pie, with cake, with salami—whatever you want it with, or just alone; but only as dessert. We can’t sell quarts of it or even pints of it because:
1. Then we will run out quickly and that is not the point of having it.
2. Just like with your birthday presents, if you savor each bite, the delight will last longer.
3. I said so.
Every week we’ll have a different flavor and just that flavor because I don’t want to open a lot of tubs all at once and have them get freezer burnt. See, we are an analogue business and that’s how we operate. Refer to number 3 above.
The flavors we have are
- Butter Pecan
- Spotted Leopard
I don’t know which of the flavors it will be this week, but if you come in for dinner and dessert, you will find out!
Speaking of Dinner and Dessert
This week we have”
Dinner from 5 – 8 pm
- Chicken Parmesan over Linguini and
Eggplant Parmesan over Linguini
Dinner from 5 – 9pm
Elmer’s regular Friday night dinners, exactly like before.
- Fish Filet with Rice and Beans
Fillet of Red Snapper topped with a sauce of shrimp, olives, tomatoes, cilantro, green chilis, cinnamon and capers
Jim is going to the fish market tomorrow to see what kind of fish he is going to choose, so I don’t know yet what it’s going to be. Except for, good.
Dinner from 6 – 9pm.
This is our Tapas night, where portions are small and single-serving sized so that you can pick and choose from a variety of mix and matching options (just like playing Barbie!)
Choose from about a dozen different appetizer-sized dishes ranging in price from about $3 to $8. Eat as many or as few as you like! Jim hasn’t yet told me what he’s making for Tapas night yet this week, but I guarantee you that each of those little dishes is going to be magnificent!
Last night we had an Election Night dinner at Elmer’s that was attended by more people than I could count. I could have counted them if they had held still, but they were moving all over like a crowd of puppies—jumping up and down, eating, drinking, watching TV, seeing their friends, coming, going and I just could not get a handle on how many were here—I’d say about 5000 though, roughly.
To make it so that 5000 people could watch TV all at once, I rented a Huge-Ass TV from Rent-A-Center in Greenfield. And since the minimum rental is for longer than one night, since we have the thing, this Saturday night, instead of a live band we are going to have
We will move the movie time up to 8:30 and begin dinner at 6:00.
Why? Because a 9:00 movie makes you think it’s too late, and because most people don’t come for dinner on Fridays until about 6 or later.
The movie will be:
The Band’s Visit—one of the best films I’ve ever seen in life. You laugh, you cry, you remember it for a long time just because it’s such a great script and great acting! Here’s a review from http://www.imdb.com. It’s just a regular person’s review, but it’s right on target. This is a great, great film.
Band Visits, You’d Want Them to Stay, 24 January 2008
Author: janos451 from San Francisco
In an ocean of predictable movies, “The Band’s Visit” is an island of bliss. When you see the advertising about the story of an Egyptian police band getting lost in Israel, you’re likely to roll the film instantly in your mind – conflict, hatred, perhaps some awkward humor, and a forced bit or two of vague optimism about the future.
Forget all that, it’s some other movie. This one is free and clear of anything set, routine, obvious, predictable. “The Band’s Visit” is about people – mostly awkward, all real, well- and ill-behaved in turn – and not about agenda, ideology, politics. It’s an unsentimental “people movie” (remember when Hollywood used to churn those out?), enormously likable, a treasurehouse of humanism.
“Visit” is also a film you have to work with. It’s not dumped on the audience in its fullness by its writer and (first-time) director, Eran Kolirin. Action is slow or nonexistent, dialogue is halting, silences are rampant. And yet it all works so well: even if you have never heard Egyptian music, when the band finally plays (as the end-credits roll), you’re guaranteed to groove on it.
Kolirin is a writer and director of great economy. The characters of and relationships between the eight band members – in their powder blue, Sgt. Pepper-wannabe, uniforms are revealed through a word here, an expression there, and pretty soon, you really know them… except that later you realize you didn’t.
The head of the band, Tewfig, is an officious, prissy, downcast, silent figure, and yet as the camera stays on him a great deal of the time, slowly you are getting used to him, and when he finally puts together a couple of full sentences, you may feel acceptance and even appreciation.
It is at this point, far into the movie, that you understand why Dina is pursuing him. Dina is the attractive – if blowsy – owner of a small cafe in the Israeli desert town where the band is stranded. There is much, much more to “Visit,” but just watching the Tewfig-Dina story, and reveling in the performances of the two actors, is well worth the price of admission.
The band leader is Sasson Gabal, and I must admit being incredulous finding out after seeing the movie that he is a famous Israeli actor. Not only does he appear authentically Egyptian, but when starts singing an Arabic song – oy! Dina is Ronit Elkabetz, an actor so fine that you’d never suspect her of being one; what you see on the screen is the character, totally believable.
“Visit” is a rare film, one that keeps running in your mind long after the band strikes up.
Now: This particular event is not going to be a kid-event. Not that we don’t like kids, because we do very much, but this particular film would be boring to little kids and so they shouldn’t come to this. I don’t remember the actual rating on it, but it’s probably PG-13, only because it would be boring to younger than that.
So, we’ll serve dinner from 6-8:30 and then the movie at 8:30. Okay! It should be fun!
By the way, did you know that Peg over at Country Pie is giving away free soup and slices on Tuesday nights while they last?— (the soup and slices. We’re hoping that Tuesday nights indefinitely.) You know why? Because Peg is nice and she feels like it’s a nice thing to do for a community in times of tight money. I think so too, but I ain’t giving away no soup! No indeed! I’m going over to Country Pie! –The Editor
The following vegetable announcement reflects the views of our produce manager and may or may not represent the views and opinions of Elmer’s Owners, Staff, Management, Nephews, Nieces, Cousins, In-Laws, Out-laws, Neighbors, Friends, Romans or Countrymen.
That’s the thing that’s so darn hard about community—it takes a whole village to make a community and everyone needs to know that the community is their place too, regardless of opinions and voting preferences.
So, as hard as we tried to keep politics out of the shopping place while the election was going on, here goes:
Pauline Productions Presents
THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP
by Charles Ludlam
Starring Valley Favorites Jeannine Haas and Kelsey Flynn,
Directed by Van Farrier
“A hilarious full-length quick-change marathon spoofing Gothic thrillers”
November 7-9 and 14-16 in Ashfield
1st Congregational Church on Main Street, Ashfield
Friday and Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm.
Reservations: 413-268-3850 or PaulineProd@aol.com
or “The Package Deal of the Century“ =Fri. or Sat. Dinner at ELMER’S and the PLAY, $32.50!
Church and Elmer’s are wheelchair accessible.
Sunday, November 30th 3-5pm: Marcine Appel and our own baker: Kim Sebrey!
Readings and Author Signings!
November 16th: Jacqueline Sheehan and friends
November 23rd: Dick Todd reading from his new book, “The Thing Itself, On the Search for Authenticity.”
I think that’s all I know.