Emergence at Turtle Rock Farm
Our August 2016 Newsletter
September 29, 2015
The light has changed—
to that cooler, longer-shadowed
that heralds autumn. Even
on hot days now
the light is autumn’s.
it won’t be hot either.
As we prepare for Green Connections’
Prairie Dinner and Concert,
we wear long sleeves
driving mower and bush hog,
making the last rounds
of the summer. We will
have to hunt for late-blooming
since the 7-footer sunflowers
blossoms are mostly spent.
Migrant birds and butterflies
are sipping from Russian Sage
It’s the autumnal week
of the Prairie Dinner and Concert.
Chef Kam has made the local foods menu,
the wine is on its way from vineyard to our farm,
tables and chairs reserved
with the City of Billings,
cloths and napkins pressed.
Kyle Dillingham stands at the ready,
Transition OKC’s Community Catalyst Award
glistens, ready for the winner.
We are going to gather on a crisp
autumn Saturday afternoon
to enjoy and celebrate Earth,
Now’s the moment,
if you have yet to reserve
your place at the table:
the Green Connections website.
See you Saturday!
September 16, 2014
Something comes over us
when we realize it’s time
for the annual Green Connections’
Prairie Dinner and Concert.
No matter how much is going on,
or how long the to-do list grows,
there’s a feeling of gladness
in the air. It’s like we’re smiling
soon, gentle folks will drive up
County Road 90, emerge
from their cars,
hugging each other,
another magical evening.
A casual stroll on the prairie,
visit to the magical-in-itself strawbale and mud hermitage,
maybe a walk on the labyrinth at the top of our hill,
a tour of the fall garden,
hanging out with the goats and alpaca
we go down to the edge of Doe Creek
where Chef Barb of Kam’s Kookery
has laid out an elegant table
of just the beginnings of a five-course sumptuous
local foods dinner
and Woods & Waters best Oklahoma wine.
At table, donned with autumn’s prairie flowers,
our most congenial board members
serve the rest: soup, salad, breads,
great bowls of homegrown vegetables
and heavy platters of Oklahoma beef
cooked to perfection. And finally, some
wonderful confection, just about the time
Earth rolls up and sun disappears. Only
the night air could move us from the table,
that moment of complete gladness…
Well, night air
and the promise of something else
down the road and into the old round-top barn,
find places on straw bales,
wrap our hands around mugs of hot cider
and settle in for a concert by our dear old friend
Kyle Dillingham. From that first strike of bow
and string, we are carried into the night
in a way that only his music can.
We never want that to end either.
one year when Kyle, as if sensing the spell
the music had cast and not wanting to break it,
invited us to follow him as he fiddled us out
to the small bonfire just outside the barn.
We circled round the fire,
there under a canopy of stars,
as he played that hauntingly beautiful melody
in “Ashokun’s Farewell.” We lingered in silence
for a moment then, letting the music last.
Looking up finally, there was the Milky Way.
Two people told us that it was the most important
night of their lives.
Saturday, 4 October.
Come at 3.
Dinner at 5:30.
The Milky Way is already showing.
Reserve your place at the table
Deadline: October 1.
This is a fund-raiser for Green Connections
and its work of Earth education.
is a program of Green Connections.
July 21, 2014
Our July-August Newsletter
Summer (Sorta) at Turtle Rock Farm
October 14, 2013
the thing about magical moments
is you really don’t know
how they happen.
Yes, our wise and wonderful
board members were present
all day, making preparations.
Yes, we set a beautiful table
down by Doe Creek.
Yes, lovely guests arrived
with heirloom squash in hand;
with eagerness and curiosity
to tour and explore;
with delight for conversation
Yes, Kam’s Kookery
cooked a fabulous dinner
of local foods
which we ate together
as sun disappeared in the west
and the sky turned pale pink.
Yes, Woods & Waters Winery’s
Shiraz was perfect.
Yes, Ann Zimmerman
performed a gentle, brilliant
concert in the old round-top barn.
Yes, the moon, the stars
and a fire warmed us too.
So, perhaps, it wasn’t one element,
but I’m not sure
how all of them combined
made it happen.
Maybe it’s the quality
of each element—
homegrown live music
a natural setting,
soft and lovely;
with a passion
for the planet,
Can’t really say
that it was
Ann Zimmerman, warming up for the after-dinner concert