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Happy Holidays: Festive Ballantyne Pomegranate Martini

Happy New Year!

Sometimes a parent just wants to have some adult time. I was recently with family at The Ballyntine in Charlotte, NC and during dinner had to try their famous Ballantyne Martini. It's not really a martini but looks like one.

Here is the recipe to get you in the holiday spirit.

THE BALLANTYNE 12
1 oz Pearl Pomegranate Vodka
1/2 oz Malibu Coconut Rum 
splash of Pomegranate juice
muddled raspberries
shake vigorously
serve as a martini

Adirondack New Year: "Auld Lang Syne" Lyrics and History

Auld Lang Syne is one of the most popular songs that nobody really knows the lyrics to. "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates as "old long since" and means "times gone by." Below are the lyrics with a bit of a translation for what I felt were the tricky parts. Happy New Year!

"Auld Lang Syne"
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

CHORUS:
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!


And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
And we'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run about the braes, (run about the hills)
And pou'd the gowans fine, (and pulled up the daisies)
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit,
Sin auld lang syne.

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn, (paddled in the stream)
Frae morning sun till dine, (from morning to dusk)
But seas…

Saranac Lake First Night Schedule of Events

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Kwanzaa begins

Happy Kwanzaa! 


Kwanzaa begins MondayDecember 26, 2011, and ends Sunday,January 1, 2012.


The word "Kwanzaa" comes from the Swahili language and means "first fruits".


The African-American holiday was first established in 1966 and mainly celebrated in the United States.


The Seven Principles of Kwanzaa

1. umoja - to maintain unity in the family and community

2. kujichagulia - self-determination, to be responsible and speak for oneself

3. ujima - collective work and responsibility, to build and maintain a community

4. ujamaa - economic co-operation, to help and profit one another