My story about the Ruby boysenberry appeared in the paper yesterday, and shoppers from as far away as Morro Bay and Torrance drove to Kingsburg to buy some. Gayle Willems (a.k.a. the “Berry Lady”) says she couldn’t believe how many folks showed up at her Berry Lady Farm Store.
The store was so busy that a reader even called me to double-check the phone numbers. She says she kept getting a busy signal or a voicemail-is-full message.
Part of the attraction is nostalgia for all boysenberries, a fruit that slowly became a rarity in California. But the Ruby has other draws: a subtle sweetness and reddish color unusual in boysens. Plus, Willems and her family are the only farmers bringing this fruit to supermarkets.
All of these factors prompted me to include the Ruby boysenberry in my “Taste This” series, which highlights crops special to the Valley.
But if you want a taste, don’t wait. With temperatures poised to jump beyond 90 degrees — and advance orders gobbling up supply — Willems has revised her outlook for the Ruby. Instead of three weeks left in the season, there may only be one and a half. Details: (559) 897-0963 for store information. (559) 897-4605 to reserve Ruby boysenberries.
It’s happening July 22, which is a Thirsty Thursday.
There will be a special $5 ticket available to local Tweeps. It included a $1 drink ticket good for your first $1 beer or soda.
You MUST message or DM the Grizzlies on Twitter (@fresnogrizzlies) and reserve a space for the game. There will be a special will-call table to pick up tickets. Oh, make sure you’re following @fresnobeehive too.
I’m thinking tonight’s appearance by Seattle’s Super Geek League is going to the wildest show that Fresno sees this year. They’re playing at Babylon [flier]. In my preview story in today’s Bee, I described it as “Cirque du Soleil … goes insane.” Read my Q & A with band leader Commander Tomorrow to see what I mean.
Also quiet entertaining were the litany of photos the band sent me. I’m posting a bunch here, because I think they give you a pretty good idea of what SGL is about.
Here’s another “Local Boy Done Good” story: Chowchilla native Shaun Silva took the director of the year honors at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards, which celebrates the best videos in country music.
Silva’s body of work had already made him one of country music’s premiere directors (he’s done videos for the likes of Rascal Flatts and Kenny Chesney), but this award cements that. It’s his first win for this fan-voted award, though he’d been nominated previously, and his videos have won plenty of past CMT Awards.
Tonight’s special showcases the finalists and the All-Stars dancing together in their own styles and genres, as well as in group numbers choreographed by Wade Robson, Mia Michaels, Tyce Diorio, Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, Sonya Tayeh, Travis Wall and Jason Gilkison.
The real competition begins June 16 when the Top 11 dance for the judges on the season’s first two-hour performance show. The finalists will work with their randomly selected all-star partner. After each Wednesday performance show, the phone lines will open for fans to vote.
Galvan’s been dancing since she was 3 and starred on the Nickelodeon variety series “Dance on Sunset.” She was one of six featured dancers on the show. Galvan also was one of the 30 principal dancers in the remake of the movie “Fame.”
Auditioning against a large group for “So You Think You Can Dance” was nothing new for Galvan. She outlasted 400 dancers who tried out for the featured dance roles in “Fame.”
Galvan has a passion for dance. In a 2008 interview with The Fresno Bee she said, “Wherever there is music, my friends and I love to dance.”
TV Note: San Joaquin native Nao Bustamante survived the first round of competition on the new Bravo competition show “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist.” She’s still in the running to win a gallery show and $100,00 in this new competition series.