This Saturday, July 1st, during Dead & Company‘s tour closer at Chicago’s iconic Wrigley Field, a pair of special one-of-a-kind D’Angelico guitars will be auctioned off to benefit a variety of charitable foundations hand-selected by members of the band. The auctions are part of the “Participation Row” social action “village” the band brings to each tour stop, co-organized by music-oriented voter registration non-profit HeadCount and environmental group REVERB. Both guitars are Premier Weir SS models, which Bob Weir and D’Angelico designed and developed together, and each one is signed by all six members of Dead & Company (Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge, and Jeff Chimenti). They are expected to net tens of thousands (or even hundreds of thousands) of dollars for charity.Dead & Co Surprises Fans With Free Webcast Of Beautiful Blossom Show [Full Show Pro-Shot]The first guitar being auctioned off may look familiar to those who have caught the band live this summer: it has been displayed (and available to bid on) at Participation Row at each stop throughout the 2017 summer tour, and already has received bids of nearly $50K. The second guitar will feature a special design to specifically commemorate the Wrigley Field run. Bids will be accepted at “Participation Row” at Wrigley Field throughout Friday night’s show and through the first set of Saturday’s tour finale. The winners will be determined at set break on Saturday night. You can see pictures of both the Summer Tour 2017 D’Angelico Premier Weir SS and its Wriglet Field counterpart in all their glory below:On this summer’s Dead & Company tour, three D’Angelico guitar auctions (of Fenway Park, Shoreline Amphitheatre, and Folsom Field variations of the special edition design) have already generated $70,000 for the band’s various charities, which include HeadCount and REVERB as well as The Rex Foundation, The Jerry Garcia Foundation, The National Parks Conservation Association, Positive Legacy, the Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action and the Veterans Health and Integration Program. Nightly signed poster auctions this tour have also generated an additional $25,000 toward the various charities involved in the “Participation Row” efforts. By the time the band takes the stage for the last time this summer, the total charitable contribution could easily surpass $250,000.HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeHeadCount has ran several similar charitable guitar auctions for various events over the past few years. At 2015’s Fare Thee Well shows in Chicago, a D’Angelico guitar signed by members of the Grateful Dead was auctioned off for an eye-popping $526,000. Similar efforts on last summer’s Dead & Co tour netted over $160,000 in contributions. HeadCount also helped produce an event last month where Jerry Garcia’s “Wolf” guitar was sold for $1.6 million, generating a total of $3.2 million for the Southern Poverty Law Center after an anonymous donor match.Jerry Garcia Wolf Guitar Raises $3.2M For Charity While Joe Russo’s “Friends With Benefits” Rock Out On It [Photos/Videos]“Dead & Company and their fans are incredibly generous,” said HeadCount executive director Andy Bernstein. “They’ve helped turn Participation Row into an active and loving home for all the various causes tied to this community.” Dead & Company concert attendees have also taken nearly 20,000 socially-conscious actions on “Participation Row” throughout the tour, including writing postcards to Congress, registering to vote, and taking quizzes about environmental impact. Any fan who takes three actions is rewarded with a limited edition Dead & Company pin from Participation Row sponsor Clean Energy Advisors. Fans also get a chance to win one more D’Angelico guitar signed by the band in a free drawing.
Jams, jellies and other canned recipes are often given as homemade gifts. These special treats may come from the heart, but a University of Georgia expert says, for your stomach’s sake, inspect them carefully. “It may not be easy to question a person who gives you a gift of food. But it would be good to know where the recipe and canning instructions came from, when it was canned and how it was made,” said Elizabeth Andress, a UGA Cooperative Extension food safety specialist. To make sure your food gift doesn’t lead to a case of foodborne illness, Andress offers this checklist of safety tips:Before opening the jar, look for signs of spoilage such as cloudy or bubbling liquid. “Make sure the jar has a vacuum seal when you receive it, and again when you open the jar,” she said. “When you open the jar, make sure there is not spurting of liquid indicating a lot of pressure inside the jar forcing it out.”If the food looks suspicious, toss it out. Make sure the food is covered with liquid with no discoloration or drying out at the top of the jar. There should not be unnatural discoloration in the food throughout the jar. Throw away anything with mold growing on it. Check for unusual odors coming from the food in the jar. “There can still be botulism toxin in sealed jars of low-acid foods without any visible signs or off-odors, Andress said. “This is why it’s critical to know how those foods were processed and to trust the giver.”When canning foods at home, Andress recommends using recipes and procedures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture “Complete Guide to Home Canning,” UGA Extension’s “So Easy to Preserve” book, or at the National Center for Home Food Preservation website, www.uga.edu/nchfp/ .“We aren’t trying to take the fun out giving home-canned food as a gift,” she said. “We want people to be safe.”
Lyod and Keatley started the game after Duncan Williams and Tyler Bleyendaal were withdrawn before kick-off, but the South African outhalf came on to kick the winning conversion.Rory Best and Luke Marshall with the tries for the visitors and Paddy Jackson with the rest. Locally, Nenagh have stolen a win beating Belfast Harlequins 42 – 38 at home.Cashel lost away to Malone 45-15. Munster have ground out a two-point win over Ulster at Thomond Park.They’ve won 22-20 to stay on course for the home semi and crush the visitors hopes of making the playoffs.Scrum-half Angus Lloyd – on loan from Ulster – Keith Earls and Dave O’Callaghan with the Munster tries and Ian Keatley kicking five points. Photo: © Munsterrugby.ie