October 2019 was a banner month with two special events for me.
On Sunday, October 6, the Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival returned. This delightful day of fun and food (its centerpiece was a pudding contest!) was a fundraiser for the Sons & Daughters of Hawley, my local historical society. The festival comes only once every five years, and it was an absolute joy (if a lot of work for this particular Diva).
Did I mention that I sing as well as cook? On Saturday, October 26, at 6 p.m. at the Federated Church in Charlemont, Massachusetts, pianist Jerry Noble and I presented a program of autumn, magic, and melancholy called BEWITCHED. Folk singer Molly Scott guest starred on a couple of numbers. It was a blast--and we concluded with a sing-along set. Donations at the door helped our local food pantry, Good Neighbors. I hope you sang along if you were in the neighborhood.
I love to speak to women’s clubs, libraries, senior centers, book clubs, and other groups. I also enjoy cooking and talking on television and on the radio.
I already have a couple of events lined up for 2020--and I have a feeling more will follow. On Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m. I'll talk to the Sunderland Women's Club at the Sunderland Public Library in Sunderland, Massachusets. On Friday, May 29, at 5:30 p.m. (time subject to change) I'll be visiting the Moore Free Library in lovely Newfane, Vermont. And of course I hope to return to the Lenox Rhubarb Festival in the charming town of Lenox, Massachusetts. This festive event takes place on the second Saturday in June.
In other news, I cook on Mass Appeal approximately every couple of weeks in the warmer months of the year. (You can see me below with co-hosts Alanna Flood and Danny New.) I am pretty much done with this for the year (cold weather has arrived on my hill in Hawley, Massachusetts), but I will pre-record a couple of segments for the upcoming holidays.
One librarian wrote in a thank-you note, “You had such a rapport with the audience it felt as though we all knew you.”
My favorite topics are the ways in which food can connect us to others through memory and the life lessons one can learn from cooking and caregiving. I also conduct recipe-writing workshops and organize evenings of group cooking. I'm articulate and funny (if not modest!), and I can always sing in a pinch!
If you’d like to have me talk to your group or your book club, please use the contact form on this site.
And now ... a little video! (You can see more of me on my YouTube channel!)
Below I prepare a spring favorite (dandelion greens!) on Mass Appeal. (I forgot to add salt to the dish on the air but urge you to add a little at home.) Please enjoy my hat!
I was also interviewed a few years back for the public-television program Making It Here. (You get to see my dear late mother Taffy in this clip!)
And a little audio, courtesy of the public-radio station WFCR/NEPR:
Here is what one Massachusetts minister wrote about one of my presentations:
It was an amazing program that Tinky Weisblat offered to our community about care-giving in general and about caring for family members with dementia, in particular.... Tinky read from her new book, Pulling Taffy: A Year with Dementia and Other Adventures. It is a year-long journal of family memories and daily stories about caring for Tinky’s mother, Jan (Taffy), in her apartment in Virginia near Tinky’s brother, and here in her home in Hawley. The book is loving and humorous and informative all at once. Others who came to the program shared their own experiences, and I realized how this is such an understated story.... Thank you, Tinky, for bringing the challenges of care-giving to our attention.