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THE ZUCCHINI CLUBHOUSE NEWSLETTER
...the official newsletter from The Zucchini Brothers!
from ZucchiniLand! And welcome to the latest edition of our Zucchini Clubhouse
Newsletter, a quarterly publication filled with interesting facts, news
from ZucchiniLand, stories, educational tidbits, projects, and much more!
Please feel free to print this out and share with as many people as you
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NEW & EXCITING ZUCCHINI PROJECTS
show, "the Zucchini Brothers...Live! at the Clubhouse", is now online at our
site! You can hear it any time, free, by clicking here. Listen to or download
the current show and archived episodes! Meet all the ZucchiniLand characters
mentioned in our newsletter!
The show is now also on XM SATELLITE RADIO! It airs Sunday mornings at 10am
EST (7am PST). And Monday and Wednesday evenings at 8:30pm PST (11:30pm EST).
Check it out! It's a half-hour of the zany Zucchinis...full of educational
tidbits, great music for the big and small, and just plain fun!
MUSIC WEB AWARDS 2003 www.childrensmusic.org
the only children's entertainment awards decided by kids,
proudly named THE ZUCCHINI BROTHERS....WINNER
Best Recording For Younger Children for their CD "SAFE AND SOUND"
We're still working
on our new CD. (As we told you in the last newsletter, things were going swell
until our tape machine popped a spring and sent the tape flying all over
the clubhouse studio!) And now there's another problem: we're working on
another CD, too!
We're planning to present "a Zucchini Holiday" in time for the holidays!
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Hello everybody! Since the weather is warm here
in ZucchiniLand, it's time to get going on my three hundred, twenty-nine
point five mile long list of things I need to do around the clubhouse. There's
fixing, patching, straightening, squaring, changing, arranging and squeeching
that needs to be done. And that's just the beginning of the list! We decided
that the first task to tackle was to make more space in the clubhouse library,
so we had a "Used-Book-Cookie-and-Lemonade Sale" in our front yard. It was
a great way to make a little money and see some of our ZucchiniLand friends.
Susan (and her Mom) helped us with the baking. Mrs. Sweettooth from the
Sweetshop bought 5 chocolate chip cookies, our old copy of "the tale of
Morton Schiff", and gave us a big tip! We gave Miss. Honeypepper, free lemonade
with her cookies (because she's our teacher). She bought a book called "Your
Alligator and You" (a pet guide). Mr. Weir, our mailman, chose 6 cookies
and "the Encyclopedia of Little-Known Facts About Noses". We gave him a
discount on his cookies (because he took the time to stop by our sale during
his busy summer delivery schedule). Robert Zimmerman came by and bought
"Bab Goffmere's Memoirs From a Man Who Loves Mustard" and 3 glasses of lemonade
and wrote a song right on the spot! He said his throat was "parched". Well
since Mr. Zimmerman is the local 'word man', I guess it's time for...
STEVE'S SUMMER WORD
OF THE DAY:
Definition: (adjective) Exposed to great heat so as to be dried
Synonyms or words that mean the same are: scorched, seared or bone-dry.
Well, we were excited about our new CD. But after the tape broke on the
first one, and after starting a second CD (for the holidays), it's been a
true test of patience. As one of our modern rock and roll philosophers says...
STEVE'S 1ST SUMMER QUOTE
OF THE DAY:
"You take it on faith, you take it to the heart, the waiting is the hardest
- Thomas H. Petty
And, of course, waiting can be frustrating and tiring as another prominent
English rock star philosopher expressed...
STEVE'S 2ND SUMMER QUOTE
OF THE DAY:
"Do what you like, but please don't keep me waiting, because I'm so tired
-Raymond Douglas Davies
So in the meantime, come to one of our live concerts! And while you're
waiting (for whatever it is you're waiting for) you can occupy yourself
with this wacky thingy that I learned from our Dad...
STEVE'S SUMMER TONGUE
TWISTER OF THE DAY:
"Willy's real rear wheel "(see if you can say it 5 times fast!)
I'll have to ask Dad where he got that one!
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Summertime! I love it so much that I wrote a song about:
"I love startin' the day with a sunny blue sky / all I wanna do is be outside
/ Walkin' barefoot through the cool green grass / The way that it feels makes
me laugh/ In the summertime, that's when I'm feelin' fine."
Yes, this has got to be my favorite time of year here in ZucchiniLand.
Actually, I prefer to call this season "summer vacation"...and t-shirts,
shorts, and sandals (unless it's safe to go barefoot!) are my clothing of
choice. I've been doing plenty of fishing down at Fireman's Creek with our
dog, Polly. She always knows where the big fish are, although sometimes
she scares them away when she wades into the water to cool off. Phew! Speaking
of cooling off, I think I'll see if Steve and Sam want to go over to Susan's
house. She invited us over for a swim in her pool. Now that's the perfect
way to spend a beautiful, hot and humid summer afternoon in ZucchiniLand--which
brings me to...
JACK'S SUMMER WORD OF THE DAY:
Definition: (Adjective) Containing or characterized by perceptible moisture,
especially to the point of being oppressive.
Some people like to complain about the weather, but not me. I love it
all! Sure, I prefer a sunny day over a rainy day, but we need rain, too.
ZucchiniLand's weather forecaster, Zane Finch, says it helps things grow.
Sure, if I had a choice between a cold winter's day or a hot summer's day,
I'd most likely choose a hot summer's day. But a little of this and a little
of that is what makes the world go 'round--which reminds me of a phrase
I've often heard our teacher, Miss Honeypepper, say...
JACK'S SUMMER QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"Variety is the spice of life."
Well, time to go swimming. Steve and Sam are all set to go, and Susan's
parents invited us over for a barbecue afterwards. But first, let me leave
JACK'S SUMMER TONGUE TWISTER OF THE DAY:
"Summer shiny sunshine."(very hard to say quickly, over and over)
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in the summer there are two things that matter the most to me: our clubhouse
garden and the ZucchiniLand Zebras baseball team.
First the garden...
Things were a little bit rough from the getgo. We planted the seeds and seedlings,
they grew a bit, and then a family of rabbits started eating them. Now, I
like rabbits, but I also like our garden, and rabbits in a garden can mean
the end of the garden. I tried talking to the rabbits. I confronted one at
the western edge of the plot and told it that we'd worked very hard on growing
these plants and to please leave them alone. Which leads me to....
SAM'S SUMMER WORD
OF THE DAY:
Definition: (Verb) To come face to face with, stand in front of.
Guess the rabbit couldn't hear me. I saw the same rabbit in the same part
of the garden the next day. So I put a plastic mesh fence around the garden.
Thinking I had solved the problem and that the rabbits would have to settle
for eating grass outside of the garden, I went inside the clubhouse
for a glass of iced tea. As I was looking out the window, I saw another rabbit
hop up to the fence and sit by it for a while. Seemed that the fence was
working, keeping the animal out of the garden. But I figured I better go
make sure. Well, what do you know? The rabbit wasn't impressed at all with
my plastic fence. It had very calmly chewed a hole in the mesh just big enough
for it to squeeze through in to the garden. Now, I know that these rabbits
aren't out to get me. They just want to eat and can't help but be attracted
to a nice garden. Which brings me to...
SAM'S SUMMER QUOTE
OF THE DAY:
"I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way."
Kathleen Turner, US actress
(as the voice of Jessica Rabbit in film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," 1988.)
So I had to take stronger measures to save our plants: a metal fence! I walked
down to ZucchiniLand Hardware and picked up a roll of metal chicken wire,
hauled it home, and put it around the edge of the garden. So far I see lots
of rabbits hopping around our clubhouse yard, but none inside the garden.
I just hope they don't try to hop their way in!
Now, for the ZucchiniLand Zebras baseball team...
Last year was a very bad year for them (as has been every year). Their star
pitcher Sadge Blake got tired and retired. He was replaced by Bab Goffmere
(who is also famous for his memoirs 'From a Man Who Loves Mustard'). It is
hoped that Bab will lead them to their first winning season ever, but so
far, not so good. He hasn't won a game yet for the team, and in a bit of
desperation, he went overboard on his pregame ritual. You see, Bab loves
mustard and he always eats a teaspoon of mustard before he takes to the mound
for a game. Since the Zebras couldn't seem to win a game, he decided that
he needed to eat more mustard; that a larger dose might give him the confidence
he was missing to win a game. So he upped his mustard intake to 4 tablespoons
and went out to the mound but didn't make it past 4 pitches, and had to be
carried back to the Zebra clubhouse with a very upset stomach. We all appreciate
Bab's enthusiasm and wish him a speedy recovery. And, in the meantime, we
look forward to the Zebras' first win.
While Bab was dozing in the clubhouse, exhausted from his upset stomach he
talked a great deal in his sleep. In the off season Bab had taken a trip
to Ireland and bought a watch there. Seems he was having a dream about this.
But there was one sentence that Bab had trouble uttering in his sleep.....
SAM'S SUMMER TONGUE
TWISTER OF THE DAY:
"I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch." (say that ten times
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This newsletter is written by the
Zucchini Brothers with Susan Meyer. Thanks so much for subscribing to
this newsletter and supporting The Zucchini Brothers! We hope to see you
at an upcoming performance! And please consider calling or writing your local
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Steve, Jack & Sam Zucchini
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