Sunday, June 17, 2012
Hey everyone. Sorry for the late start to my posts. I have been gardening but so busy being Michael Jackson. I'm Newark, NJ's first female impersonator and I go by Mikette. I've been making so many appearances lately. I had to pause and say "What about my urban gardeners like me? I have to keep them interested in such a relaxing and fun past time." Thank you all who have been following me this long.
This year is my second year with my community plots. My family and I are trying to have a much more successful looking garden after learning from mistakes we have made the previous year. We did have a late start and still pretty awkward run because the conservancy still haven't sealed the rain barrels properly, so the water is exposed to contaminants. Luckily, we have had plenty of rainy days to supply water. Other than that we a lugging our watering cans across the street, but we are not too far from the plots. We still have to place marigolds in the plots for insect control.
As Mikette in the garden after my performance
This year we decided to plant less in each box, because last year the vegetables were fighting for sunlight and water. They were a bit too close together. This year we are growing cabbage, collards, tomatoes, sweet peppers, and with a new addition of broccoli. This is my first time growing broccoli and I can't wait to see how it turns out. We also used Vigoro All Purpose Plant Food the first week to help them root stronger.
Tuesday May 29, 2012
Around the garden
Wednesday June 13, 2012
Around the garden
My sister in the garden
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Today I was invited back to the Greater Newark Conservancy to perform at their Spring Block Party in my hometown newark,NJ. It felt good to be back in front of my hometown crowd spreading Michael Jackson love the entire time. This festival opens up the gardening season, which I will be getting into soon in my community garden. There were so many people out there today men, women and of course the children. There were venders, plant giveaways and sales, face painting, and entertainment. There was even a cow named Crystal there.
I was super excited to be asked back to perform again. I wore my "Bad" tour outfit and danced to a Michael jackson mega mix I found a while back. My mother and sister joined me on this adventure. We were later joined by her friend, Barry and my friend and fellow MJ tribute artist, Lamar "MJ" Coleman and his mother. The people were happy to see me when I arrived and started taking plenty of photos.
Before I went out to perform, I met and greeted people, included another performer of the day, E.R.I.C (Extra Rich In Class). He is a great singer and sung songs from hit artists like The Spinners, Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and the Commodores plus original songs as well. He was awesome and definitely received a standing ovation.
Now it was time for me to perform. I went out there and gave the crowd my inner MJ. I definitely felt the crowd's energy. I was in my zone with the music and clapping of their hands. After I was done, I brought out Lamar to show the crowd what he had to offer and he gave his all. We were like the dynamic MJ duel. I was so glad he came out to support me. It was such a beautiful day. Positive people and beautiful weather. I also won a raffle with a bag full of goodies from Whole Foods.
Here's the video:
Here are some photos: