Every year, the streets of Somerville, Mass., are filled with revelers celebrating Fluff, the marshmallow cream product invented in the city. This year, we were there to document some of the fun.
Fluff Jousting wasn’t as sticky as it was the last time we watched.
Listening to a brass band.
An entry in the fluff cooking contest.
Blind Man’s Fluff – a team Fluffernutter building and eating contest.
More Blind Man’s Fluff.
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Two recent reflections photos: the first from the Ides of March Festival in Somerville, a mirror set up to help people properly fasten their togas, and the second, the reflection of a military band from the bell of the tuba at the Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Somerville, Mass., is known for its quirkiness, so it was no surprise when we discovered it was hosting an Ides of March Festival Saturday. There were secret meetings, a ceremonial “coronation” of Caesar, a soothsayer and more. Good fun, and a great opportunity to teach some history.
I’m lucky the sign was there, or I wouldn’t have noticed this great photo op! (Hubby refused to pose with the sign. He’s such a party pooper).
Saturday was the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville, Mass. Like me, many of you are probably wondering what Fluff is (I’d heard of a “fluffernutter,” but I didn’t know what it was until my co-workers enlightened me a few months ago). Fluff is a brand name for what most of us call marshmallow creme. In New England, however, it’s Fluff. Somerville is where Fluff was invented, and its factory currently resides, so it’s only natural that the town would want to celebrate Fluff. This was the eighth annual “What the Fluff?” celebration.
The very Fluff used in the Fluff Jousting competition.
Did somebody say “Fluff Jousting?” So messy, but fun.
Waiting for the next group of jousters.
Marshmallow guns were selling like hotcakes, and the marshmallows all over the roads and sidewalk were their own sort of marshmallow creme on the bottoms of revelers’ shoes.
The Flufferettes with a past Pharoah of Fluff (a Whoopie Pie-rate).
A contestant after “Blind Man’s Fluff,” in which teams of two (one blindfolded), make and eat a fluffernutter. In order to win, the teammate whose mouth is full of peanut butter and fluff must sing the Fluff jingle.