So the Fluff gang, most of whom flew down from the Oakland/Palo Alto area, have all boarded planes and taken their Fluff-filled tummies home after an extraordinary weekend of sugar highs and flea marketing. As I said on Sunday when I documented some of the fluff-tweaked tasty treats that filled our gullets, between everyone’s cameras there are literally thousands of shots to go through. This is also a huge music deadline week for me and one during which I should be working on my live show, Allee Willis’ Soup To Nuts Party Mix, my first live performance since walking off stage in the middle of my own show in 1974. So I’m going to do this most fluffy Fluff post in pieces, one for each day it takes for my sugar levels to return to normal. So please tune in tomorrow to get the full picture of the marshmallow madness that took place at Willis Wonderland this weekend and from which I am still pulling Fluff off the walls and my clothes.
This whole Fluff thing came about because aKitschionado Rusty Blazenhoff, who threw me a party without even knowing me when I drove up to Alameda for Meshuggah Mel and Kookykitsch’s Clean House garage sale in May, suggested that members of The Allee Willis Museum Of Kitsch take a field trip to the annual Fluff Festival in Somerville, MA. this September. She also suggested a preliminary field trip to Willis Wonderland for a day of cooking with Fluff so we were all up-to-speed on the foodstuff.
Guests were slated to arrive here last Saturday at 12:02 PM, a time mutually voted on by the attending aKitschionados. First to hit the deck was Windupkitty.
To put the attendees in the proper brain-frame, Windup assisted me in making a lovely and nutritious lunch of Cheez Whiz, peanut butter and jelly, egg salad, and fluffernutter sandwiches.
The vegetable portion of the meal was Goldfish in Blue Seafoam Dip.
A good party hostess always thinks about theme-appropriate serving pieces, in this case a dead-on match for the Goldfish.
Appropriate glassware is equally important. Although Disco has absolutely nothing to do with Fluff, Disco anything is appropriate for absolutely everything in a kitsch universe.
The cup goes well with many of the other Disco accoutrements at Willis Wonderland.
It’s really too bad you can’t see aKitschionado John Zenone’s glass better in that photo with my Disco cup. Here it is:
If only Helen Reddy had been in attendance on Saturday it would have been an even Fluffier day! But Disco and Helen Reddy aside, our real purpose was to glorify Fluff, the marshmallow food topping that most of us are flying to Somerville to celebrate and where I, along with Susan Olsen, a.k.a. Cindy Brady, the youngest of The B Bunch, will be riding atop a Fluff float. So obsessed with Fluff is Susan that she glorifies it in her art. Here’s “Fluffaganesh”:
As such, Susan started off the afternoon serving her signature Flufftinis, Fluff and cotton candy rimmed glasses holding enough whipped cream vodka to anesthetize a horse.
Here’s akitschionado Meshuggah Mel enjoying a delicious Fluffitini:
Most of the Fluff-glued cotton candy was still standing tall on Mel’s glass but you can see the effect the vodka has on such foodstuffs in aKitschionado John Z’s drink as it liquefies the sugary stuff and all kinds of colors start globbing down into the liquor and Fluff-filled glass.
You might also notice the beautiful pendant that John is wearing. I hand-made souvenir Fluff baubles for all the attendees.
Here’s a closer look:
But before the Flufftinis were even stirred, Susan arrived with a beautiful vegetable plate. I’m not a lover of vegetables so I wasn’t upset by the paucity of them as I pried the Saran Wrap, stuck to the glue-like dip, off.
Turns out that the the dip Susan made was pure Fluff and the vegetables were pure candy. As to why she arrived with so few as to make guests share the miniature carrots and such, she admitted that these were all that were left after her dog gummed the rest of them. Here aKitschionado Prudence Fenton admires the candy buds on the canine saliva-smeared broccoli:
Had we not stopped aKitschionado Jesse Greene from eating the healthy vegetables we may have had to take him to the vet.
As members of The Allee Willis Museum Of Kitsch always arrive fully prepared, many guests carried their Fluff in appropriately vintage suitcases.
Rusty’s suitcase was also filled with tee-shirts for the mommies in attendance. Akitchionado Kookykitsch, the first member to sign up when The Allee Willis Museum Of Kitsch launched in 2009, joins Susan and Rusty as the third Fluff mommy.
aKitschionado Ken Dashner, made the girls’ tee-shirts.
Since she first mentioned the Fluff Festival a few months ago, Rusty talked about making a Fluffernutter cake. She e-mailed so much about this I took it for granted that this was a tried and true recipe she had long perfected. But when she arrived we learned that not only had she never made the recipe before but, by her own admission, she was a really lousy cook. To a junk food lover of kitsch this makes for very exciting prospects!
Indeed, the cake took over 3 hours to make. I swear to God, this was all that happened after 15 minutes of Rusty wielding the electric mixer:
The other side of my hair could’ve grown in faster. Perhaps it was due to Rusty’s beverage choice, which goes excellent with Fluff btw:
Though the cakemaking process was exhausting….
…the end result did not disappoint!!
Though you might think that it was the Colt 45 that gave the cake it’s Niagara Falls effect, it was aKitschionado Charles Phoenix, a test kitchen expert, who encouraged Rusty to use a full jar of Skippy, more than the recipe called for.
Charles has excellent cakebaking skills as evidenced by his prizewinning/ front-page-of-the-Wall-St.-Journal Cherpumpumple cake.
In fact, the overflow of Fluff-spiked Skippy made the Fluffernutter cake taste even better.
Though the volcanic goo flow made it almost impossible to appreciate the giant sandwich shape it was intended to retain.
I’ve eaten messy sandwiches before but this took the cake.
More fluffied treats and goings-on tomorrow…. In the meantime, may we offer you a Flufftini?
Allee Willis’ Kitsch O’ The Day – Being Even More Fluff – Part 2
I’m sure so many of us that couldn’t make it have been trying not to break our “jealous” buttons here! I am more than a little sad that I couldn’t be with you to see the spectacle of sugar, and meet those of you that I feel I know, but haven’t yet in body.
Charles, hope I see you again in Denver at the Modernism show next week, to talk cars if only for a minute or two.
Doug, Windup, Mel, and Kookie K., you’ve been such regulars here that I feel like I have met you in person, even though not yet, and of course look forward to it!
Can’t wait to see posts from all at this event, because from the looks of it, the group doesn’t lack in creativity, or the Kitsch DNA.
Cheers, and congratulations Allee, on yet another fantastic party at WW!
Hopefully you will meet them all at my live show on 10/18. There will be plenty of Fluff there.
Great post!!! Looks like so much fun!!!…
It was! Did you check out Part 2? More Fluff madness.