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Mark Your Calendars: Can-A-Rama 2010

Shuksan strawberry jam. Photo: Myra Kohn

Dear Canvolutionaries,

A year ago, you joined us in solidarity, coast to coast, to resurrect the lost art of “putting up” food. With the growing season underway in most parts of the country, we are ramping up for Year Two of the Canvolution and hope you’ll join us at the canning kettle once again!

To that end, we’re thrilled to announce Can-a-Rama 2010, a simultaneous show of cans around the country, with home canners bellying up to the stoves and preserving their favorite seasonal goodies. We invite you to join us the weekend of July 24 & 25, by hosting a canning party in your own community, as we will be doing in cities and towns across America.

But that’s not all, folks! Once you get the canning bug, you kinda can’t stop, as many CAA members can tell you. In fact, some canners recently shared that sometimes they get so busy canning they forget to stop, pop open a jar and the time to enjoy the “fruits” of their labor. That’s why we’ll host the first-ever Eat Up What You Put Up, a celebration of our bounty in jars! Save the date for the weekend of October 15-16; like the Can-a-Rama, we encourage you to host gatherings in your own communities to sample your canning handiwork and to share with your fellow canners.

And like last year, we’ve got goodies to give away, thanks to the generosity of Jarden Home Brands. If you’re planning to host a canning party or teaching someone the ropes of canning and preserving in the coming weeks, here’s a chance to win a free gift from Jarden.

E-mail us with your contact info and you’ll be entered to win: A canning coupon, a copy of the Ball Blue Book® Guide to Preserving or a Ball® Canning Discovery TM Kit (canning rack with an integrated jar-lifter, a set of 3 pint jars, lids and bands, a beginner’s guide to canning and a recipe booklet; retail value: $11.50).

To enter, send an e-mail to:

Please include in your e-mail: Your name, street address, city, state, zip code, and a few words about the party you’re planning, including the date of your party.

To help inspire others, we will use your first name and last name initial, as well as city/state on our canning events page. If you do not wish to be mentioned on the Canning Across America web site, please let us know. We invite you to share a few words describing your event to include on our Web site.

Deadline for entering: July 20, 2010. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

Note: Coupons, books and kits are available on a limited, first-come, first-served basis. Your name, address and e-mail will be kept confidential and used only to mail your free gift. Offer is available to U.S. addresses only.

Getting Your Canning Party Started
* Invite your friends via Facebook, Evite or Pingg (we like these services because they track RSVPs).

* Register with Canning Across America so we can all share in the canning fun.

* Use our free online resource library full of how-to tips, articles and recipes to create your event.

Viva la Canvolution!


Kim O’Donnel

LogoW_Ribbon_NoShadow This giveaway is made possible by the generosity of Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball ® Branded Fresh Preserving Products.

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