Beekman Boys’ Book Signing

Apr 16, 2011

We started watching The Fabulous Beekman Boys after I saw them on an episode of Martha Stewart Living talking about their historic farm in Rural New York state. As you all know, I was raised in rural Western NY and miss it terribly. So of course, I’m going to give any show filmed in the motherland a chance! We have been hooked on the show ever since! It’s a documentary-style reality show that centers around a couple from the city who decided to buy a farm and turn it into a thriving business. There are so many reasons to love this show! The couple (Dr. Brent Ridge and author Josh Kilmer-Purcell) have their ups and downs like any normal couple; they aren’t painting the picture to be endless roses and sunshine, but they also aren’t having a knock-down-drag-out every 15 seconds. I honestly believe that what you see is them genuinely being themselves. I love their message about sustainable living and community, which we feel are two subjects that definitely need a spotlight shined on them in this day-and-age. This is all set against a dream backdrop and as an old house owner myself, how could I not love getting to see their beautiful home that even pre-dates my own by 110 years? I am also happy to see that they are demonstrating to the public at large that a gay couple can be just as in love and committed as any straight couple, because unbelievably, some people still think they can’t be. I’m not sure they even realize what they are doing to help change the perceptions that many people have about the gay lifestyle. Not to sound cliche’, but we just think they are FABulous!

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Aside from the show, they have several really cool products out right now or that are about to hit the shelves. Everything from handmade berry spoons to onion jam. Not only is their branding and the aesthetic of the products incredible, but I feel like I am being sold a piece of the past with my luxury. It’s hard for me to explain really… it’s the way you feel about buying Amish goods. Their products are high end and hand made. Last Fall we were in New York and wanted to drive out to their shop in Sharon Springs, NY to purchase some of their Blaack cheese that we’d heard so much about. Unfortunately, we didn’t make it that far (about 5 hours from my hometown of Chautauqua) before it was time to go back to Wisconsin. This summer we have two whole weeks at the lake cottage with very few pressing plans, so I am hoping that we will be able to make it over there before they are all sold out! You can share a little part of the farm yourself by purchasing items like their seeds and soaps at stores like Williams-Sonoma, Anthropologie and several of the official Disney Parks stores. Their Beekman 1802 Mercantile website carries their full range of products which can be delivered right to your front door!

Beekman 1802 house and products

I did mention that Josh Kilmer-Purcell is an author so, you had to know that BOOKS were going to figure into this somehow! So far he has four books to his credit, two of which I now own and one that isn’t available yet (The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook – 9781402787096 – Sterling Epicure) but that I just pre-ordered today. At the moment, they are traveling around the country doing book signings and we JUST missed them in Chicago a few weeks ago. Needless to say, I was heartbroken! Then last week they posted on their Facebook page that they were going to be in Madison, WI at the Williams-Sonoma! I immediately RSVPed that we were coming and called Loving Husband at work to tell him. He loves them too and was really excited, even if it did mean a two and a half hour drive one way. lol We really sympathize with their “year of sacrifice” where one partner is at home alone for a year while the other partner is off somewhere else working to provide for both. LH has been on 5 deployments in the first 5 years were we together. I’m not talking about 3 monthers, I’m talking about 6 months+… sometimes just over 7 months at a time. Then in between we’ve had him gone 3 weeks to 3 months here and there. He deployed 3 days after we got married; the first year we were married, I saw him a total of 52 days. We really feel for these guys when it comes to their “year of sacrifice” because we definitely know exactly what it feels like! Luckily for us, LH is finally on shore duty and was home to be able to go with me to the book signing. We cut it close, though, because the Navy is shipping him off to Texas tomorrow, but only for a few days this time.

Josh & Brent
Brent & Josh

We arrived safe and sound to spite the snowstorm we encountered on our way. We found the Williams-Sonoma, bought our book and browsed for a few minutes while waiting for the guys to arrive. We are replacing our kitchen pans, one at a time, with the Le Creuset cookware and this was an excellent opportunity to look at the pieces close up and feel the weights and such since we are so far away from any WS stores that we will probably be buying them via the website. Finally, they came out and started speaking, this only lasted about ten minutes. Next, they answered questions from the crowd and this lasted about another ten minutes. The book signing began by taking groups of fifteen by the numbers they were given when they purchased the books (we were #33). We just stood by and watched until it was our turn, then we got in line and finally got our chance to get our book signed and to take a few photos. It’s hard to know what to say, we told them we identified with their separation issues and that we first saw them on Martha and that’s what got us watching. I’m a huge Martha freak, and the fact that Dr. Brent Ridge was formerly employed by the Queen of Domesticity herself, gives me more faith in their products and work ethic than I would have if they were just “two guys off the street”, so to speak. I will cherish my book (The Bucolic Plague – 9780061336980 – Harper ) and will keep it on the Bookcase-of-Martha where I keep my complete collection of Martha Stewart publications. I can’t wait to start reading it, I guess LH’s trip to Texas will give me plenty of free time to get that done. I almost purchased the book several times, but something kept telling me not to buy it yet. I have been #17 on the Paperback Swap list for it for months, but apparently people aren’t willing to part with the thing!

To a "fabulous" couple

If they come to your area, I encourage you to go buy a book and get it signed. They are so gracious and personable! Unlike many people on TV, they look exactly like they do on the screen too, lol. We had a lot of fun, met some nice people, got our photos and our book signed and got to stand around in a WS for an hour or so; who is going to pass up an excuse to do that!?

Josh - LH - Me - Brent

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