Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Our Barn Goes Honky Tonk

Need a Little Country?
Amy Clawson promises a whole lot of country.  This week’s concert, Amy Clawson and Coltrane will have you up and dancing from the get go. Watch her ‘Cowboy Up’ video and you tell us if this isn’t boot scooting music at its best.

Amy is petite, but has more voice, presence and energy per square inch than you'd ever guess. Her memorable career is highlighted by performances alongside legendary entertainers like David Frizzell, Martina McBride, Toby Keith, Restless Heart, Neal McCoy, Mel Tillis, Clint Black, Lee Ann Womack.

With a musical style that varies from traditional country to rockin' original country songs to gospel (her favorite part of the show), once you've seen Amy, you'll be a fan!

Band members include:
Tim Donahue - Drums,
Lance Seiders - Bass,
Chris Ward - Lead Guitar,
Ryan Miller - Acoustic Guitar & Vocals,
Amy Clawson - Vocals

So, grab your hat, dust off your boots and join us this Saturday when the Barn goes ‘Honky Tonk.’ Our own Texas Gal, Kathy has promised to go full cowgirl; boots, hat and all.  This week's concert benefits the Trey Green Guild, a non-profit supporting the Seattle Children's Hospital.  

Yee Haw!
The Working Girls
  • P.S.  There are still openings available for Tandem Skydiving
Wednesday August 8th and August 22nd beginning at 4:00pm.
Join the Working Girl First Jump Club and skydive into the field behind Olympic Cellars.  Contact Skydive Kapowsin at (360) 432-8000 for reservations and information.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Working Girl White Wine Sangria

Love this recipe... has a bit of a kick to it with the Gin & Triple Sec
Over ice, feet up, sun shining... this is it!!

1 cup sugar
¼ cup mint leaves (about 25), plus springs for garnish
1 cup Gin
½ cup Triple Sec
1 orange cut into small wedges
2 apples, cored and cut into small wedges
2 Bottles Working Girl White Wine
1 bottle Cava
1.      In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup water and sugar to a simmer. Add mint leaves, remove from heat, and stir until all the sugar is dissolved. Let mixture stand 1 hour, then strain into a jar and refrigerate until ready to use
2.      In a large pitcher or punch bowl, stir together gin, triple sec, orange and apples. Refrigerate 2 hours or as long as overnight. When ready to serve, stir in white wine and 1 cup mint syrup. Pour into ice-filled glasses, top with Cava, garnish with mint springs and serve.
Makes 8 servings

Monday, July 23, 2012

"Go Girl" Grant to Peninsula College


For Immediate Release                                             
Contact:: Joan Busick,
 (760) 772-9594
Girlfriend Factor is Coming to Port Angeles!
Educational Grants for Local Women

Palm Desert, CAJuly 12, 2012 – The Girlfriend Factor (GFF), a nonprofit organization headquartered in Palm Desert, CA which provides educational grants to adult women, is proud to announce that they will be extending their financial assistance to motivated women at Peninsula College this fall. The expansion to Port Angeles is the result of a relationship that started back in 2005 between GFF and Olympic Cellars Winery, home of Working Girl Wines. As Co-Founder of GFF Joan Busick explains “I read an article in Wine Spectator about philanthropically-minded winery owner Kathy Charlton and her team of women and was so inspired by their style and efforts that we named our educational grants after their Go Girl Red. To date our Go Girl! Grants have assisted over 70 women achieve their goals of becoming self-sufficient by earning college degrees and certifications.”
Fast forward to 2011 when, without hesitation, Olympic Cellars donated 12 cases of Working Girl Wine to be poured at an inaugural Wine, Chocolate & Shoes reception during Fashion Week El Paseo. In appreciation of their support it was mutually agreed to extend GFF’s Go Girl! Grants to women in the Port Angeles area. And to help launch the arrival and raise funds for ongoing grants in the area, Girlfriend Factor has been named as the beneficiary of a Random Manor concert to be held at Olympic Cellars on July 28th.
According to Charlton “We share a very similar philanthropic mission and approach – we help women to help themselves, provide opportunities for women to gather and build friendships and maintain “fun’ as the operative – with a lot of chocolate thrown in along the way! I think we were destined to come together.”  
To find out if you qualify for a Go Girl! Grant and to apply, go to the Go Girl! Grant page on www.thegirlfriendfactor.org.

To learn more about the Random Manor concert to be held at Olympic Cellars on July 28th and other concerts in their summer series, go to www.olympiccellars.com.    

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About The Girlfriend Factor
The Girlfriend Factor (GFF) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and explore the powerful influence women have on each other’s lives through building friendships, sharing experiences, and providing financial support in the form of educational grants to motivated adult women so they may become self-sufficient.  For more information on the Girlfriend Factor, please visit www.thegirlfriendfactor.org or call 760.772.9594.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Fat Chance - Thanks for the Memories

It’s rare in the music industry for a band to stay together for 30 years but Fat Chance has and is still a beloved part of the music scene on the Peninsula since 1982. Max Fernandes, Jeff Joaquin, John Christensen and Doc Gardner were the original four band members. Doc, the drummer, has moved on replaced by Kent Demmel, another local talented musician.

I’ve only lived on the Peninsula for 11 years and don’t even remember when I first got to hear Fat Chance play but I do know that I danced the whole night… never sitting out one dance. The band played lots of my favorites from the 50s to the 80s and their original music were songs that told stories about life on the Peninsula. My favorite was the Hot Tub song which was actually a stock tank heated by the kiln of a local potter. But as John told the story the song title was a bit longer… something about 7 N@#?D Ladies in a Hot Tub.

Last night John and his wife, Dee, allowed me to interview them and share their memories via a box full of pictures going way way back. John estimates that the band has played over 2000 gigs. Dee started singing with the band and then formed her own bands, Olive and the Pits – 50s music, and also “Mom’s” band, their original music.

The music scene on the Peninsula was hopping in the 80’s with 5 bands performing each weekend with folks strolling the streets listening to all the music. For a while John and Dee owned the Port Angeles Tavern which is now Bar 9.

All the musicians are self-taught and play by ear. Practicing faithfully two nights a week in their studio (the lower level of John & Dee’s house) they would pick their favorite musicians and practice along with the music until they perfected the songs. Elvis, The Beatles, Neil Young and Creedence Clearwater helped influence their style. Their genre of music is definitely Rock n Roll that gets people on their feet and keeps them dancing.

What kept this band together for 30 years? Music wasn’t their only jobs but it was their passion… A love of music, strong friendships, a deep love of the Peninsula and their families.

Fat Chance has donated their time to many fundraisers over the years including the Boys & Girls Club, Duck Derby, Festival of Trees, Museum & Arts Center and Beyond Cancer.

Never ‘hitting the road’ like most bands they played proms, weddings, festivals and even an Inaugural Ball. Max was also well known for his Elvis performances.

Gene Stashuk is the “sound guy” for Fat Chance pushing the band through long rehearsals for each of their two CDs which he produced. He is also the former Red 7 lead singer and guitarist. An internationally known musician, songwriter and the magician on sound, Gene has worked with Bonnie Raitt, Aretha Franklin and was on tour with Michael Jackson.

As I listened last night what hit me the most is that The Fat Chance Band has become part of the “memories” of so many on the peninsula… multiple generations. If you opened their photo albums I’m sure you will find The Band in the background surrounded by happy dancers.

Thank You Fat Chance for 30 years of your music.

In Concert, July 14 at Olympic Cellars. Music begins at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased on-line or at the door.
Arrive early for best seating and to enjoy Chef Leonard's Coastal Cuisine, Mystery Bay Seafood