Happy Halloween and October Roundup

Robin and Polly enjoy an October afternoon of live music and friends at Peaceful Bend

Whew, what a beautiful and crazy October we’ve experienced here at Peaceful Bend. The colors haven’t been fantastic around here, but the weather has been warm and wonderful for our live music events this month.

I had full intentions of doing a recap post after each Saturday concert here, but alas, I fell short of my goal after the first weekend recap. So I thought I’d make up for that here on the last day of the month.  Here are several pictures I captured from the other October weekends around Peaceful Bend.

Elliott Ranney played on the second weekend.  His smooth jazz and folk matched the mellow afternoon perfectly.

Robin made friends with one of our kitties, Polly!

Pepe worked the tables too and made sure everyone knew they had a friend!

Lisa Jones played the third Saturday and as usual, we loved her vocals.  She even had a cool new harmonizer that really set off her voice.

I’m afraid I didn’t get a chance to pull out my camera the next weekend while the Dirt Floor Ramblers played, but this past weekend I made sure to do so.  The Jason Nelson Duo turned out to be energetic, super nice, and great musicians as well.

Pepe was up to his normal antics this weekend as you can see!

And another highlight for the weekend was when the duo brought up guest vocalist, Timmery, to join them. Her voice was powerful and nuanced so we had to cheer for another song from her.
We are rapidly coming up to our annual Cellar Party on Saturday, November 5, 2016.  We’ll be enjoying live music, dinner, and gift drawings from 5-9pm.  Hope to see you soon!


2016 Sparkle Farkle Winner!

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Congratulations to Betty Rahner, the winner of this year’s Sparkle Farkle Tournament! As you can see, she won quickly and by a wide margin! Betty picked a bottle of Harvest Mist for her prize.

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Everyone had a great time playing Farkle, getting to know each other, sharing food, and relaxing for the holiday here at Peaceful Bend.

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Lots of good food to be had on the buffet line this year. Here’s Max, one of the finalists in the tournament, filling up his plate after a hard couple of games.

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
We always appreciate Pam’s enthusiasm, and even though she wasn’t this year’s winner she still felt like a champ by making it to the final round! 😀

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Here’s Betty posing with Bob – the winner of our very first Sparkle Farkle tournament, held seven years ago. Bob and I made up for losing this year by dancing away our woes at the end of the afternoon. The wine told me I was good at dancing, but I assure you that Bob did not say the same thing!

2016 Sparkle Farkle Tournament
Bryce, a visiting Great Dane, watched as we all played Farkle. Bryce was probably wondering if anyone would notice that he was a couch potato for the afternoon!

During tournament play, the skies opened up and rained pretty much all afternoon, which made it nice to have the larger tasting room to accommodate everyone.  Though we still have trim to put up, the room really started to feel like home again after all the renovations.

Bryce the Great Dane would like some cheese and wine too!
At the very end of the afternoon, the sun came out and a few folks headed out onto the porch to enjoy a sip of wine before heading off to see fireworks. I loved this moment when Bryce put his chin onto the table and asked his owner if he could pretty please have a piece of cheese!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out on Monday to join us for our Sparkle Farkle Tournament. We had a delicious afternoon, and are looking forward to the next tournament already!

Concert Recap: Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson

Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play in the winegarden

Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play in the winegardenThis past Friday night, we had a great time listening to Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play bluegrass, folk, old time, and original tunes out in the wine garden.

This is Lukas’s third time playing here, but Karl’s first.  We were so impressed with his vocals, banjo and guitar playing!

Karl Eggers & Lukas Simpson play to a small but mighty crowdThe weather was perfect, and the leaves hadn’t quite blocked off the view of the sunset yet, so it turned out to be a pretty night too.  The crowd was a small, but mighty.  And mighty friendly too!

Pepe makes friends during the Karl Eggers and Lukas Simpson concertEspecially Pepe – he is always friendly, but when picnics are involved.  Well, you know – he’s probably already hit you up for treats already!

Lukas Simpson & Karl Eggers play bluegrass and folk in our wine gardenLukas and Karl will be back to play here on May 27 from 7-9pm again, so be sure to mark your calendar.  We’ll have a great time kicking off Memorial Day Weekend together!