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Shop and Advertise in Our Community

Shop and Advertise in Our Community

We stopped into the Pastime Bar and Grill for the inaugural Sunday Brunch menu and caught Tim at work churning out omelets. The process is new but the results are good old fashion. And my omelet was awesome!

The process is simple – you tell Tim what to put in the omelet and he cooks it up. The options are cheeses (cheddar, sharp or mild, or Monterrey Jack), meats (crumbled sausage, bacon, or ham), and veggies which include red and green bell peppers, green and white onions, jalapeños, tomatoes, and spinach. Basic omelet craft follows and at the last minute Tim throws in a dash of secret spice and hands you a plate with your omelet.

Under the lid of the hot tray lurks a big pile of hobo spuds – this is a blend of what ever has been cooking in the kitchen and includes home-style fried, and hash brown spuds and more. Pretty much what ever one might find in the tucker bags at a hobo camp, simple, and cooked right.

The omelet line

The omelet line

Where the magic happens

Where the magic happens

Master Chef Tim Naillon readying his tools

Master Chef Tim Naillon readying his tools

Commence!

Commence!

First customer!

First customer!

More of this, more of that!

More of this, more of that!

My omelet and hobo spuds - Delicious!

My omelet and hobo spuds – Delicious!

The menu includes more than omelets so if you prefer something else with your coffee, Bloody Mary or Mimosa they have it.

The first annual Jam at the Barn sponsored by the Taber family at their Hwy 97 fruit stand in Oroville was great fun. The music started around 6:00 pm and continued non-stop until after 11:00. The performers included Bill Cottrell (vocals, guitar), Harley Hunks members Clay Warnstaff (vocals, guitar) and Mike Chapple (mandolin), Steve Blackler (drums), Cory Pelligrini (vocals, guitar), Andy Martincak (vocals, ukulele), Steve Sher (guitar), Glen (bongo drums and tambourine), and Randy Battle Bluz Band members: Randy Battle (vocals, 12-string guitar, bass guitar), Linda Pruitt (vocals, percussion), Ronald David Champagne (bass guitar), Nancy Peterson (vocals), and Dennis Peterson (ukulele). Enthusiastic audience participation was non-stop!

We’re still assembling photos so come back and watch for them. This was a lot of fun and we hope it becomes a regular event. Huge thanks to the Tabers for making this jam possible.

Steve Blackler, Glen, Steve Sher, Clay Warnstaff, Cory Pellegrini, Ron Champagne (photo by Stephanie Hordyk)

Steve Blackler, Glen, Steve Sher, Clay Warnstaff, Cory Pellegrini, Ron Champagne (photo by Stephanie Hordyk)

Steve Sher, Cory Pellegrini, Clay Warnstaff, Randy Battle (photo by Neysa Roley)

Steve Sher, Cory Pellegrini, Clay Warnstaff, Randy Battle (photo by Neysa Roley)

Great News, Oroville!

by Dennis Peterson

It’s back – it being the Pastime Bar and Grill. Did somebody say ‘wuzzat?’ Well it was just the hottest spot in the hottest spot in the North Okanogan last year. And next Friday is the grand re-opening. Are you ready for it, Oroville? Oh, hell yes!

Pastime Bar and Grill - 2015

Pastime Bar and Grill – 2015

We don’t know everything but what we do know from talking to the new hosts is that we can expect a new but fabulous menu, our favorite beverages, and a wider range of entertainment. What’s not to like? We’ve suggested and hope the new hosts adopt a night other than Thursday for entertainment as that conflicts with that other great venue, Esther Bricques Winery’s Thursday Garden party that we all love, and they’ve offered that Thursday is not a critical evening for them.

The Pastime has hosted some of the greatest blues and rock music in the North Okanogan ever, and we’re looking forward to more of that beginning July 17. As fantastic as the summer of 2014 was we think 2015 can be even more so. Show your support for this re-opening of Oroville’s hottest spot. Stop in and try the food and beverages, and enjoy the entertainment, just…

Be There!!!

The Taste of Summer continues at Taber’s Fruit Stand! Wednesday, July 8, is wine night and they have a pleasant surprise for those of you who did not get a helicopter ride and would like one. The helicopter pilot will be doing rides one more time this Wednesday. If you would like you can give a call to get on the list at 476-0202 or come to wine night and they will get you on.

Taber's Helicopter Rides

Taber’s Helicopter Rides

 

You can look forward to another summer evening spent on the wine deck sharing some good times, enjoying live music by Clay Warnstaff, enjoying the nice weather having a glass or bottle of Copper Mountain wine.

Clay Warnstaff

Clay Warnstaff

Taber’s Fruit Stand is located on the west side of Hwy 97 about 1 mile north of Oroville.