While in Omak for other business we were pleased to see the Scooter McHatter’s restaurant was open for lunch (hours: 11am – 8pm). Fortunate for us because it was lunch time and we were in the mood for something new. And we got exactly that!

The new ownership has done a lot of work on the building and worked from a very nice pallet of colors. Clean and welcoming inside and out, the furniture and visual features are very well done. Booths, tables, and a sit-down counter look and are comfortable, and the walls are uncluttered and appropriately adorned with open space geometric panels and artwork.

It was approaching 102º outside but inside was very comfortable, and traffic noise all but disappeared. Being rather new there was plenty of seating available, but based on our experience this place is soon going to be very busy.

On receiving the menus we were both locked in on two specials like twin cruise missiles. From the name of the place we expected corned beef, pot pies, and potatoes and gravy, but what we saw among the usual menu items were choices of Teriyaki or Yakisoba! AWESOME! We ordered one of each and began to explore the room again.

While we were waiting we chatted with the owners and found they are planning on opening the pub again, and that they  serve only locally made beers and wines, and which fits perfectly with their slogan “Thinking local is being local“. Keeping things simple is very affordable, and our region’s wines and beers are very highly rated. They are also looking forward to having live music at least once each month, and as a member of a band I find that to be very good news!

Before long our meals were served and Oh My Gosh, were they delicious. The Yakisoba arrived in a huge kayak and looked like much more than I’d be able to finish, but finish I did. Wife Nancy got the Teriyaki and it matched pound for pound the meal before me, and she did not need a doggy box for left-overs, either.

Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

Teriyaki Chicken with Rice

Beef Yakisoba with Asian coleslaw

Beef Yakisoba with Asian coleslaw

We strongly recommend readers visit Scooter McHatter’s Facebook page and drop by the restaurant (Directions), have a look around, meet the new owners, and have a great meal. They also offer take-out, so you can get a great meal even if you’re short on time.

If You Love Your Small Town…

by Dennis Peterson

05. December 2015 · Comments Off on If You Love Your Small Town… · Categories: Businesses, Loomis, Nighthawk, Okanagon, Omak, Oroville, Osoyoos, Riverside, Tonasket

If you like a smile with your music then seek out an ukulele player’s club to entertain you. If you’re patient one will find you! The Okanogan Ookoolele Club found the stage at Omak’s Art in the Park, Friday, and played to smiles on their little “jumping flea” instruments.

Okanogan Ookoolele Club with members of the Twisp Ukulele Club

Okanogan Ookoolele Club with members of the Twisp Ukulele Club

The club played several well-known tunes that got the happy audience to share their voices with the group, and several ukulele players from the Twisp area joined them on stage for the largest gathering of players in the history of the club. Spontaneously, the Randy Battle Bluz Band gathered at stage right to offer their harmonies, as well. The result as you may expect, produced even more smiles.

Randy Battle Bluz Band (left) Join Voices with the Ukulele Players

Randy Battle Bluz Band (left) Join Voices with the Ukulele Players

Ukulele clubs can be found in many communities around Washington state and even in the big cities. This easy to play instrument is great fun and offers an excellent opportunity for singer/players at home to get out and have some group fun. The residents of the Okanogan Valley need go no farther than Omak Music to find a wide range of instruments, and ukulele clubs are constantly seeking new members to share the fun with. Join the fun!

Photos and video by Nancy Peterson

Okanogan Friday Fun

by Dennis Peterson

Sometimes life just knocks on your door and you’re off to adventure and fun. In this case it came as an email and as happens when stars align, circumstances found me riding my Harley home in 5:30am morning chill from a Wenatchee sleep study lab but with a welcome diversion to the Omak hills. Singer/songwriter Erica Swanson asked me if I’d record a session of her singing a composition she had written and I just can’t say nope to something I like doing, so wife Nancy brought our audio gear from Oroville and we all met in a quiet home on a glacial bench west of the Okanogan River.

The accompanists were Randy Battle and Linda Pruitt of the Randy Battle Bluz Band. I soon had my mics in place and sound-checked, then the artists began collaborating on the music.

Brain storming the session

Brain storming the session – Photo by Nancy Peterson

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Ukanogan Music Scene

by Dennis Peterson

15. December 2014 · Comments Off on Ukanogan Music Scene · Categories: Music, Omak, Oroville, Tonasket

Ok – really bad pun* but…

Right here in Oroville, folks. An ukulele club formed this past year and after much practice they had a playing at the North Valley Nursing home in Tonasket. Familiar faces are already members and they’re seeking new members. More information can be found at their Facebook page.

The Ookoolele players will be playing at Esther Bricques Winery on December 18. This will be a caroling sing-along and all are encouraged to bring instruments and to play and sing along or just show up. Personally I would love to see everyone show up in an ugly Christmas sweater! How much fun would that be?

The Ookoolele players

The Ookoolele players

Quality instruments are available locally in Omak so you have no excuses! Omak Music not only has instruments, they have their own ukulele club so driving distance shouldn’t be a problem. No more excuses!!

If you would like a very nice custom ukulele made by a local luthier you might give Oroville’s Mark Kubiak a visit. His instruments are beautiful to see and play, and he’s begun work on ukuleles.

Click the pic and have a quick read about ukulele history at Wikipedia.

A beautiful Martin Uke

A beautiful Martin Uke

*Historical note: The earliest reference I’ve found to the name Ukanogan is from a 1906 newspaper article printed in a Portland, OR publication. http://oregonnews.uoregon.edu/lccn/sn83045782/1906-05-27/ed-1/seq-1/ocr.txt