At the Esther Bricques Winery on October 18, our friends and “Up the Crick” band members Rick Braman and Chris Stodola were providing the music; their current playlist is hugely entertaining, and the harmonies and delivery have become very polished. They’ve lost none of their campy schmaltz, and will still blame the invisible drummer “Raul” for any flubs. All part of the charm these guys bring to the show. Was also nice to see many Canadian friends in the audience – including members of the Okanagon International Chorus in Osoyoos.
Had a chance to talk with Valerie Barker Braman about the conversion of the beautiful cottage they built to a BnB, associated with the Air BnB agency. I know Rick’s wood working skills are tops – I’ve seen the results, so it’s no surprise to know their BnB customers are quick to write glowing reviews of the facilities, the area (Aeneas Valley) and of course the hosts.
If you have friends or family that would like to visit the area and experience the fullness of Okanogan beauty it is easy to recommend Val and Rick. Visit their AirBnB page to see what they offer and the warm reviews. This is a very nice local success story and we congratulate the Bramans for their great contribution to the Okanogan experience.
Becky Desjardins of Oroville’s Hometown Pizza writes:
When we cut out the seating at night at the restaurant, what I did not realize was how much I would miss the customers. Without working days I missed seeing a lot of people. So Hometown will start having dine in again at night. We will still close at 8 so no dine in customers after 7:30. The cooks go home at 8 so unless you want me to cook your dinner (this is scary) you need to be seated by 7:30. It will be just like lunch, order at the counter. No reservations please and no parties over 14. Please be sure to check out our new web page at hometownpizzaoroville.com. It has the menu on it. Thank you so much to all of our great customers!!!!!
The awesome menu and hospitality we all loved is back and we couldn’t be happier. The best little town in the Okanogan just got better.
Our lawn is doing funny things. It has not been that many days since it lay buried under snow and ice, yellow and limp. It is greening and the limp is gone.
Our little avian visitors, so cheerful and friendly all summer and fall look upon us with malice for our lapse in keeping the feeders brimming. Our quail, instead of shouting “where are you” now seem to jeer “we’re here – where are YOU??”
Spiders that winter over indoors and pop out of nowhere to scare the bejeezus out of you have abandoned our hospitality and warmth for the challenges of “the hunt”. We wish the creepy little buggers well and good riddance!
The deer that have tramped through our snow-planked yard in search of greener anything have returned to the hills, to old friends, and to rearing the next generation of tramps. We’re looking forward to their return – what is better for the heart than seeing nature share and enjoy our comfort.
The grapes are showing signs of needing a good prune, the vegetable garden needs a good infusion of last year’s compost, and we need to stock up on our Tylenol once more. Tomatoes for the deer and potatoes for us. Sunflowers for the community and hours of ripping up Shasta Daisies, peppers for the pot, basil for the stew, Thai basil for the soup. And peanuts, this year, to sweeten the soil. Don’t forget the Tylenol!
Chores, fence mending, scraping and painting, reset the gutters – they took quite an ice burden this winter, a new roof for the garage, and maybe a nice gazebo for the upper lawn. Enough life is behind us that BIG plans are supplanted with “doables” – projects that won’t go unfinished. Funny how age defines how sturdy a shot of chain must be to last a lifetime.
We hope the prospect for an early spring is filling your thoughts with pleasant visions of the season of renewal.
Esther Bricques Winery has begun the 2016 Wine and Music series with live performances each Thursday evening from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm and featuring your favorite Okanogan Valley performers.
Oh – and in case you’ve lost count, it is 73 Days,13 Hours, 6 Minutes, 23 Seconds until Taber’s fruit barn opens for wine night Wednesdays! But who’s counting? Well, we are!
Photos provided by Esther Bricques Winery, and Copper Mountain Vineyards.