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.
The weather cooperated, the crowds were huge and friendly, there were friends everywhere, and the best gathering of bands and musicians anywhere. The volunteers and organizers did an awesome job and the vendors brought everything imaginable. It was another amazing experience!
For a while Monday evening Oroville was no longer lost in space (see previous article). Thanks to the Oroville department of sky rockets department and the Taber family the sky was lit up bright for nearly 90 minutes. I don’t recall ever seeing so many exploding shells per minute as what we enjoyed this 4th. Being very family oriented the Tabers had a special area set up for kids to take part with safe but exciting fireworks, and there were dozens there to take advantage. The celebration was preceded by a presentation of the colors performed by the kids and the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner. Thanks to Dave and Judi and the entire family, and the city of Oroville for a fun evening.
Here’s a 7 minute vid which can’t capture the experience so be there next time!