As most of you know, Celtic Thunder is cruising this November. They are offering a “Win a trip for two” on the cruise. If you are already booked and win, your money will be refunded. If you have not entered yet, you can go to Celtic Thunder Cruise and enter the drawing. The winner of the drawing will be announced on March 17th on the 10am segment of the TODAY show. And yes, The boys will be perform too! Don’t miss out on a great cruise with great people, great entertainment, great ports of call and yes, no snow! 5 inches in Goodyears Bar this morning. This and 78+ inches of rain since January 1st. I know I’m ready for Florida! Celtic Thunder Cruise Lou The Sun Dog
Okay folks, I know it’s 11 months away, but one has to plan early to get good room. So, here’s the deal: Rooms start at $699 per person and go up to $2500 per person.
Five beautiful nights on the Caribbean sailing with a bunch of crazy Irishmen and want-to-be Irishmen. Eating all the food you want. (Frank Lang, please ignore that last one). Meeting all kinds of wonderful humans.
So, Judy and Pat have already booked. Don’t “Dilly-Dally”, Judy has informed me the ship is smaller than the last two we were on. I assume this will book fairly fast.
Haven’t heard from Mary and John Mann, from Australia, yet. I assume Mary has “Pig-Piled” John in an attempt to talk him into going. Stay tuned.
I have four other Downieville folks who are interested and will probably join us. Don’t miss the fun folks, you won’t regret this cruise!!!
Lou The Entertainment Sheal
Well Folks, Another Celtic Thunder concert and this time in Reno Nevada. We had 31 humans from all over northern California converge with us in Reno for an absolute amazing concert. Just thought I would take some time and share with all of you what you missed this weekend.
Friday November, 11th. Downieville participated in the Veteran’s Day celebration and parade. Was such a moving event and I thought of my father many times throughout the ceremony. A Veterans parade went from the bell tower to the community hall for a catered lunch. Well attended with Veteran’s from western Sierra County along with Veteran’s from Loyalton and the eastside of the county.
Everyone loaded into the vans and began our trek to Reno. Arriving at 3 pm at the Nugget Resort in Sparks. Met with a line that extended about 100 to 150 yards to registration. I decided quickly that we would never make registration by the time we had to head to the Silver Legacy. So, we loaded everyone back into the vans a drove to the Legacy where we met with others in the line for Flavors Buffet. Now, before we continue let me remind all of you this is a Celtic Thunder concert. Therefore everyone must “Put Your Irish On”. Betty Jo Murphy (Lang), you would be proud. We represented Ireland in the very best way. In that regard, let me share with all of the players of this celebration. Attendee’s were as follows:
Donna and Dan McNamera, Joyce “Frontseat Joyce” McWhite, Barbara McSeley
Gail O’Clemo, Marci and Mike McMatulich, Carol McMarshall, Barbara and Brian Jamison – Direct descendant of Jamison’s distillery – Dublin, IE, Linda and Jack McMarshall
Joyce “Honeybuns” O’Felix, Susie McWilliams, John McFunk, Doris O’Carpenter, Arlene McMonjor, Mary and Charles McErvin and son David, Autumn, Ayla and Avery O’Foxworthy, Sam McWhite, Petra O’Hallman, Joyce “Backseat Joyce” O’Decheccio
So, as you can see, Sierra County represented Ireland well. So, on to dinner. Some said it was better than expected. I thought it was fine, fine, fine. Now, As some of you were aware, an extra ticket to the “Meet and Greet” and the show was purchased. One lucky person in the group would have chance to win the ticket. During dinner I put tickets into a hat and asked one of the Buffet staff to draw a ticket. Sam McWhite’s name was drawn however, he was too modest to accept the prize and asked another ticket to be drawn. So we did. The second ticket drawn was Joyce O’Decheccio. Her excitement was overwhelming and she had to be restrained. (she didn’t even realize she had won). So, off we went to a room near the showroom for our Meet and Greet event. 50 seats were reserved and about 45 humans showed up. David Munro, Musical Director for Celtic Thunder greet us and explained how the time in the meet and greet would go. He introduced the oldest member and the newest member of Celtic Thunder……Ryan Kelly and Michael O’Dwyer. Many questions by the audience including one person asking, would there be another Celtic Thunder Cruise. The Director of Celtic Thunder Events was present in the room. David direct the question to her and here is what she said. It takes 18 to 24 months to organize a cruise. Therefore, there won’t be a cruise in the first part of 2017. Hummmm. What is this? a tease? Could there be a cruise in 2017. Guess we will have to wait. Stay tuned. Her smile while she was telling this was telling. Again, stay tuned.
Another question was, have they considered doing a concert with Celtic Women? They all looked at each other like, “hum, why didn’t we think of that?” Could it be something in the future? Stay tuned. There was a lot of conversation with the boys about their career and background. All in all, it was fun being a part of this. After the questions, Joyce and I had our photos taken with Ryan and Michael and they signed our show tickets. Again, Joyce was beside herself with excitement. I handed her both tickets to keep. She cried. I couldn’t keep her quiet from that time on. I think she enjoyed the meet and greet. I have attached the photo of the meet and greet. Can you see the excitement?
We met with everyone else in the lobby of the showroom. I handed out the show tickets along with an Irish flag with instructions to waive the flag when the boys begin to sing “Ireland’s Call”. Time to head for our seats. Joyce and I are escorted to our second row seats. We turn around and look at the rest of the gang and think, Geez, their seats are better than ours. Our seats were behind a bunch of electrical equipment and we could hardly see the stage. Since we had extra seats, we chose to join the gang and abandoned our pricey ticket seats. The announcement is said to keep all cell phones off and not to photograph or record any of the show. The crowd goes wild and the show begins. As some of you know, Keith Harkin (Petra’s unofficial husband) left the group and Michael has stepped in. I could tell Petra was eyeing him with a very critical eye. I could tell she was thinking He had better be good. By the time he got to “Now we are free”, she was a blubbering idiot. When he began “Hallelujah” she had a puddle of tears below her seat and they had to call for a “wet/dry” vac for cleanup. I guess Michael passed the “Petra Test”. Whew!
Now, there is Damian. As you all know, Damian is quite handsome and as I have heard Mrs. O’Clemo say, “He has the most beautiful blue eyes” as drool dribbles down her chin. He come out and sings “Falling Slowly” which gets little Avery O’Foxworthy (6 years old) attention. she watches intently as he sings and leans over to tell her mother, “He is so handsome, I would kiss him”. Autumn tells me during the intermission that “Galway Girl” is the families favorite song. I guess that is why Ayla was jumping like a rabbit dancing all over during that song. It is a good one! However, that was nothing. You should have seen those girls go crazy during “A place in the choir”. I guess they like that one too.
Emmet comes on stage and sings “Danny Boy”. They had to call for the wet/dry vac for Donna McNamera’s area. Her entire front was wet with tears. I have to say, Emmet can really sing that one. Even brought a tear to my eye. That young man can sing. What a voice! It’s okay Donna, I think everyone in the room shed more than a tear or two.
During intermission I discover that the entire row in front of us was empty. I checked out the view and discover those seats are even better than ours. Arlene, Petra and I relocate to that row just in front of the McMarshall’s, Mrs. O’Clemo and Mrs. McSeley. The The show begins again. The boys begin to do “Seven Drunken Nights”. They have put a variation on this one that brought the house down. That Neil can really act. He can play the best drunk ever. Anyway, a real nice job on this one.
It’s time for Damian to do “Breaking up is Hard to Do”. He runs on to the stage as Neil and Ryan are leaving and asks them to stay to assist with background vocals for the song. Now, The background vocals are usually done by the girls. No girls in the band to do the job. Neil and Ryan try to explain that they are guys and can’t do the job. Damian hands them a blond and brunette wig and talks them into doing the vocals. He starts the song and the guys/girls do their vocals. Perfectly I might add. Again, brought the house down! What a bunch of nuts.
“Ireland’s Call” begins, I give the signal and we are off and running. We are all waiving our flags throughout the song. Emmet see’s us and acknowledges us. We become the attention of the others in the audience and they ALL raise their hands and began waiving to the song too! The crowd goes wild. And then it’s over. What a great night and it appears everyone in the group had a good time. It was a relief to see that no one was throwing undergarments onto the stage. An awesome end to an awesome evening!
Everyone off to enjoy the rest of the day and get ready for Saturday’s events. What a day.
Saturday morning I gather those who want to join in on a trivia game. Several came and participated. It was all Celtic Thunder trivia. There were three prizes so the top three winners would choose a prize. First place was Barbara McSeely. She chose a thermal Celtic Thunder mug. Second place was Suzie McWilliams. She chose a Celtic Thunder calendar. And third place was Gail O’Clemo. She got a Celtic Thunder Ball cap. Game over.
Time to head to Virginia City. Arriving at about 1pm. Met up with Charles and David McErvin at the Bucket of Blood saloon to partake in a Comstock Cowboy show. It starts at about 2pm and enjoy a wide variety of traditional western music. While there our friend Pam Brandon comes to join us. Pam is from Downieville and her mother is Marian Lavezzola Kinzler and her sister is Jan Hamilton. Pam has lived in Virginia City with her family for about 16 years. Joyce O’Dechiccio was last in Virginia City when she was about 9 years old and Sam McWhite has never been there. So, Pam offered to play tour guide and showed all of us the sights. What an enjoyable afternoon. Thanks Pam! Time to return to Reno.
Arriving back at the Nugget and off the to Gilley’s for dinner. “It’s all about the food”. Had a really good meal. Everything from Hamburgers to Prime Rib, Shrimp to Brisket. After dinner we tried to get Joyce “Honeybuns” O’Felix to ride the mechanical bull. She said she was afraid she would put all the youngsters to shame, so she would prefer to hit the Keno machine. There you have it.
Sunday everyone is on their own for breakfast then time to checkout an head home. I thinks it was another successful trip/event and no one ended up in jail. Until our next trip/event. Tah Dah.
Lou The Celtic Thunder Maniac
For those who need reminding, this was the week a group of us traveled to Las Vegas to meet our friends Mary and John from Australia. When we arrived, we were greeted by both. Having a great visit with them!
While here we scheduled a show to see Celine Dion. Saw her last night. Let me try to discribe the show. POWERFUL, AMAZING, BEAUTIFUL, MOVING and so on. If any of you might even be thinking you might want to see her…….GO SEE HER SHOW!!!! Second to none! To date, the best show I’ve ever seen…….yes right up there with Celtic Thunder. I’m not kidding, go see the show. That women has the most amazing, powerful, solid voice I have ever heard. Everyone in the group agrees.
We just bought tickets to see the Righteous Brothers tonight. Stay tuned for our review on that show. Vi and Mary are going to see another show and they will give a review later.
By the way, our players on this trip are, Anonymous #1 and Anon. #2, Joyce White, Vi Marcantonio, Mary DeSanctis, Sam White and me. Anon #1 & #2 will be referred to as Barb and Gail. Just so you know. Anyway, Sam is our “Newbie” on the trip and so he gets to enjoy the craziness of this group. He handled it well so far. However, Security had to “pig-pile” him during the show last night as he tried to climb on stage with Celine. He quickly learned that that move wasn’t the best move of the night. He did enjoy the show though! Lots of food in Sin City, so duh……It’s all about the food! Having a great time. I’ll get back with another update as time allows. Hopefully. no one gets into too much trouble.
Okay folks, Last day of our adventure in Vegas. Updating yesterdays events; Sam, Gail, Barbara and I took the Monarail around the city. Had lunch at Johnny Rockets and the MGM. Boy, this city has grown since my last visit 25+ years ago.
Back to Bugsy’s place (aka The Flamingo) to meet and decide our next moves. Did some shopping. John suggested we attended a free show with an Elvis impersonator. We arrived and found they cancelled that days show. Off to buy our tickets for the shows. Got some really good tickets for our shows. Vi and Mary got tickets for “The Million Dollar Quartet” show and Joyce, Sam, Barb, Gail and I got tickets to see the Righteous Brothers with Bucky Heard and Bill Medley. Our show was at 6pm and Vi and Mary’s show at 8pm.
Off to our show. Really good seats. The show started with a bang. Gail jumped a foot off her seat. Was really loud. They could have turned the volume down. But, other than that, it was a good show. Bill invited a guy up from the audience and introduce him. Can’t remember his first name, but last name was Graham. He is one who placed first on America’s Got Talent. He and Bill Medley’s daughter sang a beautiful duet. Really nice.
After the show we met up with John and Mary and off we went to dinner. Nobody in this group can make a decision, so I chose Toby Keith’s. He is a huge country singer who has a restaurant in Harrahs. We had an amazing dinner. Really, really good food. Watched the GIANTS/METS game and listened to a live band. Real nice time.
After dinner, we met Vi and Mary after their show. They both came out with the biggest smiles. They said that was the best show ever. This show is a remake of the Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Elvis start. They said the performers were excellent! Spent the rest of the evening visiting and then off to beddy-by.
Today, breakfast (it’s all about the food) then off for photos in front of the giant pink flamingo. Everyone is off on their own while I do this update. For lunch, we are going to Giada’s at the Cromwell. Giada is on the FOOD network. I’ll share that experience later.
Now, for the serious bit of business. During yesterday’s tour, I received a telephone call from my Brother-in-law Mike. He was calling me to let me know that my sister, Marci was just involved in a very serious accident on Highway 25, between Hollister and Gilroy…Lou
Editor’s note: Lou wrote quite a bit more about his sister Marci but in the interests of Hippa I thought maybe it was a little too personal. I will tell you that she had some serious injuries is now doing well and will be enduring many months of serious rehab.
Just wanted to let all of you know, we made it back home from Las Vegas without a hitch. It was a wonderful three days with our friends from Australia, Mary and John. It is always nice to catch up and share some “Celtic Thunder antics”. Mary and John assure us they are going to come of one of our Celtic Thunder parties in the future. Stay tuned. I’m still in awe over the Celine Dion Concert. Not kidding folks, it was stunning!!!!!!!
LOYALTON MUSEUM TOUR
I HAVE IT ON GOOD ADVISE THAT THE LOYALTON MUSEUM IS A MUST SEE TOUR. CAROL AND DAVID MARSHALL HAVE DONE THE TOUR AND GIVE IT A HIGH RECOMMENDATION.
SO, HERE IS HOW IT WILL WORK. ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 WE WILL DEPART FROM DOWNIVILLE AT 10:30 AM AND TRAVEL TO DOWNTOWN SIERRAVILLE, IN THE BEAUTIFUL SIERRA VALLEY, FOR LUNCH AT THE FAMOUS “LOS DOS HERMANOS” MEXICAN RESTAURANT. (IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FOOD) I HEAR THEY HAVE AMAZING MARGARITA’S. JUST ASK JOYCE “HONEYBUNS” FELIX, WE HAD TO CARRY HER OUT ONCE. IT WASN’T PRETTY. FROM THERE, WE WILL TRAVEL TO LOYALTON FOR THE TOUR.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO RIDE THE VAN, YOU MUST CONTACT ME TO RESERVE A SEAT. THE COST FOR THE VAN IS $15 PER PERSON. FOR THOSE OF YOU TRAVELING FROM RENO AREA (KATHY AND ROBERT), IT IS SHORT 45 TO 60 MINUTE DRIVE. SO, LET ME KNOW BY OCTOBER 14, 2016.
You’re invited to a
Fall Harvest Celebration
Mark your calendar! Join us for a day in the orchards and pumpkin patches. We will be traveling to Apple Hill, leaving Downieville at 9am with the usual stop in Placerville for lunch. We are taking only one van this year, so you must let me know if you want to go as soon as possible. We have room for nine humans. You can call me or respond with an email: email@example.com.
Where: Apple Hill
When: Monday, October 10, 2016
Time: Leaving Downieville at 9am sharp
Grizzley Food With Lou 9/7/16
Okay folks, it’s time to fire up the appetite!
Last month I was kidnapped by two crazy women on my birthday and taken out to dinner. These suspects, who always wish to remain anonymous, but for story telling purposes, we’ll call them Gail and Barbara, made me drive them to downtown Blairsden, California. I was directed to drive into the parking lot of the Grizzly Grill. Yes, the famous Grizzly Grill where the motto is: “What Happens Here, Gets All Over Town”.
Of course, the folks there were expecting us and we were seated near the kitchen. Our server was very prompt and explained the special of the day. Gail ordered the shrimp scampi, Barb ordered the pot roast and I ordered the rib eye steak. (It was my birthday, deal with it). Salad came, was delicious. Main meal came, Gail said it was the best shrimp scampi ever. She seemed to think she was served more shrimp than usual. Must have been the three Long-Island Iced tea’s. Barb said her pot roast was very tender and was filled with amazing flavor. It’s amazing what one thinks of the food when they have had four gin and tonic’s. I, of course, was the DD, so all I got was regular ice tea. Anyway, the meal really was exceptional!
With that being said, I think its time for everyone to experience the wonderful food at the Grizzly Grill. Here is the “low-down”, Friday, September 9th. Will leave Downieville at 4:00pm for a 5:30pm dinner reservation. They serve Prime Rib on Friday. So, you know what I’m having. You must let me know if you are going before Wednesday, September 7th.
Now, it takes us about an hour to get there from Downieville. So, those of you who live in Reno (Kathy and Bob Matulich), it too, will take only an hour to get there. So, no lame stories. To view the menu, or get the address, you can go to Grizzley Grill Restaurant– 530-836-1300 to get that information. Remember, let me know before Wednesday the 7th and if you want to ride on the van(s). See you, Lou the Foodie
Okay Folks,- As some of you know, when Joyce and I went on our Celtic Thunder cruises, we met Mary and John from Melbourne, Australia. Well, they are coming to America to visit their daughter in New York and of course, to go see Celtic Thunder. On their trip back to Melbourne, they will be stopping in Las Vegas for almost a week. So, wouldn’t it be fun to meet Melbourne’s most awesome residents? In conversing with Mary she has informed me that she and John will be going to see Celine Dion perform at Cesar’s on Tuesday, October 4th. Of course, who wouldn’t want to see Celine? The old cranium kicked into gear and here is what I have come up with:
1. Checked with Southwest Airlines and found a roundtrip flight from Reno, NV to Las Vegas, NV, plus two nights at the Flamingo (which is where Mary and John are staying) for $250.00 package deal.
2. Checked on tickets to see Celine on October 4th. They start at $55.00 per person (nosebleed seats) and go up to $500.00 per person (front row seats) There seems to be plenty of tickets at the moment for every level. Of course, middle of the showroom is $95 to $195.00 per person.
So, what do you think? Las Vegas, Mary and John Mann from Australia and Celine Dion, how can you go wrong! Let me know, Lou the Planner
Just wanted to update those of you who may be thinking about going to CELTIC THUNDER on November 11th. I have twenty-six (26) humans signed up for tickets. I know, I’m just as shocked as you are. So, if you would kindly shoot off an email, or call me to let me know if you are thinking about going. I won’t start accepting your money until the first of July if you are thinking this is just too soon to plan. If we go over 30 seats, I just have to let the Silver Legacy know so I can get more seats. I need to secure those before April 3rd.
SILVER LEGACY RENO NEVADA FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2016
GRAND EXHIBITION HALL 8 P.M. DINNER AT FLAVORS! THE BUFFET
FRIDAY NIGHT SEAFOOD BUFFET $24.99 + TAX PER PERSON (ADULT)
$9.49 + TAX PER PERSON (CHILDREN 4 YO TO 10 YO) DINNER AT 5 P.M.
ROOMS STARTING AT $59.99 PER NIGHT UP TO $10,000.00 PER NIGHT
USE PROMO CODE FOR DISCOUNT ON ROOM: I WILL ADVISE YOU WHEN I GET THE CODE IN AUGUST
THE VANS WILL DEPART FROM DOWNIEVILLE AT 1 P.M. SHARP! WE WILL DRIVE DIRECTLY TO THE SILVER LEGACY FOR CHECK-IN AT 3 P.M. SO EAT SOMETHING BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM DOWNIEVILLE. COST FOR THE VAN RIDE WILL BE $30 PER PERSON, ROUND TRIP. CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE IF YOU WANT TO RIDE ON THE VAN. I ALREADY HAVE SEVERAL SIGNED UP. 530-289-3341 OR firstname.lastname@example.org
SHOW TICKETS ARE $60 PER PERSON (NORMALLY, CELTIC THUNDER TICKETS ARE $75 PER PERSON) 30 SEATS HAVE BEEN RESERVED, SO, DON’T DILLY-DALLY
OUR RESERVED SEATS ARE ON ROWS 10, 11 & 12. HOWEVER, IF TICKETS ARE NOT SOLD IN ROWS CLOSER TO THE STAGE BY APRIL 4TH, BEVERLY WILL MOVE US CLOSER…….NO CHARGE! THOSE ROWS HAVE BEEN SAVED FOR CELTIC THUNDER FAN CLUB MEMBERS (YES I’AM) AND THE LOCAL PBS STATION. KEEP YOUR FINGERS CROSSED.
Here’s the low down on this years Cowboy Poetry Show in downtown Vinton. If you are going and want to ride on the van, we are departing the Senior Center at 3:45pm sharp on Saturday March 19th. We will be dining at the 5pm seating and stay for the show following dinner.
You must get your check in the mail by the end of the week if you want to sit with our group. Otherwise, you may be sitting with Homer and Hilda.
The food is always great….Home cooked…..as is the show. Be sure to let me know if you are riding on the van. More info here…. Cowboy Poetry