Monday, October 28, 2013

Crack Open Some Rosie...

I recently visited Blue Heron Winery located near Cannelton, Indiana and I found peace on the bluffs of the Ohio River. The vineyard/winery is nestled in the woods of Southern Indiana and it's serene and inviting....just like the wine. Overlooking the Ohio River and the Cannelton Locks and Dam at Rocky Point, Indiana, is a lovely tree house-like shoppe with deck, a patio of stone and an adorable pavilion (which would be gorgeous for a party or reception.)

Lynn & Gary Dauby, the most gracious hosts and owners of this productive winery, offer much more than fine wines. The couple's innovative, artistic vision created a gorgeous atmosphere which has been literally sculpted from the earth. Existing trees & rock found on the property were transformed into posts, walls, doors & more. Most notably is a celtic cross which was carved out of stone that is naturally located on the hillside. The cross dimensions are 20' x 22' x 4' & it's thought to be the largest Celtic Cross carved into a naturally found stone mass in the world. The couple commissioned Tell City sculptor, Greg Harris, to create this work of art along with other works on the property. Harris spent 23 months carving (6 days week long hours every day) this natural wonder.
In addition to the great wines, gift shoppe & grounds, the Daubys offer a beautiful bed & breakfast as well.
Check out their website & plan a trip there pronto!

or call Gary & Lynn Dauby at 812/547-7518 • 812/619-6045

Music Nugget of the Day:

I'm famous for misinterpreting song lyrics.  I always thought that Neil was singing about a chick in this song, but have read he was layin' it down for some good ole' rosie wine.

Cracklin' Rosie by Neil Diamond

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Peace & Rock & Roll,

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

A Roseanne Friendship.....

Friendship is the name of the game this week. Straight out of Lanford, Illinois, the Conners have arrived: aka Nicole Michael, Shannon Pocock & Jeff Dundas.
I had the extreme pleasure of hanging with these "movie stars" on their recent pilgrimage to Evansville to view the "Roseanne house" & Lobo Lounge, which are portrayed in the popular TV sitcom "Roseanne."
The trio made a 7-hour journey from Grand Rapids, Michigan for 
photo-ops at what is known in Evansville as the "Roseanne house," and partake of a cold beer at the Lobo Lounge (which is now Al's Bar.) Advertising copywriters, Nicole & Jeff, along with Shannon, a graphic designer, spent the weekend "touring" Evansville and even befriended the neighbors of the famed home in the meantime (not surprising though because Nicole, Shannon & Jeff are charming!) The Evansville house was chosen to be used in the show's opening credits by one of the sitcom's first season producers who had attended school here & the house is a local fame spot.

These Michigan buds bonded over Roseanne's episode where "they went to get the loan to open the loose meat restaurant," which of course, now makes me want 1) to watch that episode and 2) to eat loose meat sandwiches (which I think are nearly the same as the 'beef burgers' @ The Burger Bar in Carrollton, MO.) I applaud the friendship that the trio has forged from their comedic interest. 
I enjoyed Roseanne in the late 80's/early 90's & found the lack of perfection among Roseanne & her on-camera family to be refreshing; her attention to social issues was groundbreaking as well. It's difficult, if not impossible, to watch an episode without breaking into full belly laughter...

Nicole, Shannon & Jeff also spent a little time at one of my fave joints: Grandpa's...the home of 40,000 record albums all at $1 ea! Life is full of surprises in Evansville ....
Hmmmm....perhaps we'll start some Roseanne Walking Tours here ..... Cheers to Nicole, Shannon & Jeff!!

Loose Meat Sandwiches (from Shannon)

2 lbs. ground beef
Large sweet onion chopped finely
2 cans chicken broth
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
Hamburger buns (steamed)
Cheese (optional)
Mustard (optional)

Saute onion in butter. Add hamburger to onion; cook until meat is browned.
Add broth, salt and pepper.
Cook on medium heat until all broth is cooked into meat.
Place heaping spoonfuls of loose meat on steamed hamburger buns. Add cheese
and mustard if desired.

Love, Peace & Laughter,
Lanea Stagg
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THIS SATURDAY!!! October 12 ~ I will be signing books at an awesome event at Blue Heron Vineyard in Cannelton, IN! This outstanding winery is having a rock & roll reunion concert ("Hang on Sloopy-esque") performed by The Reunion Band. Doors open at 5:00 pm
FREE!  No reservation necessary; dress for the weather. BBQ & Brats available for purchase; picnics & lawn chairs welcome. Oh and WINE!
Blue Heron is located along the Ohio River, about an hour West of Louisville. Check out their website & call if you have questions:
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Friday, October 4, 2013

The Sound of Silence

The past week I've been reflecting upon the sudden and tragic loss of my best friend, Maggie McHugh, who passed away two years ago today. For my new readers who might not know, Maggie & I wrote Recipe Records together nearly five years ago. The reminders of her are just about any place that my weary eyes rest. Last week I ran across a CD list that I had created for her, containing various songs she requested and Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence" was one of those queries. Today that song came on my "radio" (otherwise known as a phone) and I listened intently to the poetic lyrics, something I had not previously invited. Paul Simon wrote:  "Fools said I 'You do not know, silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you.' But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the walls of silence." 

Mags was a gifted poet & I know that Simon & Garfunkel's music touched her. I wish I'd asked her what specifically attracted her to this beautiful creation, which reminds me of the 'sound of silence' which envelopes me in her absence.

I really miss her humming the 'Sanford & Son' theme song when we'd all barrel out of my car, empty soda cans & cupcake wrappers trailing.  And I miss her presenting me with the latest wrinkle creams on my birthday, and reminding me I was 6 months older than she. I miss her calls in the middle of the night or the numerous voicemails that would await me when I woke in the morning. I miss that sweet soul who wouldn't hesitate to drop everything to play Beatles Rock Band with the girls. I want her to tell me which member of The Doors she I know it was one of them, I just can't remember which one. I want to hear about the song & story that Eddie Vedder eloquently shared when she saw him a month prior to her death. She was so moved by his words & she wanted to tell me when we had uninterrupted time & she promised it would be in another call, but we always ran out of time.....

Mags was always full of advice and I was always the one to keep my advice covered unless requested. But I feel compelled to share my advice ... don't waste time...don't let those conversations go unfinished. Enjoy every moment with your loved ones. 
Rest In Peace My Beautiful Mags.

Music Nugget for the Day:

Simon & Garfunkel's "Sound of Silence"


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