21. November 27, 2013 - BANYON KIRKENDALL - WILDHURST WINEMAKER ON MAKING WINE AND COMBINING WITH GREAT CUISINE
* BANYON KIRKENDALL, grew up in Lake County and started his career as a grill cook at Park Place restaurant in Lakeport. He eventually left that job to work as a firefighter in remote forests. The new job, however, was seasonal, so he filled his summers fighting fires and stepped back into the kitchen during the winter months, sending summer months attending junior college. While cooking in high-end kitchens in Sonoma County, his pallet was spoiled with sea bass, filet mignon, and a wide variety of expensive fine wines. The combination of consuming these pleasures and never missing a viticulture class was quickly luring him into the wine business. For more information, go to: http://www.wildhurst.com/.
22. December 4, 2013 - LANGTRY ESTATES WINEMAKER ERIC STINE AND HOSPITALITY MANAGER DUSTIN FULTS SHARE PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORICAL LANGTRY AND GUENOC VINEYARDS
* ERIC STINE, born and raised far from the vineyards in Detroit, found his love of wine while working his way through school at the University of Michigan. As a beverage manager for the area’s top catering facility, he was exposed to the first growth of Bordeaux and premier California wines. Upon graduation, Eric moved to New York City to work for a software company but longed less Hi-tech and a more Hi-touch work crafting great wines. In 2002 Eric went back to school to study Viticulture and Enology at University of California – Davis. In 2005 his years at UC Davis lead to a vineyard internship at Trefethen Family Vineyards in the Napa Valley. Under the guidance of Director of Viticulture Jon Ruel, Eric learned first hand the many decisions in creating balanced vines and quality wine grapes. Wanting to see the results of his work in the vineyard, Eric stayed on at Trefethen, first as a crush intern, then as Laboratory Assistant and Enologist. Ready for a chance to join a winemaking team, Eric became the Assistant Winemaker at Langtry Estate and Vineyards in April 2007. Since promoted to Winemaker, Eric enjoys creating fine wines against the breathtaking backdrop of historic Langtry Estate, and loves to tell stories about the beautiful Lillie Langtry and her romances, including her own love of the land, grapes and wines.
DUSTIN FULTS is currently the Consumer Direct and Hospitality Manager for Langtry Estate and Vineyards in Northern California's Guenoc Valley. Dustin is a graduate of
California State University, Northridge, where he studied History and Political
Science. Serving and bartending his way
through college at fine dining restaurants throughout Los Angeles and the Napa Valley, Dustin found his real passion in wine and hospitality. Researching which wines to pair with many different ethnic foods and
taking over his father's 45-acre ranch in Lake County pushed Dustin to work in the Tasting Room at
Guenoc Winery in 2005.
Becoming more interested on how things are done in the vineyard, he took
a position as a sales consultant for Lake County Grapevine Nursery and studied
Viticulture at Napa Valley College.
After a few vintages at Robert Sinskey Winery in Stag's Leap, Dustin had
the opportunity to return to Langtry Estate in his current position in 2010.
Dustin and his Father plan to
have their own winery and tasting room on their family ranch in Lower Lake in
the near future.
23. December 11, 2013 - BERNIE BUTCHER OF THE TALLMAN HOTEL & BLUE WING SALOON AND SUSAN FEILER OF THE LAKE COUNTY WINE STUDIO SHARE NEIGHBORLY WINE EVENTS WITH RURAL SOPHISTICATION
* BERNIE BUTCHER, Owner of the Tallman Hotel & Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant, in the historic country town of Upper Lake, California, brings us back to a simpler time. Located just ten minutes from the Lake County seat of Lakeport, located between Blue Lakes and Clear Lake, this handsome country hotel, built in the 1890's, was completely restored and expanded to a 17-room luxury facility in 2006.The Tallman offers the friendly, personalized service of a traditional bed and breakfast combined with all the amenities associated with a luxury hotel...the fulfillment of your expectations from deluxe facilities and services by knowledgeable, caring people who go the extra mile to meet your every need.
Bernie is the epitome of the entrepreneur who has had the brains and heart to combine a top level education at Stanford and Columbia Universities, and he and his wife, Lynn, share a varied background in executive banking and financial management, teaching and coaching after a stint in the Peace Corps in Paraguay. His entrepreneurial spirit is reflected in the imaginative and varied concerts utilizing Lake County and beyond musicians in dining and artist events inside and casual and relaxing concerts from the hotel veranda in the intimate garden between the hotel and Blue Wing Saloon Restaurant weekly and weekends. For more information, contact Bernie at www.tallmanhotel.com.
SUSAN FEILER, owner of the Lake County Wine Studio, brings art, artists, music and boutique wines to Lake County residents and visitors every Thursday to Sunday from 1:00-7:00 pm, the first Friday of every month from 1:00 to 8:00 pm and Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. The keys to the success of the Wine Studio are the individual and joint art shows in various mediums that demonstrate the new culture of Lake County as an artists and writers colony. Lake County Wine Studio is located across the street from the Blue Wing Saloon at 9505 Main St., Upper Lake. The business showcases more than 20 wineries from around Clear Lake.
The Wine Studio location on Main Street in the old western town of Upper Lake with its antique stores, museum and saloon, adds a rustic authentic charm. This is a great spot to taste wine from a number of different producers, including the wines from Bell Hill Vineyards, Cleavage Creek, Demeter, Kaymen-Hughes, Fore Family Vineyards, Obsidian Ridge, Sol Rouge, Spencer-Roloson, and Zoom Wines, plus many others.
In addition to wine tasting, the shop hosts artwork in various mediums, locally-produced gourmet food items, books and gifts. The venue hosts VIP wine events, artist receptions and release parties. Open in the evenings from March to October.
Susan Feiler, the wine studio's owner, said she sees the business in a marketing role for the county's wines. More history and detailed event descriptions will be added to be added to this unique s entrepreneurial effort later.
Pastor Randy Brehms
24. December 18, 2013 - LAKEPORT SEVENTH DAY ADVENTIST CHURCH PASTOR RANDY BREHMS ADDRESSES THE SECRET TO VICTORY REVEALED IN CHRIST'S BIRTH
* PASTOR RANDY BREHMS ministers to a large congregation and community guests at the Upper Lake and Lakeport Seventh Day Adventist Community Church, located at 1111 Park Way (at Hill Road) in Lakeport. Although Adventists celebrate Christmas on a different date than other Christian Churches, it is a strictly Bible-based church, where all believers and non-believers alike are welcome to share in worship and praise, and in other church activities, including monthly free and lovingly-prepared vegetarian meals on Sunday evenings for those in need. The large Fellowship Hall, frequently utilized by the church and other organizations for community meetings can accommodate 400 people.
Pastor Brehms is a fifth generation Adventist, married to Karren, his wife of 32 years. They have five children and three grandchildren. Graduated from Pacific Union College in Angwin, CA, after majoring in religion with an emphasis on teaching, he holds a second major in music with emphasis in brass. He also is a baritone vocalist and is proficient on the keyboard.
Starting his ministry in Louisville, KY, Pastor Brehms went to Ashland, then Eastern Kentucky and was ordained to the Seventh-day Adventist ministry in Portland Tennessee in 1993. He has served on academy Boards, school boards and has served as president of local ministerial associations in Kentucky, Texasm, Nebraska and California, bringing valuable experience to the leadership of the church-supported Westlake Seventh-day Adventist School. He enjoys interacting with ministers of other faiths, and has involved himself in local area activities. For more information, please call 707-263-6002.
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25. December 25, 2013 - LAKE COUNTY COMMUNITY RADIO (KPFZ-88.1 FM) PLAYS 12-HOUR RENDITION OF CLASSICAL RADIO EDITION OF CHARLES DICKENS' "CHRISTMAS CAROL" THROUGHOUT CHRISTMAS DAY; THE TAIRA ST. JOHN SHOW AND "THE ELIXIR OF LAKE COUNTY: THE NEW WINE COUNTRY OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA" RADIO INTERVIEW SERIES WILL RESUME ON JANUARY 1, 2014.
* MERRY CHRISTMAS/HAPPY HOLIDAYS/HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
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26. January 1, 2014 - BILL ATTRIDE, NEW YORK CITY EVOLUTIONARY DEPTH ASTROLOGER
* BILL ATTRIDE is known for his unique integration of the spiritual, scientific and psychological dimensions of Astrology. Mr. Attride has been featured in articles in such diverse publications as New Woman Magazine, Avenue Magazine and the Sunday Business section of The New York Times. Combining metaphysical and psychological insights to guide people to greater self-fulfillment, Because of the high quality and spiritual depth of his analyses, Bill Attride has been interviewed on the Taira St. John Show annually for more than five years on preceding series (Peace and Transformation, DNA of Carl Jung and other show continuums). Combining metaphysical and psychological insights to guide people to greater self-fulfillment, Mr. Attride has been providing astrological advice to clients for over 30 years.
Sessions are recorded for the client to compact disc (cd) or mp3 file. Natal delineations, life progressions and transit timeline analysis, Astrocartography/Relocation Astrology, Relationship Astrology, Mundane/Financial analysis, Chart Rectification are all a part of the work Attride offers. He also consults with individuals, couples, families or groups through one spokesperson.
In this interview for The Elixir of Lake County: The New Wine Country of Northern California, Attride will use May 6, 1991, as the official date of the Lake County Winegrape Commission declaration by the State of California Wine Commission, as the foundation of the astrological report and progressions for the new Lake County Wine Country.
27. January 8, 2014 - ARIANA LISE NEWCOMER: RECLAIM YOUR AUTHENTIC VOICE
* ARIANA LISE NEWCOMER, MY STORY I entered into the field of therapeutic listening programs through my own search to recover my singing voice. I used to be a professional soprano, performing principal roles in regional opera and as a soloist with area choirs, symphonies and ensembles. One day, my choir director called me into her office after rehearsal and told me I was often not singing on pitch. This was news to me, and had never been a problem in a lifetime of singing! I was devastated. I had to leave the choir, and my performing career was over.
It took a long time for me to realize that I literally couldn't hear that I was not on pitch in a certain part of my range. I could hear if my piano was out of tune or if my students were not on pitch - why couldn't I hear myself? My search for answers led to the work of Dr. Alfred A. Tomatis, a French ear, nose & throat physician who discovered The Tomatis Effect: The voice can only reproduce what the ear can hear.
My own listening training restored my ability to hear myself accurately, and set me on a wonderful journey. I became certified in several training and coaching programs, and am so excited by the wide range of issues they can help. I know these programs work from my own experience, and I love to share the benefits of this work! For more information and contact, please go to my website: http://arianalisenewcomer.net/index.html
Northern California Broadband
28. January 15, 2014 - NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BROADBAND EXECUTIVE MANAGER CATHY EMERSON UPDATES LAKE COUNTY BROADBAND STATUS, ADDRESSING ADVANTAGES OF SERVICE, FUNDING AND PUBLIC NEEDS TO LAUNCH THE PROGRAM
* Two consortia — Northeastern California Connect (NECCC) and Upstate California Connect (UCCC) — are coupling efforts to develop a broadband infrastructure plan that could provide Internet access to more than 1 million rural Northern California residents in 11 counties collectively. “We’re ensuring that rural citizens in Northern California will not be disenfranchised in terms of essential needs for the 21st century,” said Tom West, consortium manager with Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California, the group that submitted the grant application on behalf of NECCC and UCCC.
The three-year project is supported by two California Advanced Services Fund Rural and Urban Broadband Consortia grants approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on Dec. 1, 2011, along with five other consortia across the state. The seven grants total more than $1.5 million. NECCC and UCCC are funded for $449,991 and $448,184, respectively, according to a CPUC press release. NECCC spans Butte, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou and Tehama counties, while UCCC spans Colusa, Glenn, Lake, and Sonoma. Both the NECCC and UCCC were allotted $150,000 each for the first year of the grant and are also working with Redwood Coast Connect Consortium to create the plan for a 16-county integrated and robust regional middle-mile infrastructure, countywide backbone system for 11 counties, and eventually a community last-mile infrastructure with networks for mobile and fixed technologies.
Over the past few months, the two groups have worked to identify regional fiber-optic routes to interconnect counties. “As a result of that, we have come up with our first draft of a conceptual design for a regional middle-mile infrastructure, which we will likely unveil at the end of this month,” West said, noting that a final plan should be finished in July 2012. The groups have also worked with three of the 11 counties to design the backbones, interconnecting communities in each county and linking to the regional middle mile. “We’re basically building a plan from the ground up,” West said. “We’re progressing each year and, ultimately, in the third year we’ll be working with people to adopt the use of broadband.”
Cathy Emerson, associate consortium manager, said that the groups could start constructing the Northern California broadband infrastructure as early as summer 2013, depending on infrastructure deployment grant funding from the Public Utilities Commission. Both NECCC and UCCC were initially formed by California State University, Chico’s Center for Economic Development, and are currently made up of government entities, Native American communities, public safety, health care, education, nonprofit, telecommunication providers and private businesses. Emerson said that she is excited about making a difference in the lives of the citizens in these rural counties.
“I believe that broadband is the great equalizer — we are in a position to change how people are accessing Internet services,” she said. “Where individuals did not have access, there is a greater likelihood that not only will they have access, they will have choice.”
29. January 22, 2014 - (Replay from September 11, 2013) JONATHAN SOUTHARD, INDEPENDENT FILM MAKER ON ACCESS TO CAPITAL
* JONATHAN SOUTHARD, is a First Assistant Director and Producer, with over 65 film credits, a record in the Indy market. Jonathan attended Scarsdale Elementary, the Dwight School in Manhattan, and Hollywood High, where he was named Actor of the Year in 1978. He studied theatre and acting under John Houston at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, and cut his teeth in the media announcing the weather on radio station WOAI 1200 AM in San Antonio, then producing and announcing talk shows. After over 20 years as an actor, Jonathan moved back to L.A. into full-time film production in 1987. A First Assistant Director on 47 of over 55 features, including "Titanic", Jonathan is currently working on a series of films, including two in New Orleans, and has shot a number of movies abroad in Belize, Switzerland and Alaska. In 2009, he directed a documentary on the existential off-stage life of comedian Rick Kunkler, and produced a dramatic thriller with Director Gregory Ruzzin and Producer Wade Danielson. He has taught film direction and production in Vermont and L.A. universities. (Visit Jonathan Southard's IMDb Website) go to the website: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0002345/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 To listen to Jonathan's interview go to Elixir Audio Site 1 (page 1), then to interview number 10.
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Wine and Chocolate Fund Raising Event
30. January 29, 2014 - GLORIA FLAHERTY, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF LAKE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER (LFRC), OUTLINES LAKE COUNTY WINE AND CHOCOLATE FUND RAISING EVENT - FEBRUARY 8, 2014.
* GLORIA FLAHERTY, Executive Director of Lake Family Resource Center (LFRC or LakeFRC), is dedicated to her agency's support of safe, sustainable, and healthy families and communities, one family at a time. The philosophy of LakeFRC is that everyone deserves a stable and healthy family life, and the agency strives to connect the family with community resources that meet their needs through various means and services:
Child Development Center
Early Childhood Development Services
Prenatal Care & Childbirth Preparation
Assistance toward Access to Low Cost Health Insurance
Workshops in Life Skills, Budgeting, Parenting; Parent-child Relationship; Adult Relationship Skills; Anger Management; and Quit Smokine, among others.
Emergency Housing for Survivors of Domestic Violence
Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Education and Community Awareness
Individual, Child and Family Therapy
Sexual Assault Support Groups
Domestic Violence Support Groups
Adolescent Life Choices
Tobacco, Health and Mental Health Services
Home Based Services, including Meal Planning and Preparation; Nutrition; Budgeting and Money Management; Infant Care Training; and Support and Legal Advocacy for Families.
LAKE FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER'S BIG FUND RAISING EVENT IS:
LakeFRC is headquartered at 5350 Main Street in Kelseyville and has offices and facilities in Lakeport (896 Lakeport Boulevard) and Clearlake. For more information, call 707-279-0563 or go to http://www.lakefrc.org