Monday, August 23, 2010

Cookery Hosting Fall Music Series

We have just received this press release from The Cookery - one of our favorite dining establishments in Door County.

Media Contact:

Courtney Holdmann Skare

Cookery Hosting Fall Music Series

(August 23, 2010 – Fish Creek) - The Cookery’s Wine Bar will be hosting a fall music series during the months of September and October on Thursday nights.

The series will kick off with Katie Dahl on September 2. The music series will continue in September with David Hatch & Lynn Gudmundsen on September 9, The Nicks on September 16, Jeanne Kuhns & Lost Mothra on September 23, and melaniejane on September 30. The October schedule will be released at a later date.

The music will start at 8 p.m. in the wine bar. The wine bar’s small plate, appetizer and dessert menu will be available before and during the show. There is no cover charge.

The Cookery’s wine bar is open daily and is located at 4135 Highway 42, Fish Creek. For more information about the music series and for a full schedule visit or call 920-868-3634.

Courtney Holdmann Skare
The Cookery
4135 Main Street
Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Art in Harbor View Park - Egg Harbor

Harbor View Park in Egg Harbor and the new marina are looking great!  Here is some info on the on-loan art fixtures in the park - all new!

Dave Riemer's kinetic copper wind sculptures were recently installed in Egg Harbor's Harbor View Park. These three complex, contemporary outdoor art designs, heroic in size, move with the slightest breeze from the bay. As Aquarium, Maelstrom and Migration catch the wind, they cast mesmerizing geometric shadows throughout the park. These pieces are on loan by the artist for 3 years with installation and transportation fees for this project sponsored by Kathy Mand Beck and Tom Mand of Dovetail Gallery. There is no charge to the village property owners for the creation, installation or upkeep of these public pieces of art.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Egg Harbor Concert

At the Egg Harbor concert in the park at Egg Harbor Park - beautiful!
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New shop

In Egg Harbor, Green Goods - Part of the Greens n Grains natural food store - nice!
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Egg Harbor

New Egg Harbor Park sign
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Lunch break!

Lunch break - at Watcha Have in Egg Harbor- one "sea dog" on way - ooo good!
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Parkwood Lodge

Just finished shooting video at the Parkwood Lodge in Fish Creek! Nice! You know they have some rooms for under $100?!
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Malibu Moo's!

At Malibu Moos eating a Haleakala Crater - awesome! In Fish Creek!
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Coopers Corner

Just finished pan fried rainbow trout - very good! Check it out and tell them sent ya!
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At Westwood Shores!

We are shooting video at Westwood Shores Waterfront Resort in Sturgeon Bay - gorgeous place, gorgeous views!
Dan/DCN Crew
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Birch Creek Receives Arts Board grant

Contact Information:

Kate Rericha
Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Inc.
3821 Cty. E, P O Box 230
Egg Harbor, WI 54209-0230
(920) 868-3763 phone
(920) 868-1643 fax

Date: August12, 2010

Photos: #1 - Birch Creek Symphony faculty performs for students and guests in Juniper Hall.

#2 – 2010 Jazz session students take the stage in a Big Band performance in Birch Creek’s Dutton Concert Barn, named for co-founder James Dutton.

#3 – A moment of afternoon quiet outside the barn. Photo credit: Kathy Little

For immediate release

Birch Creek receives Arts Board grant

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, Egg Harbor, is pleased to announce that it has received a grant of $26,825 from the Wisconsin Arts Board. This grant, awarded through the Creation & Presentation Program, supports Birch Creek’s mission of providing intensive, performance-based instruction to promising young musicians.

The ongoing commitment from the State of Wisconsin to fund the arts in local communities is vital. Birch Creek will serve more than 11,000 people in Door County with performances and educational programs in 2010.

Additionally, local school students in all five Door County public schools have benefited from Birch Creek’s annual “Artists in the Schools” outreach program, which has served more than 3,000 students since its inception in 2001-2002. “Artists in the Schools” engages youth in learning a wide variety of music from our professional faculty members, and in the ethnic and social lessons that surround each genre’s history.

Birch Creek’s evening concerts and daytime outreach concerts, made possible by Arts Board funding, allow the Egg Harbor school to bring nationally-known musicians to Door County such as Robert Hanford, Concertmaster of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, Chicago; as well as honored Wisconsin artists, like Vicki Peterson Jenks, Percussion Program Ensemble Director with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestras, Madison.

The grant programs through the Arts Board were retooled in 2008 so that meaningful funding could be provided to the greatest number of Wisconsin communities, including communities with rural populations like Door County. The State of Wisconsin recognizes that all communities, regardless of their populations, bring enjoyment and value to Wisconsin citizens.

Birch Creek has been a Door County education and entertainment center for 35 years.

Wisconsin Arts Board grants are awarded on a matching basis. Organizations that receive Arts Board funds are required to match state tax dollars with additional public and private funds. The Wisconsin Arts Board is the state agency that nurtures creativity, cultivates expression, promotes the arts, supports the arts in education, stimulates community and economic development, and serves as a resource for people of every culture and heritage in Wisconsin’s communities.

Door County Happenings Week 29 is Up!

Door County Happenings podcast, Week 29, is up on the site already: "New Businesses, New Marina, and Reminder folds" Listen to all 29 and learn a lot about Door County!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

In Fish Creek: Brandi Carlile to Grace DCA stage on Aug 22

August 11, 2010

Door Community Auditorium
3926 Hwy 42
P.O. Box 397
Fish Creek, WI 54212-0397

Brandi Carlile to Grace DCA stage on Aug 22

Contemporary folk-rock singer Brandi Carlile will grace the Door Community Auditorium stage with her dynamic presence on Sunday, August 22.

Since her major-label debut in 2005, Brandi Carlile’s career has exploded on the folk-rock scene. Fans adore her throaty, passionate voice and her charming, relatable songwriting style. The twenty-nine year old from Ravensdale, WA, has collaborated with several notable musicians, among them Sir Elton John, who says of Carlile, “Brandi has an amazing voice. She’s a great songwriter and has a tremendous career ahead of her.” Sheryl Crow also commented on Carlile’s talent. “She has the most amazing voice I may have ever heard. Soulful. Country. Perfect in every way – and propelled by taste.”

Carlile has released three albums to date, Brandi Carlile (2005), The Story (2007), and Give Up The Ghost (2009), all of which have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response from fans and critics alike.
Carlile’s voice is truly unique, standing out from all of the other female voices on the music scene today. Her tone has been compared to a mix of music industry greats Patsy Cline and Janis Joplin. A performance by Carlile is one that will leave her audience with chills and warm hearts all at the same time.

Tickets for this performance are selling quickly, as our Gold Circle seating is already sold out. Carlile’s performance set for August 21 at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield, WI, has completely sold out as well. Terry Meyer-Matier, Executive Director of Big Top Chautauqua, is thrilled to have Brandi Carlile back this year. Meyer-Matier spoke of their providence in acquiring Carlile, “We had hired The Indigo Girls for a performance last year. We didn't know that they were planning on bringing their own opening act, so a couple months out they called and said the opener was Brandi Carlile! We were thrilled, because she was also on our wish list. Many people at the performance hadn't heard of Brandi yet, but she was all the buzz after her performance. So we definitely had to bring her back.”

Underwriting for this performance was generously provided by Main Street Market in Egg Harbor, WI.
Brandi Carlile is in concert at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 22, at Door Community Auditorium, 3926 State 42, Fish Creek. Tickets are $30-$44 and can be reserved by visiting the auditorium box office, calling the box office at 868-2728, or ordering online at .



Festival Continues its Tradition of Bringing Carnegie Hall Performances to Door County

Sister Bay, WI – Door County’s Midsummer’s Music Festival has much in store for classical music lovers this September. Wisconsin’s premier chamber music ensemble will end its 20th anniversary season with special concerts designed to celebrate historical connections to Door County and also a celebratory series that will feature some of the most inspiring performances over the festival’s 20 year history. The concerts run September 1 – 6 and take place in various towns and locations around Door County. Each concert venue is unique and full of history and charm.

World-class musicians from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, Aspen Music Festival, and artist faculty from major universities, make up Wisconsin’s premiere chamber music ensemble — Midsummer’s Music Festival. The festival has had a long history of bringing Carnegie Hall quality performances to Door County. While the Midsummer’s Music Festival began 20 years ago, the Labor Day series was started in 2002 when violist Walter Preucil and pianist William Koehler were scheduled for a concert in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall that October. Festival founders Jim and Jean Berkenstock invited them to do a preview in Door County. The concerts were very successful and became a permanent part of the festival. The Carnegie Hall tradition continues as members of the festival ensemble just performed at Carnegie Hall in May of 2010.

The Labor Day series consists of two programs – each offered three different times at three different venues. The first program is called “Historic Connections”. This program will include works by Edward Collins, Edvard Grieg and Franz Josef Haydn. The first connection revolves around the first piece by Edward Collins, a composer born in Joliet, educated in Europe, lived in Chicago, and had close ties to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Collins also had a summer place in Door County and did much of his composing there during a certain period of his life. He died in 1951. The other connection is around the piece by Edvard Grieg. Grieg is Norway’s most famous composer, a fitting tie-in to the Scandinavian population of Door County.

The second program is a celebration of 20 years of magnificent performances. Festival organizers chose works from the most splendid performances over the years. All three pieces were played to great accolades. "Cafe Music" by Paul Schoenfield is an outrageously infectious work that incorporates the best of jazz, blues, country, pop, etc., in a three-movement celebration. The Concerto by Liebermann is a single movement work that features violinist Isabella Lippi and pianist William Koehler with string quartet in another sparkling virtuoso work.

The final piece, the Robert Schumann Piano Quintet, is one of the very best pieces of chamber music ever written, coming from 1841, just after his marriage to Clara Wieck which finally came to pass after 12 years of opposition from her father. Schumann burst forth with a torrid celebration of compositional activity (including this Quintet) that is among the most intense in the history of music.

Most tickets are $25. The “MIDSUMMER’S MUSIC, HELP OF DOOR COUNTY and THE RIDGES CELEBRATION” is priced at $85 and includes dinner. Wisconsin Public Radio host Anders Yocom will emcee the event. All concerts include an inviting reception and a chance to meet the musicians. For more information, visit the website or call 920.854.7088.

Labor Day - Historical Connections

Wednesday, September 1, Peninsula School of Art, Fish Creek, 7:30 pm, $25
Thursday, September 2, Ephraim Moravian Church, Ephraim 7:30 pm, $25
Saturday, September 4, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Ephraim, 7:30 pm, $25

Allegro Piacevole, Edward Collins (1886 - 1951)
String Quartet
Symphony No. 101 in D Major, Franz Josef Haydn (1732 - 1809)
J. P. Salomon version for Flute and Strings
String Quartet in G Minor, Opus 27, Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
String Quartet

Labor Day - Celebration!

Friday, September 3, Shepherd of the Bay, Ellison Bay, 7:30 pm, $25
Sunday, September 5, Ephraim Moravian Church, Ephraim, 3:00 pm, $25
Monday, September 6, Birch Creek Music Center, Egg Harbor, 3:00, pm $85 (includes dinner)

Concerto, Opus 28, Lowell Liebermann (1961 -)
Violin, Piano, and String Quartet
Café Music, Paul Schoenfield (1947 -)
Violin, cello, and piano
Quintet in E-flat, Opus 44, Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
Piano and Strings

About the Venues

Birch Creek Music Performance Center – Birch Creek Music Performance Center is a summer music school (academy) in Door County, Wisconsin, for advanced young musicians. The largest venue in the series, the Birch Creek Music Performance Center provides an acoustically sound environment that is ideal for classical chamber concerts. 3821 County E, Egg Harbor, WI, 54209, 920.868.3763

Ephraim Moravian Church – The oldest church on the Door County peninsula, the building was completed in 1859 by a group of Norwegian settlers. This historic structure provides an inspiring setting for a classical music concert.
9970 Moravia St, Ephraim, WI 54211, 920.854.2804,

Peninsula School of Art - Founded in 1965 and located in the heart of Door County, Wisconsin, Peninsula School of Art is a center for education and exploration in the visual arts. Situated on a 10 acre campus, the school which strives to foster an understanding of the visual arts through education, exhibitions and community outreach programs.
3900 County F, Fish Creek, WI 54212, 920.868.3455

Shepherd of the Bay – Shepherd of the Bay Lutheran Church offers wonderful acoustics in a 220 seat sanctuary. This modern building includes a fellowship hall, large kitchen, seven classrooms, and a nursery. Highway 42 between Ellison Bay and Sister Bay in Door County, Wisconsin, 920-854-2988

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County - The concerts take place in a former art gallery which is housed at the Fellowship, 10341 Hwy. 42, north Ephraim, located next to the Green Gables Shops. A regional artist is featured each month in the Gathering Room. Displays include all types of artwork.

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Carolyn Jacobs
Big Splash Public Relations
3352 N. Schultz Drive
Lansing, IL 60438

Gaelic Storm to Perform August 15th!

We just recevied this press release!


August 4, 2010

Door Community Auditorium
3926 Hwy 42
P.O. Box 397
Fish Creek, WI 54212-0397

Gaelic Storm to Perform at DCA on Aug 15

World-renown Celtic band, Gaelic Storm, will perform at the Door Community Auditorium on Sunday, August 15, at 8:00 p.m.

If you’ve seen the movie, Titanic, then you’ve already seen Gaelic Storm. Cast as the “steerage band” in the legendary movie over ten years ago, Gaelic Storm has since made an international name for themselves in the music industry, having played to audiences numbering in the millions to date. Their unique Celtic sound, created by cultural instruments such as the bagpipes, Celtic drums, and the fiddle, as well as their electrifying concerts that offer unparalleled entertainment for all ages, make Gaelic Storm your perfect summer concert experience at the Door Community Auditorium in Fish Creek, WI.

The band officially took form on St. Patrick’s Day, 1996, when Patrick Murphy and Steve Twigger performed at a local pub in Santa Monica, California. Since the band’s birth, they have acquired three additional artists: Ryan Lacey, Pete Purvis, and Jessie Burns, all from differing walks of life, but all with an innate passion for Celtic music. Gaelic Storm has since earned seven Billboard Chart-topping albums and many other credits to their reputations, including repeatedly headlining for the world’s largest Irish festival, Milwaukee Irish Fest.

The band’s newest album, Cabbage, released on August 3, debuted at an unbeatable #1 on the iTunes World Music Chart. Band member Steve Twigger recently told American Songwriter that the album’s first single, “Raised on Black and Tans,” “is a party song for anyone wanting to celebrate Paddy’s Day all year long.”

Gaelic Storm has consistently pushed the limits of Celtic and World music, and anyone who has seen them live will beg you not to miss this unique concert experience, as it is surely one you will not forget. Gaelic Storm will most assuredly get your hands clapping, your feet stomping, and your heart pounding.

Underwriting for this performance was generously given by the Goldammer Family Foundation.

Gaelic Storm is in concert at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 15, at Door Community Auditorium, 3926 State 42, Fish Creek. Tickets are $22-$35 and can be reserved by visiting the auditorium box office, calling the box office at 868-2728, or ordering online at .


August 13th - Sweetie Pies Celebrates 15 Years!

Sweetie Pies in the Settlement Shops in Fish Creek is celebrating 15 years!  And we've been buying their pies since they opened!

They are taking a nostalgic look back on 15 years with a "Vintage Apron Style Show," and will feature the musical stylings of "The Birch Creek Ambassadors" Friday August 13th from 12:30 - 2:30 PM at The Settlement Shops (just south of Fish Creek).

____ Note: Be there and have fun - and enjoy some of the best pie in the world :) 
Make sure you tell them that sent you!

New Egg Harbor Marina, and Art

The new Egg Harbor Marina looks beautiful and grand opening is soon!  Here is some permanent art that has been installed on the harbor grounds.

The Richard Edelman sculpture "Blue Sail" was placed at the new Village of Egg Harbor Marina on August 3rd. Standing 18' tall, this steel sculpture sits on three 3-ton pieces of red granite, identical to what was used for the new breakwater construction. It is the first in a series of public art pieces installed in the village.

Midsummer’s Music Celebrates 20 Years with Joint Benefit Gala

We just received this press release.

For Immediate Release

Midsummer’s Music Celebrates 20 Years with Joint Benefit Gala

Sister Bay, WI (August 6, 2010) – Midsummer’s Music Festival is marking its 20th anniversary with a benefit gala on Monday, September 6, at 3 p.m. at Birch Creek Music Center in Egg Harbor. Proceeds from the joint benefit gala support the festival and also the Ridges Sanctuary and HELP of Door County, Inc.

Guests will be treated to an evening of exquisite classical/chamber music. Internationally renowned pianist Craig Terry returns to Door County to join the ensemble. The works featured at this evening’s “Celebration!” concert were selections from the most splendid performances over the years. Among the most notable pieces is Café Music, a riotously energetic and infectious mixture of pop, jazz, and other styles that is perhaps the most requested works in Midsummer’s history. Also among the selections is Lowell Liebermann’s Concerto for Violin, Piano, and String Quartet, a romantically inspired virtuoso composition that features solo violinist Isabella Lippi and pianist Craig Terry. Lippi is concertmaster of the Elgin Symphony orchestra in Illinois and has appeared numerous times with that orchestra as soloist. Internationally-acclaimed pianist Craig Terry has performed with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Terry is currently in his fifth season as assistant conductor at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Rounding out this program entitled is Robert Schumann’s romantic masterpiece, his Quintet for Piano and Strings.

In addition to the magnificent music, the event includes cocktails and a buffet dinner. The menu features chicken satay, tenderloin of beef and pot stickers. The food is provided by Alexander’s of Fish Creek and will be served al fresco. Attire is Door County Casual. Wisconsin Public Radio host Anders Yocom will be the Master of Ceremonies. The music will be performed in Birch Creek’s acoustically-rich Juniper Hall.

The event is co-chaired by Barbara Gould, Martin and Alice Krebs, Roy and Charlotte Lukes, Mike and Jeanne Schmitz, Cynthia Stiehl, and John C. and Judith A. Turner.

“We are delighted to mark this important anniversary for Midsummer’s Music Festival,” said event co-chair Alice Krebs. “We feel that partnering with Ridges Sanctuary and HELP of Door County is a great way to raise awareness of three wonderful Door County organizations.”

Tickets are $85. For more information, please call 920-854-7088 or visit


Celebration! – Concert Details

Concerto, Opus 28, Lowell Liebermann (1961 -)
     Violin, Piano, and String Quartet

Café Music, Paul Schoenfield (1947 -)
     Violin, cello, and piano

Quintet in E-flat, Opus 44, Robert Schumann (1810 - 1856)
     Piano and Strings

Craig Terry, piano; David Perry, violin; Isabella Lippi, violin; Stephanie Preucil, violin; Sally Chisholm, viola; Walter Preucil, cello

Midsummer’s Music Festival

Midsummer’s Music Festival is Wisconsin’s premiere chamber music ensemble. The group is made up of world-class musicians from organizations such as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Pro Arte Quartet, Aspen Music Festival, and artist faculty from major universities. Midsummer's Music Festival was co-founded in 1990 by Jim and Jean Berkenstock, long-time Door County summer residents and principal orchestral players with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The series offers chamber music for winds, strings, and piano in varying combinations from solo to nine instruments or more.

HELP of Door County, Inc.

The mission of HELP of Door County, Inc. is to eliminate domestic abuse through prevention and intervention services and to advocate for social change. HELP desires to shape a community that is free from domestic abuse; ▪ recognizes the rights and uniqueness of each person; ▪ provides equality of opportunity to all people.

The Ridges Sanctuary

The mission of The Ridges Sanctuary is to protect the Sanctuary and inspire stewardship of natural areas through programs of education, outreach and research. The Ridges Sanctuary, Wisconsin’s oldest member-based nature preserve, celebrates over 72 years of connecting the Door County community with nature! Founded by pioneers in Wisconsin’s conservation movement, the 1600-acre wildflower preserve is a Door County treasure, harboring one of the largest concentrations of rare plants in the Midwest.


Carolyn Jacobs

Big Splash Public Relations

3352 N. Schultz Drive

Lansing, IL 60438

Monday, August 9, 2010

At Pirate's Cove

In Sister Bay - cool new pirate music; we are retesting course. Looks good so far - greens in good shape...
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Beach time!

Hot day and Egg Harbor Beach is rocking! Crowded but still a spot for you! Come on down. We are taking pics for the website!  See video:
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Breakfast at White Gull Inn

Eating the Best Breakfast in America as voted on by Good Morning America viewers in May. Stuffed Cherry French Toast - ahhhhhh!!!!!
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Sunday, August 8, 2010


Sale at On Deck in Fish Creek -we're in here on a Sunday evening - tell 'em sent ya!
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Beautiful view

From the Stiletto catamanar!
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On the catamaran

In Ephraim aboard the Stiletto - heading out if the harbor. Re-reviewing :)
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At Wild Tomato

In Fish Creek - testing pizza and salmon sandwich w/side of veggies w/humus
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Saturday, August 7, 2010

In Egg Harbor

At the Bistro Bar and Grille at Liberty Square in Egg Harbor - retesting grilled salmon, hummos, veggie panini....just arrived
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Checking out Egg Harbor beach!

Revamped, more sand, wider beach - very nice indeed!
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At Wilson's!

Doing a food/service retest :) shhhhh!
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Beautiful day!

In Ephraim - Off to Wilson's for a retest!
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Friday, August 6, 2010

Thursday, August 5, 2010

At Malibu Moo's!

The best frozen custard in Door County! And Hawaiian shave ice too! Order a Haleakala Crater - you will love it!! Tell them we sent you from !
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At the Hof, at Alpine Resort!

Gorgeous view from our table at the Hof restaurant at the Alpine Resort in Egg Habor! Just ordered :)

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Egg Harbor!

Nice day in Egg Harbor :)
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Concert Tonight!

At Harborview Park in Egg Harbor! Be here!
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At Shipwrecked

For an afternoon cool off drink. . . Cherry Wheat anyone?
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Lunch review

At Gibraltar Grill in Fish Creek trying the chicken wrap. Report? Excellent - dining outside!
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Wednesday, August 4, 2010