May 10 2009

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Champion apprentice cooks at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night is a champion apprentice from Brisbane.

Caitlin Overell cooks at the super fashionable 3 Bistro in Brisbane’s Emporium Centre and learnt her stuff from Master Chef David Pugh.

“It can be a high pressure job,” admits Caity. “On Valentine’s Day we fed over 100 people in three sittings with just five people in the kitchen.”

Teamwork is what gets a kitchen through and that’s what Caity enjoys. A stint of work experience in a kitchen convinced her that cooking could be a great career.

She is now 20 years old and recently completed her apprenticeship by taking out a major placing in the Southbank College of Tourism and Hospitality’s Apprentice Chef of the Year competition.

She has plans to take an advanced diploma in the Culinary Arts soon and a career in some of the world’s great kitchens lies ahead.

So, come and enjoy a truly sumptuous three course meal this Friday, 7pm with Caitlin, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

June is a huge month for Whiskey Gully Wines. Last Friday gypsy jazz duo Paris Dreaming wowed a near capacity audience at the Music Night and, next week, May 22, also promises to be one of the best ever with another great Brisbane-based band, Absolutely Scandalous, as the featured act.

Plus, the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk night is on this Thursday from 7pm. Come and hear some enthusiastic local musicians and poets. Host John Arlidge has a new song to try out.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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Apr 28 2009

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Dance is what it takes at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night is celebrating an anniversary.

It marks two years since Cathryn Leigh and her husband Ross Bloore opened Azjure Studio Retreat at Ballandean, an ultra up-market spa resort which caters for discerning couples.

Cathryn and Ross are tree-changers from Brisbane and they love the breezy life of the Granite Belt and the straightforward, friendly people.

On Friday, however, Cathryn will hark to her past as a dancer and entertainer. She has themed the night on France with a delicious Parisian menu. There will be a ballroom dancing competition for those who are game.

“My family was very musical,” Cathryn explains. “My mother was a pianist and I used to accompany her to dance studios and other venues in Melbourne where she played. Dance was in me. That is what I wanted to do.”

She went on to be a regular in chorus lines in professional productions such as “Cabaret” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.”

However, when an ankle injury cut short her dancing career, she “reinvented” herself in sales, becoming a senior executive and, later, after completing a psychology degree, a careers councillor.

She met Ross at Bond University, where he was a professor.

Now, in the third phase of their careers, they are accommodation hosts offering some of the Granite Belt’s most up-market accommodation.

So, put on your French berets and come and join Cathryn, Ross, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out what’s cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

The Whiskey Gully Wines Folk night will also be held this Thursday from 7pm. Terry Clark will feature some new compositions as will host John Arlidge.

May is a huge month for Whiskey Gully Wines. Next week (Friday May 8) they will feature Paris Dreaming, the internationally acclaimed gypsy jazz group. May 15 has another What’s Cookin’ night with a champion apprentice chef and on May 22, the outrageous Brisbane group Absolutely Scandalous will rock The Gully.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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Apr 1 2009

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Happy farmer Alec Harslett at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night is one of the Granite Belt’s most successful farmers.

Alec Harslett’s family have tilled the soil around Amiens, west of Stanthorpe, since 1919.

His grandfather and two great friends were offered three adjacent solider settlement lots west of Amiens and they drew straws for them. What was thought at the time to be the worst block turned out to be the best and the Harsletts have been farming and expanding ever since.

Sadly, the elder Harslett had been gassed during the fighting in France and he lived for just six years in his new home. His young wife, with three young children, developed the farm. She went on to become a highly respected farmer in the district.

These days, Harslett’s farm, owned and operated by Alec and his wife Denise plus his cousin Peter and wife Rosie, is a modern vegetable farm employing the latest and best horticultural and environmental practices. Alec’s son Tim is also a key manager.

For 30 weeks every year, the farm, with 60 hectares of cultivation, produces an average 40 tonnes of produce per day, which is transported to contract customers and the markets.

They are Queensland’s largest celery producer and, as well as many traditional products, the farm grows boutique vegetables such as Chinese cabbages and watercress. Picked fresh they are to die for and Friday’s menu will be based on such delicacies.

So come and join Alec and the Harslett family, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, for a delicious three course meal. Find out what makes this happy farmer tick. Everyone is welcome. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

Also, don’t miss this Thursday’s Folk Night at the Gully when singer/songwriter Terry Clark will be guest host.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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Mar 3 2009

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Danny Habermann launches new album at WGW

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Singer/songwriter and musician Danny Habermann and his partner Novia Harris have always had strong environmentalist convictions and Danny’s latest CD of folk songs will help to save whales.

Danny will launch the album “Full Circle – Songs Born Of An Oz Winter”, when he appears as the Whiskey Gully Wines Celebrity chef this Friday night at Severnlea. Proceeds of album sales will be donated to Greenpeace to help their effort to conserve whales.

“Novia’s mum was a passionate supporter of Greenpeace. She worked on their Save the Whales campaign,” Danny explains.

“She died recently and Novia used some of the money left to her to finance this album, so proceeds from it will go to further that work.”

Danny says Novia wrote the words to one of the songs on the album and many people in the Southern Downs musical community contributed to it, including Roger Ilott and his son Jordy, Teri Welles, Karlee Mattiazzi, Julie McGonigal, John Arlidge and Danny’s two daughters.

Novia has a degenerative medical condition and recently moved into residential care. Danny says she and another friend, who has multiple sclerosis, were his muse for many of the album’s reflective songs.

“In so many ways this is a very special album for me.”

Danny describes his style as modern medieval folk and there is more than a touch of the seventies British group Jethro Tull about him.

So, join Danny and Novia, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings: 4683 5100.

This Thursday, Kookaburra Café Folk Club members from Brisbane will again invade the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Club, including the talented Anne Infant, Ian Clarke and Mary Brettell. Don’t miss them. Starts 7pm.   

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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February 16, 2009

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Stanthorpe's answer to Hollywood at WGW

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Stanthorpe’s version of Hollywood’s night of nights, the Ozcars, will be held this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines.

It’s the first What’s Cookin’ Night of the year and phenomenal Hollywood star, Tulula Moolah (a.k.a. Veronica Hammond), will be there to direct proceedings along with equally famous Italian cinematographer, Zoomini (Lee Williams).

Guests are invited to dress as their favourite film stars and get into the Hollywood spirit.

With late Aussie actor, Heath Ledger, a firm favourite for an Oscar there is scope for enterprising jokers and, as in the movie Slumdog Millionaire, there may even be a few “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” style questions on the night.

“Frankly, my dear, I think the Hollywood experience is over-rated,” commented Miss Moolah, explaining why she had chosen the Granite Belt gig over a quick return trip to Los Angeles.

“I hate those boring speeches and film clips that just start to get you interested when they stop,” she explained. “At the Ozcars, I do the talking, baby.”

It’ll be shorter than the real thing too, we promise.

So join Tooloola, Zoomini and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, for a Hollywood-style three course meal and lots of fun.

The Whiskey Gully Wines folk club also starts up again this week – Thursday from 7pm. Everyone is welcome so come and join in or just listen to fabulous local musicians including Terry Clark, Jack Matiazzi and Bob Townshend.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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December 9, 2008

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Father Chris brings Christmas cheer to WGW

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The Christmas celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night this Friday is a jovial wine lover, fisherman and actor who is also known for his clerical work.

Around the Granite Belt, Chris Desgrand is best known as the cellar door manager at Jester Hill Wines, at Glen Aplin but in Central Queensland, he is fondly remembered as an Anglican priest.

“Yes, I was a priest for many years,” explains Chris. “I was also a very keen fisherman and I had a boat called ‘The Parish’. When the bishop called my wife Linda would say, truthfully, ‘he’s out in The Parish.’”  

Chris remains a committed Christian but these days he can discuss all the ins and outs of a great Merlot as well as the Sermon on the Mount, if you are so disposed. “I left the church for the same reason I joined it,” Chris explains wryly. “For the love of God.”

In practice, clerical life is physically and mentally taxing; priests are on call 24 hours a day; life and death matters constantly interrupt family life. “Eventually, it got too much and I couldn’t handle it any more,” he explains. After a time managing a rural property in NSW and contemplating his navel, Chris and Linda resolved to move on.

With four wonderful daughters, a sense of humour but precious few savings, they chanced on a property at Eukey which they managed to buy, where they have been for the past five years.

“It is the first house we have owned for over 30 years and we love it here,” he says. “My dad was a banker so we lived in many places when I was growing up and that continued when I was ordained. I always enjoyed that peripatetic life but I think Eukey will be our last move.”

Among Chris’s many skills are cooking and acting and these days he manages some  of each – readers may know that Chris played a brilliant Baptiste in the recent Stanthorpe Little Theatre production of Shakespeare’s “Taming Of The Shrew”.

He’s come up with an excellent menu for Friday, so join Chris and Linda, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7PM, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Jack Mattiazzi is guest host at this Thursday’s Folk Night on the broad theme “Anything Goes”. Everyone is welcome so come along.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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December 2, 2008

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Model performers at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines music night this Friday welcomes back the dynamic duo of Veronica Hammond and Colin Merrill.

While both are accomplished musicians, they are both better known in other artistic roles – Colin as a painter and Veronica as a theatre director and actor.

Now both well into their seventies they maintain a pace that daunts people half their age. Veronica, in particular, remains fit and flexible, which prepared her well for her latest project on Stradbroke Island.

Soon after directing Stanthorpe Little Theatre’s recent Shakespeare production, Veronica disappeared to the island to model for Dixie Lambert, an accomplished landscape and portrait artist.

“It isn’t often that seventy nine year olds get asked to model so I jumped at the chance,” says Veronica. “It was a wonderful experience and Dixie is planning an exhibition of the pictures next year.”

He sketched first and second takes while Veronica modelled and will finish these as acrylics in the style of the Austrian artist Gutav Klimt.

With his good friend posing in various romantic settings, Colin Merrill was meanwhile busy in his own studio in Brisbane painting and writing music.

Together, they recently found time for a gig at the Kookaburra Café singing an eclectic mix of new and old swing and folk numbers and they are looking forward to playing to Veronica’s home crowd at Whiskey Gully.

Whiskey Gully Wines’ own Emily Arlidge was also to have starred with the house band “Jelly” on Friday, but she is having her wisdom teeth out instead! When she has recovered, “Jelly” will do a couple of farewell gigs before Emily heads off to France early next year. We will keep you posted.

So, join the enthusiasts at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea from 7pm this Friday. Everyone is welcome so bring an instrument and join in or just enjoy the entertainment.

Five dollars admission includes a glass of excellent house wine. Light meals available.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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November 23, 2008

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Local legend at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night is a local legend as a political figure and for his well known family.

Councillor Peter Blundell comes from pure Stanthorpe stock – his family has farmed the traprock country at Springdale, 40 kilometres west of the town, for generations. His son is the fifth Blundell in succession to take the name Peter.

Despite this long rural tradition, Peter Bundell IV is more into people than agriculture and, by a pleasant turn of fate, he found politics when former Stanthorpe mayor, Adrian Findlay, suggested he should stand for council.

At the time it seemed more interesting than sheep and cattle so he nominated. He has now clocked up 12 years as a councillor, first for Stanthorpe and, at the last election, for the Southern Downs Regional Council. He is deputy mayor and he also chairs the Regional Murray Darling Catchment Committee.

Peter’s younger brother, well known country singer/songwriter, James, has upstaged Peter from time to time over the years and the senior sibling notes that in some respects, politics and entertainment are poles apart.

“Politics is a slow process,” Peter muses. “Anyone who stands for office to make immediate change is doomed to fail.” In entertainment and the music industry, by contrast, change happens at a frantic pace.

In other respects, Peter says, politics and entertainment are similar. “Both involve getting along with people and being prepared to communicate.” It is a skill he and his brother have in abundance.

Peter likes food and enjoys cooking. He has chosen a modern menu with European and Asian influences for Friday’s three course meal.

Peter is a garrulous bloke and Friday should be highly entertaining so join him, MC Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at the Vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, this Friday at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

This Thursday, the Kookaburra Café team from Brisbane will “invade” the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Night. Popular Brisbane artists Ian Clarke, Peter Monahan, Anne Infante, Mary Brettell and Mark Davidson will all be there so don’t miss it. That’s Thursday at 7pm. All welcome.    

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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November 10, 2008

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Dallas not sheepish at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, has a way with words and people that she puts to good use in her mother’s cheese business.

Dallas Davidson is a year 12 boarding school student at Warwick’s Scots PGC but she has grown up working on her family’s turf farm at Beaudesert on weekends and helping her mother, Carolyn, make and market specialty sheep’s cheese.

“It is really my hobby,” explains Carolyn, although with 300 sheep it is a fairly big one these days. “We sell our produce at the farm and at selected delicatessens and farmers markets in south east Queensland.”

That is where Dallas comes in. She’s a drama student -- about to undertake media studies at Bond University having won a scholarship – and she’s a dab hand on the marketing side.

She surprised her mother with her confidence and knowledge of the products. Towri (that’s the brand name) produces feta, pecorino, romano, camembert and blue cheeses.

Carolyn explains that sheep’s milk is creamier than cow’s milk and not as strong as goat’s milk. The cheeses it produces reflect those qualities.

Also this Friday, entertainers Kees and Robyn Payne will be entertaining. They are a Brisbane-based guitar and flute duo who do Latin, jazz and contemporary numbers, including original compositions.

Kees and Robyn will also appear at Stanthorpe’s 1915 Wine Bar on Saturday night.

Dallas and Carolyn have come up with a great menu for Friday, including some of their own cheeses.

So come along this Friday, 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, for what should be a great meal and a wonderful night of food, wine and music, hosted by entertainer Lee Williams. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

Don’t forget folk night at the Gully this Thursday. Danny Habermann will be the guest host with the theme: “Winds of Change”.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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October 28 2008

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Music Night returns to WGW

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Yes, it's back. Music night returns this Friday to Whiskey Gully Wines at Severnlea, following a break.

Friday's host and featured act is the popular Terry Clark, who recently launched his first albums of blues, acoustic and rock songs called “Paranoia Blues”.

Music nights were a popular feature of Granite Belt's music scene, but Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, took a break to re-energise.

"We had hoped to reinstate them before this but other commitments got in the way until now," said John. "We were determined to get at least one in before the end of this year, with a view to holding regular sessions next year." As well as Terry Clark, Danny Habermann and other regulars will be there to entertain.

More than 150 different performers have appeared at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night during the past four years, most of them locals or from southeast Queensland but many came from as far away as Sydney and Melbourne and even from overseas. Foreign backpackers have provided some great acts.

“Music nights are a great opportunity for amateur musicians to perform in a friendly, live venue," said John. "Over the years "we've helped to launch one or two careers and that's been a real pleasure."

John said it was always great when young musicians came along to strut their stuff.

"We will hold this one on Friday and perhaps another couple before year's end and our folk nights will be busy too. Ian Clark and a few of the crew from the Kookaburra Cafe Folk Club in Brisbane will be visiting on Thursday, November 27, so that should be a hoot."

So, if you are a budding musician, an accomplished one, or just someone who likes to listen to good music, get along to Whiskey gully Wine, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, this Friday at 7 PM.

Everyone is welcome and the entry price of five dollars gets you a complimentary glass of house wine at the bar. Light meals will be available and there is no need to book.
 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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October 13 2008

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Doug takes tourist route to WGW

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Knowing the back roads of the Granite Belt has proved to be a plus for this Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night, Doug Mackenzie.

Doug drives for Granite Belt Maxi Tours and, most weekends, he can be found introducing tourists to wineries and other attractions.

A 40 year career with Telstra as a linesman, driving the back roads, gave Doug an encyclopaedic knowledge of the district, and he takes pleasure in passing this on.
“Most tourists only use the highway if they drive themselves,” he says. “They are always interested when I take them around the back blocks during tours,” says Doug. They also enjoy his stories and jokes.

Tourists can be a challenging audience. According to Doug, 99 per cent are great fun, but diplomacy is needed for a small number of difficult customers. “Hens parties can get a bit wild,” Doug comments. “It is distracting for the driver when some of the guests are partly undressed.”

Doug says giving customers the good time that they have come for is the chief objective of Maxi Tours. “When you drop them off at the end of the day, many people shake your hand and say ‘that was great -- we’ll be back’, and that’s terrific for the district’s economy.”

He says these days many wineries use sophisticated methods to entertain visitors and that keeps the tourists interested. “Our wines have a really good reputation and many people spend up big.”

Doug ensures that a day tour includes seven or eight attractions – four or five wineries, plus other locations such as lavender farms and jam and berry businesses. “Mt Stirling Olives is also very popular,” says Doug.

He enjoys food and has selected a tasty menu for this Friday. So, join Doug, entertainer Terry Clark and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7 PM, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out what’s cookin’.

Everyone is welcome and the night includes a competition at the chance to win some award-winning Whiskey Gully wine. BOOKING: 4683 5100.

The Gully’s Folk Night this Thursday is “Do What You Like” and everyone is welcome to join in or just come and enjoy the fun. Brisbane’s Kookabura Café Folk Club will be visiting on November 27 with some great entertainers so, put it in your diary.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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September 30, 2008

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Jack makes 'em laugh, cry and think at WGW

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Guests at this Friday’s what’s cooking night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, may be surprised to know that one of the most successful Australian bush poets is actually a kiwi.

For Jack Drake, who was born near Dunedin in New Zealand, bush poetry has been a lifetime pursuit, along with his love of horses and his work as a breeder, horse breaker, and farrier.

Jack loves Australia. He came here initially in 1969 because there was more horse work available. And while he travelled to many places, the mountains of the Granite Belt were his muse. In 1990, he came here to live and settle down with his new wife Stella.

“That’s when I started to get serious about poetry,” says Jack. “I had read and written poems since I was a kid but, when I came here, I really got stuck into writing.”

In those days, Jack and Stella operated Red Gum Ridge Trail Rides at Eukey. They conducted weddings and winery tours using an old carriage and pack horses, and Jack regaled people with his poems and yarns.

“My verse comes from old stories and true life experiences. When I am on a roll I can write a poem in one go but if I get stuck, I just leave it and come back to it – it’s a bit like doing a crossword.”
Jack says the rewards of writing and performing are the laughter he receives and a warm feeling of satisfaction.

“I love words,” says Jack. “A poem should make you laugh, cry, or think. If it does one or all of those then it’s pretty good.”

Jack is quite a celebrity. He was named Australian Bush Poet Of The Year in 2000; the three CDs he has recorded have all been finalists in the annual Bush Laureate Awards at Tamworth; and, he was awarded a Golden Gum Leaf for his book: “The Cattle Dog’s Revenge – Bush Ballads And Yarns”, published in 2003.

Jack has devised a delicious bush menu for Friday and is sure to perform his wonderful poetry.

Everyone is welcome, so join Jack, entertainer Lee Williams, and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the Vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings 4683 5100.

Don’t forget folk night this Thursday – John Arlidge will be the host on the theme “Spring Has Sprung”.

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September 16, 2008

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Terry's all original album at WGW

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Multi-talented Warwick-based singer songwriter Terry Clark will launch his first album at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea.

Terry is a popular performer around the district with songs like “Paranoia Blues” and “It’s My Party And I’ll Die If I Want To” but, until now, he never recorded them.

“I purchased a digital recorder with the intention of putting my songs down,” Terry explains. “Really I just wanted to do it for my own satisfaction and for posterity.”

Terry wrote, recorded and produced the project, which ended up as two albums, called “Paranoia Blues” and “Missing You Tonight”, with 24 songs in total.

He played all of the instruments on the tracks including mandolin, several acoustic and electric guitars, bass guitar, percussion and harmonicas. The only outside involvement was the graphic design of the album covers by his friend Karina Devine.

“The songs are about experiences I have had and things that interest me. I wanted this to be a personal project and putting everything together was a great challenge,” says Terry.

The project suited his self-sufficient lifestyle – he lives in a solar-powered house that he built himself, high on a rural ridge outside Warwick.  

Terry was born in Britain and came to Australia as a 14 year old. He moved out of home at 18 and, for seven years, did a variety of labouring jobs before winning a scholarship and taking up full-time study in Brisbane to become a teacher.

He moved to Warwick 13 years ago to build his house and find a better life. He has certainly done that. These days he teaches music as well as being a specialist in remedial reading.

Join Terry, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at the vineyard this Friday, 7pm, Turner Road, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. Everyone is welcome and Terry will perform several tracks from the albums.

Don’t forget Folk Night this Thursday when Danny Habermann will be the guest host with the theme “Whales And Albatrosses”.

 

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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September 2, 2008

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Classy hospitaility at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines at Severnlea will feature a swag of celebrity chefs this Friday when Scots PGC College’s hospitality class makes the trip from Warwick to star at the winery’s What’s Cookin’ night.

For the ten senior students it will be a serious challenge – the first time they have prepared and served a meal in a small restaurant where they have to do everything themselves.

“Some of them are quite nervous,” chuckles Heather Berry, Scots PGC’s Hospitality Course co-ordinator, who is confident that the students will excel.

Scots PGC partners TAFE to offer hospitality subjects and the students, as well as attending school, also study at TAFE.  Some students are working towards a Certificate Three qualification while the rest are doing Certificate Two.

“Hospitality subjects are approached a lot more professionally than they were years ago when Home Economics, as the name suggests, mainly prepared women for home duties,” observes Heather.

“Hospitality now offers young men and women real career paths. I expect some of these students will go on to take management and other roles in hospitality in Australia and overseas.”

Scots PGC is also gearing up its hospitality subjects – next year it will partner with the Queensland College of Wine Tourism at Stanthorpe to offer an expanded range of subjects. Whiskey Gully Wines is an industry sponsor of this venture.

Heather has not spotted the next “great chef of Europe” among the current crop. However, she believes their grasp of the fundamentals of cooking, as well as kitchen safety, food hygiene and tourism skills, will equip them well.

The students have chosen a cheerful Spring menu for Friday to greet the warmer weather and everyone is welcome to enjoy their efforts.

So, join Scots PGC College students, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew, 7pm, at the vineyard in Beverley Road, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

This Thursday, Lee Wiliams, who is recovering from the flu, will host the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Night on the subject: “In sickness and in health”.

 

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August 17, 2008

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Artistic celebrity at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea is ambitious for his art but has no illusions about it.

“It is a difficult field and there are no superstars in the art world,” declares Justin Bishop, recently appointed director of the Stanthorpe Regional Art gallery.

“For every class of art students only one goes on to make a living from their art,” says Justin. He is one of them.

Justin is a painter. He works mainly with oils and acrylics and his canvasses are inspired by landscapes and architecture. His works hang in a number of permanent collections, including Bond University and the University of Southern Queensland.

Justin began his career as a gallery technician at the Gold Coast City Art Gallery, preparing works for exhibition: placing, hanging and lighting them. He held several curatorial positions before heading overseas.

“Travelling is important for artists,” Justin points out. “You find out what other people around the world are doing and it helps put your own country’s history in context.”
His best discovery overseas was Fany, a French Canadian girl whom he met in Edinburgh and later married. After a stint in Quebec, they came to Australia and looked for a place to settle.

“We were seriously thinking about Tasmania but we came to the Granite Belt for a weekend and fell in love with the place.”

A friend cut out a newspaper advertising the position of director at the Stanthorpe Art Gallery and sent it to Justin, who applied for and got the job.

“We are really happy here and I am enjoying my job,” says Justin, who is busily planning a long term strategy for the gallery to further enhance its already excellent reputation.

Like most artists, Justin likes food that tastes and looks good. He enjoys modern cuisine and has chosen a contemporary menu for Friday. Everyone is welcome so join Justin, Fany, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Don’t forget this Thursday’s Folk Night at Whiskey Gully Wines where Fiona Marsden will be the guest host on the theme “Tempered by Time”.

 

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August 5, 2008

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Mellow Yellow at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chefs at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea are, as Donovan’s “Mellow Yellow” song said, “just mad about saffron”.

Four years ago, when Noelene and Russell Leming came to live at their Glen Aplin farm, they were determined to follow a different path. “We didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing,” says Russell, “so we looked around for crops that would make us stand out.”

Saffron is one they chose and it must be the world’s strangest. It is certainly the smallest. It is a spice that has an aromatic flavour and contains a natural and very beautiful yellow dye.

“Saffron comes from the three tiny red stamen of the saffron flower,” explains Noelene. “It is a type of crocus found on the snow line of the Himalayas. Mature bulbs flower for two weeks each year and it takes 275,000 flowers to yield just one kilo.”

If that seems a ridiculously small harvest, consider that a kilo is worth around $32,000 at current world prices - four times more than gold!

Russell reckons saffron will not make them rich in the short term. “It is difficult to purchase bulbs and they are very expensive, so you have to breed up stocks over time.”

Russell and Noelene started with two thousand bulbs and should be ready to start selling saffron next year or the year after.

“Our research showed that the Granite Belt could be a suitable place to grow saffron,” Noelene says. “So far, it is looking good but flowering only happens for a short time in late April or May.
Harvesting is labour intensive and you need very good eyes.”

The flowers are cut, the bright stamens are plucked with tweezers and dried. Typical productivity is a maddeningly low 3.6 grams per hour per person.

Noelene and Russell also extract bush honey from bees they keep. They market it as “Nature’s Glen”.

Russell, a former Brisbane-based accountant, and Noelene, a professional mum for the past twenty odd years, love farm life and don’t care how labour intensive saffron and honey are. They wouldn’t give up the lifestyle for quids.

So join them and entertainer Lee Williams and see what they can cook up with these remarkable natural ingredients - Friday night, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea. Everyone is welcome so come and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

This Thursday, at the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Night, Lee Williams will be guest host on the theme “Wine, Women and Song.” “In that order,” adds Lee.

 

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July 22, 2008

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Small schools champion at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night is an unabashed champion of small rural primary schools. Martin Hodgson, principal of Severnlea State School, has worked in small bush schools around the Darling Downs and Granite Belt for most of his career.

“Rural schools are close to the community,” says Martin. “You get to know the children well and you have close contact with their parents. There is good in every child and there is always something about a child that you can relate to.”

This positive attitude is a hallmark of Martin’s approach to his work and was part of the reason that he was recognised with an Australia Day Achievement Award for his services to Education Queensland.

Martin was raised in Wallangarra, on the Queensland/NSW border and attended school in Wallangarra and Stanthorpe before going to Downlands, in Toowoomba, to complete his senior years.

He taught for two years in and around Toowoomba before being posted to Goondiwindi State School in 1979. He came home in 1984 and taught at Stanthorpe primary school before taking a relieving teacher position where, for the most part, he stood in for principals around the Darling Downs.

“I became an education advisor in maths for a time before getting the principal’s job at Severnlea where I have been for thirteen years.”

Severnlea is one of the Granite Belt’s small schools. Presently there are 27 pupils and Martin says it is well resourced with a new tennis court, computers and recently installed air conditioning.

Now and then a past student drops in to say thanks. “It is always a good feeling when people do that and it is interesting to see what people have achieved in their lives,” he reflects.

In the food and cooking department, Martin claims no special expertise and, for the most part, he defers to his wife Nolene, an expert in the kitchen. They have come up with an interesting menu for Friday’s event.

So, join Martin, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road (just up from the school), Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

This Thursday’s Folk Night at Whiskey Gully Wines will be hosted by Norm Clayton on the theme: Songs, poems and stories about the elements.

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July 8, 2008

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East meets west at Whiskey Gully Wines

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West will meet east at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday when mezzo soprano opera singer Bronwyn Clark takes the reins as celebrity chef at the What’s Cookin’ night.

Mezzo soprano is music-speak for the rich, dark voice between soprano and alto that Bronwyn used to such great effect with the Lyric Opera of Queensland, now called Opera Queensland.

Her gifted voice was noticed when she was at high school in Brisbane.

“I was a folk singer,” she recalls. “Some music professionals suggested that I should consider studying operatic voice at the Conservatorium of Music.”

She applied for a place and was accepted and, before she finished her diploma, she was invited to join the Lyric Opera company under its Young Artists program.

“Most people don’t realise what a difficult and insecure life an opera singer leads,” laughs Bronwyn. While those at the very top are able to choose roles and command large performance fees, lesser lights need other work.

“Only Opera Australia performs all year round. Other companies have annual seasons so singers have an anxious time waiting to see if there will be a role for them in the coming year. To make a living most people need other work, such as singing with ensembles for corporate functions.”

Bronwyn says a high level of physical fitness and practice every day are required.

When she had a child she decided that a more settled existence was needed to give him the attention he deserved.

They moved to Warwick where many of her extended family live (they were the original owners of the famous Talgai property) and she found a job as a boarding house supervisor with Scots PGC College.

Bronwyn still loves opera and now teaches private students.

While she loves to sing, it is now something she does only occasionally.

Fortunately, one of those occasions will be this Friday night. Bronwyn has devised a spicy eastern menu and will accompany it with some western music – two arias from Carmen and a couple of folk numbers with her musician/artist brother Stephen.

So join the Clarks, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

Don’t forget, the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk night this Thursday will feature Karlee Mattiazzi and the theme: songs and poems of Australia.

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June 24, 2008

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Our Mally at Whiskey Gully Wines

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night is rapidly expanding her knowledge of the Southern Downs villages.

Mally McMurtrie is one of the new regional councillors – in fact she topped the poll in the election for councillors earlier this year – and a top priority for her is getting to know everyone.

“It is more than a full time job at the moment,” Mally comments. “I leave home at 7.30 in the morning and often don’t get back until 11 o’clock at night.”

She is not complaining, however. Mally is very much a people’s person and she enjoys the formal and social functions that she attends.

“The council is doing well and councillors are working as a team but there is a lot to do,” says Mally.

Current challenges include an enterprise agreement for all council workers and marrying the previously autonomous planning systems of Warwick and Stanthorpe into one.

Mally has lived in Stanthorpe most of her life. A career in the air force and marriage took her elsewhere for a while but she came back 30 years ago.

While manager of Rockman’s store, a job she held for 20 years, Mally revitalised the Stanthorpe Chamber of Commerce and, in 1990, was elected to council, a role she has filled for 14 of the last 18 years.

And where does the name Mally come from? Well, her real name is Marilyn but her mum, who coined the nickname Mally, only said ‘Marilyn’ when she was cross.

Her pride and joy is her family: husband David, three daughters, ten grandsons and one grand daughter, many of whom will be cheering her efforts as celebrity chef this Friday.

Because of her busy schedule, Mally shares domestic duties with David. Together, they’ve planned a tasty menu featuring Granite Belt produce for Friday.

So, join Mally, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

Don’t forget the Whiskey Gully Wines folk night this Thursday on the theme: Bob Dylan’s life and songs. ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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June 10, 2008

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The Good Mail at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night at Whiskey Gully Wines will celebrate one of Australia’s oldest public institutions, the mail service.

Julie Beddow, Stanthorpe’s Australia Post manager, will be celebrity chef for the evening and, it being “Black Friday”, a little dark humour will contribute to the theme.

Stanthorpe’s post office, with its central position and prominent clock tower, remains one of the “corporate” or government-owned post offices. It has always played an important role in the community.

Julie recalls that it was not so long ago that Australia Post controlled virtually all communications, from telegrams and telephone calls to parcels and letters. The communications revolution changed that.

By the time Julie joined the service 19 years ago at The Summit, telephones had already been hived off. “Today, the only monopoly service we retain is on letters,” says Julie, “and according to the latest figures, each of those 50 cent stamped letters costs over three dollars to deliver to some parts of Australia.”

So, there is still a significant Government subsidy involved with letter delivery, but otherwise, Australia Post is commercially focussed.

“That’s the big change,” says Julie. “The post office is a store selling retail and identity products.”

Identity products are things like passport photographs and identity checks for bank accounts. The post office is also a central place to pay electricity, gas and other accounts and Australia Post is an agent for many banks and organisations.

Julie says as of July 1, all forklift and crane drivers will need photo identities and the post office will also issue these documents.

“We still sort a bit of mail but not much,” says Julie. “It is automated at large sorting centres such as the one at Underwood, near Brisbane.”

Julie clearly loves her job and getting people’s mail to them on time remains high on her list of priorities. “It has become pretty much my whole life,” Julie reflects.

She finds time to be a keen cook and she has dreamt up a special “Black Friday” menu. So join Julie and her Australia Post pals, plus entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100. Don’t forget the folk night this Thursday with guest host Veronica Hammond on the theme “Music of My Era”.

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May 25, 2008

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Toeing the line at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, can’t get enough of line dancing. It is an obsession.

Nikki Rossow, a child care worker, spends weekday nights teaching people line dancing and, on weekends, attends as many events as she can anywhere between the Sunshine Coast and Armidale.

“Yes, I love it,” she confesses. “My mum got me into it. I went along to laugh at them and ended up getting hooked.”

So hooked, in fact, that three years later she started her own group, Nikki Rossow Line Dancers, which meets every Monday night at the Stanthorpe Uniting Church hall.

Nikki says line dancing line is choreographed dance incorporating repeating step sequences that are performed identically by a group of dancers in one or more lines. It is a bit like square dancing without partners.

“That is a big attraction for many people,” says Nikki, explaining that some people who like dancing have partners who don’t, so it is ideal for them; some people are shy and feel more comfortable dancing in a group. “I am shy myself and it gave me a way of getting into dancing and the social scene that goes with it.”

Nikki’s line dancers regularly feature at charity events around the Granite Belt and as many as 30 people attend the Monday night meets.

These days, some people earn a living from demonstrating and teaching line dancing and, while Nikki would love the opportunity to do that, she says that realistically, she would have to be based in a major city.

But she is a Stanthorpe girl, born and bred and has no desire to leave. Indeed, she has just bought a block on land on Eukey Road and intends to build a house. So, she is content with keeping her life’s passion as a social thing.

As for food, Nikki has firm ideas about what she likes – plain, good country cookin’, so expect the three course menu will reflect that. Oh, and there will be some line dancing too!

Join Nikki, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

Don’t forget Thursday’s Folk Night. Guest host will be Jack Mattiazzi, playing and talking about some of his favourite Beatles tunes. Starts 7pm. Everyone is welcome.

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May 12, 2008

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Political flavour at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Queensland’s Opposition Leader, Lawrence Springborg, is Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night and he’s looking forward to sharing his not so public side with guests.

He has come a long way since nineteen years ago when, aged 21, he became the youngest person in mainland Australia ever elected to parliament – a record that stands.

The farmer from Inglewood was, in those days, derided for his youth and inexperience by the Labor Party and media critics but his pleasant nature, quick thinking and ability to listen soon earned him respect.

In the Borbidge Government, Lawrence was Queensland’s youngest ever Cabinet Minister, serving as Minister for Natural Resources. When the National Party lost government, Lawrence became Deputy Opposition Leader and, in 2003, he was elected Opposition Leader, a job he has held twice.

“I have never considered myself a career politician,” says Lawrence, “although I guess that is the way it has worked out.” He has remained in politics to achieve things - why else would he put up with a 24 hour a day job?

“Yes, you get out of bed and you are at work and you are still thinking about work when you go to bed at night,” he says. “Sleep deprivation and not seeing enough of the family are the worst aspects of the job.”

Nevertheless, Lawrence has important and exciting unfinished business, such as his drive to unify Queensland’s conservative parties. It was this vision that persuaded him to be drafted back as Opposition Leader early this year.

“We have to unite the Liberals and Nationals. I don’t know any better way for us to become a credible political force and return to government.”

Lawrence says that Labor’s introduction of optional preferential voting plus electoral boundaries that enable Labor to win power with just 45% of the two party preferred vote mean change needs to happen.

Somehow, with all this happening, Lawrence has managed to dream up a tasty and interesting menu for Friday’s What’s Cookin’.

The super fit pollie, who cycles and runs every chance he can get, is a “a three meat and veg” man so it is a fair bet the menu will reflect that.

“It’ll be a great opportunity to meet people socially and have a laugh. I am looking forward to it.”

So, join Lawrence, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out what our Opposition Leader’s got cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Don’t forget Folk Night this Thursday with guest host, singer songwriter Danny Habermann.

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April 28, 2008

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Merrilly he rolls along at Whiskey Gully Wines

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If he had not been able to sing so well, Rolf Harris could have ended up much like Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ celebrity chef this Friday night, portrait artist Colin Merrill.

Like Harris, Colin has led an eclectic existence and devoted his life to art. He is not as wealthy as Harris but those who have posed for him outside art shops and shopping centres, testify to his well-honed skills.

Colin was born in what is now Pakistan, near the famous Khyber Pass. His father was an officer in the army during the decline of the British Raj.

As well as fluency in the Hindu language, the experience gave Colin an appreciation of the diverse Indian food and a love of different cultures.

“At our school we had British, Indian, Chinese, Gurkah, and Burmese children. I grew up in an amazing mix of cultures.”

He left India at 16 and finished school in London, where his first job was in his uncle’s law office as an articled clerk.

After three weeks, declaring he hated it, he departed for Kenya where his father, a retired Colonel, now managed a plantation. Colin was soon conscripted into the Kenyan army to fight the marauding Mau Mau tribesmen.

Three years later, after he was demobbed, he found a job as a commercial artist and illustrator at an advertising agency in Nairobi.

After ten years and by now married, Colin went first to London, which he did not like, then decided to try his luck Down Under, arriving in Brisbane as a “ten pound pom” in 1967.

After another stint in an advertising agency, this one in Roma Street, Colin threw security away and took up portraiture full time.

“I was the first person in Brisbane to earn my living painting portraits in public, working quickly and charging a modest fee. I still do it at Kenmore shopping centre in Brisbane every Friday.”

Colin is also a respected teacher of water colour and other painting techniques. He will demonstrate his artistic talents as well as his food preferences at this Friday’s What’s Cookin’.

Everyone is welcome so join Colin and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at 7pm, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100. Don’t forget this Thursday’s Folk Night with guest host, Lee Williams, who has a secret theme!

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April 13, 2008

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Teacher takes a break at Whiskey Gully Wines

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What’s Cookin’ at Whiskey Gully Wines takes a pedagogic turn this Friday with the principal of St Joseph’s School, Stanthorpe, taking the helm as celebrity chef.

Bob Knight is a keen gastronome. For the past fifteen years he has been the family cook, a role he finds relaxing.

“I really like cooking for my family and I regard getting together in the evening for a meal to be a really important part of family life.”

Bob has not had the St Joey’s gig long; he came from Townsville at the beginning of this year, delighted to be working once again in a small town.

“I used to work in Ingham which is very similar to Stanthorpe in that it has a strong sense of community and is the centre of a collection of small villages. Stanthorpe’s like that and St Joseph’s plays an important role here.”

The Catholic School is one of the oldest educational institutions in rural Queensland, having started in 1875, before the state system began.

“It is a very good school. The students seem contented and motivated and those are signs of a healthy environment.” He says academically and culturally, St Joseph’s is a high performer.

Bob still gets a kick out of teaching. “It connects you to the kids of the next generation and they are always inspiring. It is exciting to play a part in their development and see them move on.”

His relocation from North Queensland has not been without challenges. Bob went out jogging the other week wearing shorts only to discover that warming up takes a long time when the outside temperature is minus two! It’ll be trackie dackies from now on.

So, to see another side of the school principal, join Bob Knight, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea at 7pm and find out what’s cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Don’t forget the folk night at Whiskey Gully Wines this Thursday night with host, John Arlidge. Bring an instrument and join in or just come to listen and enjoy the atmosphere.

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April 1, 2008

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Smile and say cheese at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night has let her cheesy hobby get way out of hand.

For many years, Karen Deeth enjoyed making boutique farmhouse cheeses and about fourteen years ago she decided to turn it into a business – first at Beaudesert, where she then lived, and now in the high country at Thulimbah.

Karen and partner Ross operate Granite Belt Dairy Farmhouse Cheese, in Duncan Lane.

Like most primary industries, quality begins in the paddock and Ross runs a herd of much loved Jersey dairy cattle which he runs on irrigated pasture and milks each morning.

Karen then takes over in the farmhouse, pasteurising the cheese and inoculating it with bacteria that differentiate the types of cheeses and give them flavour.

Several hours of hand stirring, cooking and, sometimes, a process called cheddaring, follow and the curd is formed into cheeses, which are then carefully stored in a cool room to mature for anything up to a year.

It is a world away from the stuff you get in supermarkets,” says Karen with passion. She regards the mass produced stuff as being clinically dead.

“Like boutique wines versus casks, good farmhouse cheeses have much more flavour and character than the mass produced varieties,” she says.

The Thulimbah dairy took over two years to get into full production before the first cheeses ripened around seven months ago. Since then they have won awards and accolades.

The location is a favourite destination for tourists and locals looking for a new and different experience.

Despite the long hours and hard work, Karen remains passionate about her hobby-turned-business and she is convinced that Thulimbah’s high altitude will give her a quality edge in the long run.

“All of the world’s best cheeses are made above 900 metres altitude on alpine pastures,” she notes. It must be something in the air or the grass.

So Join Karen, Ross and friends this Friday at 7pm along with entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out all about cheese making and What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

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March 26, 2008

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Belated dubut album at Whiskey Gully Wines

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It has taken seven decades to do it but Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night has just released her debut album of music and poems.

Veronica Hammond is a well known impresario around Stanthorpe , an actor and theatre director who also likes to dance and sing, and she is mother to one of the district’s most famous personalities, folk singer Penny Davis.

Penny and her husband Roger persuaded Veronica to record some of the songs and poems she wrote, mainly for the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Nights.

“The idea was to have a bit of fun, really,” Veronica explains. “It isn’t really meant for sale to the public; it is more of a personal thing for my family and friends.”

So, at a time of life when most people are knitting clothes for their grandchildren and looking back on their lives, Veronica has committed her works to the microphone and recorder to produce “Weaving a Wrap”.

It was recorded in December at the Restless Music studios that Penny and Roger run near Storm King Dam.

Veronica wrote most of the tracks but they also include favourites by other writers.

“It is all woven into a warm and colourful wrap for family and friends,” Veronica says.

The album's main themes cover working life, love, tales of an immigrant, thoughts on living in Australia and memories of people and places left behind in her native Britain.

Artists who helped her do the recording including Penny Davis and Lee Williams.

She will be accompanied on Friday night by Lee Williams and Penny and the strictly limited edition CD will be available on the night.

So come see and hear some great music with Veronica and pals this Friday at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, from 7pm. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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March 17, 2008

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Golf no handicap to vision at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night has a lousy golf handicap but great vision for one of Stanthorpe’s icon clubs.

Michael Jensen, manager of the Stanthorpe Sports and Country Club, wandered off from the Granite Belt for a while to  pursue a banking career but, like so many others, he was eventually drawn home by fresh air and good company.

Michael’s mother’s family owned an orchard at Cottonvale for over forty years. His father worked at the CBC Bank and then at legal firm Neil, Sullivan and Bathersby.

Michael attended St Joseph’s Primary and then Stanthorpe State High School before heading off to Longreach as a bank employee. After many years including stints back in Stanthorpe, Michael and Lucille left banking and purchased The Vines Motel in Stanthorpe in 2003.

“Our years in banking gave us a tremendous advantage with a knowledge of customer service and business processes,” says Michael.

Even so, each of them had to put in up to 100 hours a week managing the motel. However, the business was very successful and they expanded by purchasing two tourist cottages.

With two sons at school in Stanthorpe, Michael & Lucille sold the motel business. After an extended holiday Michael accepted the position of manager of the Stanthorpe Sports and Country Club and he hasn’t looked back since.

“The club has been through some tough times recently with all of the cool wet weather, however we’ve just started building a tenth hole for the golf course and we have plans to eventually expand to an eighteen hole course in time.”

Michael says that the club’s Board is tremendous to work with and things are definitely looking up. “It has enormous tourism potential.”

Not before time, Michael has finally taken up golf himself and although his handicap is not likely to threaten Tiger Woods in the near future, he is enjoying the game.  

Michael is also celebrating a major birthday this week so Join him, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew for a fun night this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

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March 12, 2008

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Jack rocks on at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night made £2 from his first gig at Stanthorpe’s old Rex Hall in 1964.

Guitarist Jack Mattiazzi is certain of this because he kept a diary, tracking the progress of the band called The Four Stars, as they put in the hard yards at local concerts and dances.

“Of course, we dreamed of being stars one day,” Jack reflects, “but we had lots of other pressures on us.”

Jack was a blacksmith in his father’s business. By day he would hammer hot metal with an anvil and forge and at night he and the Torrisi brothers plus Martin Vanderbyl, singer and band leader, would belt out Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly and Beatles numbers.

Within a year the band had become the Torquays and they were getting £4 each a night. “That was quite a lot of money in those days,” notes Jack.

Over the next ten years, the band took many forms with different combinations of local musicians and they were favourites with dance crowds from Stanthorpe to Goondiwindi.

In 1976, a few years after Jack met and married Noela, the band – by then called Bare Essentials – split up and, with family and work priorities taking precedence, Jack stopped playing.

He joined Frank Torrisi’s band Midnight Reflections in 1988, but left after a couple of years due to work pressures.

However, when Jack’s daughter Karlee began studying at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, she cajoled him into a family duet.

About a year ago they gave their first public performance at Whiskey Gully Wines and were a great success, combining Karlee’s love of jazz with Jack’s passion for rock and roll. Since then they haven’t looked back.

So, come and rock on with Jack and Karlee this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea at 7pm. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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March 3, 2008

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2008 Ozcars at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Polish the shades and comb the feather boas - the third annual Ozcars, Australia’s very own take-off of Hollywood’s glittering event, will be held at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, this Friday and you are invited.

Everyone will be a star and, as usual, events will be filmed by Stanthorpe’s master of camera and direction, Tom Strickland, of Arcadia Video.

“This year’s Oscars were notable for films designed to terrify people,” says John Arlidge, of Whiskey Gully Wines. “Oddly enough, that is how cinema began.”

The earliest projectors were magic lanterns, developed during the mid-sixteen hundreds. According to film historian, Paul Burns, showmen, known as ‘lanternists’, staged productions that featured devils, ghosts and goblins.

The trend continued with the development of “phantasmagoria”, magic lanterns which projected photographic slides onto walls or into smoke filled rooms so that “apparitions, ghosts and the like would appear from nowhere, scaring people out of their seats.”

Thomas Edison and others developed the first projectors that showed moving images – actually a series of still pictures that passed through a revolving shutter to give the illusion of motion. A similar method is still used.

A French family, the Lumières, created the first real cinema in the Grand Café in Paris in March 1895.

So, here we are in 2008 with films still scaring the pants off the audience!

Will George Clooney or Cate Blanchett be there on Friday and will we be viewing snippets of ‘No Country For Old Men’ and ‘There Will Be Blood’?

“Well, probably not, actually,” admits John, “but the food, wine and entertainment will be brilliant. They don’t know what they are missing!”

Put on your glad rags and Join Tom Strickland, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines film crew for a fun night this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

Don’t forget the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Night this Thursday – theme: The Great Folk Scare Of The Seventies, with host Fiona Marsden.

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February 22, 2008

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Eine Kleine Leap Year Musik at Whiskey Gully Wines

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For any woman thinking about proposing marriage on Friday (yes, it is leap day, February 29) then the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at Severnlea would be a good place to do it.

The theme of the night is “Eine Kleine Leap Year Musik” to celebrate this strange, once in four year phenomenon, and musicians will be encouraged to sing songs of love and marriage.

The last time a leap year occurred on a Friday was in 1980,” notes Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “It seems strange having a February with five Fridays in it.”

Leap years are necessary to align the Gregorian Calendar with the earth’s passage around the sun. Without a February 29 each four years we would fall behind the rotation by around six hours a year so that, after 100 years, we would be 24 days behind the season.

If you think that is complicated, consider that every year that is divisible by four is a leap year except for those years that can be divided by 100, in which case it is NOT a leap year, unless it can be divided by 400. Then it is a leap year. Phew!

John notes that socially, leap years are notable for the western tradition of allowing women to propose to men. “While that happens routinely any day now, things weren’t always that way,” says John.

“Legend has it that the tradition started in Ireland when St Bridget complained to St Patrick about women having to wait so long for a man to propose. Why a nun should ask a priest this question is a mystery but St Patrick apparently decreed that women could propose to men on February 29.”

Scotland passed a law in 1288 allowing women to propose on that day. Any man who refused had to pay a fine of a kiss, a silk dress or a pair of gloves. Sounds fair enough.

Sweden had a double leap year in 1700 when they changed from the Julian Calendar to the Gregorian one.

Aside from a few rap singers and one Pope, remarkably few famous people were born on leap day. But for those who were, the town of Anthony in Texas holds a birthday party for them all on February 29.

So, girls, if you have your sights on a man, or if you just like good music, come along to Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea at 7pm this Friday. Or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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February 12, 2008

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Banks & Butchery at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, has made an unusual career change from bank manager to butcher.

Wade Krawczyk recently became the oldest apprentice that Hawker Brothers Butchers has ever had. He purchased the business from Mal Newley who remains as head butcher, teaching him the ropes. “I am loving every minute of it and I have learnt heaps,” says Wade.

Because he was the second person named Wade in the shop, they nicknamed the new boy Kel after a character in the TV show ‘Kath and Kim’.

His love of cattle led him to the career move. After completing an applied science degree at the Longreach Agricultural College, Wade took various cattle-related jobs before the local Commonwealth Bank saw his potential and offered him a job.

This involving a move to Brisbane for the family, where Wade did a second degree in agri-business.

The family moved to Stanthorpe five years ago, where he was agri-business manager for the Commonwealth Bank. They purchased a property at Eukey, next to his parents, and set about establishing a Brangus stud, from which the first calves were produced this year.

For Wade, the production of fine meat is a passion. “The next logical step was to purchase a butchery,” he says. As well as Hawker Brothers he purchased the Plaza Butchery and he has well thought out business plans for the two.

“While Hawker Brothers will remain a traditional wholesale and retail butchery, the plaza store is focussing on value-adding products, producing oven ready meat products such as Thai Chicken Roll Ups and curries etc. which people can take home and cook.”

Wade says market research indicates consumers are swinging away from supermarkets back to family-owned butchers and grocers, seeking better quality products. “That is the market we are aiming for and our longer term plans are to expand into Brisbane.”

Not surprisingly, Wade has some great meaty ideas for Friday’s menu. So join Kel/Wade, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100

Don’t forget the Whiskey Gully Wines folk night this Thursday with host Terry Clark. Theme: Lost and Found. 

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February 12, 2008

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Guitars kick off Whiskey Gully Wines Music Nights

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The stars of this Friday’s Music Night at Whiskey Gully Wines, at Severnlea, will be guitars in many forms.

Winery proprietor, John Arlidge, says that over the three years that Music Nights have been held, the guitar has been by far the most popular instrument.

“Some of that is obviously associated with the guitar being the instrument of choice for many rock, country and folk musicians over the past 40 years or so but, fundamentally, I think it is mostly due to the instrument itself.”

John says the guitar is versatile and portable.

“Packed in a good case you can take it anywhere. It is light and easy to manage. They even make backpacker versions. It is relatively easy for a beginner to get a basic tune out of and it can be a great instrument for accompanying others as well as for solo performance.”

John says that in a recent conversation, the famous Australian luthier (maker of stringed instruments), Richard Howell, referred to the guitar as the most romantic musical instrument of all.

“Clearly he was talking about the classical guitar as opposed to Metallica’s heavy metal, but he has a point,” says John. “Unlike bagpipes, for instance, which have quite a few detractors, I have never met anyone with a strong aversion to guitars.”

John is inviting people to bring their favourite guitar with them to Friday’s music night – old, new or just much loved – in a celebration of the instrument.

“We have some lovely guitars in the district,” John remarks. “Lee Williams recently purchased a wonderful hand-made Collings guitar and I just got a very old Martin terz guitar through e-Bay. Fiona Marsden has an amazing Schrammel, a type of Harp guitar, with 15 strings.”

So come see and hear some great music being made this Friday at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, from 7pm. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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February 4, 2008

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Tourism and a good roast at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Tourism operators and others will have an opportunity to find out how the merger of regional tourist bodies is shaping up at this Friday’s What’s Cookin’ at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea.

Celebrity chef will be Kim Henshaw, a talented cook and chief operating officer of the Southern Downs and Granite Belt Tourist Association, fresh from a meeting with the transition committee for the new Southern Downs Council.

“I shall be briefing them on the merger of regional tourist bodies that is taking place and I plan to bring copies of my report along to What’s Cookin’ on Friday so we can talk about it,” Kim said.

He’s enthusiastic about the state Government-inspired merger of the Southern Downs, Toowoomba and South Burnett tourist associations and believes it will provide much more upside than downside.

“The big thing is that it will give us economic power to promote tourism for areas within the region much better.”

Kim says the new body may possibly incorporate the Gold Coast Hinterland & Scenic Rim and Lockyer Valley areas.

“There are lots of issues to discuss, including how the regional body and Granite Belt Wine Country fit together, so it should be an interesting night.”

Kim, who came to the region from the coast 18 months ago, is now comfortably established west of the Great Divide.

He and his family have purchased a 25 acre farm near Emu Vale where they raise Murray Grey cattle and Dorper black-faced sheep in what Kim describes as “an ethical manner.”

Cooking and music are two of Kim’s hobbies and both will be on display on Friday night. He has chosen a menu that is sure to please and will bring his new Gretsch archtop electric guitar along to help it go down.

So join Kim Henshaw, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, at 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

PS: Don’t forget the first folk night of the year will be held this Thursday (February 7) at Whiskey Gully Wines. Singer/singwriter Terry Clark will be the host in a new format for the folk night. It starts at 7pm.

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January 20, 2008

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What's cooking this year at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Whiskey Gully Wines regular activities fire up for the year this Friday night with Angela McGrath stepping up as the first What’s Cookin’ celebrity chef of 2008.

Angela, of Mountview Wines at Glen Aplin, did the celebrity chef spot late last year and enjoyed it so much she asked to return.

For the Australia Day  weekend, she has chosen a typically Aussie menu, so expect some tasty treats including fresh Granite Belt fruit and vegetables.

“The local produce is just brilliant at this time of year and it makes cooking an absolute pleasure,” remarks Whiskey Gully Wines chef, John Arlidge. “So it should be a very special meal based around local fresh ingredients.”

John says Angela isn’t the only celebrity chef from last year who wants to have another turn. “It’s great fun and the format – featuring food that individuals like and talking to them about it and about their lives - seems to touch a chord with people.”

John says some celebrities take pleasure in the cooking, some in the presentation aspects and others enjoy creating an event. Everyone in the audience ends up getting involved.

“It will be great to see what our celebrities do second time around,” says John. “We have had belly dancing contests, medieval banquets without cutlery (messy, very messy), our own version of the Oscars and several music related themes.”

What’s Cookin’ nights are held every fortnight, alternating with the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Nights, the first of which gets underway the following Friday, February 1.

“As usual, we’ll begin the year’s music program on top of Mt Marlay, watching the Stanthorpe Show fireworks,” John says.

“We will also be holding folk nights with Penny Davies and Roger Ilott every second Thursday starting February 7. These themed evenings are very popular with folkies from all over south east Queensland and we often have out of town guest acts.”

As always, everyone is welcome. This Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night starts at 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea. The cost is $35 per person, which includes a three course meal and great entertainment led by Lee Williams.

So join Angela McGrath and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

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December 3 2007

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Deli science at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea is a delicatessen owner with a difference.

Kath Ives is a scientist and speech pathologist and she plans to apply some of her scientific training to help her run the deli in Stanthorpe’s High Street, formerly known as “Samuel’s”, or Sam’s for short, and now “Olga and Agnes Fine Food”.

Kath has two university degrees and believes these are useful qualifications.

“Oh, yes. You have to be well organised to run a deli, optimising the purchasing and handling of stock so that it is always fresh and not past the use-by date. Scientific thinking comes in very handy.”

Her husband Jake, an Information Technology specialist, who is using their Stanthorpe tree change to study for a Master of Business Administration degree, will also come in useful. He is designing the store’s Point-of-Sale system to simplify and speed up the check-out and payment process.

But how and why did such a highly qualified gal arrive behind a deli counter in Stanthorpe?

Kath likes working with people, which is why, after completing her first degree and working with plant genetics, she switched to speech pathology. She also loves food, particularly the cuisines of Italy, Morocco and France.

During her university days, Kath worked part-time in retail and enjoyed interacting with customers. After several years of travelling through the Granite Belt and New England with her speech pathology work, she and Jack thought it would be good to settle here.

When the opportunity to purchase the deli arose, lots of things came together, giving Jake a break and Kath the opportunity to combine people, food and a scientific approach to deli management.

“I am maintaining the deli’s Italian character but I also want to embrace the food of other European, Mid-Eastern and Asian cultures,” Kath enthuses.

So why the name “Olga and Agnes Fine Food”? They were Kath’s aunts, of central European descent and people for whom great food was a way of life. You may be assured that everything Kath stocks, including fresh, quality tomatoes and herbs, would have been approved of by the two aunts.

This Friday, Kath plans to indulge her knowledge and love of Moroccan cuisine with some slow cooked delights from the “tagine”, a clay oven related to the Indian Tandoor.

So join Kath and Jack, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, this Friday at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.


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November 26 2007

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Music and thre law at Whiskey Gully Wines

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The featured artist at this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at Severnlea never really left the sixties and seventies.

Danny Habermann, resident of Emu Vale, near Warwick, is a lawyer and activist who still gets his biggest kicks from making music of the psychedelic kind, connecting with the earth and the old fashioned message of “Peace”, of which his heroes sang.

Raised on a diet of Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix, the music scene captured Danny when he left school to study law and it has never left him.

“Lawyers need music to find their souls, which, if you believe the critics,” he twinkles, “we allegedly sell every time we enter a court room.”

In truth, Danny is not cynical about the law he practices. He has used his skills to help indigenous Australians through his employment with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service and justice is a common theme in the songs he composes.

“That is true although I don’t see music primarily as a political tool. Many of my other compositions are wafting love songs.”

Danny moved to the mountains from Ipswich. He and partner Novia Harris fell in love with Emu Vale, with its sweeping views of the Great Dividing Range, when they stopped one day to watch a storm skip up the valley.

“We saw a little house and fell in love with it.”

Danny and Novia now live in the house, an old wooden workers cottage, and have turned its interior walls into canvasses for their art. There the spirit of Woodstock lives on and it is difficult to imagine a more peaceful destination.

Danny plays a variety of instruments – guitars with odd tunings, harmonicas, a hand-made mandola, dulcimers of the Appalachian and hammered varieties, a harp-like psaltery and a Celtic drum called a bohdran. The music he favours is folksy and rhythmical.

He has recorded three albums of original compositions with Novia and a didgeridoo player called Bob Oliver from Ipswich who will be with Danny this Friday.

So join Danny, Bob and many other talented local musicians at the music night from 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.


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November 20 2007

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Mountview's big ambitions at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Mountview is one of the Granite Belt’s smallest wineries but Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully What’s Cookin’ night, Angela McGrath, has big plans for it.

This time next year should see Angela and her family well progressed in building an exclusive $55 million spa resort at the Glen Aplin site, south of Stanthorpe. It will be operated by a professional hotel group and will target corporate conferences and wealthy clients from around the world.
So how did an unambitious Catholic girl from Sydney’s western suburbs, who married young, get such big plans? “It’s strange,” Angela acknowledges.

Between bringing up children she worked happily at several jobs before her husband David, who had purchased a Bank of Queensland franchise at Springwood, south of Brisbane, said he needed help and retrained her as a bank teller.

That is when Angela started getting ambitious. She and David invested in an import/export group which purchases appliances and items Angela happily describes as “junk” from Asia and retails them in Australia and the United States.

“It’s amazing but people snap them up,” she says. Her favourite items are made by a company called “Welax” and include a battery-operated foot massager, another for the neck and something called men’s “comfort undies”. As well as wines, Mountview retails many of these good humoured items making it a fun place to visit.

For Angela, the resort concept, which is now being negotiated with two hotel management groups, is an extension of her philosophy of creating products that people want.

She is excited about the resort and says it will bring additional tourists to the Granite Belt along with a completely new market. “We don’t really do this sort of thing for the money,” she explains. “My motivation is to plan something well and achieve it. I get a kick out of that.”

Angela, David and their children all have “can do attitudes” and an appetite for hard work, which contributes to the family’s high achievement.

She is particularly fond of food and having a good time and the menu Angela is planning for Friday will be a barbeque with a difference.  So join the McGrath clan, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday night, 7pm, at the vineyard in Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.


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November 12 2007

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Much Goodwill at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Making their third appearance at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday at the Music Night are sparkling folk duo Bob and Laurel Wilson of Maleny, otherwise known as The Goodwills.

They are a great team with Bob, a former Brisbane Daily Sun and Courier Mail journalist, writing pithily witty songs for guitar, which he plays expertly, and Laurel, a native of Canada, delivering them with precise insight and humour. Laurel also plays some interesting instruments including a kazoobugle.

They found their vocation the long way around. Bob was a business and property editor, by day writing deadly serious articles about stocks, shares and property deals, while thinking about lyrics and tunes in his spare time.

Laurel was a teacher and the daily joys and trials of the job taught her a lot about humour. For a spell she taught in Stanthorpe and it was on the Granite Belt, at a party, that Bob and Laurel met.

“Laurel wanted to sing but didn’t really have an opportunity on her own and so we immediately hit it off,” Bob explains. They harmonised beautifully, becoming a musical item and, in time, an enduring partnership.

When Bob and Laurel moved to Maleny, daily commuting took its toll on Bob and he resigned his job to concentrate on his musical interests.

While he still takes on assignments as a media consultant, he and Laurel have also managed to release three albums.

They have been promoting the latest one “Lounge Room Legends” around Queensland, recently participating in the Yungaburra Festival on the Atherton Tableland, and at the Kookaburra Cafe and Mad Ass folk clubs in Brisbane.

“We’ve been working on some special stuff for Stanthorpe,” Bob says. “ We have a couple of numbers that we think will appeal to the locals.”

So join The Goodwills and many talented local musicians this Friday night at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea from 7pm. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.


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November 5, 2007

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Maranoa marinade at Whiskey Gully Wines

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, is something of a surprise candidate in this month’s Federal election.
Retired Stanthorpe solicitor, Michael Bathersby, was asked to stand as the Australian Labor Party candidate for the seat of Maranoa after the previously endorsed candidate resigned unexpectedly.

“With so little time to the election it will be impossible to personally visit all of the vast electorate,” he explains, adding that he will have to rely on local media to get his message across.

He is under no illusions how difficult the task will be: stretching to the Northern territory border, Maranoa is one of the safest and largest electorates in Australia and to wrest it from the National Party’s Bruce Scott would require a voting swing of more than twenty per cent.

So, why did he agree to stand? “Well, I believe it is very important for voters in Maranoa to have the opportunity to vote for a Rudd Labor Government.”

Michael’s Labor connections go back generations. His uncle was Paul Hilton, the member for the old state seat of Carnarvon and a Minister in Premier Vince Gair’s Labor government in the 1950s, before the DLP split which Gair led.

Michael twice stood unsuccessfully for the state seat of Warwick.

What drives him is a sense of social justice and a belief that only Labor helps working people. He is scathing about the coalition’s performance on aboriginals issues, their treatment of illegal immigrants, the Iraq war and other conscience issues.

Social justice must be a family trait. His famous brother is John Bathersby, Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane. Michael followed John into the seminary after school but soon came to the conclusion that the priesthood was not for him.

He met and married Mary and began studying law, which he found to be a true vocation. He brought his family home to Stanthorpe, where he studied and eventually qualified as a solicitor, joining Sullivan & Bathersby as a partner.

“I most enjoyed the interaction. I was a solicitor to people and I made lots of friends. Also I loved Stanthorpe.” The Bathersbys still live in their famous uncle’s house in Short Street.

So, will the Archbishop be asked to hand out How To Vote cards? “No, that would be improper but he says he’ll pray for me.” Michael chuckles. “Not to win, you understand, but to ensure I live long enough to see the results.”

So join Michael and Mary this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard at 25 Turner Road, Severnlea to hear more about his fascinating political history as well as what Michael likes to eat. Entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines Crew will be there so find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

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October 31, 2007

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Hush (& Co.) over Whiskey Gully Wines

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Music has played an important role in the lives of Vic and Lyn Hush, who will feature as “Hush & Co.” this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night at Severnlea.

Vic and Lyn met in Canberra at a music club. Vic had already been a part of several bands as a professional singer and guitarist, while Lyn was practising guitar and banjo.

Later in Brisbane, Lyn owned a tour company and travelled Australia and the world, organising people on aircraft, driving them in buses, sometimes cooking and always entertaining. “I took a guitar with me but that got easier when Vic came along,” she says.

Vic, who didn’t know a lot about the business, earned his keep singing and playing and doing odd jobs. Lyn was (and still is when it comes to touring) the boss.

“She’s got a photographic memory,” Vic explains. “She can look at a map of London one day and find her way around the next without having to look at it again.” Vic often found himself driving the support vehicle. “I became a good follower!”

Lyn’s work involved writing newsletters and, doing this, she discovered a gift for writing poetry – mainly humorous stuff and often about things that happened to her. She is a gifted performer, which makes her poetry even more entertaining.

Most of all Lyn and Vic enjoy playing music with other people. “It is the camaraderie that is so good,” Vic says, although he reckons that modern lifestyles make it difficult to get a band together.

Everyone is so busy. Even Vic’s fifteen year old grandson often cannot get to gigs because of work commitments.
“It is great playing music with the grandchildren and when we get everyone together we have a fabulous time,” which is why Hush and Co. came about. 

The band is a flexible concept. It includes family and friends whenever opportunities arise. They play many types of music from bluegrass and folk to rock ‘n roll and blues.

So experience Hush and Co. this Friday night at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea from 7pm. It will be a double celebration for the winery as they won gold and silver medals for their wines at the Australian Small Winemakers Show last week, topping off a wonderful show year.

So come along and just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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October 23, 2007

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Gordon rules at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Few people have more friends or know more people around the Granite Belt than this Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night, Gordon Ritchie.

Gordon has Downs Syndrome, a medical condition which he says makes it more difficult for him than most other people to learn things.
Apart from that, however, life is great. Gordon is a determined young man and he generally finds ways to do the things he wants to, given time and application.

The other thing about Gordon, in addition to his ambitions to visit Disneyland and act in his favourite television show, Home and Away, is that a smile is never very far away. He has an endearing habit of making everyone’s day brighter.

Gordon lives in his own apartment with his parents on a farm near Stanthorpe and is doing his best to be independent, setting a daunting pace working at the Endeavour Recycling Plant in Warwick three days a week and two days a week at McDonalds in Stanthorpe, assisted by his friend and support worker, Kerry Williams.

When his employer in Warwick heard that he was to celebrity chef, he commented “look out Jamie Oliver.”

Gordon has recently been taking cooking lessons and learning other life skills that will eventually allow him to live in his own home. He has a block of land in Stanthorpe which his father, a builder, plans to develop for him in the not too distant future.

Meantime, Gordon lives on the family farm outside Stanthorpe.

His father, Denis and mum Lyn breed Clydesdale horses, so he is surrounded by animals including chooks, a cat and two dogs, one of whom is Gordon’s own dog Lady, a King Charles Spaniel.

“She lies on my legs and puts her head on my stomach and we fall asleep together,” Gordon explains, showing off a photo he has of Lady on his mobile phone.

So, you see, when all things are taken into account, life is pretty good.

To hear more from Gordon and to share his enthusiasm for life, join him, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Did we mention Home and Away? Gordon has secret videotapes, never before been seen on TV. Don’t miss it!

 

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October 9 , 2007

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Emily avoids washing up at Whiskey Gully Wines

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night is no stranger to the winery.

In fact, sixteen years old Emily Arlidge is the daughter of the proprietors and a regular waiter, kitchen hand and musical performer at the vineyard at Turner Lane, Severnlea.

“It’s about time I got a go at being the celebrity chef,” says Emily, who is looking forward to sitting down for a change and letting someone else do the washing up.

Those who know Emily can testify that she is more enthusiastic about mixing with the customers than helping in the kitchen.

Where food is concerned she is a consumer first and a creator only when necessary. “The thing that interests me most about cooking is eating,” she admits shamelessly.

Emily has developed sophisticated and expensive tastes, having lived for most of her life next door to a fine food restaurant.

Her favourite food is avocado. This was a recent discovery following years of argument with her father whenever he suggested she try some. “Yeah, I think it was a phobia about the way it looked but I am over it now.”

Emily has had similar revelations about prawns and bananas. So, was here father right all along? “No way!”

Emily and most of her friends treat food as an adventure and enjoy experimenting with new things – “although not mussels. I can’t stand the look of them.”

She attends boarding school in Warwick and, like generations before her, she is a harsh critic of boarding school food. “It has given me a great appreciation of how good the food is at home,” she says.

Emily harbours no ambitions to be a chef. “There hasn’t been much of my life yet so I can’t say what I will or won’t be but I am fairly certain I don’t want to be a chef.

“I don’t like washing up either but I learnt from my father that if you can sing and play an instrument it is a pretty good way of getting out of doing that.”

So join the irrepressible Emily, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday for an evening of fine food (no mussels, dad), music and fun and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

 

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October 16 , 2007

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Two sweet Martins at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s music night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, will feature two very similar yet distinctly different guitars crafted by the same American maker.

Regular Whiskey Gully Wines entertainer, Lee Williams, and proprietor John Arlidge are aficionados of Martin guitars and are lucky enough to own, respectively, a Martin OM 18V and a Martin OM 28V.

The Orchestra Models (OMs) both have beautiful solid Sitka spruce soundboards and many other similar features, including traditional scalloped X bracing under the top, which produces the sustained tones for which Martin is famous.

The main difference is that the 18 has solid mahogany back and sides while the 28 employs solid East Indian rosewood.

Lee is a fan of mahogany. “It produces a rounded, warm sound,” he says. John favours the clear projection that guitars made of rosewood seem to have.

“What is nicer than either one, however,” says John, “is hearing them together. They are a great match and that’s what we shall try to demonstrate on Friday night.”

C F Martin and Co has been producing guitars, as a family business, since 1833.

Christian Frederick Martin studied in Vienna as an apprentice to Johann Stauffer. He moved to New York City determined to make a new life, following industrial trouble between violin makers and cabinet makers in his hometown of  Markneukirchen, in Germany.

His first factory was also a retail store. The family moved to Nazareth, Pennsylvania, five years later and established a factory there.

From making less than 100 instruments a year, C F Martin, led by C F Martin the IV, now makes thousands. Hand craftsmanship remains a trademark of the company and early Martins are prized, selling to collectors for many thousands of dollars.  

Lee Williams has owned more than half a dozen Martin instruments in his musical career (including a lovely ukulele). He rates them highly. “There are better steel-stringed guitar makers in the world but Martins are the standard by which others are judged,” he muses. “These two are both wonderful guitars.”

So, hear the two Martins and many talented local musicians this Friday at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in.  A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

 

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October 9 , 2007

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Emily avoids washing up at Whiskey Gully Wines

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night is no stranger to the winery.

In fact, sixteen years old Emily Arlidge is the daughter of the proprietors and a regular waiter, kitchen hand and musical performer at the vineyard at Turner Lane, Severnlea.

“It’s about time I got a go at being the celebrity chef,” says Emily, who is looking forward to sitting down for a change and letting someone else do the washing up.

Those who know Emily can testify that she is more enthusiastic about mixing with the customers than helping in the kitchen.

Where food is concerned she is a consumer first and a creator only when necessary. “The thing that interests me most about cooking is eating,” she admits shamelessly.

Emily has developed sophisticated and expensive tastes, having lived for most of her life next door to a fine food restaurant.

Her favourite food is avocado. This was a recent discovery following years of argument with her father whenever he suggested she try some. “Yeah, I think it was a phobia about the way it looked but I am over it now.”

Emily has had similar revelations about prawns and bananas. So, was here father right all along? “No way!”

Emily and most of her friends treat food as an adventure and enjoy experimenting with new things – “although not mussels. I can’t stand the look of them.”

She attends boarding school in Warwick and, like generations before her, she is a harsh critic of boarding school food. “It has given me a great appreciation of how good the food is at home,” she says.

Emily harbours no ambitions to be a chef. “There hasn’t been much of my life yet so I can’t say what I will or won’t be but I am fairly certain I don’t want to be a chef.

“I don’t like washing up either but I learnt from my father that if you can sing and play an instrument it is a pretty good way of getting out of doing that.”

So join the irrepressible Emily, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday for an evening of fine food (no mussels, dad), music and fun and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

 

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September 23 , 2007

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Three degrees make artful meal at Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night is qualified to do practically anything she wants.

The director of the Warwick Art Gallery, Karina Devine, has degrees in visual arts, education and media studies. As well, she is a single parent of two daughters, yet somehow she finds time for gourmet cooking. “Yes, I love it. It is another avenue for the creative urge to get out,” she says.

Karina has a theory: creative people absorb information about things they experience and this just has to find a way out. If you have this drive it is impossible to ignore. “Art has always driven me. I look at things in a visual way and they come together in my mind. They sit there until they find a way out, usually through painting.”

Karina does decorative acrylics, embellished with materials like gold leaf, sequins and metallic paint. Many of her works revolve around a favourite theme – a box form that she thinks of as a personal “house”.

“The house has many forms and gets designed and redesigned,” she says. “The meaning changes depending on the form – houses with stairs or no stairs; windows transparent, curtained or painted out. It is endless.”

Karina is insecure about her art and never shows people a new work until she is completely comfortable with it. “I like people to see my work and understand what I am doing but deep down I take it quite seriously, so I get a little insecure.”

She loves her work with the Warwick Art Gallery and is doing her best to break the notion that a gallery is something confined to a building.

“Only a small proportion of people will visit a gallery, whereas, when we involve the community through festivals and other events, we reach lots of people who wouldn’t normally get involved,” she says.

Karina considers herself fortunate to be in the position at a time when Warwick people are discovering a new cultural identity. She says the new main street has transformed the town and, with it, many attitudes towards art and culture.

Karina is planning an avant-garde, Italian-influenced theme for Friday’s three course meal – Italian is her favourite food and a recent trip there demonstrated a broad cuisine well beyond the pasta that most people associate with the nation.

So join Karina, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm at the vineyard, Turner Road, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5155.

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September 19 , 2007

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Sweet plunkety plunk at Whiskey Gully Wines

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The ukulele is a small four-stringed instrument which, if people know at all, they usually associate with the American performer Tiny Tim, who revived “Tiptoe Through The Tulips” as a hit, way back in 1968.

In fact, the ukulele – a Hawaiian word meaning jumping flea - has a long and distinguished history that will be celebrated this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at 25 Turner Road, Severnlea.

“The Portuguese brought the instrument to Hawaii in the 1880s, ” explains Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor John Arlidge. “They called it a machete, although, unless the instrument is played very badly, I don’t see the connection.”

According to the Ukulele Guild of Hawaii, the islanders took to the strange little instrument, which suited the lilting style of their songs and called it “ukulele” because the fast strumming action reminded them of a flea. To this day, ukulele is one of only half a dozen Polynesian words adopted into the English language.

During the 1920s, the “uke” became popular in the United States because it was cheap, easy to play, and it suited the popular musical style of the time – dances like the Charleston and silly songs like “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” and Al Bowley’s version of “My Canary Has Circles Under His Eyes”.

In England it was popular with Vaudeville performers like George Formby, who became a superstar of the era.

Stanthorpe entertainer, Lee Williams, is a fan of the ukulele and feels its reputation as a silly instrument is undeserved.

“There are some great Ukulele players around, particularly in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands,” says Lee. “In England there is a wonderful group called the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain who play ukes of all shapes and sizes including a bass ukulele.”

When asked the difference between a tiny sopranino ukulele and the larger baritone ukulele, one of the orchestra explained: “When you are sitting around a campfire at night, the baritone ukulele burns for just that little bit longer than the sopranino.”

To learn more about this fascinating instrument join Lee and another uke player Roger Ilott plus the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at the vineyard starting 7pm. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

 

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September 11 , 2007

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Supermum's celebrity spot at Whiskey Gully Wines

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This Friday’s Celebrity Chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night, Fiona Marsden, is an only child who reasoned that life could be a lot more fun with heaps of kids around.

So when Fiona married Stanthorpe lad Dennis Marsden, they decided to build a big family. Seven children later (who are now aged from six to 24 years), life is still good and lots of fun, Fiona reckons.

“I suppose we’ve missed out on a few things over the years through not being able to afford many luxuries but that is made up for in many different ways,” says Fiona who, not surprisingly, has a wonderful sense of humour. “Having such a large family has always been a great excuse for having an untidy house,” she twinkles.

Fiona was born in Cunnamulla, where her father owned the local tyre service. Much of her schooling was done in Brisbane as a boarder and, when her parents retired to Stanthorpe, she followed to be near them and enrolled as a trainee nurse.

Later, with children falling over themselves in a fairly cramped house, that training was to come in very handy. “It was different,” says Fiona. “Mornings were hectic and cooking was always on a catering scale.”

She says that, of necessity, most of her cooking has been fairly basic, although she enjoys good food, especially when someone else cooks it!

Now that most of the family have grown up and moved out, Fiona is restless. She expends surplus energy by volunteering at Granite Belt Support Services (for 17 years she’s done that) and recently she has used her sense of humour to drive another passion – collecting and playing musical instruments.

Fiona regularly regales Whiskey Gully Wines folk nights and music nights with obscure and witty songs with the same dry style mastered by British comedian Pam Ayers.

She says she is still very much a learner but “I feel I owe it to myself to be able to play something on all of these instruments that I own.”

This Friday, however, Fiona is thinking food and she has devised a traditional Aussie menu for her celebrity spot: it promises to be colourful, wholesome and delicious. So, join Fiona, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew from 7pm at the vineyard, Turner Road, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS: 4683 5100.

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September 2 , 2007

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Ja'Eden rocks Whiskey Gully Wines

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Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night has a habit of meeting famous musicians, although he hasn’t always recognised them.

At the age of sixteen, Ja-eden Carter was playing piano at the Hilton Hotel in Adelaide and afterwards met a group of Americans who asked if he wanted to play with them. Thinking they were basketballers he politely declined but showed them the sights of Adelaide.

Nine years later he discovered he had spent the evening with the great bluesman BB King and his band.

He was a little more conscious of the moment when, after a gig where he was playing guitar, he walked around a corner and bumped into Australian musician Tommy Emmanuel.

Tommy gave him some useful tips and signed his guitar.

Ja-eden has been playing instruments for as long as he can remember.

As a child in a house with no television, he took up the piano before his feet reached the floor. “I had about a dozen lessons but the teacher wanted me to read music, which I didn’t like,” he explains. “So I just learnt by ear.”

Ja-eden initially played almost everything in the key of C, transposing favourite songs by John Lennon, Richard Clayderman and Nana Mouskouri without realising that what he was doing was actually quite difficult.

He is also a self-taught guitarist.

Ja-eden is a gifted musician and songwriter, often applying modern rap-style lyrics to traditional melodies. He loves busking and has done so in many places around Australia.

So, join Ja-eden any many other talented local musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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August 27, 2007

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Rebel looks for a cause at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night used to be a placard carrying protester at every demo in Brisbane from anti-nuke gatherings to apartheid rallies.

These days in sedate Stanthorpe, Margaret Clift is something of a rebel without a cause and channels her intellectual energy into writing poetry and short stories.

“Yes, I was a rebel,” Margaret confesses. “As a student nurse I was one of the people who agitated to start the Nurses Union at the Brisbane General Hospital.

“I marched in the Vietnam War protests and later I was co-ordinator for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, heckling Ronald Reagan’s nuclear-armed warships when they invaded the Port of Brisbane.”

She had frequent arguments with her father, a staunch Liberal, but unlike Queensland’s premier, Peter Beattie, Margaret managed to avoid being arrested. “I always smiled sweetly and cleared the road just in the nick of time,” she chuckles.

At one stage, Margaret was practice manager for a doctor in Brisbane and simultaneously a volunteer at the student radio station, Radio Triple Z, in St Lucia. “I used to wear a frock and pearls to work and change into combat pants for the radio shift,” she reflects.

The downfall of the Soviet Union and the end of the cold war ended Margaret’s protesting era and the rebel without a cause put her efforts and experience into helping children with behavioural problems.

She was a frequent visitor to Stanthorpe, where her mother and grandmother lived during the 1930s, and she felt closely connected. Three years ago she moved to Stanthorpe permanently and she now works with Stanthorpe Specialist Employment Service. “It felt like I was coming home,” she says.

One of Margaret’s great loves is cooking and she is crafting (or perhaps clifting) a New Orleans influenced menu for Friday night.

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August 22, 2007

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Penny and Roger in heritage mode at WGW

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Folk artists Penny Davies and Roger Ilott will be brushing up their outback songs at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night this Friday in preparation for a starring role at the Jondaryan Heritage Festival.

The Festival, west of Oakey, runs over the next two weekends and Roger and Penny will be entertaining in the famous Jondaryan Woolshed.

“We’ve been practicing all week and Friday’s Music Night at the Gully will hopefully put a final polish on the act for the weekend,” said Roger.

It has been a big year for Roger and Penny. After the release of their latest album “Big Water” they have been busily writing and recording new numbers for yet another CD. That is expected to be ready early next year.

Each fortnight, on a Thursday, they host the Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Night, which raises funds for the Restless Music Young Artists Development Fund.

The fund is dedicated to helping young musicians of the Granite Belt district record demonstration albums through Penny and Roger’s recording company, Restless Music.

The “demos” are circulated to radio disc jockeys and music promoters in the hopes of gaining recognition for young artists and composers.

“We recently sent off a demo disc of nine songs recorded by Arafest to Radio 2 Triple-J,” said Roger.

Arafest is a local band made up of Andrew Korner, Jordie Davies-Ilott, Chris Giacca and Anthony DiBella.

Marissa Giannake has also recorded a demonstration album of original songs.

The next folk night is on Thursday, August 30 and for people who love folk and acoustic music it is a local event not to be missed.

In the meantime, come along on Friday night to Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Road, Severnlea, starting 7pm and see what the folk at the Jondaryan Heritage Festival are in for.

Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. As usual, a bar will operate and light meals will be available. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

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August 13, 2007

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Bellingham takes anti-amalgamation stance to dinner at WGW

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Warwick Shire mayor, Ron Bellingham, isn’t certain that the proposed amalgamation of Warwick and Stanthorpe is going to work but he’ll give it his best shot.

Ron, who will be Whiskey Gully Wines’ celebrity chef at the What’s Cookin’ Night next Friday says the amalgamation “will not deliver better services and will not cost less money,” because the rate base will be too small.

“However, the two councils share a very good relationship and, I suppose if that is what the State Government has set its mind on, then it is up to us to try to make it work for the communities involved.”

Ron sees Friday’s What’s Cookin’ Night, at Severnlea, as an opportunity to informally meet Stanthorpe locals and discuss the issues. “ It sounds like great fun and I am looking forward to it.”

While amalgamation will not take place until the next local government election, Ron and his Stanthorpe counterpart, Glen Rogers, will effectively have caretaker roles to ensure that the transition is managed properly.

So, one way and another, he will become well acquainted with Stanthorpe between now and the election “so I had better get to know a few people.”

Ron was born at Inglewood but soon after that his family moved to Warwick Shire and he has lived there ever since. After completing an apprenticeship as a mechanic and gaining a diploma in mechanical and electrical engineering, Ron eventually moved to Killarney and took over a mechanical business there.

I t led to dealerships in motor vehicles and farm machinery – he still owns and operates the Mazda dealership in Warwick.

Although Ron says he was a reluctant politician, in 1999 he ran for mayor because he thought important issues were being neglected. “A big issue for us was tourism,” he says. “We were going nowhere.”

Eight years on, Warwick is prospering; tourism is well organised and the main street “our community’s shop front, really” has had a five million dollar revamp and as Ron says “people are proud of the place.”

He has yet to decide whether he will stand at the next election. He believes Stanthorpe and Warwick have always worked well together and stresses that he never believed the two should be joined. “We did well as separate councils,” he adds.

So join Ron Bellingham and the Whiskey Gully Wines team this Friday at 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea, for a fun-filled evening that will include an informal interview with his worship the mayor, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

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August 8, 2007

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Haydn Briggs returns to WGW

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One of the Whiskey Gully Wines’ Music Night performers, Haydn Briggs, returns as the featured act this Friday.

Haydn is a gifted songwriter from Warwick who has, to date, recorded three albums of thought-provoking songs and is working on a fourth.

Although many of his lyrics are about love and life, Haydn insists they are not luvvy-duvvy. “A lot of them come straight from the heart and they are about the kind of issues people encounter in life.”

Haydn has been prolific in recent times, producing dozens of new songs in the past twelve months. “I love doing it and I spend a lot of time writing,” says Haydn. He sometimes finds writing a way of working out personal issues.

His method is to sit at his computer with a guitar nearby. The words generally come first but he often works out the melody as he goes. “I have a couple of ways of working but this is usually the most effective.”

Haydn has had gigs recently at the Maryvale Pub, near Warwick and at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival, and he will be playing later this month at the Blues and Roots Festival at Morgan Park along with several other music night regulars.

So, join Haydn and many other talented local performers at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, this Friday night from 7pm. Bring an instrument and join in or just enjoy the fun.

The following Friday (August 17) at the What’s Cookin’ night, Whiskey Gully Wines will feature another Warwick personality, mayor Ron Bellingham.

Winery proprietor, John Arlidge, says it will be an informal opportunity for Stanthorpe people to get to know Ron a little better, given that he is likely to play a prominent role in local government affairs with plans to amalgamate Warwick and Stanthorpe shires.

“It should be fun evening. I am sure there are a lot of issues on which Stanthorpe people would like to know Ron’s views,” says John. “We’ll find out what he likes to eat as well.” Bookings: 4683 5100.

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July 31 , 2007

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Public duty and brain food at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night was fascinated as a child in Brisbane by posters that were authorised “by order of the Town Clerk”.

Whether it was a sense of power or public duty, it nevertheless led Steve Courtney into a career in local government, spanning Brisbane City, Beaudesert Shire, Toowoomba City and, finally, Stanthorpe Shire.

In between he worked for a time in London, including a stint on Fleet Street with The Daily Express newspaper.

Now retired, Steve explains that as a paid employee of the council, he advised councillors and put their policies into effect.

“Elected officials are like a company board,” he explains. “Our job as employees was to help them and ensure that their decisions were lawful, ethical and financially responsible.”

In retirement, Steve keeps up a hectic schedule that includes plenty of mental stimulation.

He and his wife Mary are stalwarts of the Granite Belt U3A, or University of the Third Age, which offers informal academic courses for people wanting to learn, and using the skills and knowledge of community members.

The current programme of sixteen activities each month includes discussion groups, visits to the art gallery and “brain gym” sessions, “where puzzles and teasers keep the grey matter working.”

Steve was also a member of the Italian singing group Nostalgia, who were regular entertainers around the Granite Belt. 

As well as Friday being an opportunity for Steve and Mary to try out their culinary preferences on friends and other restaurant guests, this weekend is also Steve’s birthday.

So join the Courtneys and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea, for a fun-filled evening that will include some “brain gym” activities, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Anyone interested in joining U3A should email: u3agb@halenet.com.au.

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July 24 , 2007

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Happy birthday at the Gully

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Whiskey Gully Wines’ Music Night celebrates its third anniversary this Friday.

This time in 2004, Stanthorpe’s Dirt Band, or part of it, was the featured act, with Chris Fletcher, Tom Spence and Grant Thornton calling themselves the Almost Clean Band for the evening.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, says that since then they have had pipers, choirs, a chamber orchestra, a brass and wind ensemble, dulcimers, harps, banjos, comedians, poets and “literally hundreds of solo and group performers.”

John says it has been an amazing experience. “We share a love of music and that, along with the parlour atmosphere of the old Beverley Homestead, has created something special.”

John finds it difficult to name a favourite. “We’ve had some wonderful individual acts over the years. We had an Elvis impersonator who was pretty flash and three young children once got up and bowled everyone over with a flawless rendition of a nursery rhyme.

“Then again, we’ve had Peter Dobe and Julie Whitney doing great folk jazz, Terri Welles always sizzles; the Goodwills were here again the other night and they are brilliant.”

John says it is hard to go past Lee Williams for a good laugh and for his thorough professionalism, or folk legends Penny Davies and Roger Ilott, who now conduct a folk night at Whiskey Gully Wines every second Thursday.

Songwriter Terry Clark is also a favourite, as was Border Post journalist Andrew Korner before he moved to Ipswich. “We have enjoyed fostering young artists including Marissa Giannake, Clare O’Keefe, Chris Giacca and Jordy Davies-Ilott.”

The music night has generated a loyal following and many of the regulars, including Danny Haberman, Bob Townsend and Hayden Briggs, will be partying this Friday.

John says the Dirt Band is thinking about coming “which would be brilliant and would give the anniversary a certain symmetry.”

Join the celebrations at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday, 7pm, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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July 15 , 2007

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Stirling effort at WGW

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No prizes for guessing that Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night at Whiskey Gully Wines will have an olive theme.

The celebrity chef will be the owner of Mt Stirling Olives at Glen Aplin, Jim Miller.

Jim and his wife Vivienne came to the Granite Belt as “tree changers” in 2003. They had often visited Stanthorpe, purchasing olives from Mt Stirling and local wine elsewhere, then cuddling up at their Killarney holiday home to enjoy them.

At this time, Jim owned and operated an importing and manufacturing business in Brisbane but was getting tired of the drudgery involved in the stationery and art materials field.

One day when they visited Glen Aplin they discovered that the olive farm was for sale. “Why not?,” Jim thought. “I liked the product so much that I bought the company,” he chuckles.

Jim doesn’t treat the business as a retirement gig. Far from it. “This is retirement gone mad,” says Jim.

Since they purchased the farm, he has been value-adding – creating new products such as tapanades (olive pastes) and dipping sauces, and packaging products in new ways. He has greatly expanded the shop at the farm which retails all of these products directly to the public.

It has been a roaring success and each year they press more and more oil and make more olive products – which is good because as the trees mature they produce more fruit. They will eventually produce about six times the quantity they currently do.

“I liked the idea of being in control throughout the supply chain,” Jim says. “There are many farmers around here who sell all of their products to the markets and are at the mercy of commodity prices and middlemen. This way we go directly to the public. We have created a very good farm gate business.” Jim says the biggest problem now is keeping the shelves stocked.

As far as food goes, Jim knows what he likes and he has come up with a creative menu that subtly features Mt Stirling’s olive products. “Not for dessert,” Jim hastens to add. “I think we might have a trifle.”

Join Jim and Vivienne and their friends at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday, at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. BOOKINGS 4683 5100.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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July 10 , 2007

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Bill says farewell at WGW

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One of the Granite Belt’s most interesting musicians will farewell his many friends and admirers at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday night when he appears as the featured artist.

Primary school teacher Bill Rodgers is off for a year’s working holiday to Scotland starting Tuesday week, where he hopes to further both his career and musical skills.

Bill plays the Scottish bardic harp, tin whistle, tin whistle, flute, Uillean pipes and many other instruments.

He will perform with a number of these on Friday, as well as singing with members of Stanthorpe’s community choir, Loose Canon, of which he is a long standing member.

Friends from Brisbane and Stanthorpe, with whom he sings in an a capella duo Limina, and two different trios, Grievous Bodily Harmony and Lacuna, will also join him.

“The trip to Scotland is a grand adventure for me,” Bill says. “ Glasgow will be my first port of call.”

He plans to live and work there as a teacher, taking trips to Ireland, Wales and England to explore and learn more about the music that has become his passion.

Bill’s roots are Scottish. A cousin who is a “mad genealogist” traced his heritage on his mother’s side to Esther Faa Blythe, a second cousin four times removed, who was the last queen of the Scottish gypsies, the family having come there from Romania in the fourteenth century.

“If I can I would like to trace my history and find out what I can about her.”

Bill will travel with his treasured Uillean pipes that were crafted in Ireland and are reputed to be the famous “Hitler Set”, an historic instrument that was played in front of the infamous German dictator, Adolph Hitler, in the 1940s.

So will Scotland and Europe seduce him to stay? “No,” Bill says emphatically. “Stanthorpe is my home and I will always come back.” We are glad to hear that.

Come and farewell Bill and hear his wonderful music this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm. Just enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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July 3, 2007

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Young Ambassador at WGW

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, is a Stanthorpe girl who is determined to give something back to the community that has supported her.

Erin Wilkinson did not take a lot of convincing when she was approached to be the Apex Young Ambassador for 2008.

“I went in it for the experience,” says Erin. “It is something for the community because it raises money for the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival. I think I can get personal growth out of it.”

As part of the program, Erin and the other Young Ambassadors will undergo etiquette training and a Toastmasters’ course in public speaking. She is looking forward to these elements.

Erin’s “manager” and biggest supporter is her mother Leanne, who owns Masquerade Hairdressing Salon in High Street, where Erin is in her second year of apprenticeship.

“I did a school-based apprenticeship and graduated last year,” explains eighteen year old Erin, who confesses that she never really wanted to be a hairdresser but discovered that she loves it anyway.

Erin and her mum are a good team and they have found a formula for living and working together.

“What happens at home stays at home and what happens at work stays at work,” Erin explains. “That is something we got sorted straight away.

It seems to work. Erin and her mum are conducting fund raising for her Young Ambassador bid with gusto. “If she wins the overseas trip she has to take me,” Leanne laughs.

Erin has chosen a modern menu for Friday night and the proceeds will raise money for her campaign. Whiskey Gully Wines has also offered a bottle of its 2002 Reserve Chardonnay, which won the Winestate Trophy for Best Queensland Wine, as a raffle.

So join Erin, Leanne, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings 4683 5100.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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June 26, 2007

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Marissa returns to WGW

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Music night this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, sees the return of talented singer songwriter Marissa Giannake, fresh from her first semester at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music.

Marissa, who was a music night regular during high school, moved to Lismore to study voice with a view to becoming a professional singer.

“I sing everyday,” she says. “The lessons require a lot of singing and three or four times a week I busk in the street to earn money to pay the rent.”

She also writes music and regularly performs at Byron Bay and the Nimbin markets, venues that, interestingly, do not produce as much casual income from busking as Lismore does.

“Lismore is really good. I got thrown out of the shopping centre because they don’t allow buskers, so now I sing and play the guitar outside local cafes and I do really well. I have regulars who always throw some money and lots of people want to help me record stuff.”

There is no trace of the shyness that accompanied her early performances.

“No, I am having a really great time with a group of good people at the conservatorium and I am comfortable performing.”

Marissa was surprised that the content of her course was not more solidly theoretical – she still does a lot of theory but there is also focus on performance and dramatic technique.

Her fellow students also surprised her. Only three out of a class of 40 are seventeen year olds like her. The rest range between 20 and 40 years old.

“It is really good to learn from them and the different styles of music that they have been exposed to.” As a consequence, Marissa’s musical tastes are changing; she now likes rock less and jazz more.

Having so much practice, it will be a doddle for Marissa to find two brackets of tantalising music for Music Night.

So welcome her back along with other talented local musicians this Friday at the vineyard, Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy the fun.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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June 16, 2007

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Art gallery's culinary exhibition at WGW

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Interacting with the community makes art a passionate pursuit for the director of Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery, Nicole Bryzenski, who will be this Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines.

“I have been at the gallery for seven years and last year I was feeling stale,” Nicole explains. “It was the gallery’s community program this year that rekindled the passion for me.”

The move to increase participation in the gallery by local artists marks a major change of emphasis.

While Stanthorpe has always been highly regarded as a regional showcase for the arts, encouraging community participation in events has increased attendance at the gallery and revitalised its work.

The next community initiative will be “Spiral Twirl Twirl”, a program which invites people to decorate a sphere to create a large installation work.

At any one time, the gallery has up to four activities running in parallel through a 40 days program that generally includes a touring exhibition and pieces from Stanthorpe Shire’s permanent collection.

Recent talk of amalgamating the Warwick and Stanthorpe Shires has caused Nicole to reflect on the valuable community contribution that local artists and the gallery make.

“Amalgamation makes the future uncertain for the gallery,” she notes. Although there has been no indication about how it may change if Stanthorpe ceases to master of its own affairs, Nicole points out that the focus may well alter.

“I think we need to be careful to protect our community values,” she concludes.

As you may imagine, Nicole’s artistic instincts will be reflected in her choice of menu for her celebrity spot.

So, join Nicole, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday from 7pm at the vineyard, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings 4683 5100.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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June 11, 2007

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Celebration of strings at WGW

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This Friday’s music night at Whiskey Gully Wines, at Severnlea, will celebrate the guitar in all its forms.

In almost three years since the music night has been operating, the guitar has proven to be the most popular instrument there.

“We have seen dozens of different guitars in the place during that time, depending on your definition of guitar,” reminisces Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge.

“We’ve seen everything from beaten up ‘el cheapo’ ukuleles carried by musically and romantically inclined backpackers, up to the latest top line models. For all round portability and versatility, in the modern era nothing beats a guitar.”

Most owners are intensely proud of their instruments and ensure that as little harm comes to them as possible. Yet even those that have been sat on, dropped or, occasionally, driven over, somehow manage to produce a tune of sorts.

John says the word guitar derives from the ancient Greek word kithára , which was a stringed instrument related to the lyre. 

The kithára was an early harp from which several medieval and renaissance instruments took their names. 

According to the website Take Our Word For It, the cittern (also called a gittern or English guitar), was a renaissance plucked stringed instrument.

“The Spanish were the first to really make the guitar sing in the 19 th century,” says John. “Later, of course, there was Les Paul, in the United States, who popularised the first electric guitars, and Leo Fender, who perfected solid-bodied electric guitars that propelled stars like Jimi Hendrix to fame.”

This Friday, local guitar stars will strut their stuff at the music night, so join them and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm.

John will show off a couple of guitars he acquired recently through e-bay. So just enjoy the music or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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June 5, 2007

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Pipe and drumsticks at WGW

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Surely it is one of the oddest combinations ever – a beauty therapist whose secret obsession is playing the bagpipes.

Burniece Bowes-Wright, this Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea, has been polishing Stanthorpe ladies’ nails, massaging their muscles, etching their eyebrows and pedicuring their pinkies for more than 10 years.

What many customers of Burniece’s Health and Beauty Salon do not know is that two nights a week and many a weekend she is out playing with Stanthorpe and District Pipe Band. “Och aye,” says those in the know. “And that’s her wee husband David Wright boomin’ on the bass drum.”

So what could attract a beauty therapist (and her husband) to the loudest instruments on earth? “Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this,” confesses Burniece.

However, one night she attended the Kelly Ball and enjoyed the pipe band’s performance so much that she asked if she could learn to play. “Of course!” they chorused loudly (why do pipe band do everything loudly?).

For the first year Burniece had to make do with blowing the chanter, a simplified instrument that all pipers use to learn the basics and spare their neighbours from excruciating pain. A decade on she’s a regular and blowing with the best of them.

As a child, rose water mixtures, mud packs and make-up were her obsessions – she had no thoughts about bagpipes.

In adulthood and a successful business owner, she studied beauty therapy full time, gained a diploma and established a salon at Kenmore, which was highly successful before she sold it to move to the Granite Belt.

She dabbled with music – she plays the piano accordion, another very loud instrument - before discovering her secret Scottish passion.

When she dragged husband David along to practice one night a band member said: “Here, hold those,” and handed him the bass drum sticks. “Right, they’re yours then,” and he has been banging away happily ever since.

So for a noisy night of music, miniature highland games and lots of fun, join Burniece, David, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at the vineyard, 25 Turner lane, Severnlea, 7pm, and find out what’s cookin’. Bookings 4683 5100.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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May 29 , 2007

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Father and daughter team at WGW

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Patrons of Whiskey Gully Wines music nights at Severnlea are used to seeing a father daughter act perform (John and Emily Arlidge) but this Friday there will be a new one.

Featured act will be the Mattiazzis: father Jack and daughter Karlee, a local duo who have a compelling jazz/folk style with Jack clearly proud as punch to be accompanying his talented daughter.

Curiously, it took a stretch of illness to bring the two together as a musical unit.

Although Jack had always played guitar and, in his youth in Stanthorpe, was a regular with several Sixties-style bands, he never teamed up with daughter Karlee, a gifted singer and pianist.

After school in Stanthorpe, Karlee studied for a degree in music technology at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Brisbane. As a sound technician, she often looked through the glass into the studio and thought it would be good to be in front of the microphone.

So when she finished her degree she did a voice course, concentrating on her favoured fields of jazz and latin music.

During her study, prolonged recovery from an accident saw her move home to Applethorpe. “This is when dad dusted off his old Telecaster guitar and said ‘Why don’t you sing a few tunes’ to keep me motivated,” Karlee recalls.

In a trice the generation gap was swept away. The act clicked and they have been singing and writing songs together ever since.

Karlee is now back living in Brisbane looking for singing and teaching work.

But on Friday she will travel home for the gig. She and Jack are planning to do a couple of original songs plus some blues and jazz numbers.

Join them and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm. Come and enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Ends. Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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May 23 , 2007

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Michele keeps it simple at WGW

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Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines believes the key to good marketing is to do the simple things well and often.

Michele Cozzi should know - she is director of marketing for the recently branded Granite Belt Wine and Tourism.

“Some people think marketing is about having a thousand bright ideas but I don’t believe that,” says Michele. “The potential for the Granite Belt is enormous but I think we will achieve it by putting a simple message out there consistently and persistently.”

Michele travelled a long way to settle on the Granite Belt eleven years ago.

Born in Australia but raised and schooled in Fiji, she did a stint in Sydney as a personal assistant working for Myers until, with her friends getting married and having kids, she headed to Italy for adventure and excitement.

Her marketingcareer began in the fashion industry in Florence, before she headed to Johannesburg, South Africa, where she got a job in the cosmetics industry.

Next stop was work with an international management consultant in London where she met and later married Tony Cozzi, who worked for a lobster distributor and is, incidentally, a great cook.

After a trip to visit Michele’s father, Ballandean grape grower Peter Smith, they decided to come here and live. In time, Michele established her own public relations and marketing business and the rest, as they say, is history.

For Michele, doing the simple things well does not include cooking but thankfully, her husband’s influence will be strong this Friday when she dons the celebrity chef’s hat.

“Good, simple Mediterranean food and Granite Belt wines,” is Michelle’s prescription for a good time.

So join Michele, Tony, entertainer Lee Williams and the rest of the Whiskey Gully crew at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday night and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings: 4683 5100.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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May 14 , 2007

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Beviaqua culture at WGW

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Brilliant Granite Belt music duo Sarah and David Hume will trial songs from their new album at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night, Severnlea, this Friday.

The album, made up of folk and jazz numbers, is currently being created at Restless Music.

It is “a bit of an accident” according to David. “We set out initially to do a couple of demonstration tracks for submission to the Woodford Folk Festival and other festivals and, half way through, we though why not make a complete album.”

Beviaqua has lots of original material. Sarah, in particular, is a prolific song-writer.

David explains that they write separately. “Sarah writes most of the songs – usually starting with the lyrics and getting a basic melody and guitar chords down.”

David then works through the music, completing the arrangement.

His own song-writing method is to create a basic lyric, then work on the music and finish the lyrics as this progresses.

So new is their album material that the songs do not yet have names. Neither does the album. David says most of the themes are about relationships. One of the new songs is about their two young children, Zane and Shivani.

The album also contains two jazz standards that visitors to Lucas Estate’s Blues afternoons, where Beviaqua are regulars, know well – ‘Summertime’ and ‘Over The Rainbow’. Sarah’s dusky voice is perfect for them.

“Friday should be big at the Gully,” says proprietor, John Arlidge. “We also have Loose Canon, the Granite Belt’s alternative choir, coming as a warm up for their big gig at Stanthorpe Art gallery on Saturday. They are always fabulous.”

So, join Beviaqua, Loose Canon and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm. Come and enjoy the fun or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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May 6 , 2007

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WGW says hooroo to David Goebel

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Local theatre personality, David Goebel, is about to say “hooroo” to Stanthorpe and will be Whiskey Gully Wines’ celebrity chef this Friday at the What’s Cookin’ night.

David, who recently starred in the Granite Belt Choir’s production of Iolanthe, has decided it is time to take a trip around Australia.

His travelling companion will be Japanese friend, Yukika, who he met while working at Thunderbolt Farm Café, with whom he shares a love of camping and bushwalking.

“Yukika is now in Japan with her family and we plan to head off when she returns later this month.”

They will head north to the Bunya Mountains, then to Carnarvon Gorge and on to Yeppoon to stay with an aunt. After that nothing much is planned but they will go north to Whitsunday and Cairns then Townsville, Mt Isa, Darwin and beyond.

The trip will take about a year.

“I have been feeling a bit stale in Stanthorpe recently, so it is a good time to head off,” David said. “When I return I shall think about furthering my theatre and singing interests, perhaps with a tertiary course.”

David loves singing and acting and has been a stalwart of recent theatre and choir productions. He has also played in two local Shakespeare productions.

During the week, David works as a gardener and several Granite Belt property owners will miss his horticultural talents, including Whiskey Gully Wines, where he has been gardener for two years.

“I shall miss the beautiful gardens too,” David mused, “but it is time to move on.”

In honour of Yukika he has chosen a menu that fuses east and west for Friday night’s meal.

So join David, entertainer Lee Williams and the rest of the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday night at the vineyard, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings: 4683 5100.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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May 1 , 2007

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Terry Clark brings a cauldron to WGW

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Friday’s featured artist at Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night has a dark companion who haunts his music.

Terry Clark is a Warwick-based teacher and songwriter who, for several years, has suffered from depression, which he describes as “something dark inside that you want to get rid of.”

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor John Arlidge describes Terry’s songs as remarkable. “The naked emotions he expresses are engaging. Some of his songs seem naïve while others are painfully real. Yet many are humorous and most are not at all depressing, far from it. He’s a great character and an entertaining performer.”

John regards Terry as the best unpublished songwriter he has ever met. “He has never recorded a CD yet his songs are wonderful.”

Terry says that creating an album has never been a priority, although he happily admits that music is one of the most important ingredients of his life.

“I don’t know what I would do without it. I write my best songs when I have something to say and that tends to be when my emotions are heightened – either when I am happy or depressed.”

Terry regards happiness/sadness as a by-product of the search for meaning. “My songs reflect the meaning that I find in relationships, philosophy, nature and the creative process. I don’t think I am alone in finding the search one of the most difficult facets of life.”

Terry’s cauldron of emotions has produced such gems as “I’m In Love For The Second Time”, ”Missing You Tonight”, “Where Does Love Go” and “Paranoia Blues”.

“He’s a class act,” says John Arlidge. “If you want to experience some great blues then come see him.”

Join Terry Clark and many other great local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday night from 7pm. Just come and watch the fun or bring an instrument and join in. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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April 23, 2007

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Royal visit to WGW

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Reigning Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Queen, Erin Murphy, will bring a regal touch to the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night this Friday, as celebrity chef.

Although the bubbly Erin is known to many people as an employment services officer with Best Employment, she is also a trained chef.

“I did an apprenticeship in Canberra and worked at Rose Cottage, catering for weddings and functions,” she recalls.

The working hours killed her social life – Erin missed family gatherings and her friends’ birthdays. “The trouble is, chefs work when other people play.”

This was on her mind when, three years ago, she came to Stanthorpe for a working holiday, intending to earn enough “to blow it at Byron Bay and the Gold Coast.”

Instead, an aunt who lives on the Granite Belt introduced her to a grandfather she never knew she had. They got on so well that she decided to stay.

Meanwhile, working at a local farm, Erin ended up picking more than beans! She met a young man and fell in love. They are now engaged.

Erin was nominated by the RSL as their Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Ambassador and, with the opportunity to give something back to the community she had come to love, she happily accepted. She went on to raise lots of money for the festival and became the Harvest Festival Queen.

“It has been really great. I got a trip to Japan which I loved and I met a lot of lovely people around Stanthorpe. Being festival queen probably helped me get this job, too.”

Erin is looking forward to taking a turn in the kitchen as celebrity chef and turning out tasty, colourful food with an Asian twist or two. So join Erin, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday from 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings: 4683 5100.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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April 18, 2007

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WGW goes to jelly

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It had to happen eventually - Whiskey Gully Wines has gone to Jelly.

Jelly is the stage name of the winery’s resident musicians, John and Emily Arlidge and Lee Williams (J-E-Lee geddit?) and they will be the featured artists at this Friday’s Music Night at the Severnlea vineyard.

They did a couple of Brisbane gigs recently, winning standing ovations at the Moreton Bay Sports Club in Tingalpa, and the English Speaking Union at Hamilton, where they featured at wine tasting dinners.

“Everyone applauds for Emily, actually,” says John Arlidge. “They are so impressed that a fifteen year old can put up with a couple of ageing rockers like me and Lee.”

Jelly plays a variety of music from contemporary folk and rock to blues and jazz.

Recently, Emily has studied old Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Holliday numbers from the forties, reviving legendary songs like “A Tisket A Tasket”. She also improvises on the piano.

Lee Williams likes Jelly’s “interesting chemistry”, which combines two old finger picking guitarists with Emily’s youthful effervescence.

He notes that when young people take a serious interest in music, they often gravitate to the great musicians of the jazz and swing age.

“They were wonderful songs and marvellous musicians. It is terrific to see Emily learning this stuff and it is great to help and watch her skills develop.”

Emily shares Lee and John’s general sense of irreverence - Jelly is in no immediate danger of taking itself too seriously.

They often combine with other members of the Granite Belt’s musical community – folk icons Roger Ilott and Penny Davies are regular jammers at music and folk nights.

So join Jelly and the rest of the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm. Bring an instrument and join in or just enjoy the fun.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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April 9, 2007

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European glamour at WGW

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea tempers the glamour of Europe with Stanthorpe’s country town hospitality.

Ann Taylor was born and bred in Stanthorpe and even though she is a regular visitor to Italy and London, she loves home and its genuine hometown values.

Ann is a teachers’ aid at Stanthorpe prep school, working with four and five year olds. Almost every year she indulges her other love, travel, sometimes going off for months.

“ Italy is one of my favourite places because people there work to live rather than live to work. It is very social and everything revolves around food, wine and music.”

On one extended trip, Ann worked in a villa and vineyard in northern Italy for Countess Elizabetta Sarchenelli, whose family boasts three centuries of aristocracy in the Ronchi dei Legionari area and hosts important dinners and events.

Ann worked there with Madam Lili, a New Yorker whose business was party planning and who taught her how to dress and decorate tables. Style and elegance ruled.

“She was very demanding. Everything had to be just right. I learnt a lot,” Ann recalls.

It gave her a taste for the high life that Ann brings to her own table, with eye catching, tasty food matched to excellent wines.

“I think the variety of European cuisine is what I like most. In Australia we tend to get stuck in a rut. Over there, food and the preparation of it is an important part of their lives and I really like that.”

As usual, Friday’s menu is a secret but Ann has a stylish, Italian look about her which could be a hint.

So join Ann, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew at 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. Bookings: 4683 5100.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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April 3, 2007

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Singer who paints at WGW

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This Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night at Severnlea enjoys a pleasantly confusing career in the arts.

Teri Welles isn’t sure whether she is a singer who paints or a painter who sings. Whatever, when she does sing, often accompanied by former husband Lee Williams, her sweet but powerful voice can silence the noisiest room.

Teri is an American, born in West Virginia and raised in southern California.

When she emigrated to Australia in her early twenties, she soon found her way into Sydney’s folk scene where she met Roger Ilott and, later, Penny Davies and Lee Williams, all of whom now live on Queensland’s Granite Belt.

“Those were the days of long hair and patchwork clothing,” she recalls. “I was Bohemian rather than a hippie, I would say.”

She and Lee then went to America, where Lee worked as a musician and Teri as a commercial artist, designing giftware.

When they returned to Australia they joined Roger Ilott and Penny Davies in Stanthorpe. She and Lee later toured Queensland and other parts of Australia as a musical duo.

Back in Stanthorpe, however, she found herself concentrating progressively on commercial art and developing her fine art skills.

She and her husband, Rob Simcocks, while still taking on other work, are now professional artists, producing an eclectic variety of arts and crafts.

“Music remains important and I intend to make it a bigger part of my life in coming years.” We are pleased to hear that!

Join Teri Welles and friends this Friday night from 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. Bring an instrument and join in or just enjoy the fun.

Five dollars entry fee includes a light snack. Because it is Good Friday, alcohol will only be served with meals.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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March 25 , 2007

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Champion chef at WGW

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Champion Brisbane chef Damien McDermid will be make the most of fresh Granite Belt ingredients when he takes the What’s Cookin’ celebrity spot this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines.

Damien, now in charge of Merrivales Restaurant, at the Brisbane Convention Centre, was silver medallist out of 700 apprentice chefs at the College of Tourism and Hospitality’s annual championship.

Damien had no aim to be a chef when, four years ago, the Food and Beverage manager approached him when he was working in the Convention Centre’s vast cellars.

“How would you like to take a pay cut and be an apprentice chef?” Damien thought about it and realised that with a chef’s qualification behind him the world would be his oyster, so to speak. So he accepted.

During training, his job at the Convention Centre exposed him to very large scale cooking with 4,500 diners at a sitting on some occasions. At these times, eight kitchens, each with six chefs, work flat out to co-ordinate the meals.

Now a qualified Commis Chef, Damien is enjoying the challenge of being responsible for the Centre’s showcase a la carte restaurant, Merrivales.

His favoured style is “rustic” cooking and the degustation he is planning at Whiskey Gully Wines involves seven courses around showcase dishes of seared Queensland sea scallops and stuffed lamb noisettes.

“The dishes are designed to match Whiskey Gully’s wines.”

Come and enjoy Damien’s fabulous meal this Friday night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea at 7pm. Entertainment with Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew. Bookings: 4683 5100.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

The menu is:

Canapè: Fillo tart of goat’s cheese, char-grill pear, rocket, leeks and pine nuts.

Appertiser: Mint crusted scallops on a pea risotto

Entreè: Warm salad of duck confit, rocket, Italian potatoes, sweet onions and baby beets.

Palate cleanser: Granita of Whiskey Gully Leapin’ Liz’ Colombard

Main Course: Lamb noisettes stuffed with spinach and mushrooms, pommes dauphanois and roasted root vegetables and basil pesto.

Palate cleanser: Apple Gelato

Dessert: Blueberry and raspberry vanilla panacotta with citrus syrup.

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March 10 , 2007

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Andrew's Korner at WGW

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A special Music Night this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Severnlea, will farewell a regular and perhaps its loudest performer, Andrew Korner.

The popular Stanthorpe Border Post journalist has been promoted and is off to the Queensland Times in his home town of Ipswich as a reporter next month.

“It’s a great opportunity and I will be learning lots of new things, including sub-editing,” Andrew says.

He came to Stanthorpe two years ago this month and has learnt a lot about the stories people like. “They like reading about themselves and their community,” Andrew says. “I learnt to let people tell their own stories using their own words.”

Soon after arriving in town Andrew attended a Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night and was surprised to discover that the Granite Belt was home to some great musical talent.

A guitarist and singer himself, he teamed up with locals such as Chris Giacca, Jordy Ilott Davies, Anthony Di Bella (Potsy) and Alex Piovesan, forming memorable bands including The Spot.

“Andrew is the life and soul of the party,” comments Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “He’s a great bloke, very talented and loud. He has made many friends in Stanthorpe and we all hope he comes back often.”

Andrew contributed to the Granite Belt’s sporting life as a striker for Stanthorpe United Soccer Club – he kicked over 20 goals last year. He has already re-signed with his old soccer team, the Ipswich Knights.

“I will miss Stanthorpe,” Andrew reflects, “my new friends most of all but also I will miss the landscape.” Thanks, Andrew. We’ll miss you, too.

Join Andrew and the Whiskey Gully Wines team this Friday night from 7pm at 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy the fun. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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March 13 , 2007

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St. Pat a day early at WGW

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A man with a wonderfully Irish name will lead Whiskey Gully Wines’ St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at their What’s Cookin’ Night this Friday.

Eukey resident Seamus Regan will be celebrity chef and no doubt he will explain, since he has the true Irish gift of the gab, why the event is being held a day early.

Cooking has been in Seamus’s blood since early memories of his grannie cooking potato pancakes on a hot plate when he was just five years old.

“It was simple then,” Seamus reflects. “Potatoes were boiled up in a big tin can with a makeshift handle over an open fire and when me dad was out of work we lived for weeks on porridge. I learnt to cook good, simple food.”

Seamus, a rigger by trade, came to Australia after working with Aussie crews on bridge maintenance projects in England. For years he travelled the length and breadth of Australia on construction jobs before settling at Eukey.

Throughout his travels, he kept up his cooking – not always strictly Irish recipes, but simple and wholesome. Seamus enjoys cooking and finds it passing strange that few others share this pleasure, even with modern appliances and a wealth of fresh and frozen ingredients available from around the world.

“Cooking has never been easier but people don’t seem to like washing up,” he observes. “Even me son, who’s a chef, only cooks when he has to.”

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, who claims no genetic Irish connection, like many people is nevertheless eager to celebrate St Pats day. “You’ll notice that Whiskey is spelt the Irish way with an ‘e’,” he says, as if this makes a difference.

So will there be green beer? “Um, no,” says John. “I am saving that for the day I let people press my wine grapes with their feet, so don’t hold your breath.”

Join Seamus, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. Call 4683 5100 for bookings.

Don’t forget that tonight (Thursday) is Folk Night at Whiskey Gully Wines with Penny Davies and Roger Ilott and the theme is “Songs, Poems and Stories About Trees, Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables”.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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March 5 , 2007

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better than airplane food at WGW

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A Brisbane band called ‘better than airplane food’ is the feature attraction of this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea.

Two sisters and a male ring-in make up the band - the sisters, Kimberley and Melissa McGrath, have close Granite Belt connections since their parents own Mountview Winery at Glen Aplin.

Kimberley , at 16 and the youngest band member, explains that they did not want to choose a name they could not substantiate.

Since they had recently had a bad experience with airline food (and despite their other sister being a flight attendant) they settled on ‘better than airplane food’.

“And we are too,” says Kimberley, a self-taught pianist who, refreshingly, plays almost everything by ear.

“I had piano lessons when I was very young – enough to learn one song – then my music teacher moved away,” she explains.

Picking up what she could from that and from the basic chords her sister knew, Kimberley pressed on, learning songs by listening to them, working out the piano notes and how they fitted together, and sitting, for hours, determined to get the piece right.

These days she’s an accomplished pianist and, if her school studies of law, maths and other difficult subjects allowed, she would have lessons. Maybe one day.

Melissa isn’t as obsessed with music as her younger sister but she plays guitar and sings and was once a member of a group called The Patties.

Brad Dunn, the band’s oldest member, boasts that he once played guitar with Hendrix. Unfortunately, it was Trevor, not Jimi Hendrix. Nonetheless, he gained valuable experience with Indie cover bands in Britain during the 1980s.

Friday’s performance is well rehearsed and promises to be a foot stomper. So b ring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy the fun at Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday from 7pm. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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February 26, 2007

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Ozcars and folk at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines at Severnlea on the Granite Belt has two big events this week to mark the start of autumn.

Tomorrow night (Thursday) is the inaugural Whiskey Gully Wines Folk Night with Penny Davies and Roger Ilott.

Penny says the theme for the first event will be “Songs, Poems and Stories of Drought and Rains”. Anyone who has an item that fits this description is invited to present it.

“We’d like it to be a very relaxed evening with some pauses in the action to give people a chance to chat,” says Penny. It starts at 7pm at the vineyard and admission is $5.

This Friday, Whiskey Gully Wines hosts the Granite Belt’s very own Ozcars ceremony.

Guests will toast the success of George Miller’s happily animated feet and the Queen’s convincing portrayal of actress Helen Mirren as they trip up the red carpet. Whoops!

“We did this last year and it was great fun,” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge.

The Ozcars pokes fun at Hollywood’s night of nights. “Last year David Downs gave an hilarious acceptance speech for best animated picture. This year Australia’s George Miller took out that award at the real thing. David must be psychic!” said John.

Friday night’s event will be filmed by Stanthorpe’s very own film director, Tom Strickland, of Arcadia Video Productions.

“This week’s Oscars had 24 awards and the ceremony was interminably long,” John observes. “What’s Cookin’s Ozcars will be quicker, funnier and we haven’t invited Al Gore.”

So, ladies, don your feather boas; gents, dust off the tux (or your best jeans). Join Tom Strickland, evergreen MC Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out What’s Cookin’. Call 4683 5100 for bookings.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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January 31, 2007

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Ozcars, champion chef and folk at WGW

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Hollywood ’s Night of Nights will once again come to the Granite Belt when Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ hosts the Ozcars on Friday, March 2.

Timed to roughly coincide with the real thing, Stanthorpe’s film supremo, Tom Strickland, will be on hand to direct and film events.

“It was great fun last year,” comments Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “Everyone dressed up in their best frocks, feather boas and fishnets – and that was the men. The women were outrageous.” There will be a Hollywood style meal and live music.

At the What’s Cookin’ Night on Friday, March 30, for the second year running, a champion chef from Brisbane’s College of Tourism and Hospitality will stage a banquet featuring prize winning dishes from the college cook-off.

This year, Alison Hutley, was the winner of the Whiskey Gully Wines Prize. Until recently she was an apprentice at top Brisbane restaurants Circa and Era Bistro. She has moved to Sydney to try her luck in the really bright lights. Her dishes are sure to be ultra-modern and sumptuous.

John says March will be a huge month for Whiskey Gully Wines because, as well as these events plus the regular music nights every other Friday, they plan to launch a new folk club to be held every second Thursday.

“We are really looking forward to this as it will be coordinated by Penny Davies and Roger Ilott, two of Australia’s best known folk musicians. It will be acoustic and very relaxed but each session will have a theme and, from time to time, we will have education sessions led by experts on particular music styles.”

For the next three weeks, Whiskey Gully Wines will operate on restricted hours – 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Sunday – while John and Denice take a rest. Music Nights will resume on February 23.

This Friday, local musicians will make their annual pilgrimage up Stanthorpe’s Mt Marlay to watch the Show fireworks. “It is an informal gathering and the Mt Marlay lookout,” John explains. “Take a picnic and mozzie spray and sit on a rock in the dark and listen to bad jokes and good music.”

All music night patrons are welcome.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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January 21, 2007

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Recipes for a happy life at WGW

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The new head of the Southern Downs Tourist Association (SDTA) will demonstrate two of his many talents next Friday as celebrity chef at a special Australia Day Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night at Severnlea.

Chief operating officer, Kim Henshaw, recently took up the top job at the SDTA, based in Warwick with a varied background in information technology, tourism, marketing and event management.

It is little known that Kim is also a talented musician, cook and author –he is currently finishing a recipe book called “Blokes Can Cook” aimed at encouraging men to do something other than talk in the kitchen.

“I learnt to cook from my mother who was a demonstrator for the Electricity Trust of South Australia,” Kim explains.

“We lived in the country when I was growing up and we used to make everything for ourselves in those days – bread, jams, chutneys and fruit preserves. It gave me a great love of cooking.”

Kim believes that good food is an essential ingredient of a happy life. “I am talking about fresh food and good ingredients. Preparing and eating good food is part of what makes people happy.”

His cookery book will reflect this philosophy. “It is mostly simple stuff as most good food is.”

Another childhood love for Kim was playing guitar and these days he is part of a Brisbane-based band called ‘Not Dead Yet’.

“We mainly do parties and events playing classic rock numbers from the sixties, seventies and eighties.”

Kim has promised to bring a guitar along on Friday and, as well as designing and cooking the meal, he will cook up a couple of Australia Day numbers with entertainer Lee Williams and the other Whiskey Gully Wines musicians. So join them next Friday at 7pm for what should be a very special What’s Cookin’ Night. For Bookings call 4683 5100.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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January 16, 2007

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Bob's new guitar at WGW

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Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music night has only had two new guitars in his life – the second one, a Maton, arrived a couple of weeks ago.

“It was a Christmas present from great friend,” explains Bob Townshend, convenor of the Warwick Folk Club and a regular performer at Whiskey Gully Wines. “It is a Maton M 225 and it sounds lovely.”

It should do as its back, sides, neck and headstock are crafted from Queensland maple and the top is solid sitka spruce. A rosewood fingerboard, tuners, bridge, beautiful marquetry and decals complete a lovely instrument.

Bob purchased it through Bruce Jones who recently closed his Kingfisher Music Shop in Stanthorpe to return to college (although he continues to work on guitars from home).

Bruce is a huge fan of Matons. “They are proudly Australian and they have managed to achieve iconic status alongside Fender, Gibson and Steinway, which is very difficult to do in the instrument manufacturing field.”

He says that Maton, now over 60 years old, recently opened a high tech factory in Victoria and they have been over-run with orders. “Bob had to wait until early January to collect his Christmas present because of the backlog,” Bruce says.

Bob’s last brand new guitar was purchased when he arrived in Australia from Britain 23 years ago. A 12-string guitar, it rarely had more than eight strings fitted since Bob found it easier to tune and play that way.

“The Maton only has six strings so I should be alright,” he jokes.

Bob’s modern focus is folk music although he was once in a rock and roll band called The Renegades that won a Tyne Tees television Music Quest in Britain.

Join Bob and his new guitar this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. He may even play some rock and roll. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy the fun. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be available.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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January 3, 2007

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Junk, blues and Celtic stuff at WGW

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This Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night used to be in a band with Lee Williams called the Pommie Granites.

Robbie Davies explains that they were both English and they lived on the Granite Belt so the name suited.

Robbie – son of Granite Belt-based theatre director Veronica Hammond and brother to famous Granite Belt folk artist Penny Davies – now lives and works in Boonah but he still plays blues harmonica and loves to perform.

By day he works with The Outlook, a government organisation that coaches disadvantaged youths in life skills but for light relief he has a company called Junk Orchestra, which makes musical instruments out of cast-offs.

“Our team of enthusiasts, called The Dumplings, visit public tips to find raw materials,” he says.

“Our many creations include a tubaloon, which looks like a saxophone made out of a rubber glove and bits of pipe.”

Robbie’s latest musical claim to fame was being part of the best impromptu band at the Woodford Folk Festival last week.

“They drew groups of four names out of a hat to form bands,” Robbie explains. “The group I was drawn with included me on harmonica and mandolin, a cellist, a saxophonist and a guitarist. We called ourselves ‘Waiting for Luke’ after the guitarist who never showed up for rehearsals and we won the competition.”

Robbie’s recent pursuit of the mandolin has extended his range to Celtic folk music, which he will play a bit of with partner Jo on Friday night. He and Lee Williams will also reform the Pommie Granites blues band for the occasion.

So join Robbie and his pals this Friday Night at 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy the fun. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be available.

Further information: contact John Arlidge 07 4683 5100; 0419 789 447; email: john@whiskeygullywines.com.au

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