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December 19, 2006

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Orchestra in the livingroom at WGW

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This Friday’s featured act for the Whiskey Gully Wines Christmas Break-up Music Night demonstrates that having a large family has its uses.

The Channons, owners of Robert Channon Wines, have their own chamber orchestra within their multi-talented family.

Father Robert plays trumpet and euphonium and has a trained tenor voice; mother Peggy is a qualified piano teacher and chorister; eldest son Leo plays 7 th grade trombone; eldest daughter Emma plays 8 th grade violin; son Gareth is studying for an advanced cello qualification and daughter Penny is studying 8 th grade viola.

Rather like the famous Austrian von Trapps, on whom “The Sound of Music” was based, they are a complete family act, although one that because of university and other commitments, rarely gets together these days.

So, Friday’s appearance at Whiskey Gully Wines will be a special Christmas treat. All but Leo will be there.

Music is a huge part of the Channons’ world. Robert had ambitions to be the world’s greatest tenor but Pavarotti beat him to it. So he settled for the law and singing on the side with the Sydney Philharmonia Choir.

Peggy was also in the choir - she and Robert met when they were seated together at the Sydney Opera House to perform Berlioz’s Requiem with the Sydney Symphony.

They have never looked back and their passion for music continues: “It’s the best team sport,” enthuses Peggy. Robert Channon Wines at Amiens put on nine concerts last year and, additionally, Robert and Peggy performed numerous times with the Granite Belt Choir.

Don’t miss this rare public appearance of the Channon Family Orchestra this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm. It is going to be great.

Roger Ilott and Penny davies will also have some Christmas songs. B ring 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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December 13, 2006

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Santa turns celebrity chef at WGW

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Ho ho ho. Have you ever wondered what Santa eats on the 364 days of the year when he’s not at work? What night clubs he visits? Who are his favourite pop stars?

These and many other questions may be answered this Friday when Santa takes on the celebrity chef gig at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea.

“This is a bit of a coup for us,” admitted Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge. “As it happens he’s got a night off this Friday and on the proviso that we make it an adults only event – he needs a break, you see - he agreed to come along.”

Hopefully, Santa will lay to rest some of the outrageous stories being told about him on the Internet.

Several historical authorities claim that Santa was a North American invention who evolved from St Nicholas, Bishop of Myra ( Turkey) around 300 AD.

St Nick, known as Sankt Nikolaus in Germany and Sinter Klaas in Holland, was venerated in early Christian legend for saving storm-tossed sailors, defending young children and giving gifts to the poor.

He was said to sometimes ride through the sky on a horse wearing red bishop’s robes – St Nick, not the horse, that is. He was sometimes accompanied by Black Peter, an elf, whose job was to whip naughty children.

The legends travelled with European emigrants to North America.

According to the seditious website www.rumela.com, Santa eventually became the character we know today through a series of Coca Cola advertisements that appeared worldwide at Christmas time from 1931 to 1964.

Each year, Chicago illustrator Haddon (Sunny) Sundblom painted a new image of Santa for the advertisements on the back covers of Post and National Geographic magazines. He eventually arrived at the Santa we know and love in a red suit trimmed with white fur, leather boots and belt, long white beard and a sack of toys on his back.

If you would like to see these vicious rumours put to rest then join Santa, his helpers, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday night at 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. 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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December 3, 2006

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From Khyber Pass to WGW

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Artist and part-time guitarist/singer Colin Merill was born near the Khyber Pass in the last days of the British Raj.

This Friday he will be featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night at Turner Lane, Severnlea.

Colin has a wicked sense of humour, no doubt rooted in his father’s background with the British Army in India and later as a planter in Kenya, to which Colin worked his passage by ship from Britain doing kindergarten duty for other passengers.

“In that era, whimsical songs were very popular,” Colin recalls. “I suppose I just picked them up over the years.”

Colin is a portrait artist by profession. He drifted into the art world in Africa as a young man, working with advertising agencies in Nairobi and, later, London.

In the sixties, looking for a sunny, more relaxed lifestyle, he emigrated to Brisbane where he has lived ever since.

“We were among the last of the so-called ten pound poms, who purchased their fares and future citizenship for just ten pounds sterling,” Colin recalls.

For a while he worked as a commercial artist for a Brisbane-based advertising agency but discovered a talent for portraiture. Eventually, he took it up full-time, becoming an art teacher.

“Somehow I managed to scrape a living!”

Colin, whose talents include speaking Hindi and Swahili, has promised a combination of classics and humorous songs on Friday. He will do a couple of numbers with friend Veronica Hammond.

So join Colin and Veronica and the rest of the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday from 7pm. B ring 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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November 21 , 2006

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Double feature weekend for WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines at Severnlea has two show stopper events this weekend with a music night on Friday and a theatre restaurant on Saturday night.

The theatre restaurant is a play called The Dressing Chair by talented Brisbane playwright Nigel Munro-Wallis and starring Dash Kruck.

“In the last few weeks this play has been performed in Brisbane, Boonah and Maleny and getting rave reviews,” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge.

“It is a thought provoking and amusing look at Queensland history as seen through the eyes of five people who all, at different times, own the same old chair.”

Author Nigel Munro-Wallis said the concept of producing drama in non-traditional venues such as Whiskey Gully Wines was catching on fast.

“I think we have struck a chord,” he said, “the Brisbane season was well attended and last week’s sell-out event at Maleny was fabulous. We are expecting a similar turnout at Whiskey Gully Wines.”

Friday’s music night at the Gully features new Warwick group, Ker n’ Ter, consisting of music night regular Terry Clark and new musical partner and fellow teacher Kerry Sinclair.

Kerry is new to the music scene. Her husky voice suits the jazz numbers she favours and, when they appeared at the last music night, they were given a great reception.

School leaver Jordy Davies-Ilott is also expected to perform solo in a pre-audition for a real one he has coming up soon for a graduate studies course.

Jordy won the cultural award and a music prize at Stanthorpe’s St Joseph’s High School, last week and he is clearly looking forward to the challenges ahead. Well done, Jordy.

Music night starts Friday at 7pm at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane Severnlea, and The Dressing Chair will be performed with dinner at the vineyard on Saturday night also starting 7pm. Call 07 4683 5100 for bookings.

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

 

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November 14 , 2006

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Nicest possible raspberry for WGW

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Friday’s celebrities at the Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ Night run one of the Granite Belt’s most successful tourism and primary produce businesses.

When Don and Patsy Stirling purchased the Bramble Patch in Townsend’s Road at Glen Aplin 13 years ago, it was a berry farm.

Don, previously a wheat farmer in South Australia and Western Australia, admits he knew little about berry farming at the time but “it seemed like a nice idea to grow raspberries in a cool climate.”

Once he and Patsy figured how to plant, trellis, nourish, prune, harvest and send produce to market, they turned their minds to the value of the business.

“It is labour intensive and buyers like Coles and Woolworths don’t care about that,” Don ruminates, “so we reasoned we would get better returns if we could add value to our fruit by creating products and selling them to tourists.”

What resulted was a business that sees up to 30,000 visitors a year clamouring for up to fifty products including berries, ice creams, preserves, sauces and wines plus brands that they manufacture for other businesses.

“We do mail order these days and we have a wholesaler who distributes our products in Brisbane,” says Don. Their daughter also runs a branch of The Bramble Patch in Warwick.

They have a fulltime workforce at the farm and factory. Don and Patsy are finally getting a little time off for the first time in many years.

Patsy is a keen gardener and somehow, amid the demands of business, she has found time to create and maintain an outstanding private garden which last year featured in the Open Garden Scheme.

It’s a fair bet that there will be a few berries on the menu so join Don, Patsy, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. 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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November 6 , 2006

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Musicians aim high at WGW

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Granite Belt music teacher David Hume describes them as “the finest array of talented young local musicians to ever grace a stage.”

This Friday the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night, in association with Kingfisher Music, will proudly host the third annual Granite Belt Guitar Concert.

David’s aim is to give his music students an outlet to perform chosen pieces from their year’s study in a comfortable performing environment.

“It is important that they have a friendly venue to do this in because it can be challenging for young musicians getting in front of a live audience,” David said. “For some of my students this will be their first ever public performance.”

The inaugural concert was held in 2005 and was a great success. Since then, numbers have been growing, reflecting Stanthorpe’s burgeoning music scene.

“This year a stellar cast of 25 music students, ranging in age from nine to 76, will span musical genres from classical to modern rock,” said David.

Certificates of achievement and vouchers from Kingfisher Music will be awarded plus a trophy will be inaugurated in memory of Fran Donovan, one of David’s students, who tragically died in a motor vehicle accident this year.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, said he was pleased and proud to host the concert. “We have a strong tradition of encouraging local talent and the Granite Belt Guitar Concert is always popular. There are so many people this year that, with our regular performers as well, we will be bursting at the seams.”

The night will begin earlier than usual, at 6pm.

So bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy the fun at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday. 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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October 31, 2006

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Bank on good food at WGW

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Few people own their own bank but this Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night does.

Angela McGrath and husband David own the Bank of Queensland franchise at Springwood, south of Brisbane.

“It is not quite as glamorous as it sounds,” says Angela. “We are a small business and, like most jobs, it is mostly hard work.”

They and some friends recently purchased Mountview Wines at Glen Aplin. “We love the Granite Belt and used to come here several times a year to enjoy the countryside and purchase wines,” Angela explains.

“We often visited Mountview. We admired the property and when it came up for auction we were lucky enough to be able to buy it.” So now Angela, David and their three daughters are Granite Belt regulars.

“Now we work seven days a week instead of five!” Angela exclaims. “Mind you, work at the winery doesn’t seem like work, so we are happy.”

Mountview won a silver medal for its 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon at the Australian Small Winemakers Awards recently and Angela is over the moon. ”We are thrilled and can’t really believe it happened.”

The McGraths are very friendly people and they bring that quality to their banking business.

“People tend to think of banks as always wanting to charge people fees. Truth is we spend most of our time with customers trying to minimise the fees they have to pay. Sometimes banking is a little misunderstood.”

So join Angela and David, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. 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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October 22, 2006

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Concert for Georgie at WGW

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A special Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night this Friday will celebrate the life and times of Georgie, the winery dog, who was killed in a road accident last week.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, said “hundreds, perhaps thousands of people” knew and loved the playful Border Collie, who liked nothing better than to chase a stick, and another, and another…

“We loved her more than we can say,” said John. “When we put out an email to friends and club members, messages of sympathy and affection flooded in.

“Georgie was a smart dog. She had a great sense of humour, she was affectionate and caring and some of the things she did were uncanny.”

John said two things about Georgie always mystified him. Once, when he had thrown a stick and Georgie had returned it to his feet for the fiftieth time, he admonished her: “My back hurts so, if you want me to throw it again you’ll have to put it in my hand. Blow me, she picked it up and did just that.”

Then: “Whenever we walked out of the vineyard to the road, she would sit at the gate and wait for permission to proceed. I don’t know why or, indeed, how she knew that was our property boundary. She was an amazing dog.”

After Beatle George Harrison’s death a Concert for George was held as a way for his friends and fans to express their love of him. This Friday, the Whiskey Gully Wines team will hold ‘Concert for Georgie’ and give her the send off she deserves.

“Anyone who has a cheerful doggy song, or perhaps something they think is appropriate to Georgie, will be invited to perform” said John. “She liked music and would have appreciated the attention. Lee Williams, Roger Ilott and I plan to do ‘See You In My Dreams’.”

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine. A bar will operate and light meals will be available. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and celebrate Georgie’s life and times. Vale Georgie.

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

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October 10, 2006

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Printer's impressive food at WGW

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night hasn’t lived in Stanthorpe long but she has made a big impact … or perhaps that should be imprint!

Margaret Davies came to Stanthorpe with her husband Frank and their family in 2002 and purchased the Print and Copy business in Maryland Street that her sister Sharon established.

“We wanted to move from Brisbane to find a better environment for our children and since I had always been in the printing business, it seemed like a logical move,” she reflects.

Margaret – or Margie, as she prefers – was trained as a compositor at a time when printing used to be a more complicated and drawn out process than it is these days.

“Now compositors are called graphic designers and a lot of the work we do is digital printing where, cost-wise, it makes little difference if you want one thing printed or five thousand.”

Margaret and Frank have expanded the business considerably in four years and, with the advent of broadband internet, they now have regular customers in Brisbane and further afield, receiving print files by email.

“We even have a customer in France,” Margaret says.

“The business is much more than just photocopying. We do all kinds of printing from wine labels to wedding albums. We recently expanded into web design which is a completely new field for me.”

Margie loves the Stanthorpe community – she is a member of Zonta, did a stint on the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival Committee and was a member of the steering committee that looked into the creation of a Granite Belt Promotions Officer.

“We love the place. It is a great community and we have a better social life here than we did in Brisbane,” she concludes.

Join Margie, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. 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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October 3, 2006

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Get ready for a Buffeting at WGW

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Well known Granite Belt musician Clive Powell has been threatening to play some Jimmy Buffet at a Whiskey Gully Wines music night and this Friday he will deliver.

As Clive points out, the entertainer is one of the most popular concert artists back home in the United States and he peppers a natural country style with wonderful Caribbean calypso melodies.

“My own journey with Jimmy Buffet began many years ago when I heard ‘Come Monday’. I was hooked,” Clive reminisces.

At the time Clive was courting a musician in Brisbane who took a contrary view. “That was it, I left her. That is how strongly I felt about Buffet’s music.”

Buffet is a storyteller and, in Clive’s view, one of the great modern lyricists. “As well as his songs he has written a novel and a collection of short stories called ‘Tales from Margaritaville’.”

Meanwhile, Clive has been working on a version of Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road plus he has changed the words to a well known Beatles song to give it a Granite Belt flavour.

He and his partner Vicki, both trained in alternative medicine, came to Stanthorpe two years ago and love the area. They work at the Stanthorpe Therapeutic Centre.

Music is an important ingredient in Clive’s life and he is a regular performer at Lucas Estate Wines’ Sunday afternoon sessions.

So join Clive and other local musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm. It should be a big night as Warwick musician, Terry Clark, will also be appearing after an absence of several months.

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

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

 

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October 3, 2006

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People skills and fine meats at WGW

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Almost everyone in Stanthorpe knows this Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night celebrity chef as a mild mannered bloke.

Yet Mal Newley confesses that he didn’t mind a bit of blood and guts as a youngster! It was a blokey thing.

In fact, his love of trimming meat from bones led him to work in his father’s butcher’s shop at The Summit after school and, later, to take up an apprenticeship at Hawker Brothers, in Stanthorpe.

Unless you are ancient, you probably don’t realise that the original Hawker brothers started the butcher’s shop more than 80 years ago.

They sold it to Mick Oswald Deston, to whom Mal became apprenticed in 1965, around the time when his namesake, Anthony Newley, was making it big on the wireless and the silver screen.

Twenty years ago, Mal bought the shop and continued the job he loved.

“I have deliberately kept it as a traditional butcher’s shop where customers can see what we are doing,” Mal says. “That’s the big difference between butcher’s shops and supermarkets, where people select meat from a tray.”

Mal says a good butcher needs to demonstrate to customers that they are trying to give them the best service and quality as possible. “It is essential to have people skills.”

Many customers – especially young ones – want advice on cooking and, while Mal does not claim to be the world’s best chef, he knows how different cuts of meat should be cooked and presented to get best results. He is happy to pass on this experience.

These days, Mal’s business is not just about beef, lamb and pork. He also serves goat, rabbit, venison, game birds, turkeys and free range chickens. For Mal there are few dull moments.

Naturally, the quality of the meat to be served will be up to Mal’s usual wonderful standards so join him, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday at 7pm, Turner Lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’. 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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September 26, 2006

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Spot returns to WGW

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After a winter break and the return to Stanthorpe of a key group member, the band Spot has reformed and will feature this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night.

Guitarist/vocalist Andrew Korner said that since Alec Piovesan returned to Stanthorpe, the band had started rehearsing again.

Spot’s challenges mirror those of many bands trying to find time and to balance the competing interests of members who each have their own lives to lead.

Andrew said Spot had resolved to practice “a few times a week” whenever possible and perhaps introduce some of their own material.

“At the moment we are doing interpretations of other people’s stuff because we don’t have enough time to write and develop our own.”

The band has an intergenerational flavour. The youngest member, at 17, is Jordy Davies-Illot; Andrew Korner is 23 and Alec Piovesan, the old man of the group, is 33.

“That gives us an interesting approach,” said Andrew. “Our tastes in music are slightly different so we all bring different bits and pieces to the group and we do a bit of everything.”

Spot’s return will be popular with music night regulars who enjoy their eclectic “anything goes” style.

This Friday they are planning to include Neil Diamond’s ‘Cherry Baby’, U2’s ‘Desire’ and the Sunnyboys’ ‘Alone With you Tonight’.

Roger Illot and Penny Davies will also be there. Following Roger’s feature a fortnight ago where he and Pen wowed the music night crowd with folk and rock numbers from the seventies, Penny will do a bracket of Joni Mitchell numbers.

Join Spot, Roger, Penny and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday for a wonderful night of music and fun at Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm.

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

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

 

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September 18, 2006

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WGW scoop find: Beatles cooking album

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“It is a little known fact,” claims Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ Night comp é re, Lee Williams, “that the fab four loved cooking.”

Lee, who is something of a guru on the subject, reckons the world’s most famous pop group drew inspiration from the recipes they regularly cooked and these will be explored at this Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night.

“We thought we’d have a celebration of The Beatles and the food they ate,” says Lee, whose hair appears to have taken on a distinctly sixties look in anticipation.

“We are going to base it on their little known seventies album: All You Need Is Grub, which contains such memorable numbers as Peas P eas M e , Love M e S tew and Can't B uy M e L unch. ”

Lee says he may also throw in a couple of George Harrison numbers from his Indian period: Here Comes The Bun and While My Pulau Gently Steeps.

This will be matched by that fine Scottish song from Paul McCartney’s seafood phase: Mullet Kintyre.

“There was a time in the 1970s when people seriously offered the proposition that if you played The Beatles music backwards you would hear secret satanic messages,” says Lee. “Pure madness.”

“It wasn’t the devil they were talking about, it was devilled kidneys, one of Ringo Star’s favourite dishes.”

The idea for a Beatles night came from Ballandean Lodge’s Steve Trow, an ancient rocker who by now is probably regretting the idea.

Anyway, polish your winkle pickers, brush your hair forward into bangs and dig out the velvet suit.

Join Lee Williams (alias Maharishi Wishiwashi) and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew for a night of fun, frivolity and the odd Beatles curry this Friday at the vineyard in Turner Lane, Severnlea and find out What’s Cookin’.

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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September 12, 2006

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Rusty Dusty Road to WGW

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The Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night will take a trip down memory lane this Friday to the seventies when the Rusty Dusty Brothers were set to take the Sydney music scene by storm.

Featured artist is Roger Ilott, one half of the popular Restless Music duo Roger Ilott and Penny Davies.

He was one of the Rusty Dusty Brothers and, earlier, the Southern Road Band, and on Friday he will hark back to some of the music he played then.

Those were the days of the Vietnam War and the folk and protest movements were gathering momentum.

Roger was politically conscious, participating in anti-Vietnam War rallies. “I had sympathy for the soldiers,” Roger reflects “but I felt very strongly that we should not be in Vietnam and all of us of that age had the prospect of being conscripted for National Service.”

Roger’s musical influences were not the blunt protest songs; he preferred more subtle messages. Pete Seeger’s “Turn, Turn, Turn” is his all-time favourite and it features on Roger’s and Penny’s new album Big Water.

His brother recalls that Roger disappeared into his bedroom at the age of thirteen and emerged several years later as an accomplished guitarist.

“I had the greatest music teachers,” Roger reflects. “They were on vinyl discs that I slowed down from 33 revolutions per minute on the stereo turntable to 16rpm so I could learn every note.”

By the age of fifteen Roger was in a proudly Australian band, writing songs about Australian things and events.

He nominates four songs performed by The Byrds as marking important milestones: Bob Dylan’s Mr Tambourine Man, Pete Seeger’s Turn Turn Turn, The Byrds own song Eight Miles High and another Dylan song You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.

To find out why those songs were important, join Roger and other talented locals this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night, Turner Lane, Severnlea, from 7pm.

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

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

 

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September 5, 2006

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Shimmy shimmy and camel kisses at WGW

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A lifetime interest in Middle Eastern history led to this Friday’s celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night having a passion for belly dancing and camels.

In fact, Stanthorpe resident Deborah McNeill is so fond of camels that she has been known to kiss them!

“It is a thing that camel trainers do,” she explains, “a mark of the relationship between the trainer and the camel.”

But aren’t those big slobbery lips daunting? “No, they’re lovely,” Deborah twinkles.

At school she was a whiz at ancient history and became fascinated with the Middle East when she saw a picture of a camel next to one of the Egyptian pyramids.

Much later, living in Brisbane, an opportunity arose to study belly dancing and she did this for several years at the Academy of Middle Eastern Dance.

“I got really interested in it and later, when I moved to Stanthorpe, someone suggested that I organise classes. So we formed Pursiah’s Empire dance group and I began to teach.”

It rekindled her passion for the Middle East and, since she owned a block of land near Ballandean, she thought “why don’t I get myself some camels?”

She sought out and completed a two week camel training course in the South Australian desert, purchased a couple of camels and set about training them.

“Eventually, I want to go trekking with them. Not necessarily long treks but maybe to Liston or Texas and back.”

And will camel meat be on the What’s Cookin’ menu this Friday? “Absolutely not. That would be unthinkable,” says Deborah. There will, however, be many other Middle Eastern delights.

So join Deborah and other members of Pursiah’s Empire” plus entertainer Lee Williams this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm for a night of belly dancing and find out What’s Cookin’ on the Middle Eastern grill. 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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August 28, 2006

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Loose Canon and GAS a powerful mix at WGW

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For the second time, Stanthorpe’s a cappella choir, Loose Canon, will be featured at a Whiskey Gully Wines music night.

This Friday, Penny Davies will lead the Canons through a set of African tunes and a another of traditional folk songs.

“We really like the African songs,” says Penny. “Once you get your tongue around the languages (Zulu and Yoruba among others) the harmonies are great and they are really quite easy to learn, unlike some of the European stuff we do.”

Loose Canon have done several gigs recently and they attended a musical workshop in Toowoomba over winter where they learnt several new songs.

Two other music night regulars will also appear on Friday with some new instruments. Lee Williams and John Arlidge have both, according to Denice Arlidge, contracted bad cases of GAS.

“Not the ordinary type of gas, you understand,” Denice explains. “This is Guitar Acquisition Syndrome and they both have very bad cases.”

Dabbling with E-bay, Lee recently purchased a 1930s Kalamazoo, made by Gibson. It is a steel string, acoustic guitar with a beautiful, fresh resonance.

John bid for a 1998 Orville Gibson 335, a classic jazz guitar from which he has been inseparable since it arrived this week.

“Denice has been very understanding,” John says with more hope than conviction. “She realises that serious guitarists need to have a range of instruments to express their inner feelings.”

Fortunately for John, Denice has not fully expressed her own inner feelings.

So join Loose Canon plus John’s and Lee’s new guitars this Friday night at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm. Also, Roger Ilott and Jordy Ilott Davies will join Penny for a set of songs.

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

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

 

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August 22, 2006

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No grumps allowed at WGW

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This Friday’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ Night reckons she has met just about every type of person there is.

Francis McLaughlin and her partner Brent Bruen took over management of the Top of the Town Caravan Park in Stanthorpe in March this year.

They are professional managers, having previously done stints at Port Macquarie, Kyama, Karuah, Nambucca Heads and Caloundra.

“We have met some wonderful people and also some pretty strange ones,” says Francis, who has learnt that a pleasant manner and straight talking are the best assets one can have when dealing with customers.

Her favourite experience was of a man who frequented her beachside park for a fortnight every year for eight years and she never once saw him smile. “One day I mentioned this to him and he snapped back ‘and you won’t either’.”

Francis told him it would be her mission to make him smile, adding that it takes no effort to smile but a lot of effort to be grumpy.

“He must have taken this to heart and thought about it because the day before he left he came into the office and smiled. I told him he had made my day.” From then on he was a different man and each year he returned, beaming from ear to ear.

Francis concedes that managing caravan parks can be a tough. “People never cease to surprise you!” The hours are long and seasonal factors can make business difficult.

But for all that they love the life - living in beautiful “cold” places like Stanthorpe and meeting so many people. She is looking forward to the challenges of the backpacker season at Top Of The Town that she has been told so much about.

Francis doesn’t often get the opportunity to cook fancy meals but she enjoys good food. She is working on a tasty menu that will include seafood and fruit.

So join Francis, Brent and entertainer Lee Williams this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm and find out What’s Cookin’. 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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August 14, 2006

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Put on yer top hat at WGW

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Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night at Severnlea is an actor, director, singer and poet who draws her musical inspiration from the 1940s.

Veronica Hammond’s first musical memories are of dancers Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers on the silver screen doing numbers like Top Hat.

“ Nottingham’s ‘Kinema’ was our great escape from dreary lives. It was new and exciting and, unlike films today that mostly tell stories, the musicals we watched were romantic fantasies,” Veronica reflects.

Thus was the social need in Britain and Australia after the shock of the great depression and between world wars. The style of music that emerged would eventually morph into jazz then rock.

“Composers Cole Porter and George Gershwin were the leaders then,” says Veronica. Jay Gorney’s song ‘Brother, Can You Spare A Dime’, performed by Bing Crosby, also struck a chord with the impoverished masses.

Veronica grew up, got married and had children. The family emigrated to Maryborough in the 1960s and Veronica’s daughter, Penny Davies, went on to become one of Australia’s best known folk artists with partner Roger Ilott.

Veronica got involved in the theatre – a lifelong passion which continues to this day - she is currently directing Stanthorpe Little Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’.

She will return to her roots for Friday’s music night performance with ‘Stormy Weather’ and ‘Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine’, accompanied by Lee Williams on guitar. She will also, with Penny, do one of Penny’s songs plus a couple of her own poems.

So put on your top hat this Friday and join Veronica, Penny, Lee and many other talented musicians at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night, 25 Turner Lane, Severnlea starting at 7pm.

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

 

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August 7, 2006

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bryndons, pyes and wortes at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines normally doesn’t publish What’s Cookin’ Night menus in advance but for this Friday’s meal, billed as a Medieval Mess, they make an exception.

The night will farewell celebrity chef Rae Brown, who is about to depart Stanthorpe for St Andrews University, near Edinburgh, Scotland where she will take up a bursary to study for a Master of Letters in medieval history.

The one year course includes learning ecclesiastical Latin, a language that exists only in written form so at least she won’t have to worry about pronunciation! “It is surprising how much material survives,” Rae reflects. “English governments were obsessive about recording things.”

Government and church documents were mostly written in medieval Latin, while private letters tended to be in French. For a language that is now pervasive, it is hard to believe that from the 11 th century to the 15 th century, English was spoken but rarely written.

Rae’s speciality is the late medieval period of the 14 th and 15 th centuries. Her study will include an investigation of Scottish heraldry.

She is well aware that now her children are grown up (full-fledged, they would have said back then), this opportunity overseas may last a lifetime; Stanthorpe, after all, is an unlikely place for medieval relics. “If and when I finish my Masters degree I will apply for a PhD, probably in the UK so I could be away a long time.”

Meantime, among the written documents that survived the long passage through time were menus and recipes. Rae has identified some doozies for Friday’s Medieval Mess. Here’s the menu:

Entrée           Blawmanger

Main            Pyes de Pares with Payest Royall and Buttered Wortes

Dessert         Bryndons

So now you know. Chef John Arlidge says that while the names are rustic, the recipes are healthy and hearty. “I am particularly looking forward to the Pyes de Pares,” he says. “I was torn between accompanying them with Buttered Wortes or another vegetable dish called Compost.” Hmm, a difficult choice.

Join John and Rae, entertainer Lee Williams and the rest of the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out what these mysterious medieval names mean. 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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August 1, 2006

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Teenage singer / songwriter at WGW

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At sixteen, singer songwriter Marissa Giannake will be one of the youngest featured artists at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night when she appears this Friday.

Coming from a Greek family, Marissa has always had many musical influences but it wasn’t until they moved to Stanthorpe from Brisbane eight years ago that she started to take music seriously.

“I saw people like Clare O’Keefe and Penny Davies playing folk music and it looked like a lot of fun.”

So she took up the guitar and found that it was, indeed, fun.

Guitar is now Marissa’s main musical instrument but she is also learning tenor saxophone, cello and drums.

In her short career she has already notched up several milestones: she was lead singer for a teenage rock group called Vintage Six and, more recently, she started drumming for The Bleeding Strawberries, a four piece band made up of Marissa, her sister Thalia and two other female students.

But while rock music provides excitement, folk and popular music have become a social focus for Marissa.

“Musicians on the Granite Belt are very accepting of new people and want to hear what they have to offer,” she says. “Folk music is really good because when someone is performing, it is so easy to just grab a guitar and join in.”

Marissa’s strong, sweet voice suits the lilting songs she performs by artists like Missy Higgins and Holly Throsby, two of her biggest current influences.

She also writes her own compositions and she will perform one of these on Friday.

“I’m looking forward to it and my friend Laura Boullier is going to accompany me with back-up vocals and percussion.”

So join Marissa, Laura and many other talented local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

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

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

 

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July 24 , 2006

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WGW celebrity at home on Granite belt

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After a hectic career with Qantas in Brisbane, Friday night’s What’s Cookin’ celebrity chef at Whiskey Gully Wines decided to give life in the hills of the Granite Belt a try.

Morgan Palmer has embraced the experience since she moved here less than two years ago. She purchased a property in Connor Street which she turned into a B&B business called Barrington House, and got involved in a variety of community activities.

“I really love this place,” she reflects. “The people here were just so welcoming to me.”

Morgan earned respect from locals through her efforts with the Apple and Grape Harvest Festival committee. She chaired the Harvest Festival Ball committee this year and the event was a roaring success.

“It was incredibly tiring but exhilarating,” she says.

At a couple of business get-togethers around town, Morgan met Sam Marino, who manages the service section of Pierpoint Motors.

“So,” said he to her at the second of these meetings, “when are you going to bring your car in for a service?” What a great line!

The two never looked back after that. They announced their engagement this week.

Morgan can barely contain her excitement about her forthcoming wedding. “After twenty years of Qantas shift work and life in the big city, I came to Stanthorpe and met Mr Right. Wow!”

Qantas gave Morgan a great taste for travel and she was a regular visitor to Italy, with which she fell in love. The menu she is planning for Friday will reflect this passion.

So join Morgan, entertainer Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday, 7pm, at Turner Lane, Severnlea to learn more about Morgan Palmer and her Barrington House House B&B and to find out What’s Cookin’. 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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July 17 , 2006

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Warwick folklorist at WGW

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Singing is something that Friday night’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night has always done, yet it wasn’t until three years ago that she ever sang solo.

For Sue York, music has been a lifetime’s pursuit. “My whole family is musical. A chief form of entertainment when I was a child were musical evenings when we would sing together as a family with my mother playing piano,” Sue recalls.

“I always assumed everyone else was into music because it was such a big part of my own life.”

Eighteen years ago, by then grown up and married, she and her husband moved to Warwick from Brisbane to raise their children. Away from the family network, she searched for a substitute for the musical evenings and found, first, the Warwick Choral Society and, later, Jill Hume’s East Street Singers group.

Yet it wasn’t until three years ago, when she attended the inaugural meeting of the Warwick Folk Club at O’Mahoney’s Hotel, she was asked to perform solo.

“It frightened the life out of me,” Sue confesses. “I still get very nervous but I am getting used to it.”

Sue has a sweet mezzo-soprano voice and mainly sings a cappella (unaccompanied); mainly folk songs, of which she has a compendious knowledge and a wonderful appreciation.

“I find songs from many sources, most recently by streaming folk music from the Internet through the BBC and other media.”

Her favourites are Australian traditional folk songs, closely followed by Irish and English pieces. “There are lots of Irish and English songs,” she explains. “Australian ones can be hard to find!”

If you would like to hear some unusual Aussie and Irish folk songs then join Sue and many other talented local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

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

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

 

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July 11 , 2006

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Juicy event at WGW

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Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night at Whiskey Gully Wines could be an especially juicy occasion since the celebrity chef has just opened a juice bar.

Andrea Nightingale is a highly motivated recent arrival to Stanthorpe. She came to be near her sister Sandy four months ago and together they decided to open a retail business – Nectaria, in the Plaza Shopping Centre.

For the last two months they have scrubbed the shop from top to bottom and decorated it. They have sourced as many raw ingredients as possible locally: fruit, vegetables, muesli and Spelt bread and done heaps of research.

“A lot of people in Stanthorpe like tasty and healthy food and that is what we are about.”

Andrea’s guiding philosophy is that “the bottom line is excellence” and if effort is anything to go by, Nectaria should be a roaring success.

Until now, her career has mostly been in interior design, so the change to a retail food outlet is a big one for her.

“Fortunately I really love cooking and catering so this is a good change for me and Sandy has a lot of retail managerial experience.”

The two are regulars at Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ and music nights and Andrea jumped at the chance of being celebrity chef. “Oh yes, this will be great fun and a good way for more people to get to know us,” she said.

Andrea is approaching the task with the high degree of enthusiasm that characterises everything she does. She has sourced local vegetable for a soup and is planning a game bird dish for main course.

Naturally, even healthy women like Andrea like a yummy sweet dessert so she’s baking a special cake. “My other philosophy is whatever you do, enjoy it.”

So join Andrea and Sandra with MC Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines team at the vineyard at Turner Lane, Severnlea this Friday at 7pm and find out what’s cookin’. 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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July 4 , 2006

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Sarah's royal connection at WGW

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Friday’s featured performer at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night can trace her musical lineage back to the Court of King Henry the Eighth.

It must run in the blood because Sarah Hume, who sings like a nightingale and plays piano, cello and guitar, made her musical debut on Channel Ten’s Stairway to the Stars, way back in primary school.

“The Henry the Eighth connection was discovered by my mother’s cousin, a professor of music and a trombonist,” Sarah explains.

“When he was playing professionally with the Equale Brass group, which specialised in performing concerts with ancient instruments kept by museums, he became fascinated with an instrument made by someone called Bassano.”

Bassano was an old family name. Research discovered that the maker was, indeed, an ancestor. “It turned out that Bassano played at King Henry’s Court.”

Sarah got an achievement award on Stairway to the Stars and went on to make several other TV appearances singing and dancing as a child star. She was working in a music shop in Brisbane when she met future husband David Hume, a professional music teacher.

They played regular gigs in Brisbane before deciding that Stanthorpe, where her parents had retired some years before, would be a great place to live, bring up children and create music.

These days Sarah, David, son Zane and daughter Shivanii live on the shores of Storm King Dam at Eukey. David teaches guitar and Sarah grows organic vegetables for the Sydney market.

On Friday, Sarah will be accompanied by David and brilliant clarinettist David Martin. Join them and many other talented local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

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

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

 

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June 26 , 2006

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Lavender blue at WGW

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At a time when most people are thinking about retirement, Tere Bonner decided to establish a lavender farm on the family property at Liston.

Tere (pronounced like Terry) is to be Whiskey Gully Wines’ celebrity chef this Friday night and, over a meal of her choice, will talk about her passion for lavender and how she came to make it a commercial venture.

The Bonner family have lived in Liston for 130 years, engaged in pastoral pursuits raising cattle and, later, establishing Aloomba Spreading, a fertiliser business.

When, nine years ago, Tere announced that she wanted to farm lavender and open a gift shop that would attract tourists, it was a radical change of direction and something of a shock to the family.

“For me it seemed logical to start an arm of the business that wouldn’t be susceptible to drought and other challenges of farming,” Tere says.

She and a friend, Trish Gaske, took a trip to Victoria to investigate the possibilities. They came back full of enthusiasm for oils, health cures and calming perfumes and set about establishing their businesses.

“I am convinced lavender is viable and being a summer crop I think it will make a positive contribution to Granite Belt tourism by bringing people here at that time,” Terri says.

She now has more than two hectares of various types of lavender under cultivation and was recently elected vice president of the Australian Lavender Association.

The gift shop at Aloomba serves coffee and tea as well as a variety of lavender gifts and products and is popular with locals as well as with tourists. They sell all the lavender they produce - 30,000 bunches last year plus 30 litres of oil.

Most interest is shown by women. “Lavender isn’t a blokey thing. Some of them just sit in the car but my husband Peter comes in useful and he talks to them about tractors and things.”

Good on you, Tere. Join the Bonners and MC Lee Williams this Friday at 7pm, Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, and find out what’s cookin’. 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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June 20 , 2006

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WGW welcomes back Alec and Athena

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Whiskey Gully Wines music night this Friday will welcome back Alec Piovesan, who is returning to the Granite Belt to live and work after a stint in the big smoke.

Alec, a guitarist and singer, went to Brisbane six months ago to seek fame and fortune, play musical gigs with his friend Ben Einam, and be close to his partner, Athena Corbally, herself a Stanthorpe lass.

Athena and Alec have accepted an opportunity to work at Heritage Winery, at Cottonvale.

Alec, a professional chef, will run the food side of the business while Athena, who has a background in real estate, promotion and hospitality, will take on front of house, wines sales and marketing.

“It’s a great opportunity to combine my great loves,” Alec said. “As well as doing restaurant meals and functions, I want to bring some music to the winery.” He is thinking about creating a Sunday afternoon chill out session with local musicians.

Alec said the stint in Brisbane had improved his musical abilities. “Ben and I were doing four hour sessions on Sunday afternoons at a busy Brisbane pub and these taught me a lot.”

While Alec and Athena are looking forward to their new challenges, Athena’s not so sure about returning to the Granite Belt’s frosty mornings.

“Alec’s promised to get to work early and heat the winery up,” she said.

Friday’s music night will be a welcome home party for Alec and Athena. Join them and many other talented local musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

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

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

 

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June 13 , 2006

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Ballandean and Seattle influence at WGW

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This Friday’s Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night will have an American influence when Rebecca and Steve Trow of Ballandean Lodge don guest chef hats.

Rebecca and Steve hail from Seattle, Washington State, in the United States north west; a location that gets even colder and bleaker than Stanthorpe.

“You know last Saturday when it was grey and the wind whipped through you?” Rebecca drawls. “ Seattle gets lots of days like that.”

The Trows moved to Australia in January this year, taking over the bed and breakfast establishment Ballandean Lodge, a full month before the container with their belongings caught up with them.

“It was challenging. We had to camp in the house while we painted and redecorated,” says Rebecca.

They did a great job. Steve is a professional painter and decorator (as well as being a drummer) and the old Queenslander in Rees Road is stunning in its bold new livery.

Steve was born in England but emigrated to Australia. His drumming took him to Seattle for a two year stint with his brother’s professional rock band. He and Rebecca met and the next fifteen years passed blissfully.

But Steve yearned to return to Australia and a mid-life crisis persuaded them that the time was right.

“We came here for a lifestyle change,” Rebecca says. “We take in visitors and feed and entertain them and Steve still does some painting and decorating work. This district is a great place and we just love it here.”

Rebecca is a self-taught cook and often tries new dishes and techniques, inventing as she goes.

So join MC Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew this Friday night at 7pm as they put Rebecca’s talent into action. Steve may even play some backing drums. 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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June 06 , 2006

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Late Starter at WGW

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Hearing her son’s guitar teacher playing a song she knew inspired Friday’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night to take up the guitar.

Rosemary McMahon began playing just four years ago and is already accomplished.

Her teacher is David Hume and she is an enthusiastic student, always studying hard. Her latest challenge is to learn the Spanish classical guitar.

“From childhood I played the piano so that probably helped me,” said Rosemary.

She grew up on the Pacific Islands of Fiji and Vanuatu, where her father was an accountant.

“It was musical environment. Everyone on the islands sang and danced. There was no television then,” said Rosemary.

She learnt harmony from members of the Fiji Police Band, who she travelled with as a child.

Rosemary’s musical interests were rekindled several years ago when she her son went for guitar lessons. She thought “Why not give it a go myself.” She has been playing ever since. She later joined Stanthorpe’s Loose Canons Choir.

Living on a busy orchard at Pozieres which employs backpackers for picking and pruning has given Rosemary another outlet for her music – they often hold barbeques at home and these usually turn into musical events.

This Friday, Rosemary’s performance at Whiskey Gully Wines will include a recent James Blunt song, a Missy Higgins number and a classical piece by Guido Luciano. She will also play a couple of numbers with David and Sarah Hume.

So, join Rosemary, David, Sarah and many other talented musicians at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

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

 

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May 30 , 2006

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No liver and sprouts at WGW

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Friday night’s celebrity chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea is used to creating feasts out of inexpensive ingredients.

Kerry Marie, who has lived in Stanthorpe most of her life, says she became a cook out of necessity, first on her parents sheep farm at Greenlands and later as a mother feeding her family in Stanthorpe.

“My great grandmother, grandmother and mother were all great cooks so I come from a long line. The first meat I ever tasted was mutton. I loved it then and I still do,” she explains.

“For most of my childhood we were very poor and you had to be inventive with food. That is something that has stayed with me.”

Kerry’s friends testify that she is an excellent cook but although she loves food and does a lot of cooking, it is not an activity she particularly likes.

“If I had a kitchen that really works I may enjoy it more but I find it a bit of a chore.” She is looking forward to trying out the Whiskey Gully Wines kitchen, which she has long admired.

Kerry has wide ranging tastes and enjoys most foods although, “I had a short stint at boarding school at Warwick, which I hated, and the food was not good.”

The experience put her off stewed cabbage, brussel sprouts and liver. “The liver was green. I wince just thinking about it! Other than I pretty much like everything.”

So, you can be fairly sure Friday’s mystery menu at the What’s Cookin’ night will contain neither liver nor brussel sprouts.

Come and join Kerry, her best friend and master of ceremonies Lee Williams, and the Whiskey Gully Wines crew.

Kerry will present the meal and discuss her work as an employment support officer for people with disabilities. Call 07 4683 5100 for bookings.

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

 

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May 22 , 2006

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Terry Price Set at WGW

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Friday’s Music Night at Whiskey Gully Wines will attempt to get a big band into a small space.

The Terry Clark Set is an seven piece band and the chief challenge as the featured act will be to fit them all into the small cellar door venue at Severnlea.

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, who is a member of the band, acknowledges the logistical nightmare.

“We have six people who sing and only four microphones, plus we need other microphones for instruments, so we will need extra gear.”

The Terry Clark Set was formed (originally as the Terry Clark Ensemble) for a gig at the Warwick Blues and Roots Festival.

Leader Terry Clark, who is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and harmonica player, is perplexed about how the band evolved.

“It started out as John and Emily Arlidge and me and I suggested that drummer Steve Clark could join us. That led to Lee Williams also being invited to come in as guitarist, singer, bassist and ukulele player and then John, who plays guitar and slide guitar, said he knew a choral singer, Jenel Hunt, who would make a great doo-wop girl and lead singer with Emily!”

Terry says someone then pointed out that in doo-wop land, two is company and three is a party, so Sue York also joined the backing vocals.

“It’s great fun,” says Terry. “It is seriously challenging amplifying and balancing all those instruments and voices but the sound that emerges is wonderful.”

But while Terry thinks enough is enough, John is determined to expand the band for next year’s Blues and Roots Festival. “I see brass, keyboards, maybe even strings… Tomorrow the world!”

So, if they can get past the sound check, Friday night should be heaps of fun at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, starting at 7pm.

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

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

 

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May 16 , 2006

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Something Fuyu at WGW

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A strange bright orange fruit that the Japanese call the food of the gods takes centre stage at Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night this Friday.

The Fuyu persimmon is notable for being the last fruit of the season to ripen on Queensland’s Granite Belt.

“For those who love the region’s produce, the persimmon puts a pleasant and tasty full stop to the harvest season in autumn,” commented John Arlidge, of Whiskey Gully Wines.

“The ones we are presenting Friday night are grown at Glen Aplin and, despite them being a fairly obscure fruit in Australia, three or four Granite Belt farms supply the Brisbane and Sydney markets.”

John said persimmon had the texture of apple and, when fully ripe, a flavour similar to tangerine with hints of apple and melon.

“It is really lovely and, in Japan and Korea where it is most popular, it is simply halved and the flesh scooped out.”

He said some varieties of persimmon were astringent and, unless perfectly ripe, they left a bitter taste in the mouth. By contrast, the preferred Japanese varieties such as the Fuyu were sweet and best eaten when the flesh was firm.

“As well as its flavour, its vibrant colour and the star shape that appears when the fruit is sliced make it attractive and interesting to work with,” John said. “It is versatile and is lovely alone or with salads, cheeses and in cookies.”

His experimentation with Fuyus has resulted in an entrée with persimmon, ginger, prawns and finger limes and a dessert featuring apple and persimmon.

“We’ll road test these dishes this Friday with something completely different but complementary for main course – possibly spatchcock,” John said.

So join MC Lee Williams and the Whiskey Gully Wines team at the vineyard, Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday at 7pm for a PP (persimmon party). Call 07 4683 5100 for bookings.

 

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May 9 , 2006

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Love gets stratospheric at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, is so proud of his latest guitar acquisition that he plans to feature it at Friday’s music night.

“Understand that this is a Japanese crafted 1962 re-issue Fender Stratocaster so we are talking a significant event here,” John explains.

For those unfamiliar with the lingo, “Fender” is a famous American guitar-maker and “Stratocaster” is the company’s leading model.

Typically, mention of either name makes ageing blues players like John dribble with excitement. “People fall in love with these guitars,” he enthuses.

Californian engineer, Leo Fender, invented the Stratocaster in 1954 and it became the gold standard of electric guitars, played by Jimi Hendrix, Hank Marvin, Eric Clapton and almost every rock and blues icon since.

“Leo Fender, though not a musician, approached the design from an engineer’s perspective and – surprise – it worked brilliantly,” John says.

Three electronic pickups were positioned close to the strings to give volume and a solid wood body reduced the potential for acoustic feedback. The maple neck and individual strings were adjustable. The headstock, where the strings attach to the tuners, was designed to reduce friction.

The design has since been copied by almost every other manufacturer. “The guitar I purchased from E-Bay was built under license in Japan in 1994. It is a replica of the famous 1962 Stratocaster, rated among Fender’s best.”

While John is clearly impressed, his wife Denice is less so. After he had fitted a brand new zebra-striped strap and worn the guitar around the house for a day, she asked: “Are you going to sleep with that thing?”

“Well,” replied John, “it’s the right shape and it makes all the right noises….”

If John gets out of the dog house by Friday, join him, his Stratocaster and other fine instruments at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night, Turner Lane, Severnlea, at 7pm for a night of music and laughter.

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

 

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April 20 , 2006

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Hold the front page at WGW

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An old saying in journalism is that today’s headline is tomorrow’s chip wrapper.

For journalists it means that no matter how good your last story was, you are judged on the current one. Like a good meal, news is here today and gone tomorrow.

Fittingly, Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night at Whiskey Gully Wines with guest chef Perditta O’Connor, will serve fish and chips wrapped in the newspaper she ably manages, The Stanthorpe Border Post.

The media is a tough game. As Perditta discovered when she joined the newspaper business seven years ago, whatever you publish is likely to offend someone.

Since then she has shown a remarkable ability to weather the pressures of being the messenger that people love to shoot.

“You get used to it,” she says philosophically. “You must be firm but fair. You draw a line in the sand and stick to your guns. When you make a mistake you own up and say sorry.”

Some may think that running a small town newspaper would be easier than its big city counterpart but, as Perditta notes, in a small community getting the balance right is critical because many people know each other personally.

“It can get a little tense but it is a great business, really. I have met many people and I have done so many things that I would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise.”

One of Perditta’s other passions is cooking and she is looking forward to managing the kitchen on Friday night. She grew up in Brisbane and learnt her cooking skills from her mum. “I like cooking for lots of people,” she said. That is just as well really!

Join Perditta and the Stanthorpe Border Post team at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday at 7pm for “Hold The Front Page”. Call 07 4683 5100 for bookings.

The team will take the opportunity to farewell journalist Georgia Donovan who has been filling in for a few weeks. Thanks Georgia and we hope you enjoyed your Granite Belt experience.

 

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

 

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April 10 , 2006

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Pick your guitar style at WGW

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Friday night’s featured artist at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night, David Hume, is one of the Granite Belt’s most accomplished musicians, able to play every guitar style imaginable.

He started on punk rock at the age of sixteen but quickly discovered that the mode had limitations. “I then settled on classic rock from the eighties, following bands like Led Zeppelin,” David explains.

This was the start of musical career. He went on to play blues and classical guitar, then jazz and, for good measure, he fooled around with country music and folk.

So how does a self-taught guitarist achieve all this?

After school David studied at the University of New England for an arts degree majoring in music. This taught him to read music and gave him an appreciation of what was possible.

After university, David became a guitar teacher, often practising up to eight hours a day when he wasn’t coaching.

“For me there was a big drive to listen to the people whose music I admired and replicate that,” David explains. The method made him a very accurate player.

A feature of David’s teaching is that he transcribes his students’ favourite songs and shows them how to play exactly the way their rock heroes do.

David’s personal preferences centre on classical and Latin guitar and he maintains an interest in jazz and jazz fusion.

“This Friday will be the first time for ages I have played some jazz numbers and I am looking forward to that,” David said. So are we!

Hear David’s brilliant and eclectic music on Friday along with other talented local artists.

7pm, Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. Five dollars entry includes a snack. Because it is Good Friday, alcohol will be served only with meals. Come and watch or bring an instrument and join in.

 

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April 3 , 2006

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Tour du food at WGW

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Champion apprentice Ben Weiss will be cooking up a storm this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ night.

Ben is making a multi-course degustation-style meal that will feature game and seafood. “This is the kind of menu that they do at many of the great restaurants in France,” Ben commented.

“The offer to cook this kind of sweeping menu at Whiskey Gully Wines is a great challenge and an opportunity for me to put what I have learnt at college into practice.”

Ben’s day and night job is with top Brisbane restaurant “Brents – The Dining Experience”, at Toowong, where, although he is an apprentice, he already holds a senior position.

He is single-minded about his ambition to be one of the great chefs. While his friends are out partying on Friday and Saturday nights, Ben likes nothing better than to be in the kitchen, creating the perfect dish.

“The chef I study with, Brent Farrell, is really good and a true maestro. He has shown me that really good chefs want every dish to present perfectly every time.”

Brent believes Ben has what it takes to reach the top. “He works hard, his taste and instincts are excellent and he pays attention to detail.”

Ben has devised the menu for Friday, matching each dish with Whiskey Gully Wines’ best wines.

“We are going to have several main courses with palate fresheners in between,” he explained. “I want to feature a seafood dish with scallops, then a chicken terrine and a rabbit galantine with a mushroom broth. The dessert will be a parfait of wonderful Granite Belt berries.”

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, said Ben was a very special chef. “His aim in life is to produce beautiful food and he is totally committed to that. He has been planning this event for weeks, so, Friday night will be a dream come true for foodies.”

There are still a few vacancies for the meal but hurry, because it is filling fast.

What’s Cookin’. Friday April 7, 7pm, Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. Call 07 4683 5100 for bookings.

 

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March 27 , 2006

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Spot the spot at WGW

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Friday’s featured performers at the Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night, at Severnlea have the unusual distinction of a name that changes almost every time they perform.

Alec Piovesan, Andrew Korner and Jordy Davies-Ilott were assigned the 1.30 spot at a concert in Stanthorpe a few weeks ago and thought “That’s a good name for a group”.

So, “1.30 Spot” it was and, every time they perform, they adopt the time of their appearance, giving them a possible 12 x 60 = 720 variations on the theme! This Friday it will be “8.16 Spot” (oddly, they prefer even numbers).

Andrew Korner, a journalist with The Stanthorpe Border Post, blames Whiskey Gully Wines for the group’s existence.

“We met through the music nights. Alec and I got along well and started playing stuff together and we asked Jordy to join us as percussionist, slide guitarist and spare rhythm section.”

The Spot, as they are known by people who can’t be bothered to look at their watch, play classic rock and rhythm and blues numbers with what Alec calls “an acoustic twist”.

The group is (also) unusual for the span of it members’ ages: Jordy is 16, Andrew is 23, “old man Alec” is 33.

“The music we play reflects that difference and we do everything from very modern stuff to early 80s,” said Andrew. “Basically, it is music that girls like,” he added hopefully.

Alec’s future with the band is uncertain since he recently moved to Brisbane.

By telephone from a building site he said: “I’m really busy so I don’t know how often I’ll be able to get up there.” Yeah, yeah, Alec.

This could be the last performance of The Spot for some time, so you’d be mad to miss it.

7pm Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine 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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March 20 , 2006

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Commonwealth curry at WGW

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This Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night at Whiskey Gully Wines will be a curry night presided over by MC Terry Clark. “It is Commonwealth Games time,” Terry explained, “and curry’s just about the only uniting force the British Commonwealth has left these days.”

There will be straining samosas, vaulting vindaloos, wrestling rotis and chattering chapattis – enough to give any bronzed Aussie a golden glow.

“The hottest curries will undoubtedly result in some personal best times over 100 metres,” Terry observed. “Why should Melbourne have all the fun, anyway?”

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March 13 , 2006

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St Pat's night at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night will feature an unusual artist this Friday at the vineyard in Turner Lane, Severnlea – St Patrick.

‘Tis the patron saint of Ireland’s day, to be sure, and although he almost certainly will not be able to attend in person (since he has been dead several hundred years) he will be there in spirit.

Each performer will be required to contribute at least one Irish song during the evening.

One of those thus challenged will be Matthew Leigh, one of the Granite Belt’s most celebrated singers who has won countless medals and trophies at Eisteddfods over the years.

As a boy soprano, Matthew had a truly angelic voice of which St Pat would have been proud.

His voice broke a couple of years ago and although it is not fully set, it is now a rich baritone and his perfect pitch is undiminished.

“You hear strange tales about what can happen when your voice breaks but I wasn’t too worried about it and I can still sing,” Matthew notes. “It is still weak in places but I think it’ll come good.”

Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge, reckons Matthew sounds pretty darned good already.

“He plays guitar and he has written a couple of songs that are really impressive. Matthew is a major talent so we shall be very pleased to welcome him on Friday.”

John says Andrew Korner and Jordy Davies-Ilott are also expected to play, along with talented dulcimer player, Julie McGonigal.

Revels begin at 7pm Friday so bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy others performing. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine (red or white, not green!) 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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March 7 , 2006

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Ozcars night at WGW

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Hollywood ’s night of nights comes to Whiskey Gully Wines this Friday when the Granite Belt’s very own film-maker stars at the What’s Cookin’ Night.

Look out Spielberg and Ang Lee, our own nomination for best director is Tom Strickland, of Arcadia Video Productions.

“Tom’s a maestro of film and television so he is the natural choice for the Oscars edition of What’s Cookin’,” said John Arlidge, Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor.

“We’re a couple of days late but it will give all the Aussie stars time to get here after the function in Hollywood,” he said.

“The girls can bring their boas and gownless evening straps, guys their best shades and winkle-pickers (or gay cowboy costumes) and Tom will put them on the silver screen.”

The competition will be based around creative Oscar nominations. “Or, in this case, the Ozcars,” John said.

Tom Strickland came to Stanthorpe a couple of years ago to retire but he has been working full time ever since making documentaries and videos, including a history of the Granite Belt.

He began his career as a technician with Channel Seven in Brisbane, eventually rising to the role of production director, making children’s shows, outside broadcasts and TV commercials.

He later went on to help establish and manage QUT’s E-TV unit, which supports the university’s media and journalism studies and makes educational videos.

“It is not half as glamorous as most people think,” Tom reflects. “It is a small industry and there is fierce competition to get in but if you are willing to work like a blue cattle dog then the rewards can be great.”

Join Tom and the Whiskey Gully Wines film crew at the Turner Lane, Severnlea studios this Friday night at 7pm for a great meal and all the glitz and glamour of the Ozcars. In Lee Williams’ absence on holidays, Terry Clark will perform the Tom Hanks MC role!

Call 4683 5100 for bookings.

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February 28, 2006

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Olde Dogs and new tricks at WGW

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Contemporary folk group Olde Dogs will feature this Friday at the Whiskey Gully Wines music night.

Led by Danny Habermann, they use ancient and modern instruments to produce acoustic music that has a mystical flavour.

Danny plays many instruments, including mountain and hammered dulcimers (North American instruments) and guitar, while Novia Harris plays autoharp, Appalachian dulcimer and psalterie (pronounced: sol-terry).

The third member of the group, Bob Oliver, is a gifted didgeridoo player who learnt the craft working with Central Australian aborigines.

A feature of Olde Dogs is their obvious love of aboriginal culture. Danny is a solicitor who works with the Aboriginal Legal Service serving Toowoomba, Warwick, Stanthorpe and Goondiwindi.

Danny and Bob teamed up in Ipswich six years ago. Novia, an architect and artist, joined them later. A year ago, Danny and Novia moved to Emu Vale, near Warwick, nestled in the mountains near Main Range National Park.

They collaborated to write most of the music they play, including Novia’s colourful poems set to music. “It is a lovely place and a great setting for writing and playing music,” said Danny.

They have become stalwarts of the Warwick Folk Club and the Whiskey Gully Wines music nights.

Danny loves acoustic music of all kinds. “I picked up a guitar at the age of twelve and since then I have been hooked on acoustic stringed instruments,” he said.

“My early influences were Jethro Tull, Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Gordon Lightfoot. The acoustic stuff that Led Zeppelin did also connected with me.”

Experience Olde Dogs’ new tricks this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy others performing. Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and light meals will be available.

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February 20, 2006

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Medieval Italian Festival at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines, at Severnlea, will be transformed for Friday’s What’s Cookin’ night into an Italian medieval festival.

Guest chef is Maria Mastro, of Glen Aplin, who is a costumier, specialising in period costumes and bridal wear. Not only will some of her costumes be modelled during the evening, Maria plans to create a medieval Italian Festival.

“This is my ultimate food fantasy” said Maria. “It’ll be like Henry the Eighth’s dining room.”

Whiskey Gully Wines chef, John Arlidge, is planning finger food with a difference. “They ate with their hands in those days so I thought we’d cook up a whole suckling pig for the occasion and carve it at the table,” John said.

“We’ll have plenty of napkins because we don’t want to get food all over Maria’s wonderful costumes.”

Maria is half way through a long term art project, having completed nineteen of thirty five ladies gowns that mark major fashion changes from 1000 AD up to 1901.

The idea came to her while studying in Sydney where, as part of her business, she created costumes for the Australian Opera.

“My research identified thirty five major changes over the 900 year period and I got the idea of reproducing them,” said Maria.

She began the project nine years ago and moved to the Granite Belt to find the space and the peace of mind needed.

Her painstaking research has taken her to the world’s best costume museums, from the New York Metropolitan to Helsinki. She spent years collecting precious materials and each gown is methodically and lovingly hand-stitched.

“People think fashions change every year but they don’t,” said Maria. “They are really just a procession of prints, whereas gowns for wealthy women, until the early 1900s, were incredible creations.

“They had spectacular shapes and often many layers of material. Hand-woven silks, in particular, were wonderful.”  

So join Maria and the Whiskey Gully Wines team this Friday at Turner Lane, Severnlea, for a spectacular renaissance meal. Call 4683 5100 for bookings.

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February 15, 2006

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Give peace a chance at WGW

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Friday’s featured artist at Whiskey Gully Wines Music Night believes in John Lennon’s credo of giving peace a chance.

Hayden Briggs, a well known singer, guitarist and songwriter from Warwick, believes music is a unifying force and when he writes something, it comes from the heart.

“I don’t do luvvy-duvvy romantic stuff but I write about emotions and issues,” he explains.

“I am a pre-school teacher; I see people in different circumstances and often they bottle up their problems. I think about what is troubling them and sometimes find a song.”

Hayden teaches the Montessori Method (named after a famous Italian early childhood teacher, Maria Montessori) at a Warwick pre-school. It is a caring and peaceful environment and he loves the work.

While he considers himself a professional musician, at this stage, teaching remains his primary occupation. After work, music takes over, often in the company of another Warwick musician, Steve Kemp.

“When I write songs – especially about insights that I have gained – I want to share them. So performing is important to me.”

His guitar work is proficient and his style is similar to the late George Harrison. He has released three albums, including ‘Iron Horse’ - three songs he wrote and performed as a fundraiser for the local Railway Historical Society.

Join Hayden Briggs and other talented musicians this Friday at Whiskey Gully Wines, Turner Lane, Severnlea from 7pm. Bring an instrument and join in or just come and enjoy others performing.

Five dollars entry includes a glass of wine and meals will be available.

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

 

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February 9, 2006

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Heavenly chocolate at WGW

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She’s the Granite Belt’s resident chocolate-maker and this Friday, Alba Conti, of Heavenly Chocolate, is guest chef at the Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night at Severnlea.

“I love chocolate but I have never been a chocaholic,” Alba confesses. So why did she and partner Robin open a chocolate shop? “It was Robin’s idea. We were at a wonderful Swiss chocolate shop up in the mountains in Argentina and Robin said ‘we could do that’. So we did!”

Alba was born in Wellington, New Zealand, where her father was Argentina’s chargé-d’affaires. Her father’s diplomatic career – eventually he became an ambassador – took Alba to Australia, Mexico, Ireland, Japan and Hungary, as well as regular trips to Argentina.

She also travelled to Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Britain and Israel (where she lived on a kibbutz).

“I went to school in Australia and trained in Sydney as a nurse,” Alba explains. “ Australia seemed a good place to live and work, which as a New Zealander I could do, and seventeen years ago, I arrived in Stanthorpe.”

She worked at the hospital, met Robin and decided to stay.

They purchased a lovely house, Wisteria Cottage, on Pyramids Road at Wyberba, built some holiday cottages and Alba, a potter, sold crafts. Four years ago, they branched into chocolate.

“The coverture (chocolate covering) of good chocolates should contain at least one third cocoa butter.” Balancing that flavour with the fondant (sugary centre) is the key, Alba observes.

They must also look good - each one a sculpture - which is where Alba’s other passion for pottery comes in handy.

So, if you are into chocolate then Friday’s What’s Cookin’ at Turner lane, Severnlea, is sure to satisfy. Join MC, Lee Williams, and the Whiskey Gully Wines team at 7pm. Call 4683 5100 to book.

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January 31 , 2005

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WGW climbs Mt Marley

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Whiskey Gully Wines Music Nights get underway this Friday with a trip to Stanthorpe’s Mount Marlay to watch the fireworks.

“On Show Friday we take and our chairs up there and share a little fellowship and music watching the fireworks,” said Whiskey Gully Wines proprietor, John Arlidge.

After that, the nights will resume at their regular vineyard venue at Turner Lane, Severnlea.

“We have some great featured artists already lined up for this year,” said John.

Singer/songwriter Hayden Briggs will be featured in a fortnight’s time (February 17) and folk group Olde Dogs on Friday, March 3.

Hayden is from Warwick. “He is a brilliant performer and a really good songwriter,” said John.

“Olde Dogs are also a class act. The group is led by Danny Habberman who is a gifted songwriter and a performer on a variety of instruments including hammered dulcimer and flute. Novia Harris plays autoharp and other rhythm instruments and there’s a didgeridoo player also.”

John said the music nights built up a faithful following last year and the challenge would be to make them better than ever.

“We have had lots of calls from people wanting to know when they start again. I think one of the attractions is the intimate atmosphere generated here at the old homestead.”

They will be held every fortnight from this Friday. The Mount Marlay expedition starts from the lookout car park at 7.30pm. John advises to bring a chair, a picnic and a hearty voice.

 

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January 27, 2005

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Aussie Aussie Aussie at WGW

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Whiskey Gully Wines What’s Cookin’ nights at Severnlea will kick off for the year on Friday with an Aussie barbecue to celebrate Australia Day.

“True, Australia Day is actually on Thursday,” said proprietor John Arlidge, “but a double celebration never hurt anyone so come and do it all again on Friday night.”

Guest chef will be Bill Humble, a well known Granite Belt character, who will bring his skill to the barbecue plate and present some Australian poetry.

Bill is a cunning choice for the Australia Day celebration because although he has lived in Australia for 42 years and proudly calls Stanthorpe home, he was actually born in Malta, of British parents.

“My father was stationed there with the Royal Air Force. We left in 1939 before World War Two.”

Bill grew up in Britain, eventually following his father into the air force and becoming a specialist in radar and radio. He met his wife Jennifer in Plymouth.

In search of a better, sunnier, life they emigrated to Australia and found their way to Queensland. When the company Bill worked for was sold in 1965, he and two colleagues started their own electronics business in Stanthorpe. He and Jenny have been here ever since.

“I identify very strongly with Australia mainly because of the people,” Bill reflects. “From the moment I arrived in this country I was overwhelmed by people’s warmth and hospitality.”

Bill has given plenty back to his adopted community – in retirement he is a tireless contributor to the community through organisations such as the Rural Fire Brigade, the Stanthorpe Agricultural Show Society, the Australian Small Winemakers Show and many more.

Bill has chosen poems – including some by local poet, Jack Drake - to define the spirit of Australia.

Everyone is welcome to join Bill Humble for a touch of Australiana at the Whiskey Gully Wines’ What’s Cookin’ night, Turner Lane, Severnlea, this Friday starting at 7pm. As usual, entertainer Lee Williams will be MC and the cost is just $15 per person. It will be outdoors so bring a chair and a blanket.

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