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Reyes Winery Bottling Event – Part III

| Entertainment | December 27, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

In just a few weeks, we will be bottling many wines. Throughout the previous two articles, I mentioned our dessert wines and Chardonnays that will be bottled. This week, I am sharing our newest vintages of Ryan’s Blend and Sangiovese.

The 2016 Ryan’s Blend is a Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the Reyes Estate and Petite Verdot from a local vineyard. It was aged for 24 months in French oak barrels. This marriage of varietals is full bodied with aromas of black cherries, blackberries, dark chocolate, violets and a hint of vanilla. It has mouth-watering notes of blackberries, black cherries, and Italian plums, with a tad of smokiness and supple tannins for a well-balanced wine. This wine pairs well with a blackberry sauce drizzled on a pan seared duck breast, or an arugula salad with Italian plums and parmesan cheese.

Our newest vintage of Sangiovese is made from a specific vineyard selected by our winemaker, Robert Reyes, to create a wine that captures the heart of the 2016 vintage. On the nose, there is an aromatic profile of black currant and plum that continue on the palate with balanced acidity. Enjoy with aged Pecorino cheese, Panzanella salad and cherries poached in red wine with mascarpone cream.

Every year we have an event at the vineyard for guests to see the bottling process. It will be January 5 from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Its $49 per person and it includes lunch, a glass of wine, a tour of the bottling line and you get to take home a bottle that just was bottled.

Come try our current 2013 Ryan’s Blend this month. And in January, the 2013 Sangiovese will be featured in the Reyes Winery tasting room. Our 2013 Sangiovese is almost sold out. We have six cases left! Don’t forget, it makes the perfect holiday gift!

‘Nature Up Close’ Watercolor Exhibit

| Entertainment | December 27, 2018

The public is invited to an artist’s reception at the Canyon Theater Guild, 24242 Main Street, Newhall, on Friday Feb. 8, 2019, from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Award-winning local artist and art instructor, Charlotte Mullich, presents a one-woman show from Jan. 25 – Feb. 24.

The exhibit, titled “Nature Up Close,” includes a series of nature-inspired watercolor paintings. In her watercolor paintings, Mullich searches for the grace, strength and hope of the Earth found in simple natural objects. Her paintings are layered in rich colors, organic shapes and textures that highlight the elegance and beauty of nature. Many of Mullich’s subject matter focus on close-up views of nature, the changes of the seasons, the change of colors, and fleeting moments of time.

“In a world of technology, my hope is that my paintings create for the viewer a moment to pause and reflect on the beauty of nature,” Mullich stated. “In my work, leaves, twigs, flowers and animals symbolized beauty, surprise, wonder the fragility of nature and ultimately optimism and hope in the renewal of the Earth.”

For more information, visit https://www.santaclaritaartists.org/.

Charlotte Mullich is the current President of the Santa Clarita Artist Association. She is a member of the Los Angles Art Association, the Valley Watercolor Society and the California Art Club. She has exhibited in many art shows and festivals throughout California including the Beverly Hills Art Show, Calabasas Art Festival, the Sierra Madre Art Show, the Pasadena ArtWalk, San Diego Little Italy Mission Artwalk and Los Altos Art Festival. Charlotte Mullich paintings can be found in client’s collections throughout the U.S. and internationally.

New Year’s Eve in Santa Clarita

| Entertainment | December 27, 2018

For those who are looking to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, there are several events taking place in Santa Clarita to bring in the New Year.

Vincent Hill Station is hosting The Overdrive Band at 8 p.m. VFW Post 6885 will also be featuring live music, and attendees can enjoy New Year’s Eve with Pam and Chad Watson. As for the Canyon Club in Valencia, Led Zepagain will be playing – well – Led Zeppelin songs.

If murder is more your taste, take part in a murder mystery event at LeChene restaurant in Agua Dulce. Registration begins at 7 p.m., and the event will take place from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.

Or, you can hop on the Fillmore & Western Railway train (literally) with their New Year’s Eve Dinner Party on the Train. For details, visit www.fwry.com.

Lastly, JR’s Comedy Club at Embassy Suites will be hosting an East Coast New Year’s from 5:15 – 9 p.m., and a West Coast New Year’s from 8:15 p.m. – 12 a.m. Hosted by Paul Douglas Moomjean, headliners Don McMillan and Dan Gabriel will take the stage for both shows.

Reyes Winery Bottling Event – part II

| Entertainment | December 20, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

In just a few weeks, we will be bottling many wines. Last week, I mentioned our dessert wines that will be bottled. This week, I am sharing our Chardonnay wines. We will have three: 2016 Amber Chardonnay, 2016 Renaissance Chardonnay and 2015 Emmie’s Blend (Chardonnay, Muscat and Albarino).

The first wine I am going to mention is our 2016 Amber Chardonnay. Each vintage has become even more fantastic than the year before. This is truly a remarkable wine that everyone must try. Five years ago, an article inspired us to create this skin-contact Chardonnay. It was so inspiring that it is now our tradition to produce our estate Chardonnay in this style. This is a unique wine that was made in a similar method to the Georgian wines called “Orange” or “Amber” wines. Those wines are normally fermented and aged in clay vessels called qvevri. After fermenting in the skins, just like red wines, we aged this estate Chardonnay in French oak barrels for 20 months.

Our estate Chardonnay captures the essence of Reyes Vineyard with stunning fresh acidity and minerality. By picking the grapes on the perfect day, we can obtain a skin-contact Chardonnay that is bright and well- balanced, with great concentration of fruit. The nose is soft, yet elegant, with complex aromas of apricots and kumquats and a hint of floral developing in the glass. Delectable flavors of stone fruits and citrus supported by a perfect balance of oak soften the bright acid, giving way to a lingering finish. Enjoy this chilled with a shrimp creole and dirty rice, as well as pecan pie for dessert.

Secondly, our 2016 Renaissance by Reyes Winery Chardonnay has delightful aromas of citrus, lemon zest and a hint of grapefruit. It was aged in French oak for 20 months, creating a multi-layered and complex wine. It is rich on the palate and filled with notes of tangerines and quince. Enjoy it chilled with grilled spicy salmon topped with a grapefruit salsa or a citrus salad.

Last is our 2015 Emmie’s Blend. It is a limited-edition blend of estate Chardonnay and Muscat with locally sourced Albarino. It has a beautiful floral aroma of light citrus notes. It is well-balanced with the right acidity. This wine pairs with baked brie, an apple compote or chevre with lavender.

Every year we have an event at the vineyard for guests to see the bottling process. It will be January 5 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. It’s $49 per person and it includes lunch, a glass of wine, a tour of the bottling line and you get to take home a freshly-bottled wine.

Come try our current 2015 Amber Chardonnay this month in the Reyes Winery tasting room, and don’t forget, it makes the perfect holiday gift!

From Musical Rags to Musical Riches

| Community, Entertainment | December 20, 2018

by Natalia Radcliffe

September 1, 2013. Lisa Marie Presley was performing at the El Rey Theater in California.

The brother and sister from Castaic were just ordinary fans in the crowd like everyone else. That is, until Presley recognized them from YouTube and invited them up on stage to perform.

In that moment, Nicole and Scotty Lomaglio knew what career to pursue.

“We were so taken aback and it was just the most amazing thing and she gave us the most amazing support at the time and we thought to ourselves, ‘This is it. This is what we want to do,’” said Scotty.

Nicole, 21, and Scotty, 17, have been in the music industry for more than five years. They currently write, produce, record, edit and mix their own songs. Their story is instructive to others who dream of a career in music.

“You can find studios, but they charge way too much for your time and it’s just a whole hassle,” Scotty said. “So we decided to just build our own studio.”

This studio only consists of a few square feet in their house, but that does not bother them in the slightest.

By day, it is a typical family room. A big long couch separates this room from the kitchen. A coffee table sits in front of the couch, and a computer rests on a small desk in a corner under a window.

By night, the simple family room is turned into a recording studio. The table is moved out of the way, headphones are put on, and a mic is pulled out. The siblings had always known they wanted to make music.

Nicole had a passion for writing and singing, and in kindergarten she could be found writing short stories or poems. Her house was often filled with the sound of the latest song stuck in her head.

At age 11, Scotty signed up for guitar lessons. He picked it up so fast he could play almost any song in no time. His teacher ended up recommending that he perform at open mics. There was a slight problem, however.

“I needed someone to help me sing, because I’m not a good singer, I can only play,” Scotty said with a smile. “So Nicole, my sister, suggested that we become a duo, and she can sing and I can play guitar.”

That arrangement turned out to be successful, and the siblings were finding themselves considering the possibility of music as a career.

They created a YouTube channel in August of 2013 featuring covers of different songs, including those of Lisa Marie Presley. When they went to see her perform at the El Rey Theater, she invited them on stage to perform with her. It was in that moment they knew this is what they wanted to do.

After that day, they immersed themselves in the music industry and have never looked back.

“It was fairly easy based on their talent and abilities,” said Ursula Lomaglio, Nicole and Scotty’s mother. “I could tell they had the talent to do it.”

The road has not been smooth, but the siblings have no regrets.

“There were people who were super encouraging and super supportive and then people who were negative about the idea of us being young,” said Nicole.

“I’m happier to be older now, because I feel like we are taken more seriously, but I wouldn’t have wanted to spend our teenage years any other way, because playing is what we love to do.”

They released their first EP, Unchartered Waters, in 2014. This was the first time the duo used a recording studio, as they had a friend who owned one.

“It didn’t take very long, maybe like a month, to narrow down which songs we wanted to include,” said Nicole.

They eventually chose three songs: The Rise of the Storm, Barefoot Traveler, and Stricken.

“I felt these songs could resonate with people,” said Nicole. All three are uplifting and positive, meant to brighten people’s days and provide hope in darkness.

The following years were spent updating their YouTube channel with new covers, performing at different venues and meeting as many people as they could within the business.

Nicole also attended College of the Canyons where she took four classes, along with her workload as a homeschooler. The classes included writing for journalism, music publishing, playing the piano and vocal health.

“This was right when Scotty and I started playing live and actively pursuing a career in music. I wanted to gain some of my own perspective and knowledge in a classroom setting and learn some tricks for the business side and then for the performance side,” said Nicole.

She had to drop out early, however, as the workload from her classes, plus her homeschool curriculum, in addition to playing at shows and writing songs, proved to be too much. Even though she did not finish the classes, she did gain knowledge from them, skills she could use in furthering her career.

Their newest single, #Queen, was released on October 5, 2018. It was based on one of Nicole’s past relationships.

“I feel like a lot of girls nowadays sadly don’t have the confidence that should be instilled within them to say what they want and what they expect out of relationships and how they expect be treated with respect,” said Nicole. “I kind of wanted to write a female empowerment anthem that focuses on self-confidence and reminding anyone that they should feel and be treated like royalty.”

“We kind of wanted it to be more of a bad-ass song, honestly,” said Scotty.

Musically, they were inspired by the sounds of trip-op music, “which is halfway between hip-hop and trap, and we thought, ‘this is such a cool genre, can we write a song like this?’” said Scotty.

The song came together fast. Nicole wrote the lyrics in the span of one night, and when it came time to record and produce, the process only took one week.

“Every time Nicole would sing a lyric, I would try to add an element musically that would emphasize what she was singing,” said Scotty. “I added a whole bunch of sound effects, like crashes and wind sounds, just to accompany the lyrics.”

The siblings have had a busy year performing at different venues. The two that stood out most were their performance in Simi Valley for a Fourth of July celebration and the House of Blues in late October. They love the attentive crowds and engaging the audience while they are performing.

However, their career does not just consist of performing. It takes work to come up with the lyrics and music of a song.

Nicole is the one in charge of coming up with lyrics. Inspiration hits anywhere, anytime.

“Usually, it involves being out in fresh air, hiking, or being on the beach. I’ll get hit with a random line and I’ll pull out my phone and jot it down,” said Nicole. “Those are the spontaneous moments when inspiration just hits you like while you are having a cup of coffee. If I actively sit down and go ‘I’m going to write a song,’ I will jot out a short story first, to lay the foundation, and then pool lines from that and turn them into lyrics.”

For Scotty, he taught himself production, editing and mixing. The internet was his source of knowledge.

“I started looking up on YouTube all these tutorials,” said Scotty.  “I spent a good chunk of my time at the end of 2015 to the beginning of 2016 learning how to record, produce, mix and master.”

Nicole and Scotty are planning on releasing their next single, Can Be Beautiful, in December.

Five years have passed from the days of the El Rey Theater, to performing at the House of Blues.

“A lot of iconic bands played at the House of Blues,” said Nicole, “either in their early years or when they are already established. It’s like one of those milestone venues.”

October was their second time playing there, and they absolutely loved the experience. Compared to the crowd of 20,000 at the Simi Valley fireworks show where they had preformed earlier in the year, the crowd of 200 seemed downright small.

But just as there was something special in performing in front of thousands of people, so there was something special with the intimacy of performing in front of hundreds.

“While we were playing #Queen, I taught the audience how to sing the chorus,” Nicole remembered. “The people in the front were dancing and singing along, even the guys. People sitting down at tables were even coming up to dance. It was the most fun, interactive experience we had with an audience.”

From rags to riches. This sibling music duo are now living their dream. “I feel like every day we accomplish another goal of ours,” said Nicole. “Every day I feel fulfilled.”

Live Music

| Entertainment | December 20, 2018

Live Music this week in SCV! 

 

Dec 21, Fri        8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Bill Cinque & friends      Classic covers

8–12m              Vincent Hill Station        Big Coyote on the patio             Country

8–12m              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Matt Loewy                   Cover & orig

9–11pm            The Local Pub n Grill     The Gamblers                Live music

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Lance Allyn                   Classic covers

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Dec 22, Sat       6–10pm                        Vincent Hill Station        Crystal Whiskey                        Country

7:30–10:30p      Vincenzo’s Newhall        Catch 22                       Rock mix

8–11pm               Wine 661                       Sean Wiggins                Covers & orig

8–12m              VFW 6885                     Big Coyote                            Country

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Laurence Tamez                        Saxy songs

9–1am              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Bad Traffic                    Rock


10a–2p             Saugus Swap meet       Brothers & Others          Live music

1–5pm              Rock Inn (Lake Hughes)   Breakfast w Barbie        Classic rock

3–7pm              Vincent Hill                    Moldy Marvin’s open mic       Various

5–9pm              VFW 6885                     Robert Heft band          Blues mix

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Dec 25, Tues     Merry Everything

Dec 26, Wed

7–9pm              Alchemy                       Dole-Humphries duo      Folk rk & orig

Dec 27, Thur

6–9pm                  Salt Creek Grille                                Laurence Tamez               Saxy songs

6:30–9p                        Brewery Draconum        Peacock & the Feathers Upbeat rock

7–10pm                        Bergie’s steakhouse      Mighty Anchovies w Joe Iaquinto           C.R.

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Dec 28, Fri

8–11pm                        Wine 661                       Bill Cinque & friends      Classic covers

9–12m              Salt Creek Grille                        Dole Humphries trio       Folk rk & orig

 

Live Music

| Entertainment | December 13, 2018

Live Music this week in SCV!
Dec 14, Fri
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Overdrive on the patio Classic rock
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn (Newhall) Frankly Speaking Rock classics
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Dec 15, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Lance Allyn Classic covers
8–10pm Double Trouble Wine Mike Fitzgerald Trio Pop n rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Henry Becker Country
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
9–1am Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Saloonatics Cover rock
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Dec 16, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Seventh Switch Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Del Fuego Bros & Gil Karson Classics
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Magnolia Drawl Country
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Dec 18, Tues
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Bob Carrillo Blues
7–9pm Bethlehem Lutheran Jam for Jesus – annual Christmas concert
Dec 19, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Dec 20, Thur
6–9pm Salt Creek Grille Laurence Tamez Sax
7–10pm Brewery Draconum Eye 5 R+B, Soul, Jazz
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Mod-U-Lates Classic rock
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Reyes Winery Bottling Event

| Entertainment | December 13, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Someone asked me last week on a tour, “It’s December, what are you doing?”

There is always something happening at the vineyard all year long. Right now, we are preparing to bottle our 2016 and 2017 vintages. Every year we have an event at the vineyard for guests to see the bottling process. It will be January 5 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. It is $49 per person and includes lunch, a glass of wine, a tour of the bottling line, and you get to take home a wine that was just bottled.

One of the wines we are bottling is very special, which is Reyes Winery’s 12-year-old Agua Dulce Delight. This port-style dessert wine is a recognition of craftsmanship. After a decade of care and slow oak maturation, we have bottled this amazing example of complex flavors and artistry in a dessert wine. This is for those who appreciate quality in every component of a wine. It has aromas of fresh figs and orange blossom honey. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah was aged in French oak barrels where over time it acquired its sophisticated notes of caramel, dates, figs and a hint of chocolate. This exceptional wine has a smooth, silky texture and subtle oak nuances that deliver a long elegant finish. Enjoy with a fig cake or a blue cheese cake.

Currently in the tasting room, we have two of our port-style wines for tasting. The rest of our port-style wines are for purchase. One of them is the Agua Dulce Delight, which came from the same original blend as our 12-year, but was bottled in 2013. It has won several awards; a silver in the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, plus Bronze medals in the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru, 2015 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition, and the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This is an older barrel-aged edition of our Agua Dulce Delight. A unique blend of award-winning wines was set aside at Reyes Winery to create this complex, full-bodied old-world style wine. Its rich spice and fruit notes have continued to evolve in French oak barrels for six years. This wine is black cherry in color, and very intense with rich and complex aromas of dark berries, figs, caramel, and anise, giving it a very special elegance. This wine pairs well with chocolate bread pudding or Stilton cheese.

We also have Sweet Serenity. It is a white wine that is also a port-style dessert wine. It has won Gold & Best in Class medals from the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru and a Bronze from the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Our 2009 Muscat wine has been aged into an old-world style dessert wine and has just the right touch of wood. It has aromas of burnt caramel, dried apricots and candied ginger. It pairs with soft cheeses after dinner or cinnamon sugared zeppole.

Come try these fabulous dessert wines this month in the Reyes Winery tasting room, and don’t forget they make the perfect holiday gift!

Reyes Winery Wine Club

| Entertainment | December 6, 2018

bu Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

Just the other day, someone mentioned to me that of all the things that I’ve written about, I’ve never actually shared a little bit about Reyes Winery’s wine club. It consists of four shipments a year. They are March, June, September and December. There is no fee to become a member, only a commitment that you will remain a member for at least four shipments. Every shipment you have an option of either having it shipped to you, or picking it up at the winery. For instance, this weekend is our member pickup party, which we offer to all our members free of charge. It allows two members to have lunch and a glass of wine each. If they wish to invite friends, it’s $15 a person. Every lunch that I do is always paired with the wine of the selections we have chosen. I always choose one white wine and two red wines, and one of the three is always a new release. This quarter my three wines are 2009 Syrah, 2009 Sweet Serenity (white wine) and 2013 Merlot (which is the new release).

The two older wines have not been a “quarterly choice” in more than four years. So, I like to make sure that if you do keep the options, you will not have seen them for a very long time. Our 2009 Syrah has won silver medals in the 2011 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the 2011 O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition, plus it received 85 points from the Wine Enthusiast Magazine (03/2014 edition). This “member only” wine holds its own with robust flavors and spices, including smoky blackberry flavors. It pairs with rack of lamb, drunken goat cheese, or bread pudding with blackberries.

Our new release, the 2013 Merlot, has a silver medal from the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. This fruity Merlot exhibits a delightful fragrance of ripe blueberries and cassis, complemented by Ceylon cinnamon and toasted oak. We aged this wine in French oak for 23 months. On the palate you will perceive black plums, mixed berries and Ceylon cinnamon. Savor this estate produced gem with a skirt steak or a juicy hamburger.

Our 2009 Sweet Serenity won Gold and Best in Class in the 2014 Long Beach Grand Cru, plus a bronze in the 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Our 2009 Muscat dessert wine has been aged into an old-world style dessert wine and has just the right touch of wood. It has aromas of burnt caramel, dried apricots and candied ginger. Pairs with soft cheeses after dinner or cinnamon sugared zeppolli.

For lunch this weekend, I am serving meatballs with a rosemary Syrah sauce, cranberry chicken, pasta with steamed vegetables, plus mixed green salad and for dessert blueberry spiced chocolate cupcakes and a few other goodies. We are open this weekend for lunch from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.­­­

Close Out 2018 with Thursdays@Newhall

| Entertainment | December 6, 2018

The City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall series, presented by Valencia Auto Center, continues in December and closes out 2018 with events inside The MAIN in Old Town Newhall. Thursdays@Newhall is an ongoing opportunity for residents of Santa Clarita to attend free shows, concerts and special events throughout the year.

The slate begins December 6 at The MAIN (24266 Main Street), when 10 performers will take the stage for 10 minutes each and share their comedy, storytelling, short films and music at the monthly 10 by 10 show from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Long-time Santa Clarita local Steve Messick and his accordion will take you on an international musical journey with a vibrant and entertaining repertoire you won’t want to miss! Performances this month also include storytelling with Michael Dougherty, Vicki Juditz and Bart Richards; comedy from Lang Parker and Richard Meyer; comedy and juggling by Ivan Pecel; music with Tracy Lee Nelson and John Bergstrom; and magic by Glenndalf.

On December 13, local musicians will take the stage for Note by Note inside The MAIN from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Note by Note is a free musical showcase delighting audiences with a variety of genres. Bands, duos and soloists will perform a wide range of styles, including rock, folk, Celtic, Americana, blues, jazz, country, experimental, western and more. Featured performers in December include Mike Fleming, Abby Lyons, Ric Taylor and Sarah Mee Ran Cave. Artists interested in performing at Note by Note can learn more at ThursdaysAtNewhall.com/NotebyNote.

Starting Tuesday, December 11, the art gallery at The MAIN will host a new show featuring work from several talented artists. The exhibit is a group show and will showcase various mediums of art from more than 10 artists. This month’s artist reception will be moved from Thursday to Saturday due to the holidays. The free art reception will be on Saturday, December 15, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The MAIN. Guests will enjoy light snacks and music, and have a chance to meet the artists.

For more information about the City of Santa Clarita’s Thursdays@Newhall events, visit ThursdaysAtNewhall.com or contact the city’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

Gilchrist Farm Hosts Holiday Hoedown

| Entertainment | December 6, 2018

If you can’t get seem to get enough of horses and holiday festivities, Gilchrist Farm has you covered – with both. This weekend, the public is invited to attend Gilchrist Farm’s Holiday Hoedown, where attendees can partake in holiday crafts, pony rides, face painting, a petting zoo and more.

In addition to the activites, on Saturday Dec. 8 at 10 a.m., a Holiday Horse and Rider Costume Parade will be held, with decorated horses delivering Santa to the Hoedown by wagon.

The event will take place December 8-9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission in free, with certain attractions charged per activity. Gilchrist Farm is located at 30116 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita. For more information, visit www.gilchristfarm.com or call 661-645-2517.

Live Music

| Entertainment | November 29, 2018

Nov 30, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Live music
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Covers & orig
9–11p The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bat, on tour, spec visit Folk, acoustic
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Dec 1, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Dan Parra Folk rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall The Grateful Dudes Bluegrass
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Horn & John Davis Classic rock
8–12m VFW 6885 No Chasers Soft rock
8:30–11p The Local Pub n Grill Nick Horn Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–12m Mabel’s Roadhouse Catch 22 Rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Joe Ferraro band Blues rock
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Dec 2, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Gypsy Breeze Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Roby Duron & Walker Gibson Classics
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Rob Staley Acoustic ctry
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Chuck Strong & friends Blues rock
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Dec 4, Tues 6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Live music
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge guest Bluesy night
Dec 5, Wed 7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Dec 6, Thur 7–10p Brewery Draconum The Gamblers Acoustic ctry
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Jim Gustin & Truth Jones Blues mix
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Dec 7, Fri

7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Kik Start Top 40 rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Boys night out on patio Classic bl & rk
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) TBD Live music
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

Explore, Play and Create at the 12th Annual Family Literacy Festival

| Entertainment | November 22, 2018

Literacy is an integral part of everyday life. Without it, you wouldn’t be able to read this. As for gaining knowledge in many areas of life, the Annual Literacy Festival has the community covered.

The Santa Clarita Public Library, SCV Education Foundation and College of the Canyons MakerSpace are partnering to host the 12th Annual Family Literacy Festival themed “Explore, Play, Create.” This free event will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the Old Town Newhall Library located at 24500 Main Street.

Local students, teachers, artists and education enthusiasts will be partnering to host stations focused on the theme of “Explore, Play, Create.” Families who attend the event can expect a fun day of celebrating literature, music, dance and crafts. Get inspired to create artistic expression with special performances by Ballet Folklórico and Saugus Choirs, as well as shows by talented musicians Joe Ayoub and Martin Espino.

Other activities include free face painting, a caricature artist, costumed character photo opportunities, a mini salsa dance lesson, storytime with a squirrel, food trucks and much more.

The event will also feature opportunities for participants to win prizes and giveaways. No RSVP is required to attend, just show up.

For more information on the 12th Annual Family Literacy Festival and other Santa Clarita Public Library events, visit SantaClaritaLibrary.com or call (661) 259-0750.

Interior Design Students Participate in Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Holiday Home Tour

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

The Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Holiday Home Tour annually embodies the warmth and magic of the holiday season, as the doors to exquisitely decorated Santa Clarita Valley homes are opened to the community in the name of charity and goodwill.

For the second time in the event’s more than 30-year history, community partnerships have carried that warmth over to College of the Canyons by granting interior design students the opportunity to create a holiday design. This season, COC students Grace Trinh, Kylie Van Meter, Marlene Beltran, Julissa Hendriquez, and Joy Estrella-Boyland were selected to assist in decorating one of the four homes included in this year’s tour.

The group, led by COC interior design instructor Patrick Tremblay, was assigned the Michael and Teri Fox residence in Stevenson Ranch, and asked to incorporate the theme “Holiday Magic” into its final designs.

“College of the Canyons is proud to be a part of events like the Holiday Home Tour, because it gives back to the community, challenges our students to apply what they are learning in the classroom and further establishes COC as a desirable place to study a variety of subjects including interior design,” said Tremblay.

Involvement in this project teaches students numerous skills that will be invaluable to them in future design careers. Coordinating materials and décor, managing a budget, and time-management are just a few of the lessons learned.

The team has been working behind the scenes since August by making decorations such as wreaths, garlands and bows, to maximize funds and time. Their goal was to have as much done as possible before they began decorating inside the home on Nov. 1.

The 2018 Holiday Home Tour kicks off on Friday, Nov. 30 at The Oaks Country Club, where the annual Preview Gala will be held. Guests will enjoy a lavish evening, including a buffet dinner and the special first look tour of the homes.

The Holiday Home Tour officially opens to the public the following day, with tours running from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. Admission is $30 if purchased before Nov. 28 and will be $35 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Foundation.

The Holiday Home Tour, which has traditionally focused on fundraising for women’s services, has raised upwards of a million dollars since the first event in 1981. This year, proceeds will benefit the Center for Women and Newborns in the hospital’s new Patient Tower.

For more information about the college’s interior design program, visit the department’s web page.

Holiday Home Tour

The 2018 Holiday Home Tour will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, 9:30–4:30 p.m. Purchase your Home Tour tickets www.henrymayo.com/2018-holiday-home-tour/

The Holiday Home Tour Boutique
The Holiday Home Tour Boutique will be held Saturday, December 1, 2018 9 am–4:00 pm, at Henry Mayo Center, 23803 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355. Education Center, Rooms 4/5/6/7. More than 30 vendors will be offering gourmet food items, jewelry, women’s and children’s clothing, seasonal decor and more.

City Offers Excursion to Hollywood Pantages Theatre

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

There’s certainly no place like home, but when home provides the opportunity to venture to the wonderful land of Oz, it can be hard to pass up.

“Wicked,” the award-winning Broadway musical, is returning to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for a limited time, and the City of Santa Clarita is offering residents the chance to see it before it flies away.

“Wicked” is the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba and Glinda, who you may know better as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz.” The play is recommended for children eight years and older, and those under five years of age will not be admitted into the theatre.

The City’s Recreation and Community Services department is planning an excursion to see “Wicked” on Sunday, January 13, 2019, and has a limited number of tickets available to the public. Tickets can be purchased for $114 per person ($125 for non-residents), and include reserved mezzanine seating at the theatre and charter bus transportation to the show.

Participants will depart from The Centre (20880 Centre Pointe Parkway) at 10:30 a.m. on January 13. Upon arrival in Hollywood, participants will have time to have lunch at a restaurant of their choosing before the show begins at 1:00 p.m. The price of lunch is not included in registration for this excursion.

For more information about this opportunity and to register to see “Wicked” with the City of Santa Clarita, contact Jennifer Lindstrom, Recreation Coordinator, at (661) 250-3731 or visit santa-clarita.com/Seasons.

Tired of Turkey?

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

I always have someone asking me if you can drink red wine with fish …YES! A red or pink fish, like salmon or ahi tuna, can be paired with a red wine.

I love having Zinfandel with salmon. Our 2013 Zinfandel has won silver medals in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, plus 87 points at the 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition, and in the 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. It also took bronze in the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition.

This California old vine Zinfandel has aromas of boysenberries, cocoa and nutmeg. It has distinct flavors of blood orange, pink peppercorns, and boysenberries for a fruity finish. It pairs well with a grilled skirt steak and barbeque corn, aged Gouda or boysenberry pie. You can also enjoy it with poached salmon.

Here is a recipe that everyone keeps asking me for. Salmon is one of my favorite fishes. I prefer using Coho or Sockeye. Farmed Salmon can contain dioxins, so when I prepared this, I used pacific wild-caught salmon and it didn’t have color added to the flesh. I have also purchased Scottish salmon. It was one of the best tasting salmons I have had. It even had the tag on it from when it was caught, so you knew how fresh it was.

I always get the salmon with the skin because it seals the moisture in while searing. When you bake it, the skin is optional. Salmon is an oily fish, so you don’t need that much oil; just enough to lightly coat it, so the seasoning sticks to it. It’s a very versatile fish. There are so many ways to prepare this. You could serve it every day for a month and never twice the same. This has been featured at many Reyes Winery events, and it is always the favorite of the day.

Ingredients

1 lb of salmon filet (Four 4oz pieces)
3 tsp of olive oil
½ cup Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin
2 tsp garlic, chopped
Juice of one lemon and an orange
2 tsp adobo seasoning
2 tsp parsley, chopped
1 ½ tsp of kosher salt
2 tsp of seasoned pepper

Directions:

In a 9×9 baking pan, spray the whole pan thoroughly so that the salmon won’t stick.
Rub the salmon with olive oil.
Season the top with adobo, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper.
Add Reyes 2013 Quinn’s Zin, a juice of lemon and orange to bottom of pan.
Bake in preheated oven at 375 degrees for 20 minutes, covered.
Uncover and broil for 5 minutes.
Serve.

Live Music This Week!

| Entertainment | November 21, 2018

Nov 23, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Steve Jones Acoustic blues
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
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Nov 24, Sat

6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Tony Capko & Herbie Kae Jazzy
8–11pm Wine 661 Lance Allyn Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Right Side Up R&B, Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bat Live music
9–12m Mabel’s Roadhouse Catch 22 Rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Robert Heft band Blues mix
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Nov 25, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet The Reign Live music
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Lance Allyn Classic covers
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Pam Loe & Chad Watson Country
5–9pm Amer Legion Newhall Steve Britton’s CR Jam Classic rock
5:30–8:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Drop Zone lite Acoustic rock
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Nov 27, Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Sean Wiggins
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Dallas Hodge guest Bluesy night

Nov 28, Wed

7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig

Nov 29, Thur

7–10p Brewery Draconum Peacock & the Feathers Rock mix
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Phil n the Blanks Classic rock
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Nov 30, Fri

8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station The Fulcos on patio Live music
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Hughes band Covers & orig
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Bat, on tour, spec visit Folk, acoustic

Wines to Pair for Your Family Thanksgiving Dinner

| Entertainment | November 15, 2018

by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Thanksgiving is around the corner, and last night, my dad and I were creating a dinner menu with a wine list to match. We were thinking about what we wanted – and, of course, it involved turkey.

Two years ago, my Thanksgiving article included my Chardonnay gravy recipe that I always make with my turkey. Turkey and gravy is a match made in heaven, but when you add wine, its paradise! While enjoying turkey, you can have a glass of the 2015 Amber Chardonnay or 2010 Syrah. Those are my two favorites.

Now that fall has arrived and it’s chilly out, a bowl of soup to start would be perfect. Curried apple and carrot soup would be a great start this year. I think that Brown Knows Cider’s Hop on this Honey would be amazing with soup.

Then, I am going to do a Japanese sweet potato dish. A few weeks ago, for our monthly hike, I prepared this delicious casserole. I layer thinly sliced sweet potatoes in a casserole dish and layer it with a white cheddar sauce and red onions. For the hike, it was vegan, so I used almond cheddar and coconut milk. The coconut milk makes it very moist and helps the cheese melt into a sauce, and I used wine. I would definitely pair this dish with our 2013 Sauvignon Blanc. This wine won a bronze medal in the 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and received 82 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine (May 2018 Edition). It has aromas of crisp citrus, green apple and slight floral notes. On the palate you get a hint of honeydew melon and granny smith apples. This fruit-forward wine can be appreciated alone or with food.

For dessert this year, I am going to make something I haven’t in many years: a cranberry pecan chocolate pie. Our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon tastes so delicious with cranberry desserts. It won’t be so sweet that you can’t finish your dessert. If you prefer a sweeter pairing, then absolutely choose the Agua Dulce Delight.

Do come in this weekend to pick up your Thanksgiving selections and we will be open this year Wednesday, November 21.

Holiday Jam – Musical Treat Served at Bethlehem Lutheran

| Canyon Country Magazine, Entertainment | November 15, 2018

Chances are your Christmas traditions don’t include a backstage pass experience with dozens of A-list musicians who tour with the likes of Phil Collins, Earth, Wind & Fire and Frankie Valli. Unless, that is, you’ve been on the inside of Canyon Country’s best-kept musical secret for the last 27 years.

Bethlehem Lutheran Church holds an annual concert spearheaded by Robby Robinson, who pulls together about 30 of his friends – also professional musicians – who bring to the public a show called Jam for Jesus. It’s a free three-hour music experience featuring men and women who perform for a living, but do the concert voluntarily.

“The talent level is just off the charts, but more than the talent level is the heart that these musicians have, who are giving their talent – significant talent, I might add – to the Lord,” Robinson said. “You walk into this church and what you get is what you’d expect to see in Radio City Music Hall.”

Front-and-center is Robinson on keyboard, who created the annual event when he was the minister of music at the church in the 1990s, and his brother, Rex Robinson, on bass. Though Rex, an Agua Dulce resident, has retired from touring, both men were in Frankie Valli’s band, and Robby has been Valli’s music director for more than 40 years.

Some of the horns, guitarists, vocalists, etc. are locals who are now professionals, including Andrea Hammond, Roland and Tristan Garcia and Sara Niemietz. Jam for Jesus performers also include musicians who play in the “Dancing with the Stars” and “American Idol” bands.

The songs in the concert are sacred, Robby said, including a number of Christmas songs. But the group tackles many different styles, from classical to jazz/pop. Far from a rigid performance, it’s what Robby calls “somewhat loose,” where there’s only one rehearsal and a basic script, which he writes in advance.

Like a symphony, these friends of Robby create a blend that fills the rafters, using little musical construction but still following a list of songs and basic arrangements.

“It’s like flying with no net,” Robby said. “It’s a very intimate kind of concert, not formal – you feel like you’re backstage. It’s hard to describe unless you’ve been there.”

One professional who’s “been there” from the beginning is percussionist Richie Garcia. He’s recorded on soundtracks for such films as “The Italian Job” and “Emperor’s New Groove” and toured with Sting, Diana Ross, Brooks and Dunn and many others. His sons, Roland and Tristan, also perform professionally and are frequent members of the Bethlehem Lutheran band.

“It’s an honor to share the stage with my family and some of the most accomplished musicians in Los Angeles year after year,” said Tristan Garcia. “They come together for a time of giving, share their talents and celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.”

Meanwhile, their friend and leader Robby Robinson keeps packing a bag. A couple of weeks ago he played in Milwaukee, followed by Chicago, and ended up in Detroit, onstage with Frankie Valli.

Rex Robinson

Last year, the Robinson brothers flew to their hometown of Litchfield, Illinois (population about 7,000) where their mother still lives. Where they held the Robinson Brothers 40th Anniversary Concert, raising more than $100,000 for a small hospital. Some of the Robinsons’ musical colleagues who flew to Litchfield to play included a member of Mel Torme’s band and one of the stars of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys.”

If you attend Bethlehem Lutheran on a Sunday morning it’s possible to hear several of the same musicians. You’re more likely to see Rex Robinson in the worship band than Robby, who is now a minister of music in Simi Valley, where he lives. But his years of leadership give him the ability to speak for many of his musician friends.

“I feel so blessed to do what I do,” Robby said. “And that’s the way these guys feel.”

Bethlehem Lutheran Church is located at 27265 Luther Drive in Canyon Country. Jam for Jesus will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. For more information, call 661-252-0622 or visit BethlehemSCV.com.

Live Music This Week

| Entertainment | November 15, 2018

Nov 16, Fri
6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Rebel Heart Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill The Gamblers Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock
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Nov 17, Sat
6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Miles 2 Go Classic covers
7–9 or 10p Brewery Draconum Drop 3 Jazz funk
7–10pm Backyard Grub n Brews Saloonatics Rock covers
7–11pm Moose Lodge Mint Cyn Cervantes Rock covers
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Dark Desert Hwy Eagles hits
8–11pm Wine 661 Sean Hughes Covers & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Servants of Soul R&B, Classic rock
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic covers
9–12m Eighth and Rail Snareheads Dance rock
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Natalie Wattre Covers & orig
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Nov 18, Sun
10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Wildside Live music
1–4pm Brewery Draconum Steve Jones Acoustic blues
1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Matt Loewy CR & orig
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm VFW 6885 Sue Rey & Runarounds Classic 60s rk
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Nov 20, Tues
6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night Dan Kirkpatrick
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse SRBQ CR & blues
Nov 21, Wed
7–9pm Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
9–12m The Local Pub & Grill Max Esparzza Live music
Nov 22, Thur Happy Thanksgiving
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Nov 23, Fri
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Seventh Switch on patio Classic rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Steve Jones Acoustic blues
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Max Esparzza Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock

Avenues Community Pints Night for #GivingTuesday

| Entertainment | November 15, 2018

Help support Avenue Supported Living Services (SLS) community pints non-profit night by joining the organization for an evening of live music and free cornhole games.

It is also #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving. This is a night for giving back to the community. Music will be performed by Sean Wiggins and food will be provided by Charlie’s Wieners food truck, which will serve hot dogs and other vegan options.

The event will take place Tuesday, November 27 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Wolfcreek Brewery 25108 Rye Canyon Loop, Santa Clarita, CA 91355.

Avenues SLS, Inc is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit agency providing supported living and individualized day services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/D) living in the Santa Clarita and San Fernando Valley. The nonprofit provides instructional coaching to ensure that the individuals supported can live productive lives of their choosing in their homes and community.

Live Music

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

Nov 9, Fri

6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Right Side Up band Classic rock
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Code Red band Classic rock
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Runaway Train on patio Country rock
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins duo Covers & orig
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Todd & Niki Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Galo Pacheco Classic rock
9–1am Doc’s Inn Frankly Speaking Rock covers
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Nov 10,

Sat 6–10pm Vincent Hill Station Z Band Classics & Ctry
7:30–10:30p Vincenzo’s Newhall Colt 45 band Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Dole Humphries Folk rk & orig
8–12m VFW 6885 Big Coyote Country
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill Some Other Loco Blues, folk, ctry
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Lance Allyn Classic covers
9–1a Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Sean Wiggins Covers & orig
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Nov 11, Sun

10a–2p Saugus Swap meet Old Dawgs, New Tricks Live music

1–5pm Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Milo Sledge Country blues
3–7pm Vincent Hill Moldy Marvin’s open mic Various
5–9pm Amer.Legion Newhall Rick Berthod, SCV Blues Society Jam
5–9pm VFW 6885 Breakfast with Barbie Classic rock
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Nov 13, Tues

6–8:30p Wolf Creek Brewery Community Pints night SomeOtherLoco
7–10p Bergie’s steakhouse Deep Fried Daddys Blues rock mix
Nov 14, Wed 6:30–8:30p Alchemy Dole-Humphries Folk rk & orig
Nov 15, Thur 7–10pm Brewery Draconum SRBQ band Blues rk mix
7–10pm Bergie’s steakhouse Alan Wright band Blues mix
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Nov 16, Fri

6:30–10p Wolf Creek Brewery Rebel Heart band Rock covers
8–11pm Wine 661 Bill Cinque & friends Classic covers
8–12m Vincent Hill Station Wildside on patio Rock covers
8–12m Rock Inn (Lake Hughes) Dan Kirkpatrick Classic rock
9–11pm The Local Pub n Grill The Gamblers Live music
9–12m Salt Creek Grille Jay Bolan Classic rock

‘Memory | Mythology’ Art Exhibit at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

Starting Wednesday, November 14, 2018, the art gallery at The MAIN in Old Town Newhall will feature “Memory | Mythology,” an art exhibition showcasing ink drawings, collages and fiber installations by artist Theresa Knopf. The exhibition will be on display through Friday, December 7. The public is invited to view the gallery, enjoy light refreshments and meet the artist at a reception on Saturday, November 17, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The MAIN, located at 24266 Main Street in Newhall.

“Memory | Mythology” explores the fluidity of memory and its ability to rewrite itself over time to create variations in personal narratives. Theresa Knopf is a Los Angeles-based mixed media artist, whose work combines a variety of materials and techniques to explore archetypes in literature and personal histories. To tell these stories, she uses everyday objects and materials that have personal significance, but which also have their own histories and cultural importance, weaving together images physically and metaphorically.

Knopf has been a recipient of the Henry Van Slooten Award, a California State University Grant and the Collage Artists of America Scholarship. She studied art history in France and has an extensive educational background in painting, illustration, printmaking and bookbinding.

The gallery at The MAIN is open for viewing during all events at The MAIN, as well as Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 6 p.m. to close. For more information, call (661) 290-2255 or visit AtTheMain.org. For information regarding all city art happenings, visit SantaClaritaArts.com.

November 7 – International Merlot Day!

| Entertainment | November 8, 2018

by BEth Heiserman, Reyes Winery

For everyone who knows me, I love talking about Merlot. Every wine has a holiday, and of course, Merlot gets a whole month and a day. You start to enjoy Merlot for the whole month of October, and on November 7, we finish it with a bang. #MerlotMe It’s one of those wines that needs a little bit of a push, but when you try it, you will love it. This Past weekend, I was pouring our 2015 Merlot at the Sunset in the Vineyard event at Compa Vineyard in Newhall. Such a wonderful event! Don’t forget to support your local Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley wineries.

I am a happy to share that I could not believe how many people actually asked for Merlot. Obviously, all the media around the world has obviously helped this varietal. Our 2015 Merlot has not yet been officially released, but it does make an appearance occasionally. If you come in the tasting room, it is available for purchase. This estate Merlot has bold aromas of plum, blackberry and notes of toasted oak, followed by juicy flavors of Satsuma plums with a hint of spice rounding out the finish. It has won a gold medal and received 91 points from the Toast of the Coast wine competition. Supple, velvety tannins and lush fruit make this wine an ideal match for grilled pork chops, Port Salut cheese or roasted plums and vanilla ice cream.

Thinking of food and wine while I am writing makes me want to open a bottle of this delicious Merlot for dinner while enjoying grilled chicken with a plum glaze on top of basmati rice and fresh green beans. Here is my recipe for the plum jelly I use when I glaze my chicken.
Ingredients

4 ½ cups Italian Plums, chopped and pitted
4 cups of sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1 sprig of rosemary
1 package of Sure-jell Certo liquid pectin
1/3 cup of Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend

Directions

Pour sugar into large pot and cook over medium to high heat.
When sugar starts to melt and sides of pot, looks like it is a caramel color; add plum, lemon juice, rosemary and pectin.
When it starts to boil, continue to cook until frothy.
When the back of the spoon looks like it is sticking to the back. (Take a finger and go down the back of the spoon, if you make a line and it feels thick, it’s done.) Turn off the heat.
Add Reyes 2011 Robby’s Blend.
Chill and then Serve.

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