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July 31, 2013 Come Fly with Marie - Parade Prize Winner "Good things happen when you take a chance" And Marie Hutchinson took one chance andon July 16 got the thrill of her life in a 1953 Beachcraft T-34 "Mentor". Marie won the drawing at the Forth of July parade. Taking off from Gillespie Field late in the afternoon with Jim Ostrich of the Warbirds West Air museum at the controls. Her flight included a tour by air of most of the county, including flying over her home and "buzzing" the town. "The view you have really makes everything look so different." Marie would say later, "you really don't realize how buteaful our little town is until you see it from the air." Marie strapped in and ready for take off by Michael Hart Thw Warbirds West Museum has recently relocated back to Gillespe Field and offer flights of hour, 45 minutes and one hour in three different aircraft - the T-34, L-29C "Delfin Jet", C-45H "Expediter"(which scarries up to 6 people including Co-Pilot Seat) for groups. The parade committee is always pleased to invite James and the Warbirds every year and encourage anyone who would like to take a ride to contact the Museum to schedule a flight at 858 414 6258, or vist their website for more information: www.wwam.org. Maybe next year you'll take a chance on a ticket to fly. Flying over the 32nd Street Naval yard on San Diego bay Marie wasn't the only one who got up in the air for a joy ride Flying directly over Marires home (in the circle) Safely back in the hanger. Before there was a music scene in Julian, local music emanated from the kitchens, porches and living rooms of the town's people. My parents bought me a Hawaiian guitar from a traveling salesman. After I manufactured a great deal of disappointment on my end of the bargain, my mom converted the Stella to a conventional guitar and began playing herself. It wasn't long before she joined her friends who had also begun to play music. Like my mom, they were all self taught. Compared to the music you can hear on any weekend here in Julian, it was less than professional. How good they were wasn't the point anyway. They were there to have fun. I learned my appreciation for country music in rooms filled with enough cigarette haze to set off a smoke detector. Kitty Wells, Hank, Roy Acuff...they led the way for me. But so did Rosie and Lorna. Everything eventually changes, and the music went away. In the early 1970's, the Julian Lions Club began the Banjo and Fiddle Contest. It got big, bigger every year. And then, for various reasons, it too went away. A new breed of musician arrived in Julian, and it was not long before a gathering spot emerged. It was open mike night in the upper story of the Red Barn, and you could hear just about anything there. Remember the ole guy on the piano doing the Rattlesnake Stomp? Maybe not. Not long after, musicians were performing on a regular basis. Others got in the act, people from down the hill, and today, they come from all over the world. Not only is Wynola Pizza Express frequented by locals who have come to expect quality music, quality musicians are seeking out Wynola Pizza. There is something else at hand here. The venue has become a place where musicians develop, a place to watch them grow. Then came Plow, sort of. Chris, Dave, and John had already performed together. The name Plow came about by chance I Knew Him When ...Recent History in the Red Barn. Chris Clarke plays his mandolin at a slow and deliberate pace, just the way I like it. His Gibson guitar, always close by, while Chris plays out his role as lead singer for the group. Above all, Chris is a song writer. A song writers life usually lends its self to the lyrics, and Fourth of July is a soulful testament to that fact. Still in all, Tonopah Station is my favorite song he has penned. I have no idea what life experience lent its self to the lyrics. time. At sixteen years old, John played fiddle like a seasoned veteran. John was different. He already seemed to us to be a master at his craft. He loved to interject odd things into the music. After awhile, it became a game to see if you caught them. In the middle of a familiar song the Looney Tunes theme would suddenly sneak in, and be gone almost before you could catch it. Then the little smirk appeared. It would also appear after John had just pulled off an incredible John Mailander Dave Bandrowski plays banjo like no one else. He also fits a dress better than any male banjo player I have ever seen. Dave fit into Chris's agenda perfectly, and that is what made Plow difficult for me to get used to. I like traditional. Plow became far from traditional, but it was not long before I was solidly in the Dave Bandrowski fan club. Blending musical styles became Plow's signature. Dave's New Orleans roots shown through and his banjo did things I had never heard anyone do before. Chris and Dave branched out and John went away to the Berkley School. Zaf Dingbat was born, Dave left for New Orleans. Rarely do we get to be there at the beginning of something big happening, but that is how it was to see John Mailander for the first round, and he knew it. Those days were fun. They were fun and fresh, because you never knew which Plow would show up. If you wanted the same exact rendition of Ashville Junction at every performance, you were headed for disappointment. I wrote one time about the revelation of knowing the memorable performance I had just witnessed, would never be heard again. Plow was moving forward. The Berkley School really got in the way of John fans, and sometimes we had to wait months to see John perform. I never missed one of them, and for good reason. I wanted to see the current edition of John. The new John now played the mandolin. Soon we were in awe of his mandolin, just as his fiddle by David Lewis playing had captivated us before. John was evolving. 2013 rolled around and it was time for John to graduate. I, and his many friends, watched the live feed of his senior recital. There in the room with John were his parents, Tad and Monica. They were always there, supporting John every step of the way. How proud they must have been that night. Not long ago, Monica shared that John had again evolved. He is a professional. Steve Martin (yes, that Steve Martin) has written a musical. John has been invited to play in it. John is still has a long way to go to get wherever it is that he is going. Maybe he will never arrive at that place, for tomorrow he will move on, experimenting and evolving, as only John can. In closing, I'd like to note here: I knew him when... John Mailander At Wynola Pizza On Sunday John will bring Berklee buddy and Matt Witler this Sunday for a five o'clock show on the patio. This could be a throw down with mandolins as well as some wonderful duets with fiddle and mandolin or ... you'll just have to come out and see/hear the magic. Last summer John brought Matt for a show which included some others Berklee friends so this will not be unfamiliar territory. If your interested in checking them out check out YouTube and search: Berklee Mandolin Mashup 2011. It should be a great early evening of music. With a little dinner maybe a libation and friends all around. Get down to Wynola Pizza this Sunday for what promises to be the icing on the cake that is your weekend. The boys will start picking and playing at five and go right up until the sun sets at eight. So you'll get home in time to be inspired at work on Monday. The Julian News 7 Tea Cottage Extends Menu And Hours To Include Breakfast Julian Tea & Cottage Arts is now serving breakfast, with an option of French Press coffee made with outstanding brews from Taylor's of Harrogate, the same company that produces their long-standing house tea, Yorkshire Gold. For the first time since it opened 18 years ago, Julian Tea and Cottage Arts will be offering a scrumptious breakfast, served between 8:00a.m. and 10:30a.m. You may choose from the following delicious and wholesome selections: 1. Cream Tea (2 scones or croissants with jam, curd and whipped cream) 2. Kathy's Creation (homemade granola, yogurt and fruit) 3. Breakfast Savory (2 cheese scones with ham and cheese) 4. Breakfast Breads (crumpets, muffin or wheat toast with jam and fruit butter) 5. Sausage rolls and a fruit cup are also available. Of course, if you prefer, you may select one of their many teas as your beverage but in addition, you may now enjoy a French Press of Taylor's of Harrogate coffee. There are four coffee varieties available: After Dark (a velvety, chocolaty dark roast), Rich Italian (a deep full bodied strength midway between standard and French roast), Lazy Sunday (a smooth and mild medium roast) and Take It Easy (a gentle yet flavorful half-caff medium roast). Julian Tea and Cottage Arts is located at 2124 Third Street in Julian and is open Thursday through Monday now from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. It is housed in the structure known as the King house, built in 1898 for Clarence King, son of the famed gold miner George Valentine King. Beginning in October, the teashop will be open every day through the end of the year from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Reading Is So Delicious... Summer Reading Finale For Children Set For August 1 Grandma Judy Raines got into Sparkles Act at the library The summer reading program finale is set for Thursday, August 1 at 1:00 pm at the Julian Library. Sparkles the Clown will be entertaining adults and children alike with her magic and bubble show. Following the program, the Staff and volunteers will be serving apple pie and ice cream, which is being generously donated by the Smothers family of Julian Pie Company. We are happy with the number of participants in the reading portion of the program. From Babies to Adults, we are seeing a high percentage of completion. Participants will have until Saturday August 10 to turn in their reading logs to receive their initial prizes. Additional reading logs (up to three) may be turned in for raffle tickets to win one of the grand prizes in each age group. The drawing for the grand prizes is scheduled for Tuesday, August 13. Each winner will be notified to pick up his or her prizes. Local merchants have been generous with their donations of gift baskets and gift cards. This creates an enthusiasm for the participants to achieve their goals. There is nothing more precious than to see the excitement of a child when they receive their prize bag. For more information on the Summer reading program, please visit the library's website, www.sdcl.org or contact the branch at 760-765- 0370. The Julian library is located at 1850 Highway 78, Julian. The Spats , ,,,00IIi ,, by Jeff Pickering 0,,.15 K.PT