Why I go broke every year at the Brazoria County Fair…

Hi Friends!

Fall must be on its way because the Brazoria County Fair and Halloween are right around the corner! I’m still a kid when it comes to both. If you’ve had a peek at my pictures from previous Halloween parties on my personal Facebook page (please feel free to ‘friend’ me)you can imagine how outrageous this year is going to be if I’m having difficulty talking George into a new ‘outfit!  In the past he’s willingly gone as: a hooker, a nun, Glenda the Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz and Endora (me as Darren) so you can imagine how outrageous my request is this year if I’m having a bit of difficulty convincing him! FYI: he’s a damn good sport and he loves the attention so I usually don’t have to beg too much.

It’s that fun, frisky time of year – ready for firey colors and crackling wood in the fireplace…I don’t actually have a fireplace but sometimes I turn on the stove to warm up the kitchen and the sound of crackling ceiling paint sounds just like a crackling log in the ol’ fireplace (don’t tell George I do that…it drives him bonkers)!

Let’s get warmed up for the Fair!! Can’t wait to take the g’kids and spend my hard-earned cash on $7cotton candy, $10 soft drinks, $15 dollar rides and $20 sparkley/glowing/blinking/sqishy thingees they can wear on various body parts and are tossed from memory the instant they’re purchased…until the next night when they demand another! I’m warm and fuzzy just thinking about it.

Who do I think I’m kidding! If either of these kids want anything at the fair…I’m making George buy it for them :-)

I could never say “No” to these 2! She actually slept with that bow in her hair.

Not all of the links are active yet but the entertainment one is kickin’ so here goes. In order of appearance:
Friday, Oct. 14
Charlie Robinson
Stoney Larue
Saturday, Oct. 15
Zack Walther
Scooter Brown Band
Eli Young Band
LOOK! It’s Grupo Vida!
NO! It’s the Electric Cowboys!
IT’S Grupo Vida AND the Electric Cowboys!
 Grupo Vida is a popular Tejano band and has released their first all-country album under the name of The Electric Cowboys…..not to be confused with…
THE ELECTRIC HORSEMAN
 Looking back, this was kind of racey for 1979…wonder how many takes Jane insisted on doing?!
TAKE 172!


Beer Garden Bands:
Friday 10-114
Dog Town Blues
Saturday 10-15
Grupo Vida
Electric Cowboys
Animo
Shelly Lares
Wednesday, Oct 19
DJ Dennie Hernandez
Thursday, Oct. 20
Sourmash Band

Friday, Oct. 21
Joey Mares Band

Saturday, Oct. 22
Keith Frank
The Zydeco Boss

If you want to ROCK this weekend, If you like your BLUES to bite back - come to The Venue In FreeportMIDNITE BLUE BAND is playing!


 Even my little Flip Video Cam can’t make Midnite Blue Band sound less than superb!

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: Thurs. Sep 29 thru Sun. Oct 2nd

Thursday Sep 29th
Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:  Benny Notgrass and Matt Edquist  Acoustic Duo
Kicks, Angleton Cheyenne    Country
Hammerheads, Surfside:  APA Pool League – challenge them to a game!
Last Call, Angleton (Old Angleton Rd) D.J. Danny Duke: Karoake Contest: Cash Prizes
The Venue, Freeport: 3G Entertainment & DJ Bino  Dance

Friday Sep 30TH
Fr Angleton Icehouse: NO INFO YET
Fr Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: David Glenn Country, Pop, Southern Rock
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:  2 Smooth 8:00-12:00
Fr Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: The Edge   Country
Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:  Courtney Johnson Country  8pm
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Cheyenne  Country
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside No info available
Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent: No Info available (Benny Notgrass: 1st Friday every mo.)
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: No Info for live music
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: Trip to Cascity
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: TBA
Fr: Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:
Fr The Venue, Freeport: Midnite Blue  Blues, Rock

Saturday, Nov 1st
Sa Anlgeton Icehouse, Angleton: Dogtown Blues  Blues, Rock
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Lonely Road Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: Ronnie Coleman, Rock 8:00-12:00
Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside:
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute Restless Heart   Country Tickets: $25-$35 7:30 pm
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: Cattleprod Classic Country and Rock
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: Buck Yeager   Country
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside: No info available for live music
Sa KC’s on the Creek,
Sa Kicks, Angleton : Cheyenne Country
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: No Info for live music
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Midnite Blue Band   Blues, Rock
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:  TBA
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town! Next Sat: DJ Danny: Karoake!
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: 
Sa  The Venue, Freeport: Joey Mares  Rock

Sunday, Nov 2nd

Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music  3:00 –
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton: Brady Brown  Acoustic
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Jen on the Brazos Weekly !Live! Music Calendar and New Blog Info!

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Don’t know about you but I’m ready to stop trying to figure out all the new Facebook changes and wrap my brain around some music! Good thing there’s lots to choose from!

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Notes of Interest!
 Conjunto is FUN! It’ll have you on your feet all night - check it out at Rumors Nightclub in Freeport with the Hometown Boys from Sep. 24 and Grupo Zueldo on the 25th – they’re both winners! Rumors features DJ Dance Music and the best Tejano acts around.

Grupo Zueldo’s band members and instruments are listed on Facebook as:

Paul Sanchez- Lead Vocals, Bass
Estevan Campos- Accordian
Murdock Cortez-Bajo Sexto
Anthony Martinez- Drums
Manuel Castro-Congas

Don’t know about you but when I hear accordian and congas…I light up! Grupo Zueldo will be performing at Rumors Sat. night (24th). Tickets are just $6 all night!

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: Fri. Sep 23 thru Sun. Sep 25

Friday Sep 23rd
Fr Angleton Icehouse:
Fr Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Zack Walthers Country
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:  Teddie Gipson II and his Motown Revue 8:30-11:30
Fr Cooter Brown’s Country Club, Brazoria:  The Edge   Country  8pm
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Jody Booth  Country
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside No info available
Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent: No Info available (Benny Notgrass: 1st Friday every mo.)
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: No Info
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: The Liars
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: Hometown Boys  Conjunto
Fr: Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport:
Fr The Venue, Freeport: Modern Art  Rock

Saturday, Sep 24th
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Emotions Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: Old Men in Black   Blues, Rock 8:30-12:30
Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Captain Jack and Gary Lee Smith  Country w/Humor on top!
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: No Info available
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside: No info available for live music
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove
Sa Kicks, Angleton : Jody Booth Country
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: No Info
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: The Stickup Kids
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:  Grupo Zueldo
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Karoake
Sa  The Venue, Freeport: Modern Art  Rock

Sunday, Sep 25th

Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music  3:00 –
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone who shows up and wants to jam!
Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton
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The TBC House Band from Austin & KC’s on the Creek inTurtle Cove

The TBC House Band and KC’s on the Creek inTurtle Cove
Serendipity: The faculty of making fortunate discoveries by accident.
Saturday, Sep. 10, 2011

 

Jen: Hey, let’s go by KC’s on the Creek. I’ve never been and I want to see it – Andrew Farmer and some of his friends are playing there tonight and I want to photograph it for the blog while it’s empty.
George: Yes, dear…anything you say, dear.
Jen to readers: if only he’d say that…just once!
After several moments of patiently and lovingly enduring George’s grumbling about going with me to take some pics and missing out on serious Saturday potato couching opportunities – we pulled into KC’s on the Creek. Confession: I’d heard about KC’s and for reasons that escape me now, I’d pictured it as a small Gilligan’s Island type hut barely big enough to hold the entire crew of the SS Minnow.
Boy was I in for a surprise!
Walking to the front door…

Loving the view of the beautiful, cloudless sky and digging the groovy surfboard sign…
George takes me ’round to the side to see the creek (Oyster Creek)…
As I rounded the corner to peek inside, I was thinking how heavenly it must be here at night under the stars …when I opened the door and – SURPRISE –  hardly Gilligan’s hut!
Bar detail…
Fun stuff everywhere
Two bars…
Big Gameroom…
And cool/comfy/breezey patio ON the creek!
KC’s was full of pleasant surprises. I didn’t know it at the time, but the best was still yet to come…
George and I arrived late that night (his potato couching lasted longer than usual!) and this is  the scene we walked into…..

Serendipity: KC’s on the Creek and The TBC House Band – a great combination for a celebration. We Brazos folk like to let our hair down and we love places that let us and we adore bands that make us lose control!
The TBC House Band from Austin was there for Andrew Farmer’s birthday -this was one hell of a party! Everyone I spoke with was super-enthusiastic about TBC and rightfully so: fresh, FUN, original, eclectic…what’s not to love?! I knew I wanted to get TBC down here again – ASAP – so all my friends could get to know them and we’d be able to hear them more often!
The TBC House Band will be playing in the loft at Belle’s Landing on Saturday, Nov. 5th. I can’t wait for everyone to hear them - I am SO excited about the prospect of them playing more often in our area! Special thanks to Marlene at Belle’s Landing for being so cool! See you soon :-)

Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: Fri. Sep 16 thru Sun. Sep 19

Friday Sep 16th
Fr Angleton Icehouse:
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:  Ronnie Coleman  8:30-11:30
Fr Kicks, Angleton: South Wind   Country
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside No info available
Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent: No Info available (Benny Notgrass: 1st Friday every mo.)
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton:
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: Live Band!
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: Solido – Tejano from Seguin
Fr: Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Fr Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Blast from the Past – starts at 8pm
Fr The Venue, Freeport: Stone Cold Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music 
Saturday, Sep 17th
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Lonely Road Band Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: Sonny Boy Terry  Blues Harmonica  9:00 – 1:00
Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone that stops by to share a tune!
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: No Info available
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside: No info available for live music
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Turtle Cove: Ben Tyler Johnson  Country
Sa Kicks, Angleton : South Wind Country
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: Eighty Plus  70′s – 90′s Rock
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Live Band!
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:  No Info
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Karoake
Sa  The Venue, Freeport: Dog Town Blues  Blues, Rock
Sunday, Sep 18th
Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside:
Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton

I can’t wait to discover new music and new venues on the Brazos (or creeks!!) soon!
p/s There’s more video of The TBC House Band at: www.youtube.com/jenmusicmaven 
I cannot be held responsible for the actions of others while I happen to have a video camera in my hand. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it!

What’s Next After Summertime Blues Fest?

Hi Friends!
Good news: The Summertime Blues Festival will be back in Freeport next year!
Bad news: We have to wait an entire year!
Thank the stars there’s so much to keep us entertained til then! I have to applaud the Summertime Blues Festival team (Steph Brown refused to take credit herself J) for a fantastic event. I’ve acknowledged the phenominal music and performances; there’s other remarkable facts that deserve public praise, too: talk about a smooth operation – wow! It was seamless, everyone and I mean everyone was helpful and friendly and the crowd was super cool and festive! I have only 1 complaint……thousands of motorcycles and not ONE asked if I wanted to ride! J I thought surely some kind soul would take pity and offer to take an old broad for a joy ride! What the heck?! Maybe if Angela Pessara Coale had been there, my wish would have come true – btw, Angie – when ARE you going to come by and give me and George a ride? J
Pam Barnett Spring, Carolyn Driesbach, Angela Pessarra Coale, Me at the infamous Corky Parker 60th Birthday Bash – Corky really knows how to throw a party!
The ‘other’ Angie!! Our pet monkey we had as kids that we named after Angie Pessarra! Some of you may remember this Angie roaming around your yard, hanging out in your trees or running over your rooftops to get to a date palm; she wasn’t very fond of being caged!
Back to music: I had lots of interesting conversations with people at the Blues Fest. We’re Texans and we love the blues and everyone agreed it’d be great if more events of this size and stature were to occur more often ‘round here. It didn’t surprise me that several folks mentioned Zydeco and Reggae as a preference for an outdoor musical event. I love the “Accordian Kings” event that Texas Folklife sponsors at Miller Outdoor Theater every year that features: Zydeco, Conjunto, and Polka – the orchestra pit is always full of dancers (I have the video to prove it)! Our Brazos culture is full of Cajun, Czech, and Hispanic heritage (to name a few) and each are well known for their distinctive music and dance. I went to a recent Zydeco concert at the Angleton courthouse; the music was excellent, the setting: perfect (outside among the grand oaks on the ground of the courthouse); it was fairly well attended. Of course there was dancing but the seated audience was centered around the stage so that all eyes was focused entirely on the band and the dance floor in front of them. The brave souls who did venture out on the dance floor were few in comparison to the size of the audience and as expected, all eyes were on the dancers. When I go to Louisiana (I’m part Cajun – granny was a Gonyeaux) for a Cajun fest…we party and dance in the street…we don’t sit and watch…we participate (I’m using that word again)!! It struck me that night at the courthouse that when there’s a lot of street activity: people checking out vendors, milling about, visiting, popping in and out of here and there at street festival it takes the focus off of the dancers specifically while simultaneously the hustle and bustle of the crowd adds to the festive atmosphere and encourages people to dance and have fun. I’ve never been to Louisiana and didn’t party outside. I grew up with street dances and love them. I remember as a kid (and as an adult) all I had to hear was: street dance and I was excited! I never said: who’s playing…the only thing that came to mind was: when?! Keep reading…I’ll make my point soon :-)
The lawn of the Angleton courthouse: Zydeco concert 
 MORE STREET DANCES?
About a month ago I conducted a music survey on my Jen the Music Maven page on Facebook and uncovered something surprising in our area: an overwhelming majority of people want live music at their favorite watering holes (not a surprise) but they’re more loyal to their favorite venues then they are their favorite bands! If their favorite band is playing at a venue they don’t prefer, they either go to their favorite spot or stay home. This doesn’t surprise me in a conglomeration of small towns (which is what Brazoria County is after all). We want to be around our friends…we go places where we know they’ll go and we migrate to venues that supply us consistently with the atmosphere and entertainment that appeals to a crowd we relate to. I’ll show you what I mean…I think you can see that each venue appeals to a particular crowd…
 Venue: Belle’s Landing, E. Columbia – showcases the ‘best’ of Texas style.

       Venue: Clark’s, Downtown Houston (love this arthouse/chess club/music venue/bar)
          Venue: Scotties Lounge, Freeport – Friendly, relaxed neighborhood bar where friends meet to laugh!
Venue: The Venue in Freeport, TXMusicians love playing here and fans love to listen, this is the best sounding venue around – big dancefloor and full bar – check out the bar next time you’re there…local musicians park there to scope out the talent.
You can see how each venue has it’s own appeal – I think we need MORE venues! There’s an incredible quality and quantity of talented performers passing through this area on a regular basis. I love our existing playgrounds; I’d really like to see some alternative night spots….some zydeco, some jazz, reggae, groovy ethnic music of all types, etc. etc. And don’t forget: the street is a venue too! A city belongs to all of its citizens, it doesn’t seperate us like individual venues might…it brings us all together in one place, especially when there’s a variety of music to celebrate with. I’d LOVE to see more street dances/fests and I’m curious if you would too…and if you do…what kind of music (in addition to Blues) would you like to see more of?
White Linen Nights in the Heights: Houston, TX – street venue – music performance, art, vending, a ‘street’ social!
Jen’s Weekly !LIVE! Music Calendar: Fri. Sep 9 thru Sun. Sep 11
Friday Sep 9th
Fr Angleton Icehouse: Bo Counts Band   Country
Fr Belle’s Landing, E Columbia:  Matt Mathis   Acoustic Country  8:30-11:30
Fr Kicks, Angleton: Buck Yeager   Country
Fr Hammerhead Bar, Surfside No info available
Fr Iron Cactus BBQ & Grill , Sargent: No Info available (Benny Notgrass: 1st Friday every mo.)
Fr Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: No info for live music
Fr Pier 30, Surfside: Voo Doo Dolls  Classic Rock
Fr Rumors Nightclub, Freeport: Retono
Fr: Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Fr Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Fr The Venue, Freeport: 2 Smooth   Rock, Country
Saturday, Sep 10th
Sa Armadillo Ballroom, Brazoria: Sour Mash Country
Sa Belle’s Landing,  E. Columbia: Dogtown Blues   Country 8:30-12:30 a.m.
Sa  Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Could be anyone that stops by to share a tune!
Sa The Clarion,(B’port Coll.) Clute
Sa Castaway Bar and Grill, Surfside: Park Avenue  Pop, Rock, Blues, Funk, Country
Sa Cooter Browns Country Club, Brazoria: No Info available
Sa Hammerhead Bar, Surfside: No info available for live music
Sa KC’s on the Creek, Oyster Creek: Andrew Farmer & Jake Middleton
Sa Kicks, Angleton : Buck Yeager Country
Sa Mulberry Bar and Grill, Angleton: No info for live music
Sa Pier 30, Surfside: Mojofromopolis  Blues
Sa Rumors Nightclub, Freeport:  No Info
Sa Scotties Lounge, Freeport: Best Jukebox in Town!
Sa Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton:
Sa Tammy’s Tavern, Freeport: Karoake
Sa  The Venue, Freeport: 2 Bands: Zig Zag (60′s 70′s Classic Rock), Kosmic Pearl Janis Joplin Tribute 
Sunday, Sep 11th
Su Belle’s Landing, E Columbia  Karoake with WinStorm   5-9 pm
Su Pier 30, Surfside: Stone Cold  Classic Rock, Blues, Party Music
Su Bridge Bait and Tackle, Surfside: Andrew Farmer & Jake Middleton
Su Shady’s Porch Pub, Angleton
See YOU on the Brazos!
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Summertime Blues Festival 2011 – Looking Back

Summertime Bikes and Blues Fest, Sep 2-4 holds the record for the highest attendance of any event held in Freeport, TX. The final count isn’t official yet but I feel pretty darn confident that my statement is accurate. Attendance estimates prior to the event: 25,000-40,000 over the entire weekend. I can’t wait for the final tally. If you missed it, you missed Freeport history in the making and a damn good time!
Two Facebook comments about the fest struck a chord (pun intended) with me:
From Susan Bullard Rogers: “Was good seeing so many friends last night! I love it when we all gather in our HOME town… Makes it special”!
One of Trisha Day Closs’ responses: “Got to see so many people! Have’nt seen that many people in Freeport since Blessing of the Fleet and Fishing Fiesta way back in tha day”!

I think these gals hit on something important about the festival besides the absolutely phenomenal performances and spectacle of the fest. It gave ‘hometown’ folks an opportunity to come together and participate in a unique experience in a familiar place. Downtown areas of cities are personal places where communities socialize, engage in commerce, and develop their communal identity and sense of belonging. Going to the Blessing of the Fleet and Fishing Fiesta in downtown Freeport as a child helped define my sense of community, and deepened my bonds with friends as we explored familiar territory in new ways. These celebrations were held in an area intended to create a sense of community: downtown. It’s no coincidence that downtown areas have a main ‘square’. You can wander in and out of shops, from venue to venue, from vendor to vendor in close proximity to your friends who are doing the same thing – you’re connected to your community; it’s the difference between spectating and participating. This is why I’ve always loved events held in downtown Freeport with the buildings, sidewalks, and landscape I’ve communed with for over 35 years (might have transposed some numbers there)! It’s like having a party in an extended outdoor living room. I hope Freeport will carry on as a place where new memories are made and our sense of community can continue to strengthen.

Give people a reason to come to Freeport and they will…it’s that simple. Summertime Blues Festival gave us a great reason to come to Freeport and gather with thousands (yes THOUSANDS) of extended family members: the biker ‘community’, and blues lovers. Thank you Summertime Blues Fest for the best family celebration we’ve ever had J

Location of Summertime Blues Fest BEFORE the Fest…

An estimated 1500-2000 bikers roared into town Saturday, 09-03-2011 

Festival Goers and Vendors Begin to Fill the Streets of Downtown Freeport

An estimated 12,000-18,000 Expected to Attend Los Lonely Boys Concert Sat. 09-30-11

By 9:00 pm the streets of Freeport were filled with thousands in attendance for the Los Loney Boys concert.

Los Lonely Boys gave us a great show. Wes Jeans closed out the festival with a POWERHOUSE performance!

The MIghty Orq: popular Houston Bluesman

There’s more video footage on my YouTube site: www.youtube.com/JenMusicMaven

 A good Time ws had by ALL!
 Mike DeLeon and Happy Scotties Crowd

 Scotties Crowd

 Scottie  Patron!

 Scotties

 Karen Byrd Morrison

 Trisha Day Closs and Kevin Fields

 Gary Johnston, Edwin Markham, George Hawkins, Corky Parker

Evelyn Hill Mueller, Kay Massoletti Mayberry, Jennifer Fields Hawkins, Karen Summers

 Lil’ Rock Star!

 Pam Barnett Springer, Kenny Kouches, Jennifer Fields Hawkins

 Jennifer Fields Hawkins, Anthony Varnado

 Kathy Nutt, Kenny Kouches

 Scotties was Packed the entire time!

 George Hawkins, Stuart Herbst, Jennifer Fields Hawkins, Debra Burridge Herbst

 Pam Barnett Springer, Kenny Kouches, Jennifer Fields Hawkins

A Girouard for sure!

Cleta Goerl Brookstein, Jeannie Hawkins, Jennifer Fields Hawkins


Josie Kouches Rocks!

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ROCK ON FREEPORT!!