Sunday, May 31, 2009

A New Take on Entrepreneurship

Being an entrepreneur in rural Nebraska can be tough. Not because Nebraska has suffered overly in the face of the economic downturn, but simply because customers can be few and far between in the outback.

Coming from a small town in the heart of the Great Plains, I have to take quite a bit of good natured ribbing for being an unapologetic fan of the Discovery Channel's show Deadliest Catch. Now, however, I have a perfect example of why this television show is worth watching. As I've said before, crab fishing in the Bering Sea is a long way from Nebraska. But I definitely see similarities between the tough, hard working characters on a crab boat and the hardy farmers, ranchers and entrepreneurs who call Nebraska home.

The following blog post is borrowed completely from Steve Averill and can be found at ocbizblog.com.

Five Things Deadliest Catch Teaches Small Business Owners

I watch TV.

Most of it sucks.

Deadliest Catch does not.

Part of its appeal is not so much the drama of fishing on the Bering Sea but riding along with Sig and Jonathan and the rest of the guys and watching them lead, manage and operate their small businesses.

Here are five key things I take away:

1. Know Who You Are.

dc5You hear it time and time again but it bears repeating. If you are not crystal clear about what you do and why you are doing it, no one else will be. Most of the Deadliest Catch guys are second or third generation fisherman. It’s not like they have identity issues. But for many of us forging a new path, we sometimes question if it is the right one. Don’t. Be bold. Build a boat and launch it. It’s the only way to get collaborators and customers on board.

2. Fish for Crab. Don’t Herd Cats.

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Know your market. And don’t waste time going up and down different channels and pockets of opportunity you THINK will pan out. Find your freakin’ crab. Know everything about them. And make sure they are keepers. You want big fat crab, not kitties. Kitties are solo and hide and want to be left alone. You want customers that are part of a tribe, hanging out together, waiting to be scooped up and…well…not eaten….but you know.

3. It’s Gonna Get Rough Sometimes.

dc2It’s not easy. 90% of businesses are gone in five years. It’s usually money or poor planning or not knowing #1 or #2. No matter what you do it is going to take a herculean effort to break into calm waters where MAYBE one day you can coast for awhile. And as soon as you do, another boat passes you by or a storm kicks up and you’re right back in it. It ain’t easy, I know firsthand, but dammit, you just have to power through.

4. Form a Band of Brothers.

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Gotta have a crew. Even if you are running solo, you need to have a group of peers you can meet with to bounce ideas off of and hold you accountable. Otherwise you’ll start to feel sorry for yourself because the crazy idea you had isn’t quite working out. Well guess what? That idea was crazy. And you didn’t know it because you kept it all locked up in your head. Get out there. Get some partners. Collaborate. Help people. It will all come back.

5. There Has To be a Big Payoff.

dc6Come on. I mean why are you busting your ass? It’s no fun if you’re not building something that will take you somewhere. Somthing that excites you because it opens the door to other possibilities. Dream big or go home. Watch Jonathan when the Time Bandit is on crab. He’s like a kid. THAT’S when it gets fun. That’s when your hard work pays off. Because you’ve done #1-4 and now there’s a reward. Go out and do the same. Get yours. You deserve it.

What did I tell you? Is this a great show or what? You can see it every Tuesday night at 8pm (Central Time) on the Discovery Channel. And just about every other night of the week in reruns.

Be sure to visit Steve's blog for more great business advice.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on. Too bad it's not Captain Phil's Deadliest Brew!


Friday, May 29, 2009

Sleepless in Nebraska

On a somewhat related post to yesterday's, there are a couple of great events coming up locally.  The first is tomorrow's Open Mic On The Bricks in downtown North Platte.  The second is a "Kick Off the Summer" benefit concert at the Rodeo Arena in Sutherland.

So what does this have to do with insomnia?  It's a hazard everyone who plans events faces.

I ran into my friend who is planning the benefit concert at the store this afternoon.  Right now she is thinking it's not too fun to plan events.  I can feel her pain!  Any event is stressful to plan, especially in the last few days when you wonder if things are going to come together or now, but a major outdoor event in west central Nebraska in June can be especially fraught with fear.

So, let me tell you a little about the concert.  It is Saturday June 6th, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. at the Sutherland Rodeo Arena.  The cost is $5.00 per person or $15.00 per family.  They are serving hamburger and hot dog meals starting at 6:00 p.m.  If the weather turns nasty, the event will be held at the Sutherland High School.  This is an alcohol free event.

"Heart On Your Sleeve" is a great group of young people (and I'm talking young!) who are very talented and have been playing together for a number of years.  They are well worth a listen, even if it may not be exactly your genre of music.  I guarantee (see me at the concert for the fine print) that it won't melt your eardrums.

"Lincoln Highway" is a cover band specializing in great Rock classics.  

My friend isn't a professional event planner.  She is involved with a cause that she cares passionately about, ARC.  She wants to do something great for her community and raise a few bucks and maybe some awareness along the way.  She is going out on a limb and and stretching the envelope of her comfort zone.  Wow!

So, as I said yesterday GO AND DO!  Do I have to shout?  GO AND DO! Unless you have a really good excuse, plan on being at the concert.  Don't like the brand of music being played?  Stretch the envelope of your comfort zone as well.  It's a perfect time.  A great show on TV Saturday night?  Really... reruns will come around, and there's always DVR. OK, I will admit to having a certain reluctance when it comes to missing out on the new episode of Deadliest Catch on Tuesday nights, (yeah, I haven't been to a Rail Fest meeting since the new season began) BUT I did host a House Concert on a Tuesday just a few weeks ago.  So how's that for a sacrifice?

Besides all of the details that need to be planned and everything that can go wrong, the biggest worry of an event planner is that no one will come.  This is where you come in.  Just go and do, and you'll eliminate that anxiety, have a lot of fun, meet new friends and do something great for your community.

So the next event I want to tell you about is the Open Mic on the Bricks.  The people behind this great event are old hands at event planning.  Sharon Owen of A to Z Books in North Platte hosts an Open Mic night at the book store every second Friday and fourth Saturday. She always gets a great lineup of poets, comedians (usually one and the same) musicians and performers.  The emcee who brings the event to life is George Lauby, whom you can read every week in the North Platte Bulletin (or online at www.northplattebulletin.com).  These two have teamed up to expand the event to outdoors on the historic brick streets of downtown North Platte.

Details: Tomorrow on the corner of Dewey and 5th streets, starting at 3:00 p.m. Bring your own lawn chairs. There is no charge, but donations will be gratefully accepted.  One of the finest local bands, Blue Swing will be the headliner at 5:00 p.m., and other great scheduled performances will be interspersed with amateur, but by no means un-entertaining, talent.

Just because they have been doing this for years doesn't mean that Sharon and George are getting a lot of sleep tonight.  They are worried about the weather, the talent, whether or not people will show up, and a million other details.  As I said, you can take a load off their minds just by showing up and having a good time.

Thanks for stopping by.  If you are reading this at 3:00 p.m. central time on Saturday May 30, stop what you're doing and get out to the open mic.  This blog will be there later! The coffee can be brewed at any time.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Go and Do

One of these days I'm going to devote an entire blog post to the rules of living in a small town. Not rules in the sense of conforming to a standard of behavior, but rules to make living there fun and contribute to the sense of community.

However, because I'm pressed for time, I'm simply going to tell you to go and do! Small towns are all alike, whether in the outback of Nebraska, back east, out west, up north or down south. There's lots of great people and lots of great stuff to do. WAAAAY too much stuff! As I think about it, this rule applies no matter what the size of community.

Don't let the abundance of choices stop you from going and doing! Tonight I could be going to the circus or a little league baseball game. In the coming days I will have more opportunities to see great live entertainment than I could possibly take in. There are meetings I could attend and make a difference. Fundraisers I could take part in. Fishing, boating, tubing, tanking. Watching, talking, listening.

There are community celebrations, community potlucks, auctions (quite a social event in the outback), lectures, gatherings large and small, and coming up soon are the Miss Nebraska Pageant, the Miss Rodeo Nebraska Pageant, NEBRASKAland DAYS, and Sutherland's 4th of July celebration to name only a few.

I would be willing to bet that the list is just as long in your neck of the woods.

So go and do! Get out and get to know your neighbors, make a difference in your community. Have fun, be entertained. Oh, and stop by for coffee!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Silver Lining

Yes, the title has something to do with this blog post.  Just read on!

It's hard for me to believe that it has been since President's Day that I was able to travel north of the North Platte river and into the beautiful Nebraska Sandhills.  The rolling hills are more beautiful than ever with the ample (so far!) spring rains.

Lots of critters out and about.  We straddled two sand (b0x) turtles and a nice-sized bull snake on the trip up, but since we were dodging rain storms at the time, we didn't stop to take pictures.  There will always be another time!  We also spotted a a lone turkey (poor guy, all alone) and a jack rabbit, and prairie dogs, along with numerous hawks and other birds.

I did get a picture of a long-billed curlew.  She obviously had a nest nearby, because she let me get extremely close before she flew off.  Don't let the barren terrain fool you.  She had nested just on the edge of a blowout.
After chattering at me for awhile, she did take off, but only circled a short distance then landed right back where she was to protect her babies.
See?  The landscape is getting better already.  A nice herd of my cousin's cattle grazing in the distance.  The weather was pretty clear at this point - looking north-northwest.

If you look back to the February posts, you'll see the exact same view as the one below - except snow covered, with hundreds of deer and rabbit tracks criss-crossing the snow.  This is the view from the front door of my grandparents' Kincaid homestead cabin that we're restoring.  Looking directly east.

As I said, we haven't been up here since February, when we came up to burn some trash piles.  Today we didn't get any work done, just made lists for the next time we can roll up our sleeves and make some progress.

Today really made us think about how worthwhile the project is.  Thunder rolling in the distance, an ever-changing skyscape as the storms rolled through, so still and quiet we could actually hear the cattle in the pasture to the south munching on the grass over the bird calls.
Unfortunately, I failed to take my long lens with me today.  Naturally I was forced to pass up lots of great shots.  If you look closely right in the center of this picture, right where the rain is falling, there is an antelope silhouetted against the skyline.
The storms were circling around us, but I had been assured by the National Weather Service before we started on our trek that the weather would "stay below severe limits", so I didn't sweat it.  Of course, the NWS did raise the bar on what constitutes "severe limits" just this spring, and the Mr. was concerned about the possibility of hail on his new Ford F-150, but aside from a few sprinkles and mud-splashes, we made it back unscathed.  Picture below is looking west.
Another storm shot.
And another.  Picture above is taken about a mile north of the picture below and about five minutes apart, both looking directly north.  Shows how quickly the storm was changing.
Wow - so that was my day.  I know I tend to gush on about the beauty, but really, it IS beautiful. That's the silver lining!
  
Thanks for stopping by.  The coffee is always on.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Flashback: Fashions of Yesteryear

After spending a day recently volunteering at a vintage fashion show fundraiser, I have to renew my admiration of our ancestors.  First of all, the majority of our models had to be in the 12-15 year old age range, just to fit into the beautiful clothes!  Even the wedding dresses!  Women have always sacrificed for beauty, but wearing a corset so that one's waist fit within a handspan is taking it too far!

Here one of Nebraska Outback's nieces models what is probably a tennis dress or something that would have been appropriate for a summer picnic.  Notice the lack of footwear - one of the hardest things to find that is appropriate to "vintage fashions!"

A beautiful prom/ball gown circa 1950's.  If this one ever comes up missing from the Museum, I think I know where to find it, as she fell in love with it.
Another of Nebraska Outback's nieces with a beautiful black evening gown and jacket from the teens or twenties.
A more casual look from the era of the flappers.  There were several fashions from this era, and some of the models did an impromptu Charleston.
Another picture of the hand-sequined prom dress.
Not all of the models were teens.  There are some fortunate adults who have the tiny waists that can show off these beautiful fashions.  My niece on the right is modeling a hand-sewn wedding dress that dates from the 1950's.
This beautiful dress dates from the late 1800's, or possibly one of the first years of the 1900's.
These two sisters gave up a beautiful spring Saturday afternoon to model for us.
Hair, makeup, jewelry, and getting dressed in the fragile vintage clothes took hours!  Thank goodness I was behind the camera and not in front.
This is just another perfect example of the great things that come about when people become involved in their community.  The Lincoln County Historical Museum furnished the fashions and was also the recipient of the funds raised.  A non-perishable food item was required along with the admission ticket, so our local food pantries benefited as well.

The Lincoln County Tourism Advisory Council provided the volunteers to organize and promote the show, and to recruit the wonderful models!

Great job everyone.

Thanks for stopping by.  If it was "back in the day", I'd have to loosen my corset to have a sip of coffee.  And those were the good old days!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Small Town Memorial Day Celebration

For a celebration originally called Decoration Day, the tradition of decorating the graves of departed loved ones is especially appropriate.

The Sunday before Memorial Day was a beautiful one in west-central Nebraska, with puffy white clouds filling the sky, and just a little too much of a breeze.  Family and friends spend the afternoon pulling weeds, cleaning stones and placing flowers and other mementos.

Previously the local American Legion Post had placed American flags at all service members' graves.
Despite the forecast for scattered showers, and thunderstorms this afternoon, Memorial Day was just about as perfect as it could get for the remembrance ceremony.  Early birds are starting to arrive, and the Sutherland High School band is warming up for their performance.

We were fortunate to be on the route for the Nebraska Air National Guard 155th Refueling Wing flyover.  Seeing this massive airplane at such a low altitude was an awesome sight.
The local Boy Scouts and their scoutmaster joined the American Legion in posting the colors.
The guest speaker for the ceremony was Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Seth Omer, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and currently stationed in North Platte as a recruiter.  He joined the service seven years ago today.
The Memorial Day ceremony at Sutherland is marked by the Honor Roll Call, in which each name of every deceased service person who called this area home is read.  From the Civil War through Vietnam, common local names abound on the roll call list - Coker, Applegate, Eckhoff, Beveridge, Arensdorf, Danielson.  As each name is read, pictures form in our memories, whether of a loved one, a community leader or a notable local character.  My own relatives on the list include my father Paul Seifer, uncle Gordon Gamble Sr., cousin Gordon "Butch" Gamble Jr., and father-in-law Marvin Clark.
The ceremony is completed with the Salute to the Dead by the American Legion Firing Squad and the plaintiff notes of "Taps" by local buglers Anthony and Tim Pfeiff.
Following the ceremony, friends and neighbors take advantage of the gathering and the beautiful day to catch up on the news from old friends.
It's a day when visits to the gravesites are an occasion for acquainting the children with stories of their ancestors whom they will only know by what we tell them.
Sutherland is a very fortunate community in that our Youth Program offers a subscription for flag placement.  Just pay the annual fee and volunteers will place a flag on your lawn or house on specified flag display days throughout the year.  It's a great fundraiser for the program and the town looks festive and patriotic on the holidays.
Thanks for stopping by.  The coffee is always on.  Enjoy your Memorial Day with your friends and loved ones.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Western Trails Historic and Scenic Byway

Planning a Memorial Day road trip?  Consider the Western Trails Historic and Scenic Byway in western Nebraska.  It takes you off the beaten path of I-80 and into some of the most beautiful and rugged country side to be found in Nebraska.

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You'll skirt Nebraska's largest lake - Lake McConaughy, which is sure to be hopping tomorrow with people enjoying the un-official start of summer. OK, so there is a 70% chance of thunderstorms, but that does mean a 30% chance that it's going to be beautiful!

From there, you'll pass several important landmarks on the Oregon Trail - Ash Hollow, Chimney Rock, Courthouse Rock and Scotts Bluff National Monument.

What ever you do, be sure to spend a quiet moment reflecting on the sacrifice of everyone who serves or has served in America's armed forces.  There is bound to be a ceremony at some time during the day at a cemetery near you.

Thanks for stopping by.  The coffee is always on.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

It's the Right Thing to Do

My whole family has gotten involved in raising money for the new Sutherland swimming pool.

As I wrote before, my mom who owns a fitness center, my brother and sister-in-law who own the local newspaper, Courier-Times and also my family's farm, which is Seifer Farms Free Range Chickens sponsored the "Great Pound Pluck-Off" in which participants won their weight lost in farm fresh chickens.  All the proceeds from the entry fees went to the pool fund.

Now my other brother is getting into the act.  He is a very talented (and busy) carpenter in the area.
Yet he took the time to build this absolutely darling little playhouse.  Kildare Lumber Company, which has been in business locally for 100 years, donated the material, and my brother donated all the labor.
Some lucky child will win this playhouse in a raffle.  Tickets will be sold throughout the summer, including at the Sutherland 4th of July celebration, the Lincoln County Fair, and probably throughout some of the early high school football games.  Again, all of the proceeds will go to the Sutherland Pool Fund.
My family has also organized another fundraiser that I didn't get a chance to participate in.  A horseback trail raid along the Oregon Trail.  The family farm is the site of a road ranch and pony express station, and Oregon Trail remnants can be seen across the land.  Not only was there a great trail ride, but there was a horse training demonstration, musical entertainment and a presentation on the historical "Dorsey's Station".  Again, all proceeds went to the pool fund.

Why all of this fuss over a swimming pool?  Sutherland's pool had to be demolished over the winter because it had become so dilapidated that it could no longer be repaired.  Small town rural Nebraska just isn't the same without a swimming pool that kids can ride their bikes to in the summer time.  It's just the right thing to do.

Thanks for stopping by.  The coffee is always on.  Drop a donation in the box and it'll go to the pool fund.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Quite An Accomplishment

What you are looking at here is a Union Pacific Railroad lapel pin studded with three sapphires.
Mr. Nebraska Outback received this pin.  Each sapphire represents a decade of employment. On May 25, 2009, he will celebrate 30 years with Union Pacific Railroad, all of them at North Platte's Bailey Yard, the largest railroad classification yard in the world.  From Fireman Oiler to Electrician to Foreman. It has been a great career.  
Way to go!  It is an amazing accomplishment and I am very proud.  It says a lot about him as a person.  With the 60/30 rule, only about 10 years to go before retirement!

Thanks for stopping by.  Let's have coffee and celebrate.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Inexorable

From the Merriam-Webster online dictionary:  not to be persuaded, moved or stopped. Relentless.

This word just came into my head the other day, and now it keeps recurring.

The occasion for this musing?  My youngest son graduates from high school in one week, one hour and fifteen minutes.  Inexorable.  The march of time.  Twenty-six years ago, I was mid-way through a pregnancy, awaiting the birth of my first son.  Now... a week away from having seen each child successfully, to one degree or another, navigate through school.

So many things done and not done.  Regrets.  Triumphs.  Inexorably time moved on past the good times and the bad.

Three birth children, three step children, twenty-six years of my own ups and downs, now watching all of my children go through the inexorable experiences of life.  It's a good time for reflection.

The good news is that I have until August until I truly have to experience the inevitable empty nest.  Time will inexorably, relentlessly move toward that day.  I will need every minute of it.

On a lighter note.  For those of you who have never experienced a small-town, rural Nebraska graduation, the inexorable progress of technology brings you the opportunity!  Sutherland's high school graduation will be available via a live Internet streaming feed.  Is that amazing or what?  Just go to www.spssailors.org.  In the left hand menu click on "Live Broadcast."  It's that simple!

The graduation is scheduled for Saturday, May 16 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time.

Thanks for stopping by.  Let's have coffee and talk.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Stars of the Star City

Lincoln Nebraska is affectionately called the Star City... Why, you ask? Well, it should be obvious since it's the state capital.


***UPDATE***

May 13, 2009 - Update from the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission that one of the eggs has hatched!!


The latest cyber stars to hail from the Star City live high atop our beautiful state capital building. The nesting pair of Peregrine Falcons will soon be welcoming tiny bundles of fluff into the open air.



You can view live streaming video of all the fun, courtesy of the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission at:
http://www.ngpc.state.ne.us/wildlife/webcam/peregrine/default.asp



On a related Nebraska Game and Parks Commission note, May 16 is free fishing and free park entry day in Nebraska. You can fish on any public body of water and enter any state park for free on that day! What are you waiting for? Make your plans now.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on. Be sure to send me an alert if you see the chicks hatching before I do!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

This is What It's All About!

I knew it was going to be great, but I didn't have any idea how great!  The Henhouse Prowlers put on an incredible show.  And special thanks to Sue and Lee Cox who put in a lot of work getting the hayloft of their barn ready for the concert, but the effort was worth it!

And, also thanks to Sue and Lee, Ben got to experience his first-ever time on horseback!
I told you that a hayloft was going to be the perfect setting for a bluegrass band, and it was!  Right as the sun was going down it got a little warmish, but soon cooled off as dusk set in.  The band put their best effort forward for the 25-30 people who were there.

Ryan gave some hints to a budding bluegrass fan... or perhaps a future star!
This is what it's all about.  Friends enjoying fantastic bluegrass music, while just outside the hayloft window, you can see a pick up baseball game in progress in the park.  
And finally, one of the best perks of hosting house concerts - the after party!  Granted, the Henhouse Prowlers lived up to their their name, and could have carried on much longer into the night than their hosts, but it was still fun.
So what are you waiting for?  Check out a house concert near you, contact the hosts and get yourself invited!

Thanks for stopping by.  The coffee is always on.
 

Monday, May 4, 2009

Nebraska Outback House Concert May 5

It's hard to believe it's May already, but it is, and that means the next concert in the Nebraska Outback House Concert series is right around the corner - tomorrow night to be exact!

Want to know more about what it's like to attend a house concert? View this YouTube Video with all the details:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=try-z4-4h04

For more details about our concert series in particular, you can visit our electronic flyer:

Could there possibly be a more appropriate group for the Nebraska Outback Concert Series than the Henhouse Prowlers? Kind of an inside joke, but as I've blogged before, my family farm is Seifer Farms, which specializes in free-range chickens. They're not too fond of henhouse prowlers, whether two-legged, four-legged or two-winged. But I'm sure they'll welcome these guys with open arms!

With that introduction, let me announce the next concert in our ongoing house concert series:
The Henhouse Prowlers, direct from Chicago, Illinois (by way of Des Moines and Lincoln), on Tuesday May 5 at 7:30 p.m.


Chicago. A city known for its blues…and its bluegrass. In the bluegrass history books, a pivotal stop, among others, along the road to success for the Monroe Brothers and, in more current times, noteworthy as home base for the long popular Special Consensus. And now, the Windy City serves as a critical intersection in the lives of five musicians, two who hail from Illinois and the others from as far and near as North Carolina, upstate New York and Missouri.

With a PBS series soundtrack already to its credit and a sophomore recording in the works, The Henhouse Prowlers have been barnstorming on to the red hot bluegrass scene since 2004. A couple of personnel shifts later, in 2007 the roughly thirty-something quintet made the commitment to go the distance, to be a full-time touring bluegrass band. But not just another bluegrass band. The Henhouse Prowlers are adeptly positioning themselves for nothing less than success. Each member does double duty within the group, holding a business as well as musical post, making it a total collaborative effort.

Dedicated equally to tradition and innovation, The Henhouse Prowlers center their sound on that of the early, formative years of bluegrass, while they keep their pulse on today by covering contemporary topics in a largely original repertoire.

The Henhouse Prowlers wear the Bill Monroe mantel with spit and polish. They perform in suit-and-tie and work in a tightly choreographed, one-mic stage setting, which adds a dynamic dimension to their shows. Combining passion, confidence and flair with instrumental and vocal prowess, The Prowlers deliver bluegrass with an edge.

The group’s prolific songwriting provides entrĂ©e to twenty-first century topics, not typically tackled by traditional bluegrass groups. Guitarist Ben Benedict describes what they are trying to achieve. “None of us, in this band, lives in a ‘Little Cabin Home on the Hill.’ Most of our audience doesn't either. But there is a broad spectrum of life that we can all relate to, so those are the themes we try to hit on and tell stories about in our original material.”

You can also find out more about the Henhouse Prowlers on their MySpace page.

* UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE * UPDATE
The Henhouse Prowlers will now be playing in the Hay Loft at Cox's Vineyard, 130 N. West County Road in Sutherland. All other details are the same:

Details about the Concert Series
  1. Our concerts are no-smoking and low-alcohol. Feel free to bring your favorite beverage.
  2. Finger food will be provided. Also feel free to bring your favorite snacks to share.
  3. Childcare will be provided. The younger kids will enjoy movies in the family room. Those who enjoy music are welcome to stay and listen.
  4. A free-will donation will be accepted, with 100% of the proceeds going to the artists. The recommended amount is $10.00 to $15.00 per person.
  5. Because House Concerts are technically "private events", the concert is by invitation only. This keeps us from getting in trouble with BMI and ASCAP, and from looking like a business. But e-mail me and I'll make sure you get an invitation!
  6. If you plan to come, please RSVP so we know how many to plan for.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you at the concert. The coffee is always on.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Nebraska's Beautiful Capital City

This post is long overdue. Had a great time on a recent trip to Lincoln to host a booth at the Nebraska Association of Convention and Visitor's Bureaus' Meeting Planner reception. With several children living in Lincoln, there's never a shortage of things to do.

Stayed at the Holiday Inn downtown, on the 10th floor. Had a great view overlooking the revered Memorial Stadium.
For some reason, even though neither the University of Nebraska nor the Salt Dogs were playing baseball that night, the lights remained on at the Haymarket Park baseball field.
And, of course, where would I eat in Lincoln during the week of the 2009 season premiere of Deadliest Catch except Crabby Bill's? The food was great, by the way.
And, for all those of you who would imagine that Nebraska doesn't know what crab pots are - evidence to the contrary! May be tinier than those you're used to seeing being hoisted over the side of a Bering Sea crab boat...
Had a great breakfast at the famous "The Mill" coffee shop before setting up for the reception.

I should also have taken a picture of the "From Nebraska Gift Shop", since that was where I had to go to buy a gift for a give-away at the reception since I forgot to bring one from North Platte. Great place to find all things locally grown or made.

Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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