On May 30 and 31, Sovereign Cellars will host their Spring Release wine tasting. We’ve profiled this local winery and their award winning reds before. If you haven’t tasted these wines, here’s your opportunity to do so.
Actually, Tree Free Printing with Non-Toxic Ink.
Let me start at the beginning. When I was a child, my grandmother would send us a letter from time to time. It was one page. She’d start on one side of the page, then flip the sheet of paper over and write on the other side of the page. Then she’d fill in all the margins on that side of the page. Then she would flip the page back over and fill in all the margins on that side of the page.
When the margins were all filled in, the letter was done.
And, there were no blank lines. We all laughed at how eccentric it was. But, I guess, later in life, I too became eccentric because I started doing the same thing for the same reason – to save paper. However, I didn’t write too many letters that way, because my handwriting is illegible to all but a few, sometimes even to myself.
My next foray into my resolution to save paper was to switch from writing notes on legal pads, to writing notes on Jr Legal Pads, since most of my notes fit on that size paper. We now use mostly scratch paper – receipts and paper that’s been printed on one side. We haven’t resorted to printing notes on envelopes we’ve received in the mail, yet.
A lot of what I print are stories I’ve written for my wife. Some year in the future I’ll sell them, but I haven’t gotten there yet. I save paper when I print these, because they’re really condensed. OK, they’re short, very short, sometimes only one page, but they are complete stories. As my wife says, “I can write a novel in one page.”
For a limited time, local winemaker Dennis Gross, of Sovereign Cellars, is offering a 30% discount on all is Double Gold winning (2014 Seattle Wine Show) reds.
Many of us have tasted these wines, either at Sovereign Cellars or at local restaurants who serve them. These really are some terrific, locally produced wines.
Contact Denny at (360) 866-7991 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to purchase before December 31st.
“For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event,” writes Jeannine Anderson, “‘An Apple Affair’ is a once-a-year opportunity to sample and purchase some of the finest apple varieties in Washington State.” Inspired by Feil Orchard in Wenatchee, An Apple Affair brings together varieties that have been grown for over a century by the Feil family, as well as some varieties grafted by the ever-curious Jack Feil. Feil is an octogenarian who continues to experiment with grafting unique varieties onto old orchard standards. Many of the apples featured will come from this farm, but there are several farms’ hard work represented at the Affair. Each apple variety and farm gets full credit on the table-talkers found next to each sample plate.
Apples specific for baking, drying, preserving, storing and eating out of hand are featured at this local food fair. If you are someone who thinks you wouldn’t know the difference between the sweets, tarts, juicy and old-fashioneds, there is a community apple potluck table where local residents prepare their favorite varieties in traditional and new recipes. Everyone is encouraged to taste for them selves why one type is suggested over another. Bring your own favorite recipe to share, or just come and sip coffee, tea or local cider while learning about the apples.
Apple inventory will be limited and you should bring a box or other container to carry some apples home with you. The Building Earth Farm will provide paper bags and pens for labeling so you don’t forget the names of your newfound favorites.
An Apple Affair
Sunday, October 19
12 noon to 4 PM
8131 Urquhart Rd NW, Olympia, WA 98502
“Join us for An Apple Affair to taste old favorites, discover new ones, meet the neighbors and remind your self why autumn isn’t so bad after all.”
You might already know Washington ranks second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California. There are over 80 grape varieties grown in Washington State by more than 350 grape growers. And there are more than 800 wineries producing more than 40 varietals in our state. But did you know we have an award winning winery right here, on the Steamboat Peninsula?
“Greetings from Sovereign Cellars,” writes winemaker Dennis “Denny” Gross. “It’s spring and our new 2011 wines are coming out.”
“We have four very nice award winning wines this season. All received Double Gold Awards at the Seattle Wine Awards recently.”
These wines came away with the Double Gold (“Best of the Best”) award:
2011 Sovereign Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Sovereign Cellars Finnigan’s Daughter Claret
2011 Sovereign Cellars Cuvée
2011 Sovereign Cellars Syrah
The winery is located at 7408 Manzanita Drive, off Steamboat Island Road, and is available weekdays and weekends for small private tastings, by appointment. Call 866-7991 for details.
From the Sovereign Cellars web site we learned that winemaker Denny Gross is a former chemistry teacher who has made wine and beer as a hobby for 30 years. “He makes wines that he likes to drink, Heavy Dark, Powerful Reds with a lot of character.”
Sovereign wines are sold at the Bayview Market and Haggen and are available at Budd Bay Café, Dock Street Bistro, and Water Street Café.
“Come and see us anytime,” says Dennis Gross.
Sovereign Cellars is one of the many local businesses listed online in our Business Directory. Visit our directory whenever you are shopping for goods and services.
In February 2013, Lori Hinds and Garrett Collins needed a place to train seven young boys and girls in Okinawan karate. Bill Wake and the other members of Grange #314 were happy to help her make that happen. Since that first class last February, Authority Martial Arts has definitely made an impact on the Steamboat Island Peninsula and West Olympia, going from seven to 19 students in a year.
Lori Hinds, 38, a police officer, has been training in karate for over eleven years. She is very passionate about what she teaches today’s youth and adults. Not only does she teach the basic mental aspects of martial arts such as discipline, respect, and humbleness, she also teaches them how to become more confident, how to set goals, and how to achieve those goals through training in karate. The ultimate goal for Sensei Lori is make all the students of Authority Martial Arts to be better members of the community. The school also hosts and attends other events too that build a sense of community including potlucks, community picnics, summer camp trips, laser tag, car washes, garage sales, holiday parties and martial art competitions.
Sensei Garrett, 35, has been training in the arts for over 30 years. His training in the military as well as extensive experience in martial arts competition has given the school an even better balance between tradition and the competitive side of Karate. His personal goal in teaching is to help students become well-rounded competitors as well as keep them safe in situations involving self-defense.
The students of Authority Martial Arts travel from Shelton, the Griffin area, and Tumwater to learn from Sensei Lori. The students, ranging from ages 7 to mid 40’s, learn punches, kicks, blocks, weapons, kata and sparring. They even travel places to compete in Martial Arts Tournaments. Although competition is not a requirement, Authority Martial Arts does have a competition team that competes throughout Washington and Northern Oregon.
Authority Martial Arts at Prosperity Grange meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm-7:45 pm and costs $40.00 per month. They currently offer a trial with the first two weeks for free. There are also special family rates available. Check out their Facebook page or email questions to email@example.com.
Cool and overcast weather didn’t dampen spirits as an estimated 300 or more area residents came together this last Sunday to enjoy a community picnic and farmers and local business fair. The event was hosted by Prosperity Grange, Restoration Hope Community Outreach, and the Griffin Neighborhood Association. Proceeds for the event were for the benefit of the Prosperity Grange. The grange is currently reviewing bids to upgrade their building’s electrical system.
If you missed this year’s picnic, there’s a photo album growing on our Facebook page. Click here to see that album.
This was the first effort on the part of the hosts to hold an event intended to meet so many simultaneous objectives. Funds were being raised for the benefit of the Prosperity Grange, organizers sought to highlight the many local businesses and farms operating in our area, and (lest we not forget) this is the community picnic held every year around this time. At the close of the day, everyone agreed the event was a terrific success.
Not only was attendance higher than we’ve seen in recent years, we also saw many more families with children. Thanks to the Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool, Cedars on the Sound, Lighthouse Alpaca Ranch, and others for giving the kids something to do, following the afternoon meal.
A number of local farms and businesses made donations either directly to the Prosperity Grange or in the form of gifts for a silent auction and a golf driving game that was held during the picnic.
A special thanks is made to the extraordinary contributions made by sponsors of the event. Xinh Dwelley, of Xinh’s Clam & Oyster House, prepared claims and curried mussels (seafood donated by Taylor Shellfish Farms). Steamboat Trading Post (formerly Steamboat Island Fuel, at the corner of Sexton and Old Steamboat Island Rd.) donated beverages and bags of chips. Steamboat Golf hosted a game to benefit Prosperity Grange and allowed most of the event (and the parking!) to take place on their property.
- 4 B’s Farm – a wood turning lathe demo and donation of a wood bowl to the silent auction
- Authority Martial Arts – a martial arts demonstration
- Black Diamond Roofing
- Blissful Wunders Chocolats
- Building Earth Farm
- Cameron Gardens – a large bouquet for the silent auction
- CC Christmas Tree Farm
- Cedars on the Sound – a bag toss game and prizes for the kids
- Chelsea Seafood Farms – donations of sweatshirts and hats to the Steamboat Golf driving game
- Chick Jewelry
- Dogwoods Canine Play and Stay – gift certificate for a 2-night stay at Dogwoods
- Feline Friends
- Griffin Fire Department
- Griffin Neighborhood Association/Steamboat Conservation Partnership
- Ken’s Automotive – donation of gift certificates for free oil changes
- Lemonade Stand (the son of one of the owners of Chick Jewelry)
- Lighthouse Alpaca Ranch – cash donation to the Prosperity Grange (and alpacas!)
- Madrona Grove Summer Fruit Stand – 5% of proceeds of sales to the Prosperity Grange and a $10 gift certificate
- Meyers Woodworks – donation of six cutting boards for the silent auction
- Oliver’s Landscaping
- Open Hands Food Bank Garden (St. Christopher’s Community Church)
- Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
- Polar Bear Construction
- Prosperity Grange
- Art Ray Plumbing
- Restoration Hope Community Outreach
- Sound Stage Car Audio
- South Sound IT – free computer diagnosis and repair during the event
- Steamboat Animal Hospital – donation of a $50 gift certificate for veterinary services
- Steamboat Golf
- Steamboat Island Coffee Shop
- Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool – face painting and kids’ activities
- Steamboat Island Grooming and Pet Supplies
- Steamboat Island Market
- Steamboat Junction Farm Stand
- Steamboat Muscular Therapy – free chair massages during the picnic, donation of gift certificates for two 30-minute massages
- Steamboat Trading Post – discount gas cards, donation of all the soda and chips for the event
- Sunrise Hair Design – donation of a gift basket for the silent auction
- Stickman Coffee Roaster
- Thurston County Explorer Search and Rescue
- Xihn’s Clam & Oyster House – free clams and curried mussels with rice!
Many of these farms and businesses are listed in our online local business directory. Do you own or operate a local business, then click here for information about how you can be added to our directory.
Past and present members of the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association staffed a pair of grills and offered hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers to everyone at the picnic. Even a surprise inspection by the Thurston County Health Department didn’t slow the pace of production.
At the information table for the Griffin Neighborhood Association there was on display the Little Free Library which will soon be placed near the front door of the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters. The library was donated thanks to generous contributions from local residents and the Friends of the Olympia Library. Contributions to cover the costs of the purchase and installation of the library are still being taken. Click here for more information about the Steamboat Little Free Library.
There was one tragic set of circumstances associated with this year’s picnic. Bliss, of Blissful Wunders Chocolats, made a sizeable donation of his truffles. But where was all this candy, on Sunday? Rumor has it that Bliss (who was selling his chocolates elsewhere this weekend) delivered his donation to the grange hall on Thursday. These were discovered in the refrigerator by the Steamboat Bluegrass Festival, held in the grange hall on Friday night. We understand the Bluegrass Festival was quite a success and we’d like to think that was, if only in a small part, because of the chocolates meant for our community picnic.
We hope to see you all at next year’s community picnic. But wait! Do not forget the Blueberry Bash, Sunday August 25th at St. Christopher’s Community Church! We’ll see you all there.
And, around 3:15, the sun did come out.
Did you attend the community picnic? What suggestions do you have, for next year’s picnic? Leave your comments here.