Author: Cornish, Rick

Enough bad stuff, here’s some good stuff.
Hello from Whiskey Creek. The birds are chirping, the weather is way, way mellow for Jamestown this time of year and the new llama, we’re calling her Olive this week, seems to have found her niche. All is right our little slice of heaven.

I cannot, however, say the same for the rest of the world. I feel shell shocked every time I pick up a newspaper or check the web for what’s going on. Bombings, joblessness, environmental disasters, and that’s just for starters. Each day I read about some new and inventive way a citizen of earth has discovered for scamming the rest of us earthlings. It seems there are forty-nine truly dark stories for every one that has a little sunshine in it. So let me change the stats just a wee bit for at least one day. Here’s an email I received a couple days ago…..


We are putting on a benefit bluegrass event at our Winery, Goldeneye, in Anderson Valley this September. It is going to be a benefit for the son of one of our long time employees, Bob Nye, who passed away tragically last year. Here is a little blurb about Bob . Any and all profits from the ticket sales will go to a fund that has been established to help his young son Monroe (named after Bill coincidentally) make his way to college one day. I’m curious if there are any promotional opportunities through your organization / website? I added the event to your calendar but was wondering if any other opportunities exist. Below are the details for the event and the bands, vendors and restaurants that have so graciously offered their services. Thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you.

Warm regards.

Ryan Moore
Director, Retail Operations
Duckhorn Wine Company”

Monroe, can you believe it? I was moved by Ryan’s note, and by the Duckhorn Wine Company where Monroe’s dad worked. Of course I wrote back right away and let him know that we’d be honored to help get the word out. Mark Varner will run a story in the Breakdown in early September and I’ve already started promoting Pickin’ on Pinot. The event, which features the David Thom Band and Blue and Lonesome, will happen September 25th.

Sure, there’s plenty of bad news, we just have to open our eyes and ears to see and hear it. Our choice is to sit back and take it all in or to take some initiative and make a little good news of our own. Clearly Ryan and Duckhorn are taking matters into their own hands, and they’ve inspired me to do the same. Not sure what that will be yet, but stay tuned.
Posted:  8/10/2010

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