On the Scene: George Winston concert at Two Rivers Winery
Two sold out shows gives you some idea of the popularity that pianist George Winston enjoys while in Grand Junction.
First appearing here in 1988, Winston keeps drawing fans to intimate venues and giving them memorable performances.
I attended his Saturday evening performance at Two Rivers Winery and Chateau on the Redlands. (A second show was added on Sunday afternoon after the first sold out so quickly.) Sandstone Concerts promoter Ron Wilson told me this was Sandstone’s first matinee show in 30 years of entertaining.
Two Rivers Winery is a gem of a venue for a sit down dinner event, business conference or wedding reception. In this case, it lent itself perfectly to this type of concert. Winston also played there in the winter of 2011.
By the time I arrived, most of the guests already were seated and having a glass of wine. John and Kathy Marachin were sitting pretty on one of the comfy leather couches before taking their concert seats. They liked Winston’s last performance there so much, they were anxious to attend again.
This time they brought their parents, John’s mother, Jeannie Marachin, and Kathy’s father, Monte Coleman, from New Mexico. The concert was Christmas present for all of them.
I found my friend and fellow Art on the Corner committee member, Troy Reynolds, getting a glass of wine for himself and his wife, Donna Reynolds. Troy works for FCI Constructors when he and Donna aren’t busy shopping for antiques at Great American Estate Sales to furnish their turn of the century farmhouse.
Helping Ron at the doors were the Bell girls. Kathy Bell and her daughters, Kassandra Bell Davis and Cheyenne Bell, have worked with Sandstone for years. You’ll find them at the Riverfront Concerts, the Moss Performing Arts Center and, when it’s reopened, at Avalon Theatre.
Becky Beverly and Joanna Daub were taking in some holiday entertainment. Becky was lovely in her scarf from the Blue Pig Gallery in Palisade. She always looks pretty. Joanna is retired from School District 51 and Becky teaches at Central High School. Together they enjoy music and recently traveled to Africa.
Two tall handsome fellows caught my eye as they came in the door. I asked if I could take their photo and they were happy to oblige but needed to retrieve their better-halves from their saved seats.
Bud and Beverly Markos and Mark and Dena Neujahr are neighbors in the Independence Ranch subdivision and as soon as they saw the George Winston concert advertised in The Daily Sentinel, they rushed right down to City Market and purchased tickets.
Many of you may recognize the name Markos, which graces the bottom of his incredible oil paintings depicting the great American West. Locally, you can find his work at the Oakley Gallery in Interiors Etc. on Main Street.
I wanted to get a picture of George and Ron. George was upstairs in his suite, preparing to make his entrance. Ron told me the pianist arrived in Grand Junction the day before and they had gone shopping at Winston’s favorite place, Sprouts.
George stocked up for his tour and is a very discerning shopper. Although not remotely as quirky, it reminded Ron of 1992 when Pat Paulsen and Tiny Tim were on tour and performed at the DoubleTree Hotel. He took Tiny Tim shopping at the Rite Aid on 12th Street, and Tim spent what seemed like hours in the Oil of Olay aisle.
My fun buddy, Jordon Statler, and I were invited up to Winston’s room to get the photo. George was quite enamored with us two ladies, thinking we were sisters. He even suggested we had the makings of a new act called the “The Miss Behavers.” Oh, George, how did you know?
George stayed true to his concern that no one goes hungry in America and several hundred pounds of non-perishable food was collected at the door to benefit the local food bank.
Thank you George Winston, it’s good to have you back.
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■ The Art Center will mark First Friday with an art event for children. The Children’s New Year Celebration will go from 6:30–8:30 p.m. Friday at The Art Center, 1803 Seventh St. Kids of all ages can make New Year hats and see painting, a clay wheel, puppet shows and dancing. There will be snacks and a root beer bar. A silent auction will be benefit the center’s children’s programming. Info: 243-7337, gjartcenter.org.
■ A Family Dance and Community Contra Dance are set for Saturday at La Puerta Dance Studio, 523 1/2 Main St. with Fifth Reel providing the music and Ron Young calling the dances. The family dance will go from 5–6:30 p.m. with a cost of $12 per family, $5 adults, $4 children. The Community Contra Dance will go from 7:30–10:30 p.m. with a new dancers’ workshop at 7 p.m. This dance costs $8 for adults, $5 for students and $4 for children ages 10–17. Info: 243-6736.