Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Weekend at Renegades

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

On Friday January 13th and Saturday January 14th, The Renegade Urban Winery in Stroudsburg, PA officially established itself as an epicenter of places to be in the Pocono Region of Northeast PA. The weekend events included a Meet and Greet with the new Branch Executive Director of the Pocono Family YMCA, a Grand Opening Party, and music performed by some extraordinary musicians. The venue was filled wall to wall with members of the community and others as they conversed while sipping some mighty fine wine and munching on the delicious complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided by Momento’s Restaurant www.momentopizzeria.com and Kathleen Lockwood. Vegan Burgers created by Diana Bezanski of Fogwood and Fig www.FogwoodFig.com were also available for purchase throughout the weekend.

The weekend at The Renegade Urban Winery began on Friday January 13th with a Meet and Greet with Jodi Perry-Petrozak who is the new Branch Executive Director of The Pocono Family YMCA www.poconoymca.org. A profound sense of excitement filled the room as the eagerness to meet Ms. Perry-Petrozak heightened as she warmly greeted members of the gathering individually and in groups. Those who were fortunate enough to meet her came away with a warmth that emanated from their conversation with her along with a deeper appreciation for the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

It was as the day progressed did Guitarist Regina Sayles www.reginasayles.com begin wooing the gathering with her extraordinary talent. Her powerful voice echoed throughout the corridors of the soul as the interpretations of each song she rendered revealed not only the composition's essences but those who delighted in the experiencing of it. A joyous display of rhythmic clapping of hands, mouths wording the lyrics of beloved songs, and dancing to abandonment spilled forth from the loving and appreciative hearts of the enraptured crowd that surrounded the Renegade Stage.

The festivities held on Friday January 13th continued late into the night which made it a very lucky day for the multitude who attended the event. A sense of anticipation filled their hearts as they eagerly awaited for the commencement of the following day's offerings that promised to extend the good feelings they felt. This promise would prove to not only be kept but to go beyond anyone's expectations.

The Renegade Urban Winery's Grand Opening Party was held on Saturday January 14th. An enormous gathering echoing the size of that on the previous day filled the establishment. An excitement swelled in the hearts of many as the time for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony grew nearer. When it did arrive, a number of the gathering braved the cold in order to witness the historic event. Both ends of a very wide gold colored ribbon was held by the winery's owners and it was then did the Mayor of Stroudsburg, PA, Tarah Verwey Probst, share her remarks about the winery and it's ability to make the borough a more wonderful place to be. It was after the conclusion of her well received words did her honor move to cut the ribbon with the gold colored scissors she was given.

However, an elderly lady, who was unaware of the ceremony that was taking place, walked out of the establishment's door in order to enjoy the day's air. She found herself positioned between the winery's door and the ribbon. The situation moved her to express her pleasant surprise and her words placed a smile in the gathering's heart. It was spontaneously decided that she would share the honor of cutting the ribbon with the mayor. She did so and performed a little dance of delight while holding the scissors. She finished her dance, looked at the scissors in her hand, and asked, “Am I suppose to keep these?” It was then did someone smile and relieved her of them.

After the ceremony, the gathering re entered the winery in order to partake of the wonders the establishment provided. Delicious foods and wine were consumed as were the words of delectable conversations that were shared. An opportunity to have one's commemorative photograph taken was provided by Rockin' Photobooth www.rockinphotobooth.com. Many individuals, couples, and groups eagerly took their place before the apparatus while the camera's enchanting operator shared her thoughtful advise on how they could help insure the best image possible could be captured. A great deal of picture sharing took place throughout the event as those who have been to the booth were eager to show off their enhanced photogenic qualities.

It was during all this did Guitarist Andrew Moses www.moselyguitar.com take the Renegade Stage. An eclectic assemblage of songs were met with a voice that gave each composition a dimension unprecieved by earlier experiences of them. Mr. Moses' renderings provided a new understanding of the work which allowed its meaningfulness to be rewritten on the souls of all who heard him.

Mr. Moses was scheduled to be followed on stage by Guitarist Zac Lawless www.zaclawless.com and Guitarist Erin McClelland of The Erin McClelland Band www.facebook.com/emcclellandband. However, due to the snow filled skies that began to cover the town's streets with whiteness, it was decided by some of the company to begin their journeys home to avoid any adverse road conditions that might occur. I was among the company to decide to go home and, reluctantly, I left the establishment just as Mr. Lawless was setting up. This was unfortunate but the time I had during my weekend at the winery shall linger in a special place within me for quite some time. As with the many great people I shared the events with, I look forward to their next opportunities to partake of some wonderful music, food, and wine. I hope to see you there as well. In the meantime, you'll find more photographs taken during the experience in The A Weekend at Renegades Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155705371983761.1073742048.91146283760&type=3.

The Renegade Urban Winery is located at 600 Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA with their vineyards located in East Stroudsburg, PA. They are considered to be the first urban concept winery in the Pocono Mountains, PA Region. The next performance on their Renegade Stage will be given by The Kings of Queen Street Band www.facebook.com/thekingsofqueenstreet on Friday January 20th. An Open Mic Event hosted by Andrew Moses takes place every Thursday evening beginning at 9pm. In addition to this the winery is currently showing The SOHO in the BURG's www.sohointheburg.com exhibition titled “A Pairing” which will remain on display until January 30th. Their next exhibition is scheduled to open Saturday February 11th and it's theme will be in keeping with the St. Valentine's Holiday. The venue will also hold a January Paint and Sip with Anna K on Thursday January 26th. You'll find more information The Renegade Urban Winery and all they have to offer by exploring their Website at www.therenegadewinery.com or their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/liveloverevoltwinery.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Going Renegade with Music and Messy Vegan Burgers

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

As the chill of a winter's evening filled the air, I ventured to The Renegade Winery in Stroudsburg, PA on Friday January 6th who presented Guitarist George Grillo on their stage. I arrived early to partake of the much talked about Vegan Burgers created by Diana Bezanski of Fogwood and Fig www.FogwoodFig.com. The selection of the Vegan Burgers proved to be a daunting one as each offering tempted the pallet with their ingredients. I finally chose The Flirty Burger which was composed of a Black lentil and mushroom patty with chili cherry sauce along with avocado, arugula, onion, and srirachi lemon aioli. Their reputation of being “sloppy good” was well deserved as the flavors brought forth by the meatless cuisine were delightful. A superb wine suggested by one of the winery's staff made an excellent companion that enhanced the enjoyment of the tasty burger.

It was after I finished munching and cleaning my fingers of the delicious sauce that topped off the meal did George Grillo and his guitar take the stage. A variety of tunes were brought forth favorably through his proficient touching of the instrument's strings with each song finding a new dimension to its meaning as Mr. Grillo's voice added its texture to its lyrics. The simple and meaningful interpretations he gave to the songs blended well with the Vegan Burgers and wine. Together, they created an ambiance whose elements swirled around the room and whose enchanting effects were seen affecting the large company who attended the evening's experience. You'll find more photographs taken during the experience in The Going Renegade with Music and Messy Vegan Burgers Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155678610328761.1073742047.91146283760&type=3.

The Renegade Winery is located in the J. J. Newberry Building on the corner of 6th and Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA with their vineyards located in East Stroudsburg, PA and is considered the first urban concept winery in the Pocono Mountains, PA Region. The winery is currently showing The SOHO in the BURG's www.sohointheburg.com exhibition titled “A Pairing” which will remain on display until January 30th. Their next exhibition is scheduled to open Saturday February 11th and it's theme will be in keeping with the St. Valentine's Holiday. The establishment also presents performances on their Renegade Renegade Stage including those given by Regina Sayles on Friday January 13th along with other events throughout the winery such as their their Grand Opening Party on Saturday January 14th and January Paint and Sip with Anna K scheduled for Thursday January 26th. You'll find more information The Renegade Winery and all they have to offer by exploring their Website at www.therenegadewinery.com or their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/liveloverevoltwinery.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Running Wild with Renegades into 2017

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

The final hours of 2016 were met with the joy found in music and camaraderie whose life giving elements were enhanced by a delicious cuisine accompanied by some superb wine. The Renegade Winery in Stroudsburg, PA held their New Year's Eve Celebration which began on Saturday December 31st and continued onto the early hours of January 1st. The winery filled with newly met and previously established friends whose conversations blended with the elements of the evening to near capacity. The music of guitarist Zac Lawless www.zaclawless.com greeted the impressively large number of celebrants as they entered the establishment.

Mr. Lawless' renderings of the songs he deftly interpreted weaved a musical quilt that warmed the gathering adding a substance to feed their souls. This led many to explore and discover a vast array of foods prepared by Chef Mike Abate of the Pocono Supper Club www.PoconoSupperClub.com which included delectable deserts, heated victuals, and crepes lovingly created by the chef to each individual's specifications. It was after some time did guitarist Erin McClelland of The Erin McClelland Band www.facebook.com/emcclellandband come upon The Renegade Stage to perform a number of songs that delighted, transfixed, and moved many members of his audience to dance including this writer.

A screen was placed upon the wall of the winery so the live coverage of the evening's festivities as they were celebrated in the Times Square section of New York, NY could be enjoyed. Eyes filled with thoughtful reflection and anticipation of the future were seen throughout the room as their voices joined in unison to count down the final seconds of the day. It was after the completion of the annual ritual did the traditional welcoming of the new year commence which was celebrated through the elevated signs of affection and good will shared during the remainder of the evening.

The New Year's Celebration held at The Renegade Winery in Stroudsburg, PA proved to be a magnificent way to bring a close to 2016 while opening the many exploratory avenues of 2017. It was an evening not only filled with great music, food, and wine, but with many conversations that enhanced an appreciation of being a part of the human society and all the thoughtful wonders this membership embraces. You'll find more photographs taken during their New Year's Eve Celebration in The Running Wild with Renegades into 2017 Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155655351883761.1073742046.91146283760&type=3.

The Renegade Winery is located in the J. J. Newberry Building on the corner of 6th and Main Street in Stroudsburg, PA with their vineyards located in East Stroudsburg, PA and is considered the first urban concept winery in the Pocono Mountains, PA Region. The winery is currently showing The SOHO in the BURG's www.sohointheburg.com exhibition titled “A Pairing” which will remain on display until January 30th. Their next exhibition is scheduled to open Saturday February 11th and it's theme will be in keeping with the St. Valentine's Holiday. The establishment also presents performances on their Renegade Renegade Stage including those given by George Grillo on Friday January 6th, Jesse Scavone on Saturday January 7th, and Regina Sayles on Friday January 13th along with other events throughout the winery such as their their Grand Opening Party on Saturday January 14th and January Paint and Sip with Anna K scheduled for Thursday January 26th. You'll find more information The Renegade Winery and all they have to offer by exploring their Website at www.therenegadewinery.com or their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/liveloverevoltwinery.

Monday, December 19, 2016

A Black Tie Bye Bye at Origins

Photography by Paparazzi Paul.

The Origins Gallery in Stroudsburg, PA held an Artists' Reception for their Black Canvas Exhibition II on Saturday December 17th. The evening served as a black tie fund raiser for the gallery as they prepare their move from their present location on the lower level of The Gamers Edge Comics and Games Store at 580 Main St. in Stroudsburg, PA to their new home which will be announced at a later time. A sizable gathering inhabited the space in order to share conversations relating to the incredible art on display while reminiscing over the wonderful events presented by the gallery throughout the years. The evening also included their famous art raffle, a silent auction, a charitable endeavor by Krystal, Photos with Santa, and music provided by guitarist Douglas Kaetz www.fromthedarkriver.com.

The gentle classical guitar compositions rendered by Mr. Kaetz enhanced the enjoyment of the evening as each measure created an inner balance for all who meandered throughout the room. A variety of delicious treats donated by the artists added their flavors to the event along with the culinary delights concocted by Bonnie O' Fee during the reception. In addition to the stunning work that was on display for the exhibition, a number of pieces equal to the exhibit's aesthetic caliber were offered as items to bid upon in the gallery's first silent auction. The eyes of those present spent a great deal of time to oogle each item before placing their bids to make the coveted piece their own. An excitement was felt throughout the venue as participants in the auction sought to out bid one another.

It was after some time after the beginning of the evening did the Origins Gallery Director, Jody Singer, stand before the gathering to share his welcoming words. He also expressed his appreciation to the company for their love and support over the years. Mr. Singer also provided a glimpse of the future of the gallery which included a number of projects to enhance the presence of artistic endeavors throughout the town and beyond. It was also announced the gallery's new home is still under negotiation and its location will be shared with the public by the end of January 2017. The gallery will close at its present location on Tuesday December 27th, 2016.

As Mr. Singer concluded his sentiments, the music, conversations, and ogling resumed. Opportunities to have one's picture taken with Santa were offered as was an opportunity to help those artists who suffered in the recent challenges they encountered in California were made available by purchasing tree ornaments created by a woman named, “Krystal” and signing a card sharing one's compassion for the victims. The music presented by guitarist Douglas Kaetz evolved from classical renditions to more modern pieces. These later songs inspired a number of attendees to tap dance the night away with joy and abandonment. It was after a while did Mr. Singer return to the stage in order to conduct the gallery's famous Art Raffle.

The many individuals who purchased raffle tickets throughout the evening eagerly eyed the pieces of paper between their fingers as the winning numbers were called out by Origin's Gallery Director, Jody Singer. The much coveted pieces donated for the event were held aloft by Marty Carr which made each item all the more desirable. A joy filled the room as the numbers signifying the winner were revealed and congratulatory sentiments were shared. It was after the final item was distributed did Mr. Singer prepare the gathering for the announcement of those whose high bids would receive the items offered in the silent auction. After a moment or two of going over the paperwork involved, the numbers corresponding with the name of the highest bidders were shared leading to arrangements being made to complete the purchases.

It was after all this did Mr. Singer bid his farewell to the gathering while expressing his thanks to all those who helped Origins Gallery to become a blessing to the creative community. An extensive list of names were shared and each one was met by the gathering with a thoughtful applause. It was soon after this did the company begin to disperse taking each departing step with the memories the gallery has inspired throughout the years. Yet, a new hope descended upon them regarding the possible future of the venue as they were met by the fresh, brisk air of a December night. You can view photographs taken during the Artists' Reception of the exhibit in The A Black Tie Bye Bye at Origins Gallery at www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10155597731628761.1073742045.91146283760&type=3.

The Origins Gallery is a contemporary arts gallery who also offers classes and special events to the community. The Black Canvas Exhibition II will be on display until Monday December 26th . The next exhibition to be on display in their new location is yet to be announced. But, it will most likely take place during the late Winter or early Spring Months of 2017. You can learn more about The Origins Gallery including updates referring to the future of Origins and other news by exploring their Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/OriginsGalleryStroudsburg.