From country crooners, Scotland with love
By Margaret Melloy Guziak
In last week’s column, we told you that Fruita’s Peggy Malone, was nominated in the “Girl Singer Category” for 2012 by the Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame and the winner would be announced at their Award and Banquet Dinner in Commerce City on Aug 19. Governor Hickenlooper proclaimed Aug 19 to be “Ron Miller Day” and the week of Aug 19 – 25 to be “Colorado Country Music Week.
(Because this column is written a week before publication, we will have the final results of the Aug 19 awards banquet in next week’s column).
Ron Miller, a Denver musician, has played steel guitar in Charley Pride’s band for more than 20 years. We have always been fans of Charley Pride’s music since the ’70’s. Do you remember some of his country classics like “Kiss an Angel Good Morning” and “Is Anybody Going to San Antone” or “A Shoulder to Cry On”? Thanks to the Internet, we can still see and listen to him sing those old songs for us. Most of us remember the words and can sing along with him. We still have about five of Charley Pride’s early albums at home and, like many other “to do” projects on my ever-growing list, I plan to record them onto CDs “manana.” (Someone told me that the Spanish word “manana, doesn’t mean tomorrow. It simply means “not today.” True or not, I really like that explanation.)
And the album covers are so great that I hate to part with them. I plan to take pictures of them before I give them away. (That is another one of my “to do” projects). Charley Pride continues to perform at 74 years of age. Just like Merle Haggard or George Jones, there are audiences that still love that old time music by our “old-time stars” and their shows are always a sell-out.. And with their songs, you can understand all the lyrics. That is so rare today. To view Charley’s touring schedule, which includes Ireland and the United Kingdom, go to www.charley
Flying Scots-girl is a hoot at Judy’s Restaurant
Judy’s Restaurant is the most well-known, old time, eating place in Fruita. One of the reasons we enjoy going to Judy’s Restaurant in Fruita is their many fun and smiling waitresses, gals like “Scotty” Eastwood. In July, Scotty flew to Scotland for a month to surprise her brother who was getting married. He didn’t know she was taking the time off to travel to Scotland and England to visit her family and attend his wedding.
We are looking forward to her return as we usually go to Sunday breakfast there, and she is one of the reasons we do. In yesterday’s mail, I received a picture postcard of “Loch Fyne” in Scotland with a note from Scotty. I will have to ask her if that is near the “Loch Ness” and the monster we read about.
What a charming wit this little blonde lady has, and when she pairs it with her native Scottish brogue, she is a hoot. With some of her fun stories about her first years in America, and the differences in every-day words and expressions used by Americans and the Scots, she’s had us laughing so much, she could be a stand-up comic with her routine, and we have told her so. She disproves the idea that “all blondes are dumb.” Not this little gal.
COPMOBA gets grant for Fruita Desert Trail
In a recent publication, we read that the Grand Junction REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) a national retail gear and clothing outfitter, whose local store is located at 7th & North in Grand Junction, awarded $4.2 million to non-profits that “work to reserve and maintain natural spaces through active volunteer programs across the country.”
Of that amount, they gave a grant check for $10,000 to COPMOBA to finish the new ‘Eat at Joe’s’ trail in the north Fruita desert. Impressive! I don’t know why they gave that trail that name. Maybe some of the bikers in Fruita will tell us. I do know the song “Eat at Joe’s” is about a waitress working in a restaurant that never closes. It was one of the songs that Nashville star Suzy Bogguss sang at her benefit concert for Mosaic at the Avalon which we attended last year.
“Eternal blue neon we’re never closed
When the world is asleep
Darling come take a seat
You can always eat at Joe’s
(eat at Joe’s)”
To find out more about the mountain biking trails association, COPMOBA, go to their website www.copmoba.org. You can read about the trail construction dates and meetings, review their local events calendar and/or subscribe to their online newsletter.