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Best Bets in Guerneville December 31 to January 6

Monday, December 31st, 2012 | Posted by

9 p.m. until 1 a.m., Monday, December 31 – January 1.
A Hogmanay (Scottish for ‘last day of the year) Hootenany will be held on New Years Eve at the Guerneville Veterans Memorial Hall starring the Fargo Brothers (who have been practicing for this night for 30 years and have 3000 performances under their collective belts!), there will also be dancing, a champagne toast and a light breakfast will be served. A bar will be available and the $25 admission will benefit the Vets Hall. The celebration will be from 9 p.m.

until 1 a.m. Guerneville Vets Hall, First Street, Guerneville

8 p.m., Friday, January 4

Local activist and a prime mover involved in Guerneville’s series of First Friday Art Walks, Otto Walker Willis has called for  “A monthly sharing of Community

Hi-Five chef Eugene Birdsall

diversity, abundance and  love” motivated by the desire to  “create safe and entertaining social opportunities for LGBT folks, their friends and allies.”  Willis would accomplish this “by promoting activities that build community and business,” and he’s kicking off what he hopes to be a monthly event with a mingling of the local masses at Hi Five Restaurant (aka Pat’s).  “Everyone is welcome, says Willis,”  and the only requirement is to treat fellow participants, other patrons, the facility, it’s management and employees with respect. There’s no charge and food and drink will be available from Hi Five’s regular Korean/American menu.

6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, January 5

Vernelle Anders combines her smooth, silky voice with the extensive talents of  Tim Haggerty tickling the ivories to produce a collaboration which should make for a unique sound and cool wintry entertainment at the family-friendly Rio Nido Roadhouse. The covered, enclosed pavilion is cozy, dinner friendly and intimate, and still roomy enough to get up and burn calories on the dance floor.

Vernelle Anders

$5 cover. The Rio Nido Roadhouse is on Canyon Two, Rio Nido, about 200 yards south of Hwy 116

7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, January 5

East Coast native JP Soden, a veteran of the music scene who began his first band at age 17 and has played in venues ranging from Maryland and D.C. to Santa Fe and  El Paso currently loves in Sebastopol and has been honing his reputation as a member of duos and trios while exploring a variety of genres solo on his acoustic guitar. He’s playing a return engagement at Trio restaurant in Guerneville where the eats are superb and his stylings are well worth checking out.

JP Soden


9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, January 5
Conrad Diehl and his energetic Real Diehl band will be perforing rock, reggae, oldies, covers and channel musicians and singers you’ve loved  most of your lives. They interact with their audiences and often segway from one tune to another with out a break, Famous for their two hours sets, they are special in many ways. Diehl has traveled widely and spent several  years in Arlington, Virginia. His band is widely in demand and he appears regularly at McT’s Bullpen, where the dancers get worn out before his band does. FREE, (no cover). The Bullpen features a pool table, has a full bar nad the parking lot makes for easy access.
McT’s Bullpen, 16246 First Street (across from the Vets hall), Guerneville

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