Flickerwood Wins Medals in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA – The second annual “Drink Outside the Grape” competition took place in Charlottesville, VA on August 9, resulting in 95 medals for fruit wines, meads, ciders & fruit brandies. Drink Outside the Grape is a truly International Competition, with entries from the U.S., Canada, Estonia, & India. “Beverages in these categories are often misunderstood or not given the same respect as is given to traditional table wines,” explains Richard Leahy, Competition Chair & Conference Manager of the Eastern Winery Exposition. “This competition gives fruit wine, mead, cider, & fruit brandies a place where they can be judged fairly without being compared to traditional graped-based table wines. The growth in this competition shows that producers of these beverages want to get the word out about the good products they are making.” FLICKERWOOD WINE CELLARS of Kane, PA won medals with all 6 of their entries: The Competition was judged by industry professiona…

Music Legend Glen Campbell Has Died

(From CNN) Glen Campbell, the upbeat guitarist from Delight, Arkansas, whose smooth vocals and down-home manner made him a mainstay of music and television for decades, has died following a battle with Alzheimer's disease, his family announced on Facebook. He was 81. Campbell is best remembered for a string of country-inflected hits that ran from the mid-'60s to the late '80s: "Gentle on My Mind," "Rhinestone Cowboy," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Southern Nights" and "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle" among them. They fit in neatly on both pop and country radio, with two of them -- "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights" -- hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He was also famous for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," a TV variety show that ran from 1969 to 1972. In 2011, he announced he had Alzheimer's. Despite the diagnosis, he…

Lots of Author Interviews

The radio station's website has been kind of wacky lately so I haven't been able to upload everything on a timely basis. And, even if I could have, you might not have been able to get there because we were getting "400" and "500" errors/messages. So, while it seems to be somewhat normal right now I'll let you know you can go to the "on-demand" page at You can check out Fiona Barton, Mary Higgins Clark, CJ Box, Joseph Finder, Steve Berry, Christina Baker Kline, Reed Farrell Coleman, Robert Knott Alex George, Brad Taylor, and more. I have more that have to be uploaded, including Ace Atkins and Linda Fairstein. Stay tuned.

Marilyn Horne Museum Reaches Milestone

Less than twelve weeks after opening to the public, the Marilyn Horne Museum and Exhibit Center has reached its first 1,000 visitors. While the majority of museum patrons are from the local region, visitors have come from as far away as British Columbia. The museum has been tracking attendance and collecting visitor data since mid-May. A dedicated website, was launched in June to help promote the museum and its programming. Those searching online for things to do in the region are finding the museum and coming to Bradford’s historic downtown district to visit. “We are thrilled with the interest in the museum,” said Matthew Hileman, the museum’s manager. “The museum is already fulfilling its mission by providing a quality educational experience to those living in the region while bringing much-needed tourism and interest to Bradford.” In addition to attendance, the museum is building its presence online with followers on social media outlets such as Twitter and Fa…

Actor John Heard Has Died

John Heard, the actor who portrayed Kevin McCallister's father in a pair of Home Alone films, has died at the age of 72. The Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Heard's death, Variety reports. TMZ adds that the actor was found dead in his Palo Alto, California hotel room, just days after Heard underwent minor back surgery, his rep said. Read the full story here: 72-w493618

Deep Thoughts From Melanie Benjamin

Now that you've got Melanie on your mind, did you know her new book "The Girls is the Picture" comes out in January? Check it out on Goodreads. The Girls in the Picture
by Melanie Benjamin (Goodreads Author)
4.04 · Rating Details · 24 Ratings · 13 Reviews An intimate portrait of the close friendship and powerful creative partnership between two of Hollywood’s earliest female superstars: Frances Marion and Mary Pickford. An enchanting new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Swans of Fifth Avenue and The Aviator’s Wife. Hollywood, 1914. Frances Marion, a young writer desperate for a break, meets “America’s Sweetheart,” Mary Pickford, already making a name for herself both on and off the screen with her golden curls and lively spirit. Together, these two women will take the movie business by storm. Read more at Goodreads.

Additions to This Weekend's Music Calendar

Mashmellow Overcoat will be performing tonight (Friday) at The Corner Bar & Restaurant in Bradford. Mick Marshall's band Marshall Law has been added to the lineup for the Kids & Cancer Benefit Block Party Saturday on Mechanic Street. Their special guests will be members of Smokin' Section from Pittsburgh. Also at the block party, Jim Ronan will be joining the No Name Trio. The No Name Trio is performing from 3 to 7 p.m.; Marshall Law from 7 to 11 p.m. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Vapor will be performing at The Downbeat for its grand re-opening.

Sean Kirst: As film opens, new lessons in bond between Dunkirk, N.Y., and Dunkerque, France

by Sean Kirst, Buffalo News The plaque, a replica of a gift to the people of Dunkerque, France, hangs in the second floor corridor of Dunkirk City Hall, a couple of blocks from Lake Erie. It has been there for decades, a gesture to emphasize a bond of deep affection, and Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas sees it as a daily reminder of civic purpose. "We need to remember," he said, "great things can happen here." The movie blockbuster of the summer, "Dunkirk," opens this weekend. It portrays the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of Allied troops from the French city, under dire threat from Nazi forces, in the early days of World War II. The film also resonates in the Chautauqua County city of Dunkirk, where an economically wounded Great Lakes community recalls how a collective effort to aid its staggered sister city, more than 70 years ago, gave it a moment of brilliant international attention. Read the full story here:…

Salvador Dalí’s Remains Exhumed for Paternity Test

by RACHEL ELBAUM In a case as eccentric as the man at the heart of it, the remains of the famed surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dalí were exhumed on Thursday night following a paternity claim by a tarot card reader. Dalí, who died in 1989 at the age of 84, is buried under the crystal dome of the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres in the north of Spain, around 90 miles outside of Barcelona. His tomb lies where the theater's stage used stand. Read the full story here:

NY Times Book Review:
A New Biography Looks at Sarah Vaughan, the Singer Known as Sassy

The Musical Lives of Sarah Vaughan
By Elaine M. Hayes
Illustrated. 419 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $27.99. For Ella Fitzgerald, jazz singing was a way to wallow in joy; Billie Holiday used it to confront her grief. And to Sarah Vaughan, it was a nirvana where everything was possible and nothing went wrong. Read the entire review here: York Times photo

Music & Theater This Weekend

Friday Pack your camp chair and bring your friends to Red House Beach for an evening of FREE live music. This is a family friendly event. For more information please call 716-354-9101 ext 236 Bradford Little Theatre's Kids Camp culminates with performances of "We Are Monsters" at Togi's Playhouse. Saturday The 20th annual Kids & Cancer Benefit Motorcycle Run ends with a block party on Mechanic Street featuring music from the No Name Trio. "We Are Monsters" at Togi's Playhouse Sunday Solid Rock Festival at the Bradford Township Community Club on Irving Lane from 1 to 9 p.m. featuring several Christian rock bands.