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Highway to Wallace's Accordion Festival

This is your friendly reminder that the annual Accordion Festival is happening in less than three months. Do what you need to do to free up your calendar because it's two days of accordion madness from August 10th to the 11th.

If you're worried about attending Seafair in Seattle, don't worry, that's happening the week prior so if you plan everything out right, you can attend Seafair and Wallace's Accordion Festival all in the same month.

For your monthly dosage of accordion, here's another version of Duckmandu's Highway to Hell. He's performing with an entire army of accordionist.

If that doesn't get you into the mood for accordions, we don't know what will.

Duckmandu, also known as Aaron Seeman, is performing at the festival on August 11th at 7 p.m.

Video Courtesy: Valletiberti/Youtube

Seattle Man Starts Bike Trip Around the World

Seattle Man Starts Bike Trip Around the World

With a strong tail wind, 62-year old Darby Roach and his best friend Mike Mann, cruise into Airway Heights on two wheels.  If you've driven Highway 2 in the past three days you may know who I'm talking about.  They're the two guys on loaded down bicycles, with the sneaky smiles and gusto of young men on an adventure of a lifetime.

Roach and Mann are on a mission to first bike across the United States and then the world.  The pair left Wenatchee Sunday morning and arrived in Spokane Wednesday night. In all, they've logged about 140 miles so far. Their goal is to get to Boston by the end of the Summer.  From there, Roach will fly solo to Europe where he plans to spend the next 3 years seeing the world. From the narrow streets of Paris to the snow covered peaks of Chile, Roach plans to pedal every mile of the way. 

What? Is he crazy? Who would do such a thing? All questions that ran through my mind when Roach told me about his ambitious goal. To understand this wild dream, you have to understand the wild man on the bike.  I don't think he'll mind my choice adjective, he raised me after all.

T-Minus Four Months Until Accordion Festival 2012

Everyone! Take out your day planners and flip ahead to August. Now grab the nearest pen or pencil and scribble in the following item: “Accordion Festival 2012”. It’s the second weekend of August and we can barely contain ourselves.

Last year was a hoot with the parade of accordions and the bars filled with accordionists playing through the night. This year should not disappoint.

One of the headlining performers for Saturday night’s concert is a actually the most amazing thing you’ll ever seen.

Excuse us as we switch into first person mode. I saw Duckmandu in 2008 in Spokane during an event called “Monsters of Accordion”. He’s kind of a monster, like scary awesome. He’s playing that Saturday and he does mostly accordion covers of classical songs and punk rock. He has an album dedicated to the Dead Kennedy’s.

Pend d'Oreille Winery Offers Refillable Magnums

Pend d'Oreille Winery Offers Refillable Magnums

Fill 'er up, please!

On a recent visit to Sandpoint, Idaho it was discovered that Pend d'Oreille Winery has a magic spigot from which a never-ending flow of wine pours. That may be a tad-bit dramatic... yet they still have an awesome offer of refillable magnums of wine.

The idea came from co-proprietor Julie Meyer, who was tired of seeing empty bottles of wine go to waste (there is no market for recycled glass in Sandpoint, so the city is forced to reintegrate the glass into solid waste for disposal at a landfill in Eastern Oregon).

The 1.5 litre bottles, or more affectionately known as "Magnums" by wine-os, can be purchased for $27 at first. Then, a refill only costs $17.50.

Denise Alveari, the winery's PR person, says Pend d'Oreille is the first in Idaho - if not the Northwest - to do this.

The winery offers refills of their house Bistro Rouge Red Table Wine or a white wine, which they happened to be out of when I was in town.

The Vagina Monologues Coming to Wallace, Idaho

The Vagina Monologues Coming to Wallace, Idaho

The Vagina Monologues has been empowering women around the world for over a decade, fighting the silenced inner voice. The highly-acclaimed play is giving women in North Idaho’s Silver Valley the same chance to speak their mind to fight violence locally.

It’s the first time The Vagina Monologues has ever been performed in the area. It’s making its regional debut in Wallace, Idaho this Saturday. Rachael Clark-Krusemark, an English teacher at Kellogg High School, applied for the opportunity to produce the show in the Silver Valley this year - she got it.

For those unfamiliar with the popular performance, it’s a series of monologues written and based on interviews with about 200 women on issues like sex, violence and current events. It was performed off-Broadway for the first time in 1996 and since then, performed globally benefiting organizations through V-Day, an activist movement to end violence against women.

When the performance debuted, it was read completely by one woman, the writer of the entire play, Eve Ensler. During the Silver Valley performance, audience members will hear from 17 members of the community.

Introducing Kootenai Kitchen's "Plucked Delights"

Introducing Kootenai Kitchen's "Plucked Delights"

Let’s introduce a weekly feature inspired by an antiquing trip in Spokane along the “vintage district” on North Monroe. Sitting on top of a stack of books was a treasure just waiting to be picked up - Kootenai Kitchen - the cookbook you’ve been missing since its original and only circulation in 1981.

The Kootenai School located in Kootenai, Idaho compiled the cookbook in April of that year. It featured submissions from students, P.T.O and others. The future of the school was in question due to the safety of the old building that was built in 1909 or 1910. In 1987, the building was condemned and razed. For ten years, students were bused into Sandpoint to attend classes. In 1997, a new school was finally built.

Once a week we’ll pluck a delight from its pages. It may be the entertaining recipe of a lifetime or it may cause you to tilt your head with minor confusion. It’s a grab bag of entertainment. Let’s begin: