Category Archives: News Tidbits

…will sing for Hugs…Cafe

We had a great time helping Hugs Cafe celebrate their first year anniversary in downtown McKinney. The food is excellent and the service too.  But what brings it all together for any patron is the teamwork and warm hospitality.  All employees are visibly happy to be working on the team.  Marty is pictured with us below.  She kept things lively with her dancing to our songs a the front door.  Ruth Thompson and team have built a special place for all to visit. If you would like to learn more about Ruth and the Hugs non-profit mission, please see this article in the Dallas Observer.

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Fine Spirits take a break for a photo with our new fan, Marty (photo by David Zuniga)

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Summer…y of Events

Here is a quick post to catch up.  We have each had a busy summer with varied trips and projects.

Fine Spirits was honored to sing “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” at the Westin Galleria Dallas, to open the spring conference for  The Construction Owners Association of America (COAA). Our thanks to Lisa DeGolyer and the COAA for their patriotism.

Ted & Chris were smart to get some projects around home done early in the season, beating the heat as much as possible.  Ted installed laminate flooring throughout most of his house, while Chris did some stonework/landscaping for the yard. Ted and Allyson are also expecting!  We can’t wait till their little singer arrives in the fall.

Pete and his son took a trip to the Boy Scout High Adventure camp, Sea Base, in the Florida Keys.  He also spent July 4th in Southwest Arizona and enjoyed a high school reunion in Plattsburgh NY.

Carl put a nice book end on his summer.  He and Maria just returned from a wonderful trip to Greece, Crete and a few other island hops.  They avoided the Texas 100+ degree days…to boot!  Amid all the activity, Fine Spirits got together when we could to work on some new arrangements for the fall.  We are still polishing and hope you will like them as much as we do.

We wish you all well as summer winds down and  shifts into autumn.

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 Fine Spirits singing our National Anthem for the Construction Owners Association of America
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CONCERT FOR A CURE

Our friend, Elizabeth Leonard, is a moving performer & a take action person.  In her passion to make a difference in the fight against cancer, she is putting on a benefit concert on Friday, September 7th at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  We highly encourage everyone to follow the link below and purchase tickets.  You will be glad you did.

http://www.elizabethleonard.com/cure.php

Summertime Blues

Well, by now, you’re probably sitting by the pool, sipping on lemonade (or your favorite beverage), thinking, “I wonder what Fine Spirits is up to?”

We recently went into the recording studio and put down some tracks for about a dozen songs. You can listen to a couple of them by clinking on “Recordings” on the top menu. As more recordings become available, we will post them on that page. So, keep checking back to see what’s new. We are also looking at new music. And we’re already thinking about our next recording session.

The next few weeks are going to be a very exciting time. There is so much great music out there, and we really enjoy performing. Thanks goes out to Gary Tullier for putting together these recordings. Can’t wait to see the new studio.

Who Was That Masked Man??

The baseball dudes doing baseball-dude things, LOL!

Strange things were afoot last night at the AirHogs game.

I don’t mean that Fine Spirits gave a rousing performance. That’s not so strange at all.

I don’t mean that the AirHogs won the game. That’s not so strange either. They’ve been on a real winning streak lately.

What was strange (in a magical, how-cool-is-that kinda way) is that, after the game, when the guys broke into “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” for Chris’ Dad, David, as an early Father’s Day tribute, a passer-by stopped and inquired about the singing. And, as it turns out, he had sung in a barbershop quartet before, himself.

And, right there, outside the stadium, he and the guys sang, “My Wild Irish Rose.”

Together. Five instead of the usual four.

Just like that!

One song and then he was gone…

Sayyy, who was that masked man?

What’s Next?

Well, we made a few appearances at our local cafe on “open mic” night. We opened the game between the Grand Prairie Airhogs and the Newark Bears, also singing the National Anthem at Lone Star Park. Then we had a very productive photo shoot with Joe Selby, a professional photographer from Carrollton, Texas.

So, what’s next? I’ll tell you.

We will be going into the studio to record several songs we’ve sung in the past. The audio will be available here on this site soon after. We are looking to making a CD in the near future, too.

After you hear us, you might ask yourself, “where can I go to hear this group live?” Keep visiting our site, and click on “Upcoming Events”. We will keep you undated on all our public appearances. We love our fans, and we know you love our sound. So, this is a win-win.

Again, thanks to Joe Selby for the awesome photos.

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