Starbucks in McKinney’s Adriatica Village is now serving select wine and craft beer! Come raise a glass and join us in song on Saturday, 12 Nov. Such a setting might inspire you to secure your very own copy of our, aptly named, “Happy Hour” Album.
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.
Fine Spirits take a break for a photo with our new fan, Marty (photo by David Zuniga)
Please break away from your busy Thursday for a special lunch at Hugs Cafe! Fine Spirits will be singing to to celebrate the first anniversary of this non-profit Cafe, run and operated primarily by Special Needs Adults.
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.
Fine Spirits singing our National Anthem for the Construction Owners Association of America
Since posting our video and recording of “Sing your Way Home” we have been asked to perform it for some special occasions over this past year. It is always well received and moving for us to sing. In gratitude for all who served and sacrificed, this is our way to remember. We hope it will be a way for you to remember this Memorial Day too:
This video is a tribute to those in military service who often travel so far away from home and give up so much.
The song speaks to us about the simple but profound joy of belonging, of having a place to return to at the end of the day or the end of a journey. It reminds us that, at the end of every battle, there is a resting place where we are accepted and loved and missed.
We hope it showcases the courage and the loving sacrifice of every soldier who now defends or has ever defended our country. In it, we also salute their families who gave up fathers, daughters, aunts, husbands, mothers, wives, uncles, and sons, for months or even years, some who lost them forever.
You will find no marching bands or 21-gun-salutes in this work. It is about something much deeper, more timeless, and much more intimate. It is about family and country. It is about the ties that bind. It is about love that endures great distances and much time apart. It is about home.
We sincerely hope you enjoy it. If you have family or friends who have served or lost someone who served in our armed forces, send them a link to our video. Consider adding a personal note of thanks to them for their hard work.
What a beautiful day to make our annual trip down to Grand Prairie to audition to sing our National Anthem at Lone Star Park. In the past we were asked to sing on opening day for the Spring racing season. We hope to get selected again. It is a fun place to be on race day, with all the horses and hubbub.
While we were warming up in the uncommonly quiet courtyard area, a newsman smiled and said we “need more practice” and that we “better sing it again”. They came over and set their cameras in front of us to sing once more. With our warm up complete, Carl answered a few questions about us and we went in to our audition.
We all agreed that the 12 year old singer that went ahead of us (Liam), has a nice set of pipes. A big sound from a small body.
We will let you know if we get selected to sing.
Warming up in the Grand Prairie Sunlight
Click on the photo above to see the Channel Five news video
Singing our National Anthem for an Allen Americans game
Chris delivering the Fine Spirits wave to the crowd
We sang our new arrangement of ‘The Star Spangled Banner” for the Allen Americans at the Allen Events Center. Our rendition was well received considering the compliments and the fact that none of us got checked into the boards as we shuffled off the ice.
The Allen Americans beat The St. Charles Chill 3-1. It’s a great venue and a well run & entertaining event.
Fine Spirits was excited to be part of ringing in Christmas at St Gabriel the Archangel by singing prelude music with the choir and several talented soloists. Our own lead, Carl Reinelt, closed out the prelude music by presenting “Sweet Little Jesus Boy”… a cappella of course!
Thanks to Music Director, David Cloutier, for including us again this year. Welcome Christmas.
We recently enjoyed the opportunity to welcome many Allen Americans (and a handful of Brampton Beast) fans to a December game by caroling on the concourse as they arrived for the game. Thanks to fans and friends who sang along and danced with holiday spirit!
We will be singing The National Anthem for a game against St Charles on Sunday, January 26th. It is a great setting and so close to home.
Consider coming out to sing with us and take in a game.