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Langman Estate Wines

Posted on October 17, 2021 by under Events, Food and Drink.    

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I took a break from Aqua Zumba and pickleball on Thursday night to attend a special wine tasting event at Chicken N Pickle. Jim Langman from Langman Estates Winery as onsite to provide samples of three of their wines.

The three wines we tried were:

The muscat canelli is excellent. It’s not a sweet wine like a moscato or a riesling but it has a tinge of sweet. It’s perfect for someone like me who is finally graduating into drinking non-sweet wine.

Brian absolutely loved the barbera. I think it’s his new favorite wine. He is so excited that Langman wines are finally available for distribution in Kansas. I think this might be his new go to.

As for the cab, it’s actually top rated. After tasting it, you’ll understand why. It’s rare that I find cabs that I like at this price point and I enjoyed this one immensely. Finally, Brian and I have wines we can both enjoy that’s not $100 per bottle.

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It was fun hanging out with wine-loving fellow picklers.

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Susan was double fisting the wines that night – on one hand a glass of the barbera and a glass of the cab on the other.

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Brian took a selfie with Jim Langman.

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I got a picture with him too. I’m definitely a fan. Brian and bought five bottles that night. We should have enough to get us by until our next trip to Groves.

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12th Annual Haus of Brews

Posted on October 4, 2021 by under Events.    

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We had the best weather for Haus of Brews this year. Despite some minor setbacks, the event was a huge success. We had members from other clubs come out to support and even volunteer at our event. It was a great time.

Isaac McNary, president of the El Dorado club, took some amazing photos at the event. You can find them here.

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Passing of the Gavel 2021

Posted on September 8, 2021 by under Community, Events.    

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I missed our Rotary club social at Stearman Field a couple of weeks ago. I really like Stearman so I was bummed I couldn’t go. The challenge I have is that I teach Aqua Zumba at 5:30 PM on Thursdays at VASA Woodlawn and that’s the same time we generally have a social ever other month. I wish it were easy to find a sub for class but it isn’t and so I end up missing out on things. Thankfully, Stephanie was there to take some pictures.

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Norm Duncan, who served as president of our club for about a year and a half, recently left our club because he transferred to the Derby branch of his bank. In July, Cathy Harmon took over but we didn’t have an official “passing of the gavel” event until a couple of weeks ago. It was great to have both Cathy and Norm at the event so that Cathy could present Norm with our gift to recognize him for his service to the club. He served as president during the most challenging time of all. We really struggled to keep the club going this past year.

We couldn’t have Haus of Brews, our premier fundraising event, last year due to COVID so this is the first year that we are once again having it. We’ve resumed meeting in person but it has been a struggle to get members to come to the meetings with almost an entire year of not having them. Attendance continues to improve each week so it’s starting to feel somewhat normal again.

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Anyway, everyone is invited to Haus of Brews on September 25 at Treescapes. Early bird tickets are available now for $35 (the price will go up to $50 per person after September 10) so, if you plan to attend, I highly encourage you to buy your ticket right away. Please help us support the Rotary Club of Andover. See you at our event in a couple of weeks. Until then, GNG!

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Tami’s 49th Birthday

Posted on August 11, 2021 by under Events.    

The ladies decided to have a pool party get together for Tami’s 49th birthday last Thursday. Karen and others started in the afternoon but, because I had work and also Aqua Zumba until 6:30 PM, I couldn’t make it until after. However, Tami had a jug ready for me to hold the sangria that I made onsite.

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I made entirely too much but Tami reassured me that all of it got consumed during her actual party on Friday.

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Karen was in charge of the cake this time and she got it from Dillons who did a great job on her cake design.

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Had the candles not said 49, I wouldn’t believe Tami was that old either. These ladies look way younger than their actual age. Must be all the pickleball.

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Here’s a fun group picture we took on top of Tami’s fabulous waterfall. Clockwise from top left: Parrish, Jenny, Melissa, Janelle, Debbie, Greta, birthday girl Tami, me, and Karen.

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Tami has the most amazing backyard and pool set up. She even has several fake palm trees with lights. And one of them is an outdoor shower!

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We had a fabulous time hanging out and visiting. We even got to meet Parrish’s boyfriend Chad who doesn’t live far from Tami’s place.

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This was only my second time at Tami’s. The first time was a couple of weeks ago when we took the pictures below.

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Tami has such an amazing house and backyard. Her pool is like a resort pool. If I lived there I would never want to leave. I hope I get invited back before summer is over! LOL. Until next time. GNG.

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Kimberly’s Birthday

Posted on July 31, 2021 by under Events.    

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The Friday night pickleball group celebrated Kimberly’s birthday last Friday at Nahola. Brian took one for the team and ended his video game stream early so he could pick up our pizza and have it ready so that none of us would have to stop playing to get food and so the food would be ready by the time play was over. He is such a trooper. It’s Kimberly’s birthday so we wanted it to be special.

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I got a couple of large pizzas — one all meat and one cheeseburger — and some cheesy bread sticks for everyone to share.

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The gang really wanted cheesy bread but when I called they immediately told me they were out of medium sized pizzas. I told the lady it was fine because I was ordering large pizzas but when I got to the cheesy bread she said they couldn’t make it because they make it out of the medium pizza dough. So I ended up getting three orders of cheesy bread sticks instead.

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I really didn’t need to get the cheesy bread sticks because we had more than enough pizza for everyone and we just ended up having most of the bread sticks leftover. I suppose it is better to have more food than not enough.

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Here’s a picture of our kick ass Friday night group. I love these peeps and I love my Friday nights at Nahola. So glad Debbie included me and made me permanent on the roster. Until next time. GNG.

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