An eclectic collection of windmills and farm memorabilia, friends, good food, and some righteous music are the perfect recipe for an autumn evening. Wait, forgot to add good old-fashioned fun, if I may be so bold and corny to say. Plus, it’s a good cause with all proceeds benefiting Stockton Pacific Rotary community projects.
Put a big, red circle on your calendar – September 20, 2014 – an evening dining alfresco and entertainment provided by John Covert & the Crystal Image Band. Seating is limited and that’s not just some idle threat. You couldn’t ask for a more authentic setting than the Medina family’s Windmill Ranch in Stockton. Dozens of windmills, antique farm equipment, wagons and kitschy collectibles set the mood.
Catered by Joe’s Pomodoro Pizza Catering, no one will leave hungry promises owner Mike Rodarakis. He wants to keep a few surprises up his sleeve, but an array of starters will include bruchetta with fresh local tomatoes, Italian sausage, and chicken bites. Caesar salad with Mike’s home-style dressing of olive oil and balsamic vinegar — parmesan cheese and croutons, of course! Genova Bakery French bread, too! For Caesar salad diehard fans, anchovies will be available on request. Sizzling away on the grill, baby back ribs with Mike’s Greek/American dry and wet rub marinade, roasted red potatoes with butter, garlic and lemon, rice pilaf, and fresh string beans with fresh tomato sauce and basil. And…yes, dessert. You’ll just have to wait and see! If you’re new to Joe’s Pomodoro, with 116 reviews and 4.5-stars they are a Yelp big hitter!
So, you’ve pushed away from the table. Now let’s get down to business of kickass entertainment. You tied your bib on at 5:00pm and at 7:15pm (more or less), Stockton native John Covert & the Crystal Image Band will rock your world until 9:15pm. John Covert (keyboards/vocals) established Crystal Image in 1968. The band has opened for and performed with headline musicians including Tower of Power, Simon & Garfunkle, The Chiffons and more. John’s songs have been featured on TV and cable stations including an episode of The Soprano’s. I think we’ve set the stage for a great night of music – John & the band are well-credentialed. Wear your dancing shoes and come prepared for a lot of finger-snapping and head bobbing. The band performs everything from classic rock ala the Stones and Bob Seger to CCR, Skynyrd and more. The Windmill Ranch event also features includes special guest artist Dorothy Sills Cox on the alto sax. Dorothy has opened for music legends Etta James, Los Lobos and regularly performs with bands throughout the region.
So the details are this:
What: An Evening with John Covert
Date: September 20, 2014
Time: 5:00pm to 9:30pm
Where: Windmill Ranch, 6553 Waterloo Road/Hwy. 88, Stockton, CA
Tickets: $45 per person
For tickets contact: Gary Medina (209/607-2992 or Janice Gifford Medina (209/478-3543
Personally, I’m counting on and hoping for Mean Woman Blues!