We love finding unique and special ways of putting together food and the arts and we still enjoy scattering in concerts as well.
Arbor Day 2018 – Trees Color our World!
What better place to celebrate Arbor Day than in Arbor Day’s Hometown and Tree City USA!
But, book now so you don’t miss out on the fun!
Practice your tree pose for Arbor Day!
Come enjoy the ambiance of the Spring blooming gardens at Whispering Pines B&B for a relaxing 45 minutes of yoga and light seasonal snacks
This will be an all levels outdoor yoga class in our beautiful gardens. Beginners welcome!
Please arrive 10-15 minutes early and bring your own yoga mat or a blanket or towel or we’ll have a few extras if need be.
Stay for snacks and bring your own wine to enjoy after class with our snacks.
Yoga instructed by Karen Koch Barr.
Cost is $15 or free if an overnight guest at Whispering Pines B&B.
Should it rain, we’ll move to the porch.
Join us for a talk about Sustainability, Art and YOU and a Farm to Table Meal
Artist Bug Davidson, an artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, leads a discussion on contemporary art and sustainability followed by a survey on your personal thoughts and habits around the subject.
Topics include agriculture and food systems, tradition, climate and energy, materials and design, restoration and waste. Expect a fast paced fun overview of ways to address a sustainable future that includes ideas that matter to YOU!
All this while enjoying our first Spring Harvest Farm to Table meal of the season. All foods will be locally sourced and the menu will be determined closer to the event date when we know what is ready.
Weather permitting, we’ll dine outside and enjoy the Spring Day!
Due to all locally sourced foods, we need your RSVP by May 2nd; sooner is better!
Make it a package and add-on when you BOOK NOW!
12:00 PM and 2:00 PM Seatings
Registration includes unlimited tea and delectable treats:
Adults: $22 ($5 discount for each overnight guests 5/12 or 5/13) BOOK NOW!
Youth under 12: $10.
Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast loves to support our community and the arts. One of the many things we are proud of is our Artists Residency program at Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts. Their 3rd Thursday Open Studio is an amazing opportunity to meet artist from all over the world, see and hear what they are working on and immerse yourself in the culture of the arts.
Join them for the third Thursday of every month from 5 – 7 PM, when the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts hosts an inspired open studio event with current artists-in-residence.
Readings, musical performances, and visual art presentations are given in 15 minute increments with guests and artists moving from one studio to another to experience the magnitude of work being created at the Center.
Open Studios is always held from 5 to 7 p.m.
Admission is always free and all are welcome.
We have partnered with the KHN Center to bring you some exciting events in our “Food and the Arts” series. Find out more here on our Calendar of Events and search on category “ARTS”.
Should you happen to miss 3rd Thursday, the Kimmel Gallery always has a current exhibition available for viewing.
Join us for a Farm to Table meal followed by an evening of song from Kray Van Kirk!
“The evening’s act was Kray Van Kirk, whose 12-string guitar and soaring vocals were spellbinding. The Alaskan singer-songwriter, in his Edinburgh debut, was not the reason I arrived early, but was certainly why I stayed late.”
(Daily Fringe Review, Edinburgh, Scotland)
The room was almost empty after Van Kirk’s show at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland. A man with shirt-sleeves rolled up in the August heat walked over to him and stood hesitantly for a moment before thrusting out his hand. “I use to sing for my wife in the evenings, but she has dementia now and doesn’t remember me. That song about the lost lovers and the dance hall…” he stopped for a moment before his Scottish reserve reasserted itself. “That’s it exactly.”
Encounters like that are not uncommon for Kray Van Kirk. He has played festival stages in front of thousands and coffee shop corners for only a handfull of listeners, but feels most at home playing house concerts and small stages where he can listen to his audiences and hear their stories. He feels that a renewed connection between the personal and the mythic is critical for the 21st century, so critical in fact that he walked away from a career in the sciences in which he holds a PhD to play these songs. His connection with those who come to spend an evening with his exceptional fingerstyle guitar and storied lyrics led the Borderline Folk Club in New York to write that Van Kirk was “what every singer-songwriter should aspire to.”
If you ask someone about Kray Van Kirk’s music, comparisons to John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, Richard Thompson, or Douglie MacLean will come up. If you ask Van Kirk himself to describe what he does, he is likely to jump on top of a table in a crowded coffee shop and shout ‘The wind is changing! Look sharp! Get out the map – it’s time to go! We ride across a thousand pages and sail beyond the sunset, to seek, to find, to strive, and not to yield!’. Some won’t understand it, and that’s perfectly fine. But those who do will wipe the tears from their eyes, smile knowingly, and drain their cups, toasting their own wild lands and wilder passions.
Make it a package and book your overnight stay now!
Dinner service at 6:30 and music following. Due to locally sourced food for this event, we need RSVP’s for dinner by 5/14.
You can also join us only for the music, but please still RSVP so we can save you a seat.
Suggested donation for musician will be separate from dinner service fee.
We’re hosting the Nebraska City Alumni 50th Year Class Reunion BBQ!
We just could NOT pass up on having this crew back for the 5th year in a row!
Performance starts at 6:30 PM, show up any time after 6:00 PM. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.
Guests are encouraged to bring their own adult beverages or if available, may enjoy samplings from sponsoring local wineries or non-alcoholic drinks.
$20 per person suggested donation directly to the artist
No RSVP required as this is an outdoor concert. But, you can tell us if you’re coming!
For questions, contact Jeanna Stavas, Owner/Innkeeper at 402-873-5850 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
All about the John Byrne Band
The John Byrne Band is led by Dublin native and Philadelphia-based John Byrne. Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2011. With influences ranging from Tom Waits to Planxty, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. John and the band followed up After the Wake in early 2013 with an album of Celtic and American traditional tunes. The album, Celtic/Folk, pushed the band on to the FolkDJ Charts, reaching number 36 in May 2015. Their third release, another collection of John Byrne originals, entitled “The Immigrant and the Orphan”, was released in Sept 2015. The album, once again, draws heavily on John’s love of Americana and Celtic Folk music and with the support of DJs around the country entered the FolkDJ Charts at number 40. Critics have called it “..a powerful, deeply moving work that will stay with you long after you have heard it” (Michael Tearson-Sing Out); “The Vibe of it (The Immigrant and the Orphan) is, at once, as rough as rock and as elegant as a calm ocean..each song on this album carries an honesty, integrity and quiet passion that will draw you into its world for years to come” (Terry Roland – No Depression); “If any element of Celtic, Americana or Indie-Folk is your thing, then this album is an absolute yes” (Beehive Candy); “It’s a gorgeous, nostalgic record filled with themes of loss, hope, history and lost loves; everything that tugs at your soul and spills your blood and guts…The Immigrant and the Orphan scorches the earth and emerges tough as nails” (Jane Roser – That Music Mag)
The album was released to a sold-out crowd at the storied World Café Live in Philadelphia and 2 weeks later to a sold-out crowd at the Mercantile in Dublin, Ireland. John has toured with or opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Patti Smyth, Gaelic Storm, Murder by Death, Finbar Furey, Luka Bloom, The Saw Doctors, The Screaming Orphans, Solas, Sharon Shannon, The Young Dubliners and The Greencards. In Fall, 2012, John and the Band performed with The Irish Tenors for the Liberty Medal Presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. John and the band tour the country as an acoustic 4-piece featuring banjo/accordion, fiddle/cello, guitars and bodhran, and as a 6-7 piece that adds drums, bass and horns to its lineup.
The John Byrne Band, however, is as much at home in a traditional session at a corner bar as it is in larger venues/festivals and opening for national acts. John has toured with or opened up for acts as diverse as The Hothouse Flowers, Ian Gillan (of Deep Purple), Patti Smyth, Gaelic Storm, Finbar Furey, Luka Bloom, The Saw Doctors, The Screaming Orphans, Solas and The Greencards. In Fall, 2012, John and the Band performed with The Irish Tenors for the Liberty Medal Presentation at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia before President Bill Clinton and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
John and the band continue to tour the country as an acoustic 4-piece featuring banjo/accordion, fiddle/cello, guitars and horns, and as a 6-7 piece that adds drums and bass to its lineup.
2014/15 saw the band performing at Festivals such as the Valley Forge Mid-Winter Fest, The Philadelphia Fleadh, MusikFest (Bethlehem), the Philadelphia Folk Fest, Gorgas Park, Pastorius Park, FreedomFest(NJ), Saltwater Celtic Fest (Maine), The Celtic Classic (PA)and many others.
What the Critics are Saying…
“Up and coming Trad star hits the sweet spot… beautifully played… its Byrne’s natural vocal delivery that makes the album stand out from the crowd”
“John Byrne’s After The Wake is the sort of album that an artist spends their entire career trying to create. Every once in a while someone actually manages to do it; mix splendid story-telling skills, top-notch musicianship, and a grand creative sense with just the right mix of songs. After The Wake is nothing short of a brilliant collection”
“One of the few musical artists today who truly manage to be traditional and modern at the same time.”
“He’s good, period, with material that’s edgy yet accessible in a Luka Bloom meets Bob Dylan kind of way.”
Philadelphia Daily News
“After the Wake is the perfect combination of Celtic and American folk music.”
“Amazing tales of life and semi-autobiographical tunes… You’ll want to listen over and over again.”
Reviewer Magazine “Byrne’s songs are rich with the sounds and themes of Irish tradition, one that survives in a modern world… full of “raw strength”… an impressive work throughout… puts me in mind of an Irish Alejandro Escavedo”
For “fans of Celtic music, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams and other such lyrically expansive folks.”
Follow this link for video of the John Byrne Band
Blues, Brews and BBQ is back for 2018!
Featuring the Hector Anchondo Band and Backswing Brewing Co.
**Tickets on Sale Monday, April 9**
Hector Anchondo Band
While other guys his age were going to college, getting married, buying homes, and building professional careers, Hector Anchondo was playing guitar. He lived on the road, and when he wasn’t on the road, he lived on couches. He got jobs as he needed them, but quit as soon as he could get back on tour. He put off having kids. He put off marriage. Instead, he played guitar.
His guitar playing became a thing of legend in the Omaha area, where he was based. But as much as he was beloved by his thousands of fans in the Heartland, he remained largely unknown to the rest of the world.
Not anymore. With a finish in the finals at the 2016 International Blues Challenge and his masterful 2017 album Roll the Dice getting global radio play and leaping to the top of blues charts, Hector Anchondo is at long last taking his rightful place at the forefront of the contemporary blues world.
Growing up on a Missouri farm, Anchondo picked up guitar as a teen, soaking up roots music, Latino music, bluegrass and old blues. As soon as he finished high school, he headed for Omaha to start a career in music. The young guitarist started hitting jam nights every week, where older musicians recognized his prodigious talent and took him under their wings. Within only a couple years, he had a hot original Latin and reggae band and a song on local radio. Anchondo toured with that band almost non-stop for the next 10 years.
When the recession of 2008 happened, work dried up in the music scene. Anchondo realized it was an opportunity to do something that had been pulling at him for years. He wanted to play blues, full time. When you put your mind to doing the thing you were born to do, the universe helps. Anchondo got an unexpected call from an old friend in St. Louis who had a record label, and who wanted to help him make a blues album. The album did well; he did another two years later. Omaha embraced Anchondo’s new direction and sent him to the International Blues Challenge twice. In 2015 he made the semifinals; In 2016 he made the final nine.
Things keep getting better. Anchondo’s 2017 album Roll the Dice immediately made major waves on blues charts and blues radio worldwide, hitting the top 25 on the Living Blues chart and spending many weeks on the Roots Music Report blues and blues rock charts. Critics fell over themselves to heap the album with praise, calling it “fabulous”, “inventive”, “magnificent”, and “absolutely beautiful.”
Already another album is in the works, and Anchondo is expanding his tour base. Soon audiences all over the world will get a chance to experience what Omaha fans have loved for so long; the smooth smoky voice that can make you smile even as tears fill your eyes, the audacious grooves of his powerful band, and the lyrical mastery of Anchondo’s guitar, telling the story of a life lived for the love of music.
Check out Hector and the Band in this video.
Backswing Brewing Co.
Golfers have worked on perfecting the proper technique for hundreds of years. But we think it’s much simpler than that. All you need for a great backswing is a pint glass.
Like many great ideas, Backswing Brewing Company began on a golf course. There were three of us. We loved golf and, of course, beer.
But then life started to do what it does: We all got older, married and had kids. Before we knew it, we weren’t out on the golf course as much. So we did something that allowed us to hang out like the old days, but at home with our families.
We started brewing a golf-themed beer. A new kind of awesome!
After brewing our first IPA, we realized we had something special on our hands. So instead of keeping it to ourselves, we knew we had to share it—and
whatever else we created—with the world.
So you can spend hours, days, weeks or months working on the perfect backswing, or you can leave all the hard work up to us and just raise a glass that’s filled with it.