Entertainment briefs 2/20

Author signing at Waucoma

Author Kathryne Ann Kinsey will be at Waucoma Bookstore Saturday for a signing of her new book, “Edelweiss.” The signing begins at 2 p.m.

“Edelweiss” is an historical novel about a family’s journey in search of a better life that led them from Ohio to Hood River in the early 1900s. The story opens with the unsuccessful struggle of a young woman, Laura Everett, to regain her health after giving birth in Fairview, Ore. The narrative then flashes back 30 years and the rest of the story is about the intertwining of lives and events that lead up to Laura’s death.

The story is based on true events that Kinsey discovered when she began researching her father’s family at a small historical library in Ohio five years ago. The main character, Laura, is Kinsey’s grandmother who dies after giving birth to her father, Maurice Everett Kinsey.

Many of the main characters in the story have strong ties to Hood River; Laura is buried next to other family members in the Kinsey family plot in Idlewilde Cemetery. Kinsey’s father and mother were raised in Hood River and her mother’s family lived in Hood River until the 1970s.

Kinsey now lives in North Carolina, but she will feel right at home when she comes to Hood River Saturday. As a child she spent many summers visiting her grandparents here, and fondly remembers swimming at the pool and picking apples in the Hood River Valley.

Waucoma Bookstore is located at 212 Oak Street.

Ellen Whyte returns to Grill

Ellen Whyte & Reflex Blue presents a jazzier vein of the blues this Friday and Saturday at the Riverside Grill at Hood River Inn. Ellen sings, plays rhythm guitar, and is an accomplished songwriter. Her command of the blues and jazz genres and her warmth and emotion capture the listener.

Her rich contralto voice is gaining national attention as evidenced by her performance at the famous Cotton Club in Harlem.

She is joined on stage by Reflux Blue, featuring guitarist Garry Meziere, and guest Geno Michaels on piano/keyboards/organ.

Music starts at 9 p.m. and there is no cover charge.

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Welcome to your sing-able Christmas gift list. What follows is an emergency rendition of “12 Days of Christmas” – for outfitting your home or car in case of snow storm, earthquake, flood or other emergency. Read it as a simple list, or sing it to the tune of “12 Days” – you know, as in “ … and a partridge in a pear tree…” Not to make light of it, but the song is a familiar framework for a set of gift ideas that you could consider gathering together, even if the recipient already owns items such as a bunch of coats, tire chains and flashlights. Stores throughout the Gorge are stocked up on all these items. Buying all 12 days might be prohibitive, but here are three ideas for checking any of the dozen off your list (notations follow, 1-12.) The gift items needed to stay warm, dry and safe are also coded to suggest items in your abode (A) in your car (C) or both (B). 12 Gallons of Water (A) 11 Family meals (B) 10 Cans of propane (A) 9 Hygiene bags (B) 8 Packs of batteries (A) 7 Spare coats (B) 6 Bright red flares (C) 5 Cozy blankets (B) 4 Tire chains (C) 3 Flashlights (B) 2 cell phone chargers (B) 1 And a crush-proof first aid kit (B) Price ranges? Here’s a few quotes for days Three, Two, Four and Nine: n A family gift of flashlights (three will run $15-30, Hood River Supply, Tum-A-Lum) n Cell phone chargers (two will run $30-60) n Tire chains (basic set, $30, Les Schwab, returnable if unused for the winter) n Family meals ($100 or so should cover the basics for three or four reasonably well-fed days) n The home kit should be kept in a handy place near an exit, and remember that water needs to be replenished every few months. If you have a solid first aid kit already, switch out the gift idea with “and-a-sto-o-u-t- tub-for it-all …” Otherwise, it’s a case of assembling your home or car kits and making sure all members of the family know what the resources are and how to use them (ie flares and propane). Emergency situations are at worst life-threatening, at best deeply uncomfortable if you and your family are left without power for an extended period, or traveling and find yourself in a situation where you need to wait out a storm, lengthy traffic delay, or other crisis. Notes on the 12 gift ideas: 12 – Gallons of water: that’s one per person in a four-member family to last for three days, the recommended minimum to be prepared for utility outages. 11 – Easy-open packaged goods, energy bars, dried food and nuts are good things to include for nutrition. Think of what your family of four needs for three days to stay fortified and hydrated (see number 12). Can-opener also recommended 10 – If you have a propane camping stove, keep extra fuel handy. 9 – Hygiene bags: put packaged moistened towelettes, toilet paper, and plastic ties in large garbage bags (for personal sanitation) Resource list courtesy of Hood River County Emergency Management, Barbara Ayers, manager/ 541-386-1213. The county also reminds residents to Get a Kit, Make A Plan to connect your family if separated, and Stay Informed. See www.co.hood-river.or.us to opt-in for citizen alerts. Enlarge

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