07-29-2016 JLTGG: Cheeseburger $$

“Cheeseburgers in Paradise—2016”

Thanks for investing in Jefferson Land Trust by buying one (or more) tickets to our 2015 Auction event.  Yes, it’s cold now but before you know it (exactly 213 days from now) you’ll be basking in the tropical Port Townsend sun, sipping margaritas and chomping down on cheeseburgers and home-made fries at the Kala Point beach gazebo.  Jerri and David Reid will handle the libations, and I and my beach crew of sous chefs will handle the edibles.

This is the first warning . . . get you dieting done in the Spring, not the Summer.  We’ll do all the logistics and announcements via email.  So mark your calendars now.

Friday, 4-7 pm, July 29 at the Kala Point Beach Gazebo.

07-31-2015 JLTGG: Cheeseburger Fundraiser

“Cheeseburgers in Paradise—2015”

Thanks for purchasing our “Cheeseburgers in Paradise” experience at the 2014 Jefferson Land Trust RainFest Auction.  The event is coming up (just 3 months away), so prepare your beachwear and start listening to Jimmy Buffett (see lyrics below).

THE EVENT:  “Cheeseburger in Paradise” We’ll be channeling Jimmy Buffett at the Kala Point Gazebo.  This special waterside dinner features Angus grass-fed beef cheeseburgers, beach fries, sailors’ salad, and beer and/or margaritas compliments of the Reids.  If Jimmy Buffett can’t make it, his music will.

HOSTS:  Michael Machette, Jerri and David Reid (your JLT brain trust at work!)

DATE & TIME:  From 4-7 pm on Friday, July 31, 2015

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:  From Highway 20, turn east onto Prospect Ave (at the old Dream City Cafe/new San Juan Tacqueria).  Go one mile to Kala Point Drive (4 way stop).  Turn left and proceed to entrance gate (2 blocks).  It will be open until 6 pm; proceed to the first right, which is Sailview Drive.  Go about 1/2 mile down to the beach and park in the lot or along the beach (just don’t block traffic).  There should be plenty of space.  The Gazebo is left (towards PT), you’ll hear Jimmy.

WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR MONEY:  Angus grass-fed 1/3 pound beef cheeseburgers, beach fries (yes, made right there), sailors’ salad, and beer and/or margaritas.  A bocce ball if you are so inclined.

WHAT YOU SHOULD BRING:  A beach chair, comfortable clothing including a light jacket (when the sun goes behind the bluff and the wind comes up, it can be chilly).


“Cheeseburger In Paradise”

                        (Thanks to Kathryn Lamka for digging up these lyrics)

Tried to amend my carnivorous habits.
Made it nearly seventy days,
Losin’ weight without speed, eatin’ sunflower seeds,
Drinkin’ lots of carrot juice and soakin’ up rays.

But at night I’d have these wonderful dreams
Some kind of sensuous treat.
Not zucchini, fettuccini, or bulgur wheat,
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat.

Cheeseburger is paradise.

Heaven on earth with an onion slice

Not too particular, not too precise.
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.

Heard about the old time sailor men,
They eat the same thing again and again;
Warm beer and bread they say could raise the dead.
Well, it reminds me of the menu at a Holiday Inn.

But times have changed for sailors these days.
When I’m in port I get what I need;
Not just Havanas or banana or daiquiris,
But that American creation on which I feed!

Cheeseburger is paradise medium rare with mustard be nice
Not too particular, not too precise
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.

I like mine with lettuce and tomato
Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes
Big kosher pickle and a cold draught beer
Well, good God Almighty which way do I steer

For a cheeseburger in paradise
Makin’ the best of every virtue and vice.
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice
To get a cheeseburger in paradise;
To be a cheeseburger in paradise.
I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.


05-02-2015 Scott Burns: Geology of Washington Wines

About the Talk

Terroir II—The Geology of Washington Wines

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, Geology professor emeritus and oenophile Dr. Scott Burns of Portland State University will give an illustrated lecture on the influence of geology on grapes, how they grow, and the effect on wines. This topic—commonly known as terroir—will focus on the Columbia River Basin and its geologic history.  The talk will feature two local wineries that get their grapes from that region.

About the Speaker

Dr. Burns has taught geology for nearly 35 years with a specialization in soils, geomorphology, and regional geology. Terroir is one of Scott’s many passions; his presentations are hugely popular with wine enthusiasts, cooks, and geologists throughout the Pacific Northwest. Scott’s previous terroir lecture in May 2010 was sold out well in advance, and this event is largely in response to many requests for an encore performance.

Our featured wineries are from the Olympic Peninsula: Camaraderie Cellars in Port Angeles, owned by Don Corson, and Lullaby Winery in Port Townsend, owned by Virginie Bourgue. These vintners will speak about their source vineyards and their wines, and they will offer a tasting of two fine wines from each winery.

This event is a fundraiser for the Jefferson Land Trust to support their work to protect local forests, farms, and wildlife habitat in Jefferson County.  The lecture and wine tasting will be in the USO Building at Fort Worden on Saturday, May 2nd from 3 to 5 pm.