Blue Santa in Austin benefits the children of the area that won’t have a Christmas as nice as most…..if they have a Christmas at all!
Of all the charities helping people at this time of year…..this is the one that speaks to my heart. In fact, this year, this is my Christmas shopping except for my immediate family. I really wanted to be at the breakfast and I’m lucky to have a boss that supports us when it comes to the things in our lives that are important. (Thanks, Boss!!!)
The Broken Spoke has been hosting the breakfast for several years. The only problem is that the club is so large and there is so much going on, I’m always in the wrong place to get good pictures. In fact, this year I only got 4 snapshots. But, I’m not complaining!! All the wonderful people that came together for the cause raised over $83,000!! And, one company had their own fund raisers and brought a trailer full of $11,000 worth of toys!
After this morning, I’m finally in the Christmas Spirit!!
Bob Cole & Michelle from KVET Radio hosted and interviewed all morning
I was almost too far away for this picture of Doug Moreland. He told me later the song he was doing was written by another good friend of ours, Billy Applegate!
This is KVET’s Michelle interviewing Roy. He and Ted host an open mic night every Thursday at Giddy Ups and all the tips go are saved during the year and given to Blue Santa. This year, they raised $1,500!! Way to go guys! And, thanks to Nancy (Giddy Ups owner) for supporting them!
Two & a half years ago, Brent Allen pulled together one of the best shows we’ve ever attended. NOW, he’s just released his album and is well on his way to being our next star!
Last year at the Blue Santa Breakfast, I wanted to get a picture of Bob Cole and Sammy Alred from KVET. But, I waited til just before leaving and the battery in my camera had died. THIS year, they were the 1st ones I asked for a picture!! Thanks guys, for helping with Blue Santa……and for the picture!
Bob & Sammy
Pauline Reese was on stage when I arrived.
Here’s Janice Williams from KVET and our very own Roy of the ‘Ted & Roy Open Mic Nite’ at Giddy Ups. No one gets any tips on open mic night because anything that’s collected gets donated to Blue Santa to help make sure every child has a very Merry Christmas.
Of course, The Kyle Sisters did some wonderful harmony on their Christmas songs.
Glen Collins was in the audience.
Doug Moreland was sweet enough to let me get a couple of pictures.
And what would the Blue Santa Breakfast be without Blue Santa? And, of course, Mr. James White, the gracious host of The Broken Spoke!
Troy Kimmel was interviewing Janice Williams? Hmmmmmm
Doug Moreland has been around the Austin country music scene for a long time. He’s a talented singer-song writer, fiddle & guitar player, comedian, and…..chain saw artist! (I’m sure I’ve missed a talent or two!!)
Doug and the guys started playing the Saxon Pub for the Thursday night Happy Hour and it presented a perfect change for me to see Doug’s new show. I’d stopped in the week before, but, didn’t have my camera with me (shock!!). This time, I planned ahead a little and remembered to pack it in the car when I left for work.
I didn’t take too many pictures….after all, it’s only a 1 1/2 hour show! Besides, I was enjoying the show way too much to be worrying about ‘good shots’….but, I got a few anyway! Besides, there’ll be more chances!
I’ve thought for a long time about what I would say about Doug….and, haven’t really found the ‘perfect’ intro that does him justice. So…..I’m going to recommend you visit his website (www.dougmoreland.com). There, you can read about Doug’s life and career, enjoy Doug’s humor, watch video clips, check out his chainsaw art, meet some of his friends, and learn about his best friend Jalapeño, his new friend Sadie, and little Winston Moreland!
Most of all, make it a point to go see Doug the next time he plays near you. You’ll be entertained and walk out with a smile on your face….promise!
Sadie had her perch for the show
Eric and the beautiful Sissy
Eric, Doug, & Matt
Doug plays the guitar…..oh, yeah….and he sings!
Eric ‘caresses’ Sissy
Doug plays the fiddle
Matt plays a great lead
At the end of the show, Kinky Friedman’s representative asked Doug to sign Kinky’s petition to be on the ballot as an Independent for Govenor