Saturday, December 09, 2006

STS-116 Over Pinehurst Harness Track

The Space Shuttle Discovery roars past the Pinehurst, NC Harness Racetrack during its successful night launch from Cape Canaveral on the STS-116 mission to service the International Space Station.

Space Shuttle STS-116 over the Pinehurst, NC Harness Racetrack
©2006, Bob Jones

Friday, December 08, 2006

Christmas Treasures

The year-end hush of twilight falls
Across December's merry walls
And soon the months will mem'ried be
Like heirloom bangles on the tree.

Each glist'ning ornament attests
The love of friends I now assess.
I count each one and softly pray
God's blessings for them each new day.

And when the New Year dawns its light
I'll pray again with all my might
That all of you will still be here
When Christmas comes again next year.

©2006, Dalton Hammond

Sunday, December 03, 2006

The Embers 2006 Christmas Show

See for 2007 Embers Christmas Show info -- D.H.

In the last two months I have toured the Grand Canyon in a helicopter, hit the jackpot in a Harrah's slot machine, been astounded by Cirque Du Soleil's stage production of "Ka", finally seen my boyhood idol Pat Boone's Christmas show, and played six rounds of golf in the last seven days at the beautiful, fabled Pinehurst Country Club, but The Fabulous Embers and their 2006 Christmas Show was the pièce de résistance, and the best entertainment for the money I've ever come across.

Jerry Tellier and Frosty the Snowman

I've been a fan of The Embers for almost fifty years, but I've never heard them sound better. My Christmas season is off to a blessed start from having seen and heard their world-class show.

Wayne Free in the spotlight at The Embers Christmas Show

Gerald Davis on bass was simply marvelous as usual, lighting up the stage with his contagious friendly smile. The newer band members Josh Shilling and Stephen Pachuta fit in comfortably, adding wonderful depth to the band's sound. Bobby Tomlinson, the founder, patriarch, and taskmaster of the group nearly stole the show while stealing Christmas as The Grinch.

Thanks to Bob Jones for the photos, and Happy Holidays everybody from Dalton Hammond and The Embers Christmas Show.

-- Dalton Hammond