|Posted by tmontgomer on December 31, 2009 at 4:10 PM||comments (2)|
The new year can be a time of great reflection, it can can be a time to resolve make changes in the future, or it can just be a time to party and be thankful that the last year is over! I guess when I think about the new year, I don't really make resolutions because I don't really think you need a specific day to chose to do better than the day before. I don't really reflect alot on the past because I enjoy the process of moving forward. And anyone who knows me knows I'm not much of a party girl. I guess New Year's Day for me just makes me grateful that I made it another day!
I would like to wish you all a very happy 2010! My wish for you all is that you find the courage within yourselves to "Dream out Loud". The biggest difference between a dream and reality is that reality requires action. Be it a big step or a small step put yourself in a position to work on your dreams. To get where you want to be in life you must take action to get you there. Standing still will only leave you in same place, dreaming the same dreams. It is action that sperates dreaming and actually living. Life is amazing, because even at its worse it is better than the alternative. But truly living is about not being the best, but about being your best. So has you go into this New Year, it is ok to reflect on the past and look toward the future, but don't forget how to live in today.
Bless you all! Here's to peace and happiness!
|Posted by tmontgomer on December 24, 2009 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Wow it is so hard to believe that 2009 is drawing to a close. I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the past year. We have had some things that worked and other things that didn't, but each time we learned from the experience.
One thing I know is that I am so grateful to everyone for supporting us this past year. Being a part of your lives is such an honor.
I want to let you know about some exciting changes that will be coming up in the next couple of months. You know we have been offering some great music on Saturday nights. But it is time to take it a step further. We will be setting up a "listening room" on the other side. This room will have limited seating and offer a quieter environment for those of you who want to not only hear great music, but get to know the singer/songwriters behind it. The goal for next year is to offer at least 6 to 8 shows in this format. Ticket prices will range from $8-12 per person. Of course, we will still have live shows in the main bar area, karaoke, darts and all the fun stuff we have always had.
Muisc is so important. I say this because it is what brings people together. I have been able to spend alot of time talking to singers and songwriters because of our Songwriter Showcase and when you can sit and listen to the words you understand the passion and feeling that goes into a creation. In a city that is so divided in so many ways music is a hope that surpasses words. It does not matter if you are black, white, rich, poor, gay, straight, male, female or anything in between. This is the reason I want to expand what we have to offer. There is so much magic in the music and we are so fortunate to live in a city that is alive with original artists. My mission is to build a place where all people can come together and hear some of the best music in the city.
We wish you all the best holiday season ever!
|Posted by tmontgomer on November 29, 2009 at 6:38 PM||comments (0)|
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! We had a spread at the bar Thursday! A special thanks to Dru, Jennay, Darryl, Michael, Raye, Bob, Steve and Brenda who brought some awesome food for all to enjoy!
Now on to our next project! You know it never stops! Lol! Christmas is upon us and last year we were asked to help out with a very special project. Christmas Boxes for under privileged kids at Corning Elementary in Frazier. For those of you who don't know, a good friend of ours, Jeter, puts together boxes for all the kids Pre-K thru 2nd Grade at Corning Elementary where Shyla teaches. This year there are 223 kids!
These kids don't have the same kind of needs you and I would expect from a child. The first time you hear of a kid getting excited over getting their own toothbrush for Christmas, you take on a whole new perspective! So here is a list of the items we need to help Jeter pull this off. Please give if you can. If you don't have time to shop, cash donations will be accepted at the bar and we will make sure the items needed are purchased. Everything has to be at the bar by Dec 13th so we have time to put the boxes together.
Hats, Gloves, Underwear, Toothbrushes, Socks, small toys (must fit in a shoebox)
Through your generosity we are able to build a stronger community. We are so honored to be a small part of that community! I know we can pull this off if we work together! Please call if you need any additional information. Thank you in advance for you kindness and generosity!
|Posted by tmontgomer on November 17, 2009 at 2:06 PM||comments (0)|
We have a friend who had a real health scare that we just found out turned out to just be a scare. We are so thankful that everything came back ok!
Life is so full of twists and turns, one day you can be on a path where you feel like your on track to becoming who you think you are supposed to be and the next life can give you a totally new direction. I guess the real secret is to embrace the moment, good or bad and know that you have the choice to find happiness in both. Part of the miracle of life is that we don't know what is going to happen. The best plan in the world can change in a heartbeat. Everything is about balance and perspective. We must have pain to know love and fear to appreciate the feeling of being safe.
Everyone always tends to reflect on their lives around the holiday season, but I really encourage you all to reflect each and everyday on the things and people that fill our days. Even in the worst of times there is always hope! Being thankful is not about a time of year, it is a way of life! Life isn't always perfect, but it is perfectly imperfect. That's the beauty of it! This moment wherever you are and what ever you are doing just stop for one moment and smile because Life is Good and at this moment you can chose to be happy!
So good news from doc today just got me to thinking and I want to share some of those thoughts with you all. May your day be beautiful! Don't forget to dream while your awake!
|Posted by tmontgomer on November 7, 2009 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
What a week! Well we decided to do a little project and we took down the massive canopy that hung over the bar! I can't believe what an amazing difference it makes in the feel of the bar! I hope you all come out and see the changes and I sure hope you like them! (It's not like I can put it back up if you don't!) I have to thank Darryl, Jennay, Kristy and Shelley because without them I would still be trying to tear that thing down one piece at a time! It is a beautiful thing to have such wonderful friends!
I am really looking forward to Sat Night! Carol Plunk is back in town finally and will be playing from 7p-8p followed by Ashley McBryde! What a night! Please come out and join us for a night of great music and even greater friends!
It seems like everytime I think I understand the depth of friendships I am surrounded by everyday I am blown away one more time. When I think about how much time and energy my friends have put into helping me make this dream a reality I am so grateful. To make something like this a success it goes so far beyond what one person can do. Over the past 1 1/2 yrs I have experienced what the power of a community can do. From the people who have helped out in so many ways to the people who have supported us with their time and money as customers. You are all the true reason Dru's exists! Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!
|Posted by tmontgomer on October 24, 2009 at 9:34 PM||comments (0)|
I heard about the Jill Stringham Band through some friends and I have to say I am impressed. Even the covers don't sound like covers. This is a very talented group of musicians. I love it when we blessed with such amazing nights.
It is music that brings people together. It seems to erase all the differences between people. It does not matter if you are black, white, christian, buddhist, gay, straight, male or female. Music is universal. I think is puts all on th same path, even if only for a short time.
|Posted by tmontgomer on October 23, 2009 at 10:30 PM||comments (2)|
I have had several people comment on our new discussion group, Theology on Tap, and most of the comments have come with a very blank look. This is a program that Tim Meadows of Holy Trinity spoke with me about over a year ago. He thought it was a great idea to go out into a comfortable non-intimidating place and talk with people about spirituality if they wanted. This is not a come to the bar and get converted thing. But it is an open discussion about things like religion, spirituality and faith. Tim's schedule has not allowed him to facilitate the group, but he did send TroyAnn by to speak with me about giving it a try.
I am excited to offer this program. There are people in our community that don't feel comfortable going to "church" and they may not have anyone to talk too about these types of subjects. The minute you mention religion or politics in a bar someone always says they are taboo subjects. Well we thought we would try and change that! This is not a self help group or radical religious fanatics! It is a group of intelligent adults talking and sharing ideas. Its purpose is to provoke thoughts and exchange ideas.
For many people the bar is not just a place to go party, It becomes akin to going home to spend time with family and It is where friendships develop and a since of belonging comes to be. It is not always about drinking, but more about feeling a part of something. We welcome the opportunity be a part of this program and hope any of you that would like to participate join us on Thursdays at 6:30p.
|Posted by tmontgomer on October 22, 2009 at 7:39 PM||comments (0)|
As I sit here working on the new website on a rainey Thursday afternoon, I have to tell you how thankful I am for being a part of this adventure. It has been one of the best experiences of my life. I would have never dreamed that owning a bar would be where I found myself!
I am thankful for each and everyone one of you who have helped make this possible through your support, physical assistance and/or willingness to chose to spend your money here. You will never be taken for granted!
I am committed to earning your continued support and loyalty! We will work hard to make each visit a wonderful experience! We will continue to support our community in anyway that we can and never forget that it is you that makes all this possible!
I am so thankful for this and everyday that I can come to this place and work for each and every one of you!
|Posted by tmontgomer on October 22, 2009 at 7:34 PM||comments (0)|
Thursdays are always full of fun! Today we have Retro Records from 4p-7p. This is an actual DJ playing vinyl records! I know I miss that nice scratchy sound! At 8p we have started our Mixed Dart Tourney, so everyone is welcome to come out and play! It's so much fun! Then at 9p stick around for some of the best Karaoke in Memphis!