Last Thursday night in San Pedro, Karen Waldrup, an up-and-coming country singer/songwriter, performed at Wet Willies as a fundraiser for the Mama Vilma's family home charity.  We missed it, but San Pedro Scoop and Tacogirl both did excellent write-ups.  Fortunately, for me and for Mama Vilma's House, Cowboy Doug came to the the rescue and quickly set up a second fundraiser at Grand Caribe for Sunday afternoon.  I wouldn't miss this one -- it was right next door, and Cowboy always throws a great party in the perfect setting that Grand Caribe offers.  Check it out:
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Grand Caribe
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Perfect seaside setting
Everyone was right -- Karen is a real talent!  Country music is not my favorite genre, but I would classify her as more of a folk musician than what I think of as "country".  And actually, reading her bio, she considers herself an eclectic mix of "folk, rock, country and blues".  Yes, much more my taste!  Karen has a sweet, soulful voice, and is one of those singers who could sing the phone book and make it sound good.  When she's mega-famous one day, I can say that I actually shook her hand (thanks to Laurie for introducing me to her!)  I have no photo evidence, but let me tell you -- this sweet, feminine, southern charmer has a firm handshake.  She means business!
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Karen Waldrup
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She was set up on the roof of Cowboy Doug's
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She had a great rapport with the audience
Thanks to "Carbunkle/Scoop Productions" for encouraging Karen to come to our little island of Ambergris Caye -- it was a real treat for all who had the opportunity to hear her play and sing.  And it was very generous of her to give her time for this fundraiser.

In addition to music, there was plenty of time for fun at the pool.  The kids, canines, and big kids too, were all having a blast on a gorgeous day with wall-to-wall sunshine.  The little taste of rainy season/autumn I blogged about last week was very short-lived.  
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Love this bowling set!
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Kids enjoying the pool and bowling
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Kids of all ages having fun
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Big kids enjoying the day
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Jean and Laurie hoola-hooping
And Cowboy Doug's Bar and Grill was really cranking out the food, drinks, and Ryder Cup on the flat-screen.  Those of us from the US were sorely disappointed in our team's performance, but I enjoyed watching parts of it and chatting with Leisa.  She really knows her golf!
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Happy doggies
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Cowboy Doug
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Ryder cup fans at Cowboy Doug's Bar & Grill -- Leisa in the green
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Cranberry & rum was refreshing on a hot day
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Someone had had enough!
Raffle tickets were sold to benefit Mama Vilma's House, with several local businesses donating bar tabs and other goodies.  I bought some tickets but, as usual, did not win anything.  Jean bought a ton of tickets and won two raffles.  All for a great cause, of course!
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Drawing for the raffle winners
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Jean was a very lucky lady
One of the unexpected surprises of the day was a performance by Barrett Schmidt.  This adorable twelve-year old has the sweetest voice and can really play the guitar!  He took the stage after Karen finished her set, and the minute he started strumming and crooning, everyone looked up and started whispering "Wow, this kid is GOOD."  He really is.  Listening to his angelic voice took me back to my childhood, swooning over Donny Osmond and Bobby Sherman.   

I chatted with his dad for a couple of minutes and found out that Barrett has his own web site (I guess everyone does these days):  Barrett Acoustic.  His family lives in San Pedro, and he is currently performing at Fido's on Friday nights at 8pm.  So check him out if you are visiting.  And seriously, this kid needs to enter American Idol when he's old enough if the family happens to be living in the US at that time.  He's also got two younger brothers, I hear, so perhaps a modern-day version of the Osmonds or the Jacksons could be coming along in the future if they share his gift for music!
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Barrett Schmidt
Cowboy suggested I accompany him up to the third floor of the "H" building for some photo-ops, so I was able to get some views of the entire scene from up high.
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Grand Caribe scene from up high
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View from H building
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Barrett performing on the roof of Cowboy Doug's
It was a fine party planned on only a couple of days notice, and I feel so fortunate that I got to enjoy the music of two talented musicians.  It's a special treat when music and fundraising come together with sunshine and a festive setting.  Win-win-win!

For more on Karen Waldrup, check out her website and Bravo TV's Platinum Hit.
 


10/02/2012 09:55

Great post Emily, was good to see you at the party.

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Doug
10/04/2012 09:39

Great job Em! Thank you...

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