The Mahogany Door Project To Perform During 2011 Carrboro Music Festival

Showcasing all-original live music at Cat’s Cradle

September 20, 2011 (Carrboro, NC) – The Mahogany Door Project, a band comprised of the musicians

The Mahogany Door Project created the all-original music for the book's soundtrack CD.

who created the original soundtrack CD for the new fantasy-adventure book “The Mahogany Door” by Durham author J. Mark Boliek, will perform live at the legendary Cat’s Cradle on Sunday, September 25, during the Carrboro Music Festival.

The band’s set will begin at 4:30 p.m.

“Dark, happy, and hopeful” are the words Boliek uses to describe the songs the Mahogany Door Project will perform. Boliek developed the songs so that readers of his book can immerse themselves in the book’s fantasy world of “Bruinduer.”

The Mahogany Door Project’s live performances are laced with an eclectic style of music ranging from pop and rock to country and classical – from a mysterious and lonely rock anthem to heart-breaking country tunes, R&B acoustic compositions, and a powerful rock lullaby. And all of the songs are appropriate for all ages.

The members of the band are: Mark Boliek, guitar; Jill Boliek, vocals; Scott Jackson, lead guitar; Jon Murray, guitar and vocals; Evans Nicholson, drums; Jim Gilliam, bass; Mary Summerlin, keyboard and vocals; and Chris Summerin, guitar.

“The Mahogany Door Project serves up a lot of fun, laughter, and good music,” Boliek said, noting that

Band leader/author Mark Boliek

he will also have copies of “The Mahogany Door” and CD on hand to sell. “We’re extremely grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such an exciting event as the Carrboro Music Festival.”

The band recently performed at Broad Street Café in Durham to a full house.

To hear a preview of the songs, go to www.jmarkboliek.com/the-music. The CD can also be heard through a variety of online sources including iTunes, Napster, Amazon MP3.

For more information on “The Mahogany Door,” a fantasy-adventure book for young readers, visit www.jmarkboliek.com.

Since its inception in 1998, the Carrboro Music Festival has drawn musicians and music lovers from all over the state. Performances take on 25 stages from one end of Carrboro to the other and the all-day event is free. The complete schedule can be downloaded at www.carrboro.com/carrboromusicfestival/.

Cat’s Cradle is located at 300 East Main Street in Carrboro, NC 27510 (919-967-9053). For more information and directions, go to www.catscradle.com.

Band Facts:

Musical Style/Genre: Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, Folk.

City of origin: Durham, North Carolina

Key Points of Interest:

  • Recorded new CD together (in association with Split Rail Multimedia)
  • Performs songs from the CD that are appropriate for all ages
  • Recordings of the songs can be heard at www.jmarkboliek.com and at other online resources
  • Facebook: http://www.facebookcom/jmarkboliek.
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Quail Ridge Books, Moravian Books & Gifts Featuring “The Mahogany Door”

New fantasy-adventure book for young readers accepted at two more bookstores.  

September 16, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – Quail Ridge Books & Music, the award-winning independent bookstore in Raleigh, NC, and Moravian Books & Gifts, an independent bookstore in Winston-Salem, NC’s historic Old Salem district, are now carrying “The Mahogany Door,” a new fantasy-adventure book for young readers by Durham author J. Mark Boliek.

Moravian Books & Gifts is stocking the book, the all-original soundtrack CD that accompanies it, and the limited edition version featuring the book, CD and bookmark within a handcrafted, hand-etched wooden box. At a recent in-store event, the store sold both versions while Boliek was on hand to sign them.

Quail Ridge Books is just offering the limited edition version at this point.

“The Mahogany Door” is also being sold at The Regulator Bookshop, an independent bookstore in Durham.

“I’ve become a huge proponent of supporting local and independent businesses,” Boliek said. “They’re more representative of the independent author. And just like me, they have to compete with big name entities like Barnes & Nobel. Just as I try to find my space among a mountain of popular authors, indie bookstores have to find their space in the larger market. So they empathize more with an author who’s just trying to get his or her foot in the door. And local bookstores are much more personable, especially to local authors. They enjoy showcasing local talent.”

Boliek will return to Old Salem in November and December for two more in-store author/holiday events at Moravian Books & Gifts.

The Mahogany Door,” published by Split Rail Multimedia, is the first book in a trilogy entitled The Bruinduer Narrative. According to Boliek, it represents his feelings about friendship, loss, perseverance, and about accepting help from someone larger than one’s self along the way. It is recommended reading for young and young adult readers by Midwest Book Review.

The book’s story surrounds three 20-something friends who were separated years ago by a tragedy but must reunite to fulfill a destiny. They must return through The Mahogany Door to the fantasy world of Bruinduer to retrieve a friend they left there before that world collapses. One of the three friends has suffered amnesia from a serious accident and doesn’t remember Bruinduer. Another wants nothing so much as to forget about Bruinduer. And the third’s reasons for returning are suspect. The adventures begin as soon as they reach the great door in the basement of an old mansion on the coast called Warhead Dale.

The ebook version is available on Amazon and through iBooks and the CD is available on iTunes as well as other online music sources. For more information on “The Mahogany Door” and CD, visit the author’s website at www.jmarkboliek.com.

Facts about The Mahogany Door:

Author: J. Mark Boliek.  Publisher: Split Rail Books.  Publication Date: May 2011.  Genres: Fantasy-Fiction, Adventure-Fiction.  Illustrator: Lauren Gallegos.  Age Group: 10 and up.  ISBN: 978-0-9832900-0-1.  Paperback: 353pp.  Retail Price: store’s discretion. Currently available at: The Regulator Bookshop, Moravian Books & Gifts, Quail Ridge Books & Music, Chambers Arts, and at www.jmarkboliek.com.

About J. Mark Boliek:

J. Mark Boliek, the author of “The Mahogany Door” and the entire Bruinduer Narrative series, grew up in Eden and Durham, North Carolina. An avid writer and athlete, he received a football scholarship after high school but chose to join the Navy instead. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, in 1997 and lived in Wilmington, NC, for a while, where he began to develop The Bruinduer Narrative, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers, as well as the soundtrack CD that accompanies “The Mahogany Door.” Mark and his wife Jill now live in Durham, NC, where they own and operate Split Rail Books and Split Rail Multimedia LLC. For more information on the author and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkboliek.com and his Facebook page.

Book Launch Party: “Staying Crazy” at Connolly’s with Suicide Blonde

September 12, 2011 (Cary, NC) — The official book launch party for “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” the new humor book by Cris Cohen, will be held on Saturday, September 17, beginning at 6 p.m. at Connolly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant in Cary. The event is open to the public and children are welcome.

“Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” is a collection of humor columns Cohen wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California and new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary in 2008.

The launch party will coincide with a performance at Connolly’s by Suicide Blonde, a local band that plays ‘80s cover tunes. Cohen’s wife, Michele, discovered the band a couple of years ago and “became an instant fan,” he said, adding:

“I thought that a launch party should be energetic, carefree, and fun. Unfortunately I am none of those things. Thus I am attaching myself to Connolly’s Pub and the band. They will provide great food, great drinks, and great music. Meanwhile I will fill whatever need they might have for a guy to sit at a table with books.”

The band will take the stage at 6 p.m. Connolly’s will serve food and beverages throughout the afternoon and evening.

Cohen will have plenty of books on hand to sign and sell ($12) during the event, and he will donate proceeds from sales to the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for kids with special needs.

Pulitizer Prize-winning humor author Dave Barry has called it “a fine book for a fine cause.” The New Yorker’s cartoonist Drew Dernavich says, “If Cris made a lasagna, it would probably be a funny lasagna. If Cris made a chair, it would be a funny chair. Thankfully, he has decided to make a book instead, which I enjoyed reading along with a glass of the most hilarious Merlot.” An excerpt from the book is available on the website www.stayingcrazy.com.

Connolly’s Irish Pub & Restaurant is located at 1979 High House Road, Cary, NC 27519. For more information visit www.connollysirish.com.

For more information on “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” and The Miracle League, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

Book Facts:

Title: Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane. Author: Cris Cohen. Publisher: Tyrannosaurus Max Press LLC. Genre: Humor, Nonfiction. Editor: Michelle Cohen. Cover illustrator: Darla Yancho. Interior illustrators: Daryl Stephenson, Michelle Zerzanek, Marilyn Berg Cooper. Pages: 178. Price: $14. Website: www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular,” the book “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” and the humor columnist for the CaryCitizen.com.  Born in Buffalo, NY, he grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max, moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. For more information on his book, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

Broad Street Cafe To Host The Mahogany Door Project

An acoustic performance of original music from the new book’s soundtrack CD.

June 29, 2011 (Durham, NC) – Broad Street Café in Durham will host an acoustic performance of original music from a new soundtrack CD when The Mahogany Door Project takes the stage on Tuesday, July 19, at 8:30 p.m.

The CD is the soundtrack to “The Mahogany Door,” a new fantasy-adventure book for young and teen readers by Durham author J. Mark Boliek. A musician as well as a writer, Boliek created the CD soundtrack as a way to capture the moods and themes of the book in songs. He wrote or co-wrote all but two of the songs, which range in style from rock and R&B, to country and even one full orchestral arrangement.

Katie Basden, a new name in country music, wrote one of the eight songs on the CD and will join the group as a special guest for the set, along with guest singer Ian Butts.

The process of creating the soundtrack was particularly special to Boliek because of the “closeness of friends and family” that it took to create the CD, he said. That bond will be celebrated at Broad Street Cafe when members of The Mahogany Door Project share stories and music from the book and CD during the live performance.

The event is free and open to the public. Young fans of fantasy-adventure fiction are encouraged to attend. Broad Street Café is located at 1116 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705 (919-416-9707).

The entire Mahogany Door soundtrack CD can be heard on Boliek’s website at www.jmarkboliek.com/the-music.

For more information on book, visit. www.jmarkboliek.com and the author’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JMarkBoliek.

Katie Basden To Perform Songs From “The Mahogany Door” During Dream Factory Family Fun Day

June 6, 2011 (Graham, NC) – Katie Basden, a 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Durham, NC, and a new name in country music, will perform for the first annual

Singer/songwriter Katie Basden

Dream Factory Family Fun Day in Graham, NC, on June 11, from noon to 1:20 p.m. at 104 East Elm Street behind the Colonial Hardware Store. On her song list are two songs from the new soundtrack CD for “The Mahogany Door.

J. Mark Boliek, author of “The Mahogany Door,” a fantasy-adventure book for young readers, will be on hand to sell autographed copies of the book and to donate the proceeds to the Dream Factory of Central Carolina.

The Dream Factory is a national non-profit organization founded in 1980 that serves critically and chronically ill children ages three to 18 by granting “dreams” for them. The local chapters are run entirely by volunteers.

Basden will perform “Rear View Mirror,” a song she wrote that she allowed Boliek to use on his book’s soundtrack CD. She plays acoustic guitar and provides the vocals on the CD track.

She will also perform “Goodbyes,” a song written by Mark Boliek with Mary Alice Bell specifically for the soundtrack.

“With her charisma and big voice, Katie is a terrific young talent with a bright future ahead of her,” said Boliek, who also co-owns Split Rail Multimedia LLC in Durham with his wife, Jill. Split Rail Multimedia produced “The Mahogany Door” CD.

The Dream Factory Fun Day will go on until 4 p.m. and include three bands, inflatables for kids, a fire truck, and an information booth offering the latest efforts of the Dream Factory as well as volunteer opportunities. For more information visit www.dreamfactoryinccnc.org.

To hear Katie Basden’s performances on “The Mahogany Door” soundtrack CD, go to www.jmarkboliek.com/the-music. She also maintains an active Facebook page.
About Katie Basden:

Katie Basden grew up in Durham, NC and attends Belmont University in Nashville, TN. As a singer/songwriter, she was inspired by country music from a young age. The daughter of singer Anne Basden, Katie honed her talents during years of singing in her church and in school. She hopes to leave her mark on country music much like her favorite singer/songwriters Miranda Lambert, Alison Krauss, and Victoria Banks. Katie can be found on Facebook and YouTube.
About The Mahogany Door:

Published by Split Rail Books in Durham, NC, The Mahogany Door is a new fantasy-adventure book for young readers written by J. Mark Boliek as the first book in The Bruinduer Narrative trilogy. An all-original-music soundtrack CD by the same title accompanies the book when it is ordered through the author’s website www.jmarkboliek.com/cart. Songs from the CD can be downloaded at most online sources for music including iTunes, Amazon MP3, Napster, and from the Facebook source WaTunes. For more information visit www.jmarkboliek.com.

“The Mahogany Door” Soundtrack CD Now Available For Downloading

Eight songs of various musical styles reflect themes from the new book.

June 1, 2011 (Durham, NC) — The original music soundtrack that accompanies “The Mahogany

"The Mahogany Door" original music soundtrack CD

Door,” a new fantasy-adventure book for young readers by J. Mark Boliek, is now available for downloading from iTunes, Napster, Amazon MP3, and a host of other online music sources.

The Mahogany Door,” book one of The Bruinduer Narrative trilogy, is the story of three friends, separated by tragedy, who must come together again to journey back through the great Mahogany Door into the fantasy world of Bruinduer to correct a destiny they left unfulfilled years before.

Themes in the book are reflected in the eight-song CD, which range in style from rock and R&B, to country and one full orchestral arrangement. The titles are: “All Alone,” “Rear View Mirror,” “In the Afternoon,” “The Devil Can’t Help You Here,” “Here is My Anger, Here is My Pride,” “Kingsfold on Bruinduer,” “Goodbyes,” and “Five Years Ago”.

A musician as well as a writer, Boliek conceived of the CD soundtrack as a way to capture the moods and themes of the book in songs. He wrote or co-wrote all but two of the songs. Katie Basden, a new name in country music, wrote “Rear View Mirror” and has allowed him to use it on the CD.

“I was also happy that Katie agreed to sing the vocals for ‘Goodbyes,’” Boliek added.

Benjamin Young, Scott Jackson and Keith Wood, of the band Made By Saturdays, wrote “Five Years Ago.”

The process of creating the soundtrack was particularly special to Boliek because of the “closeness of friends and family” that it took to create the CD, he said. To honor that process, he is including the CD free of charge with signed copies of “The Mahogany Door” when orders are made through his website’s “Shop” at www.jmarkboliek.com/cart.

“It’s a pretty cool thing to put something together that you never thought you could, and it actually sounds pretty good,” he said with a smile.

He’s also been pleased with the reception the songs have received from young readers when he’s played them at school fairs and other events.

“At one event, a group of 12-year-old girls jumped up cheering after ‘In the Afternoon’,” he said. “I wasn’t expecting that!”

Boliek also includes the soundtrack in an enhanced eBook version of “The Mahogany Door” that is supported in applications for iPad, iPhone, and Kindle for iPad that will be available through Apple’s iBook store and Amazon soon.

All of the songs except “Five Years Ago” were mixed and produced by Triangle area veteran music engineer John Plymale (Squirrel Nut Zippers, Meat Puppets) of Overdub Lane Studios in Durham, NC.

“Five Years Ago” was mixed and produced by up and coming engineer, Paul Leavitt (All Time Low, Dangerous Summer, Circa Survive) of Valencia Studios in Baltimore, MD.

All songs were mastered by Brent Lambert at The Kitchen in Carrboro, NC.

The entire soundtrack can be heard on the website at www.jmarkboliek.com/the-music. For a complete list of where the songs can be downloaded, visit Boliek’s blog at www.jmarkboliek.com/blog.

For more information on “The Mahogany Door,” the 353-page soft cover fantasy-adventure book for young readers recently released by Split Rail Books of Durham, NC, visit. www.jmarkboliek.com and the author’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/JMarkBoliek.

About J. Mark Boliek:

J. Mark Boliek, the author of “The Mahogany Door” and the entire Bruinduer Narrative series, grew up in Eden and Durham, North Carolina. An avid writer and athlete, he received a football scholarship after high school but chose to join the Navy instead. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, in 1997 and lived in Wilmington, NC, for a while, where he began to develop The Bruinduer Narrative, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers, as well as the soundtrack CD that accompanies “The Mahogany Door.” Mark and his wife Jill now live in Durham, NC, where they own and operate Split Rail Books and Split Rail Multimedia LLC. For more information on the author and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkboliek.com and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jmarkboliek.

“The Mahogany Door” Makes BookExpo America’s New Titles Showcase

Split Rail Books gets its first title before international buyers, librarians and more.

May 25, 2011 (Durham, NC) – “The Mahogany Door” by J. Mark Boliek, a new fantasy-adventure book for young readers just published by Split Rail Books of Durham, is included in this year’s New Title Showcase at the BookExpo America (BEA) going on now at the Javits Center in New York City.

BEA is the largest book-publishing event in North America that’s attended by book buyers, librarians, editors, publishers, and literary agents, as well as book authors and illustrators. The New Title Showcase provides a way for publishers of all types, including small presses, to have their book titles on display at major international book fairs in prime exhibiting locations, and in official fair exhibits. Books in the Showcase are also included in a searchable, online database on the BEA website for one year.

“Most book expos are in the fall, but since this one is in May and my book has been officially released this month, it just seemed right that ‘The Mahogany Door ‘would be a part of the BEA,” said Boliek. “I’m delighted that it’s there for buyers, librarians and others to discover.”

“The Mahogany Door” is the first book in J. Mark Boliek’s The Buinduer Narrative fantasy-adventure trilogy. Accompanied by an original music soundtrack CD, it is a story about three friends, separated years ago by a traumatic event, who are compelled to reunite so that they may once again pass through “The Mahogany Door” and into the fantasy Vryheids world of Bruinduer. They must fulfill a destiny they left undone nine years before to keep Bruinduer from collapsing. The eight songs on the soundtrack CD capture the mood and message of certain sections or themes of the book.

A 353-page, soft-cover book, “The Mahogany Door” features original cover art and interior illustrations by California artist Lauren Gallegos. It is intended for young readers ages 10 and up, as well as parents who like to read to their children. Signed copies of the book and CD ($24.95) are currently available on the author’s website www.jmarkboliek.com.

For more information on Book Expo America and the New Titles Showcase, visit www.bookexpoamerica.com.

For more information on J. Mark Boliek and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkboliek.com.

About J. Mark Boliek:

J. Mark Boliek, the author of “The Mahogany Door” and the entire Bruinduer Narrative series, grew up in Eden and Durham, North Carolina. An avid writer and athlete, he received a football scholarship after high school but chose to join the Navy instead. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, in 1997 and lived in Wilmington, NC, for a while, where he began to develop The Bruinduer Narrative, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers, as well as the soundtrack CD that accompanies “The Mahogany Door.” Mark and his wife Jill now live in Durham, NC, where they own and operate Split Rail Books and Split Rail Multimedia LLC. For more information on the author and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkboliek.com and his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jmarkboliek.

The Mahogany Door: A New Fantasy-Adventure Book for Young Readers

Split Rail Books releases the first book in The Bruinduer Narrative Trilogy

May 23, 2011 (Durham, NC) — After the last Harry Potter film is released this summer, what will young fans of fantasy-adventure fiction have to look forward to? Split Rail Books in Durham, NC, suggests its new title, “The Mahogany Door,” the first novel in a new fiction-fantasy-adventure series written by J. Mark Boliek of Durham especially for young readers.

And it comes with an original-music soundtrack CD.

“The Mahogany Door,” book one of Boliek’s The Bruinduer Narrative series, is told by an unnamed grandfather who captivates a group of children with his fascinating story, first out on a beach then huddled around the fireplace of a beautiful mansion by the shore as a fierce thunderstorm rages outside.

The story centers around three friends, separated years ago by a traumatic event, who are compelled to reunite so that they may once again pass through “The Mahogany Door” and into the fantasy Vryheids world of Bruinduer. They must fulfill a destiny they left undone nine years before to keep Bruinduer from collapsing. One of the friends lost his parents and his memory in a horrible accident and has no idea what to expect. One knows too well and has tried to forget. The third friend’s insistence that they must return to Bruinduer is mysterious and suspicious.

Cover and interior illustrations by Lauren Gallegos

The friends’ journey back to the world behind “The Mahogany Door” leads to the book’s “teaching moments,” which resonate with the author’s own life – about things in life not always being what they seem, about the value of friendship and the importance of completing tasks, and about the secret to tapping into the power of a their only  “guide” along the journey, a monstrous being they call “Billy.” And the end is designed to leave young readers anxious for book two.

Author J. Mark Boliek is a former football player and military man, a computer programmer and musician, and the son veteran broadcast journalist Dave Boliek of WTVD-TV. He began working on The Bruinduer Narrative nine years ago. His initial 157-page draft turned into three distinct stories in which the first tale, “The Mahogany Door,” evolved into a 353-page children’s fantasy novel. He is currently working on the other two books in what he expects to be a trilogy.

“The Mahogany Door” features cover art an interior illustrations by California artist Lauren Gallegos. It is published in paperback with a typeface and size optimized for

The soundtrack CD accompanies the book.

young readers ages 10 and up. The songs on the accompanying CD, written primarily by the author, reflect certain themes in the book, from “All Alone” to “Here Is My Pride, Here Is My Anger.”

For more information about “The Mahogany Door” by J. Mark Boliek, published by Split Rail Books, go to www.jmarkboliek.com. Each track from the accompanying CD can be heard at www.jmarkboliek.com/the-music) and the book with CD can be ordered directly at www.jmarkboliek.com/cart.

Facts about The Mahogany Door:

Author: J. Mark Boliek.  Publisher: Split Rail Books.  Publication Date: May 2011.  Genres: Fantasy-Fiction, Adventure-Fiction.  Illustrator: Lauren Gallegos.  Age Group: 10 and up.  ISBN: 978-0-9832900-0-1.  Paperback: 353pp.  Retail Price: $24.95Currently available:  www.jmarkboliek.com.

About J. Mark Boliek:

J. Mark Boliek, the author of “The Mahogany Door” and the entire Bruinduer Narrative series, grew up in Eden and Durham, North Carolina. An avid writer and athlete, he received a football scholarship after high school but chose to join the Navy instead. He graduated from Concord University in Athens, WV, in 1997 and lived in Wilmington, NC, for a while, where he began to develop The Bruinduer Narrative, a fantasy-adventure series for young readers, as well as the soundtrack CD that accompanies “The Mahogany Door.” Mark and his wife Jill now live in Durham, NC, where they own and operate Split Rail Books and Split Rail Multimedia LLC. For more information on the author and “The Mahogany Door,” visit www.jmarkbolief.com and his Facebook page.

Plans Set For Third Annual Epicurious Vino Challenge

The popular culinary event combines professional chefs with wine, music, and auctions to benefit children and adults with disabilities.

April 14, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – All plans are now set for the 2011 Epicurious Vino Challenge, the popular culinary event that will be held this year on Saturday, June 4, from 6:30-10 p.m. at The Hinnant Family Vineyards in Pine Level, NC.

Hosted by RHA Howell, Inc, and benefactors US Foodservice, Hinnant Family Vineyards, and Southern Pharmacy Services, proceeds from the event will directly benefit children and adults with disabilities.

For the Epicurious Vino Challenge, professional chefs from Raleigh to Greenville, NC, and invited to compete to see who can make the best signature dish, or dishes, using an award-winning Hinnant Family Vineyards wine as a key ingredient.

The participating chefs pull the name of a Hinnant wine from a hat and present their creations to the crowd in attendance. After tasting every dish prepared, the guests select a “People’s Choice” award winner. Professional chefs from US Foodservice, Inc. select the Chef’s Choice winner.

After enjoying the food and sampling Hinnant wines in the vineyard’s banquet hall, surrounded by music and festive decorations, guests will then participate in both a silent and live auction (items to be announced). Casual garden-party attire is suggested.

This year’s participating chefs, thus far, are:

  • Chef Tom Armstrong of Vinnie’s Steakhouse & Tavern, Raleigh
  • Chef Pat Walston of House Autry Mills, Four Oaks
  • Chef Vivian Howard of The Chef and the Farmer, Kinston
  • Chef Mark Lawson of East Restaurant, Blockade Runner, Wrightsville Beach
  • Chef Belo Shelton of Thrills From The Grill, Durham
  • Chef Kimberly Hall of Flying Fork, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro
  • Chef Mario Huante of Chef Mario’s, Inc., Raleigh
  • Chef Joyce Jenkins of The Serving Spoon, Pine Level
  • Chef Maggie Radzwiller of Comfort Cuisine, Durham

RHA Howell events director Debbie Valentine anticipates this year’s event selling out quickly. To reserve single tickets ($50 each) or to reserve a table for 10 ($400), go to http://www.rhahowell.org/NewsEvents/Epicurious/tabid/737/Default.aspx. Payment by PayPal is available. Questions about tickets and sponsorships may be directed to dvalentine@rhanet.org or by calling 919-803-2960.

The main sponsors, or Epicurious Benefactors, for the 2011 event are RHA Howell, Inc; US Foodservice, Inc.; Hinnant Family Vineyards; and Southern Pharmacy. Epicurious Advocates include Van Products, L&M, Fallon Benefit Group, Marcom Medical Consultants, and Wake Stone Corporation. Print Enterprise, Inc., is providing all printed materials.

Hinnant Family Vineyards is the largest muscadine vineyard in North Carolina, sprawling over 80 acres. Their international, award-winning wines range from dry whites and reds to traditional sweet scuppernongs. For more information and directions, visit www.hinnantvineyards.com.

RHA Howell, Inc. is a statewide, nonprofit organization that has been serving children and adults with disabilities, and their families, for nearly 40 years. For more information visit www.rhahowell.org and visit the Epicurious Vino Challenge Facebook page.

About RHA Howell, Inc.:

RHA Howell is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that has been helping people with disabilities and special needs, and their families, make choices to live more independently for more than 35 years. Integrity, high standards for quality, and hard work are at the core of every RHA Howell disability assistance program. Proven leaders in caring for people, RHA Howell, Inc. is a pioneering force in the field of human services, particularly supporting infants and children. For more information, please go to www.rhahowell.org.

Virillion Music To Release “The Story To Be Told”

Marc Hoffman’s label announces new recording of original songs by local songwriter Carol Greene.

 

February 9, 2011 (CHARLOTTE, NC) – Three years ago, songwriter Carol Greene asked Marc Hoffman of Virillion Music to help her with the arrangements on some her songs. On March 1, 2011, Virillion Music will release the CD that evolved from that collaboration, The Story To Be Told.

 

The Story To Be Told is “an honest look at Carol Greene’s spiritual journey through life thus far,” said Hoffman, who composes, records and publishes his work and the work of other artists through his label, Virillion Music. “She has a lot to say through her music and lyrics.“

 

Hoffman recalls being immediately impressed by Green’s songwriting skills when she first approached him three years ago. “When she mentioned having her songs fully produced into a CD, I jumped at the chance.”

 

That enthusiasm would lead to Hoffman serving as the CD’s producer, arranger, engineer, keyboardist and vocalist.

 

“Carol isn’t a singer, so I stepped in there,” he said, “and I brought in Jenny Carroll, a terrific soprano I work with on occasion.”

 

Hoffman said he “wore a lot of hats” in the recording and production of The Story To Be Told, and even had a hand in the CD package design. His favorite song on the CD is the title track, “The Story To Be Told.”

 

“It reminds me of the epic Christian songs of the early 20th century. ‘The Holy City’ comes to mind,” he said, referring to the hymn by Stephen Adams with lyrics by Frederick Weatherly.

 

Known for his original jazz compilations, including the CD Curioso he released last year, Hoffman believes Greene is influenced by the Great American Songbook, or jazz standards, even though she claims not be interested in jazz. “Many of her songs include chords that are way beyond simple pop.”

 

The Story To Be Told will be available at CDBaby and iTunes after March 1, 2011

 

For more information on Virillion Music and Marc Hoffman, visit www.marchoffman.com.

 

About Virillion Music:


Virillion Music, a music publisher based in the Charlotte, NC area, has been the home of composer, songwriter, and recording artist Marc Hoffman since 1990. Through Virillion Music, Marc has published and promoted recordings and scores for film, orchestra, contemporary jazz, popular music, piano, flute, oboe, bassoon and harp, as well as music beds, or background music, for websites. Through concert works, original jazz and standards, film scores, popular music, and solo or ensemble performances, Virillion Music strives to meet the needs of all facets of the music industry. Virillion Music is also a music and song publisher for a select number of other artists and bands. Solo artists and bands who would like their music considered for publication are welcome to contact Virillion Music by emailing marc@marchoffman.com.

 

About Carol Greene:


Carol A. Racz Greene was born Carol Welch in New York City during the Beatnik Era. She grew up across the street from the Greenwich House Music School in Greenwich Village. Access to the school was an open door to Carol, not only for her music lessons but because her grandmother worked at the school and lived on the premises. So since an early age Carol was surrounded by the constant “sound of music” just across the street. Carol has taught piano to elementary-aged children, been a senior level bio-chemical lab technician, a Montessori pre-school teacher, a “Kindermusic” teacher, an entrepreneurial business owner, director and teacher of a Montessori oriented daycare/preschool for over 22 years, a church youth choir director, and a church pianist. She has been composing her own music for 15 years.