SpillianFest: BBQ, Blues, Bonfire, Bliss
A First-Probably-Annual Tradition at Spillian: A Place to Revel
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US! WE HAD ALMOST 200 PEOPLE ON SATURDAY FOR A GLORIOUS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. A SPECIAL THANKS TO DYLAN AND PATRICK DOYLE, WHO MADE EXTRAORDINARY MUSIC HAPPEN.
SpillianFest 2015 will feature the Kansas City style BBQ of Spillian’s chef, Chris McGee. McGee has an impressive cooking resume, including several executive chef positions and work with two Michelin-starred chefs in New York City. With a host of fine-dining experiences under his belt, McGee returns to his Kansas City roots, back to the barbecue of his childhood. The dinner will feature KC style chicken and pork and a host of sides, including his grandmother’s MawGee Grits, collard greens from Burnett Farms in Bovina, baked beans, slaw, and more. Vegetarians will have lots to choose from!
Spillianfest 2015 will be enlivened by the extraordinary blues of Dylan Doyle, a young guitar phenomenon who is on the verge of exploding into a national presence. 17-year-old Doyle will share an acoustic set and then will be joined by his band to rock out the afternoon. Check out his playing on his website.
Spillianfest will introduce the public to Spillian’s new meadow, with a bonfire (and marshmallows on hand for roasting), and a gorgeous stage built into the old stone foundation of one of the original buildings on the property. Guests are invited to enjoy tours of the mansion, open trails for wandering, and lawn games.
- Saturday August 15
- 4 to 10 pm
- $10 admission to Spillian (music, entertainment, marshmallows for toasting)
- $18 full bbq dinner
- Cash bar
For Reservations call 800-811-3351.
ABOUT DYLAN DOYLE
“As we say in the the south, ‘this boy has the real goods’.”
Butch Dener – Manager of ‘The Band’
Dylan Doyle is creating a stir in the Hudson Valley as well as in pockets around the Nation. Born in the South to Yankee parents, he spent the first few years of his life living on a Tobacco farm in North Carolina. He was steeped in everything from Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and John Lee Hooker to Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix. From this comes a unique musical interpretation that lies somewhere within the Delta of Rock, Blues, and Funk. Attesting to his musical versatility, he is invited back to the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR, one of the most prestigious in the Country, for the 3rd straight year, as well as this year’s Grateful Garcia Gathering where he will be closing Friday night following Melvin Seals with the Jerry Garcia Band. Dylan has been touring Nationally since age 15. Rob Stoner, band director of Bob Dylan’s “Rolling Thunder Review” Tour and bass player on the “Desire” album as well as Don Maclean’s “American Pie” mentored the young musician after it became apparent he had a gift. Rob says, “Dylan Doyle is the most prodigious student I have taught in my almost 60 years of teaching music. He has abundant natural ability.” Ben Cauley, sole band survivor of the Otis Redding plane said after playing with Dylan in Memphis, “Dylan sounds like a young Jimi Hendrix.”
ABOUT SPILLIAN: A PLACE TO REVEL
A creative center and all-inclusive luxury lodge, Spillian has brought one of the last remaining 19th century estates in the Catskills back to life. Proprietors Leigh Melander, Ph.D., and Mark Somerfield have saved one of the Great Camps built by the Fleischmanns Yeast family, a stick-style mansion with extraordinary oil murals painted on clear pine paneled walls, honoring both its tradition as a family retreat and a summer hotel. Spillian is an old English word that means ‘to play, to jest, or to revel,’ and goal of the center is to share a place where people can play with new ideas, imagine past what they think is possible, lightly, and with delight. Available for custom-designed group and corporate retreats, reunions, weddings, and a growing array of workshops exploring how visitors can imagine past what they believe is possible in a variety of disciplines.
For Reservations call 800-811-3351!