Etcetera - 01/05/10

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Kevin "Baddog" Shenefield wants readers to know that a collaboration between two businesses provides the area with the free website wallawallamusic.com.

It's the go-to site to find out who, what, where and when local musicians and bands are playing, Kevin said.

Businessman and musician Mike Hammond hatched this idea.

He's been active many years on the music scene, playing in or helping book bands for local events, including Woodstick fest, which he hosted for 12 years.

Mike and Ruben Bybee from Blue Mountain Internet put together the site that lists hundreds of bookings annually.

It is intended for Walla Walla Valley musicians and venues to coordinate bookings and lists musician and bands for free.

Wallawallamusic.com has links to related sites and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce, Walla Walla Tourism, Downtown Walla Walla Foundation and the Walla Walla Union Bulletin Calendar of Events.

"Mike and Ruben have covered the cost of this site and only ask that you and all your friends bookmark the site and use it.

"Spread the word -- you can help make it the No. 1 go-to-site," Kevin said.

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The 2011 Pendleton Round-Up royalty is cause for celebration by two young women who previously served on Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days courts.

Allison Frey of Touchet and Brittney Granger of Milton-Freewater will join queen Mackenzie Beard and fellow princesses Sarah Smith and Cory O'Neill, all of Pendleton.

The Round-Up court selection was announced at a Dec. 18 breakfast they attended in Pendleton.

Allison, 19, is the daughter of Susan and Kevin Brown of Touchet and A.J. Frey of Pendleton. She was WW Fair amp; Frontier Days queen in 2009. She's been riding horses for 17 years. A 2009 high school graduate, she is studying science for a transfer degree at Blue Mountain Community College and is a member of the BMCC rodeo team.

Brittney, 20, is the daughter of Kevin and Cindy Granger of Milton-Freewater. She has served as a princess and then 2009 queen of Pioneer Posse and was a princess for the 2010 Walla Walla Fair Frontier Days. She graduated in 2009 from McLoughlin High School the same year she was a princess on the homecoming court. She has 14 years of riding experience and is a nursing student at BMCC.

The court will make its first public appearance at the annual introduction party in March.

Cory Hewitt, Walla Walla Fairgrounds manager, said the Fair Board is excited for Allison and Brittney. In addition, Cory said 2011 will bring the Past Royalty Reunion to the Walla Walla Fair.

Every five years past Royalty members take in the Fair and share their stories. A court was selected for the first time in 1935.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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