"Entertainment Lineup 2017"

Wednesday 11:30am - 1:00pm              Friday Night  6:00pm - 9:00pm
             May 24th - August 23th                                 May 5 - 12 - 19
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Grab your lunch at one of downtown's 25 restaurants
Listen to an acoustic performance by a local performer
Who knows what other surprises may join in on the fun!
Winters’ beloved music hall comes back to life !!!
After its longtime manager retired and moved out of state, the Palms Playhouse in Winters
sat shuttered for most of last year. Loyal patrons and performers feared the worst about

their beloved music hall. But in January, the 42-year-old venue was reopened by two friends,
natives of Winters, intent on carrying on its traditions while broadening its appeal.

New operators Nora Cary, 30, and Andrew Fridae, 26, may not have run a business before,
but they are no strangers to the music and theater scene. Both have attended shows at the
Palms for years. Fridae is a puppeteer and former children’s theater actor, as well as a
songwriter who performed in an acoustic band, while Cary is a former ballet dancer whose
father and husband are musicians. “We wanted to bring the Palms back because it makes
people happy,’’ says Fridae, who reopened the venue Jan. 6 with a sold-out audience for the
country music band I See Hawks in L.A. “It matters to them.’’

It has for a long time, ever since it was established in a rickety barn in Davis before moving

in 2002 to the upstairs portion of the Winters Opera House, where it has been a showcase
for folk and Americana music. “It has created countless quality opportunities for musicians
and listeners to connect, exchange, ignite sparks and be moved,’’ says Rita Hosking,  a
country-folk singer who has performed there more than 15 times. “My husband and I have
played around the country and overseas, and we still find ourselves comparing places to the
Palms. It’s one of our gold standards.’’ Cary and Fridae plan to keep to that genre, but
expand upon it as well, while making sure tickets top out at an affordable $20. “We’re trying
to book a soul-funk ensemble,’’ Cary says. “We also want to try to bring in more acts to
appeal to the Hispanic community here. We want to respect the tradition of it being an
unpretentious, affordable place.’’

They hope to offer one or two concerts each week, plus other programming that may

include dance or music classes, theater productions and open-mike nights. The space also
might be used for weddings or high school dances.  To make the Palms, which has a beer
and wine license, legally open to all ages, Cary and Fridae have to provide food. A food-truck-
size kitchen is being built behind the bar that will turn out appetizers, salads, sandwiches
and desserts, with local wineries such as Turkovich being spotlighted.

Cary and Fridae, who are financing the renovations themselves with the help of a few loans
from local supporters, will spiff up the interior in phases. They’ve already installed a new
sound system, as well as a wood laminate floor in the main theater space, which holds 220.
The interior has been repainted and the worn carpet replaced. Eventually, new artworks will
be on display, including a unique one — pieces of old drywall from the original Davis green
room signed by visiting musical performers of the ’70s and ’80s, which a bartender had
safely stored away.

“While the Palms was closed, I think there was a real sense of loss in the community,’’ Cary
says. “I’m just happy to be a part of it and help it continue.’’


Upcoming shows

March 30: James Harman’s Bamboo Porch Revue. 8 p.m. $20.

April 1: Sure Fire Soul Ensemble. 8 p.m. $15.

April 6: Bill Evans, John Reischman, Kenny Smith & Friends. 8 p.m. $20.

April 7: Front Country CD Release Show. 8 p.m. $17.

April 8: Rick Estrin & the Nightcats. 8 p.m. $20.

Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St., Winters, (503) 795-1825,
www.palmsplayhouse.com