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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

"12 Cocktails of Christmas"Arts Fishing Club's Aunt Val's Specialty (Wisconsin Brandy Ole Fashioned)

What have you asked Santa for this year? Actually... asked for some help with the fee for a Native American tracking and survival camp to do with my mother.  - Frontman, Chris Kessenich

What was a popular gift that most children wanted when you were growing up? Did you have one? N64.  Yup.  Best Christmas ever.

Do you have a favorite Christmas Movie? The OG Grinch animated movie

What about a favorite Christmas food? Do you cook a big Christmas dinner? We do steak fondue christmas eve every year. Big family tradition.  My favorite.  

What is your favorite Christmas song/album? There was a Disney Christmas album my parents used to bump when I grew up.  I'd say that one and the White Christmas with the deep voice and the ba-duh-ba-duh's

Name three things you are thankful for this year? Oh wow.  There certainly are a lot more than 3. But...Great health for the band and our families. A lot of our personal dreams have come true this year: Recorded a full-length album, played Summerfest and SXSW, hearing our songs debuted on the radio!Feeling the support from friends and family.  True genuine support.  People going way out of their way to help us.  Means the world and is hard to wrap the head around.  

What have been the highlights for you from 2018? Musically ^ see number 2 of what we're grateful for.  Personally, got to witness a few of my best friends get married... and that was really an honor to see.  

Any New Year's resolutions? Discipline in my songwriting and creating as well as personal budgeting.  I'm definitely on the "fly-by-seat-of-pants" spectrum than the type A planner.  Great for creating, but not the best for setting long-term plans.  I'm going to be working on my planning skills in 2019. 

What is 2019 going to look like for you? A lot of time spent on the road as well as writing.  We're stoked to be recording again and getting out to play a number of college shows.  

Aunt Val's Specialty aka Wisconsin Brandy Ole Fashioned (Sour not sweet) 2 Orange slices

2 Brandied or maraschino cherries

3 dashes Angostura bitters

1 Sugar cube

1 dash Squirt 

2 oz Korbel Brandy


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