Birkenfeld Store Live Events For Fishhawk Lake and Surrounding Community

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Live Events at the Birkenfeld Store



I recently interviewed Mike and Wendy Ingraham, owners of the Birkenfeld Store

whose variety of offerings for things to do in the  Birkenfeld community is ever-increasing, especially for Fishhawk Lake members .  Their ability to provide the best in live entertainment, just four miles down the road from Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club has added another great reason to buy property out here!  It happens every Saturday night unless they have a prior event that takes precedence.

It is dance music with no cover charge and starts at 7pm and goes til 10pm. The styles can range from a solo artist to 6-piece bands. The genres range from 50s oldies, to classic rock&roll, to country and blues music--a little something for most of everybody. 

Along with music you can indulge in wine or beer and their regular menu offers snacks, burgers, grilled sandwiches. Mike and Wendy usually add two dinner specials on music nights with the whole menu selection ranging  from $2-$14.

This got started last year thanks to the interest of two bands; Lock Stock&Barrel and the Linda Meyers Band, who were all instrumental (pardon the pun!) in getting music back to the old "dance hall" venue that this building used to be, on its 100 year anniversary. Lock Stock&Barrel are self-described as "red dirt country" and mostly showcase their own music, sort of an outlaw country style.  They have a new CD and Big Red Dodge is one of their singles with a video on YouTube or Facebook. Check it out:

Why is it that these talented musicians want to come "way out to the middle of nowhere"? It's because as an audience, we deliver!!! As Mike and Wendy put it, "'s the crowd, the attentiveness and friendliness that the audience shows. It overwhelms them".

Because of the intimate venue that The Birkenfeld Store offers, it allows  the musicians to feel really close to the audience and this heartwarming, open and friendly atmosphere typifies what Birkenfeld and the Fishhawk Lake community are.

A couple of the locals, Fishhawk Lake fulltimers: Chris McCue and Paul Huck 

Another plus for the musicians is that they get to stay overnight at the Birkenfeld Store, so they have an early evening and don't have to face a ride home if they want to stay and go back to their homes the next day.

During the summer months, Birkie's or The Birk (we locals call it both)

have performances outdoors on their various decks, overlooking vast greenery with mountains in the background and gobs of uncluttered skies.  They try to start this in June for Father's Day if weather allows and it goes til August.

A live event in 2010

The Ingrahams'  "bouncers", Skully (in foreground) and Jaeger


A group of us from Fishhawk Lake had a private catered Valentine's Day Dinner at the Birkenfeld Store and my husband and I attended along with roughly 20+ other people. We had a scrumptious dinner (I had prawns that were fabulous). 

My husband (on the right) with another Fishhawk Lake member

Then we got to enjoy live music by Kimberly Hall and Timmy B who played a variety of music from The Eagles to Bonnie Raitt and took requests. We all had a great time--the wine was good, too!

Kimberly Hall and Timmy B


Fishhawk Lake members enjoying food, libation and entertainment on Valentine's Day

A couple from Fishhawk Lake on the dance floor for a slow one....

For more info about The Birkenfeld Store and musical events, visit:!/pages/BIRKENFELD-COUNTRY-STORE-AND-CAFE/49285213302

You can also call The Birkenfeld Store for more details:


Photos and article by Gayle Rich-Boxman

Gayle Rich-Boxman

Broker, Vernonia Realty
Specializing in Fishhawk Lake Recreation Club
"Your Gateway to the Lake!"  

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Gary Woltal
Keller Williams Realty - Flower Mound, TX
Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth

Gayle, what a tremendous piece about the Birkenfeld store. I never knew country stores could bring in bands and have dancing too. You are a hip town for being out in the middle of nowhere and I loved all your photos and your bouncers too. Great job of bringing YOU to us!!

Mar 25, 2011 05:08 AM #1
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

We've got something exciting in the works,'s going to be BIG and I can't wait to tell everyone about it once Mike and Wendy give me the Go Ahead.

Thanks, Gary!

Mar 25, 2011 05:42 AM #2
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Well Gayle-You did it again with the wonderful story and the great matching pics. You sure do put a lot into your posts and I am enjoying them immensely as I am sure we all are. Great job. Have a super weekend.

Mar 25, 2011 08:43 AM #3
Sondra Meyer:
Star View Real Estate - Colorado Springs, CO
See It. Experience It. Live It.

Gayle, this is an outstanding post and set of pictures about the Birkenfeld Store.   I like the link you added encouraging people to help rescued animals. 

Mar 25, 2011 08:51 AM #4
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Gayle, I would sooo love to bring our band down there to play! There's nothing better than a great audience to make the jokes fly and us want to play harder! It would be worth the trip! Then we could try your martini's!

Mar 25, 2011 11:09 AM #5
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

It's completely DO ABLE, Peg!  Honestly--and you guys could stay at our home. The "venue" is really only 4 miles away. They are working on something HUGE, it's really exciting.  Once I get the greenlight to tell folks, I'll be all over it.

AND I'M SERIOUS...what kind of music do you play?  Send me some private info on it...

Mar 25, 2011 11:24 AM #6
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX

Gayle...Fun time at Fishhawk Lake at Birkenfeld country store ....What a neat place .....

Mar 25, 2011 03:10 PM #7
Mimi Foster
Voted Colorado Springs Best Realtor

You DO make it look inviting!  All of this and water and fishing too!  Does life get any better than that?  It seems fo far removed from the frantic pace that we seem to be in the middle of.  I will browse your pictures and take little mini-mimi-vacations every now and then.  Thanks for your efforts!

Mar 25, 2011 03:18 PM #8
Brian Schulman
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Lancaster PA - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster County PA RealEstate Expert 717-951-5552

Gayle, what a great atmosphere.  If I lived out your way, I know where I'd be on a Friday night!

Apr 06, 2011 01:42 AM #9
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