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Local Artist Pete Scully Sketches de Vere's Davis

Prepare to be impressed! This week, local artist Pete Scully, unveiled a true work of art--this sketch of the bar at de Vere's Irish Pub in Davis. The style, detail and precision is truly amazing...so amazing that we had to share it on our blog to make sure as many people see it as possible.

 

A note from the artist...

"A couple of weeks ago a new pub opened in downtown Davis, De Vere’s. I had to go by and check it out – and do some sketching. It was very busy! But I saw as soon as I walked in, a chair at the bar all by itself, right in the middle, so I parked, ordered a Sudwerk Aggie lager (quite nice) and got sketching. I was doing a long panorama of the bar, an unusual one for me, so I started right in the middle (the pint glass was the first thing I drew), and worked outwards, a little bit left, a little bit right, all the while squeezed in the throng about me. I didn’t draw the barstaff – they moved too quickly, and were kept busy by the punters. It’s an interesting pub, very big, brand new but with a proper ‘pub’ feel, not just a bar – it felt like something back home, and I missed my old London mates. I finished up my drawing (it took two and a half beers, if you’re interested, and mine’s a pint, if you’re buying), decided against adding colour, and went home. I went back last week with my wife, and we tried their chips with gravy and cheese and I must say it was bloody amazing. With chips and gravy as an incentive, I think I may go and sketch there again from time to time."

We're happy to be a place of inspiration, Pete! Thanks for coming in...come back and sketch anytime.

For more of Pete Scully's art, click HERE.

 

 

Q&A with the de Vere's Davis Quizmaster

We're so excited to announce that Pup Quiz night is starting this Monday, November 21st at de Vere's in Davis. We're even more excited to announce the return of "Your Quizmaster" Dr. Andy as our weekly host! Davis locals might already know Dr. Jones from his days at Bistro 33. He's now officially quizmastering at de Vere's every Monday evening from 7-9pm.

Get to know the local celeb, grab some friends, and come join us for Pub Quiz night!

 

How long have you been a quizmaster? How did you get into it?

I worked as a Quizmaster for about four years until late September, 2011. I’m really looking forward to returning to Quizmastering on November 21st!

 

Where else have you been a quizmaster?

I was the Quizmaster at Bistro 33 for four years. Before that, I attended the Pub Quiz at Streets of London (Sacramento) from about 2001 to September, 2005 (whereupon my third child was born, and I had to give something up). I’ve also used quiz show approaches to testing in my classes at UC Davis, and presented such approaches to other faculty at teaching conferences.

 

What's your day job? Any hobbies?

I have hosted the KDVS public affairs radio show “Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour” on Wednesday afternoons at 5 since 2000. I also produce and host the Poetry Night reading series at the John Natsoulas Gallery on the first and third Thursdays of the month; I do this literary and outreach as part of my work as the Chair of the Cultural Action Committee of Davis. Find out more about the poetry series at http://www.poetryindavis.com. The rest of my time is taken up by my wife, Kate, by our three children, and by my teaching and administrative duties at UC Davis (where I have been teaching writing and literature classes since 1990). My hobbies include bicycling, chasing after my children in Davis parks, and reading.

 

What's the format for a typical trivia night?

The Pub Quiz at de Vere’s Irish Pub will begin with the rousing ringing of a cowbell and the sort of vainglorious barking that one might associate with a circus ringmaster. The Pub Quiz will include 30 questions on a variety of topics, including history, literature, current events, pop culture, internet culture, unusual words, Irish culture, Shakespeare, sports, and . . . science! A break will come after question 15, which will be an anagram. Round one will include five short questions (a dozen words or fewer), which we shall call the Short Round. Round two will include five questions on the same topic.

I’m looking forward to starting at 7pm, a reasonable time for people who have to work in the morning. Because Pub Quiz participants will have to come early to claim tables, I also look forward to catching up with old Pub Quiz friends before the show starts. Because of de Vere’s Irish Pubs, both here and in Sacramento, I’ve also developed a fondness for Guinness.

 

What drew you to become quizmaster at de Vere's?

Anyone who has spent time in the new de Vere’s Irish Pub can’t help but be drawn to it. I grew up and attended college in the cities of Washington DC, New York City, Boston, and London, so I have dined in restaurants that are older than, say, California. Although now only days old, the new Irish pub offers a similar sense of history and authenticity. Interpersonally, I was drawn to Simon and Henry, the owners of this new pub. They have made a huge investment in our community of Davis, and they are men of vision and integrity. I should add that dozens of my former Pub Quiz participants recommended that I consider moving to de Vere’s for the relaunched Pub Quiz, and those recommendations helped me choose de Vere’s over all other suitors.

 

Any tips for preparing for quiz night?

I recommend forming a team of varied interests and strengths, for I will present questions that appeal to people of various ages, genders, academic disciplines, occupations, and geographic and life experiences. Outside of that, I encourage pub quiz participants to read widely, to be curious about the world, and to engage in conversations with friends about what they know. Once the Quiz has begun, I encourage participants to be thoughtful and trustworthy, and to attend more to the value of the Pub Quiz experience than to the outcome of the Quiz. As Vince Lombardi once said, “It's easy to have faith in yourself and have discipline when you're a winner, when you're number one. What you have got to have is faith and discipline when you're not a winner.”

People who are curious about my interests may want to know that I have three degrees in English, and abiding interests in film, funky music, African-American history and culture, technology and social media, politics and current events. I have three children, and enjoy scanning their textbooks for Quiz question topics. I listen to National Public Radio and KDVS, but I try always to include a few questions that will appeal to people who do not.

 

What's the best team name you've ever heard?

Three of my favorites are “Beer and Trembling,” “Drink Tank,” and “The Last Pigs in Afghanistan.”

 

Any words of wisdom for those new to quiz night?

Yes, I recommend that new participants observe the rules of the Quiz. Rules Two and Three of the de Vere’s Irish Pub Pub Quiz, for example, are “No Shouting Out the Answers” and “No Outside Help.” This means that, no matter how difficult, participants should keep their cell phones in their pockets or purses until the conclusion of the Pub Quiz. Pub Quiz participants should come ready to have fun. Consistent exuberance will be rewarded.

 

We hear you're big on social media. Where can fans follow you?

I can be followed in five ways. First, all are encouraged to visit the website http://www.yourquizmaster.com to sign up for the mailing list and to learn more about the Pub Quiz in its previous iteration. I will update that site further as I learn more about the participants in this new Quiz. Secondly, if readers would like to tell me more about themselves as Pub Quiz participants, they can email me at yourquizmaster@gmail.com. If you have pictures for me to post on the website, they can be sent there. Thirdly, Pub Quiz participants should friend the Quizmaster on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/yourquizmaster to see what sort of additional hints, pictures, and comments can be found there. Fourthly, I can be followed on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yourquizmaster. I follow back, and welcome Pub Quiz question topic suggestions. Finally, I send out a weekly Pub Quiz Newsletter that brims with hints and insights. Everyone on the mailing list receives a copy, and you can also find it appearing each week as blog entries on the http://www.yourquizmaster.com web site.

I’m really grateful to be working with a Pub that values social media, outreach, and engagement as I do. I look forward to seeing all of you at the de Vere’s Pub Quiz!

Sneak Peek: Pics from Inside de Vere's Davis!

We're working fast and furious for our grand opening on the 14th, and things are coming along great! (By the way, have you signed up for one of our pre-opening events next week? Here's the link: http://www.eventbrite.com/org/887935341) In the meantime, here's an exclusive look inside, as of this morning. Who's excited?!

Main bar, build in Ireland and shipped across the Atlantic.

 

The "family" room...with a tribute to Terence de Vere White, an acclaimed writer and our grandfather.

 

The back room, fully equipped with a flat screen TV (not shown) for meetings and presentations. Distressed leather couches were made in Ireland, too!

 

The "Old World" room, featuring distressed flooring and lots of history on the walls.

de Vere's To Open in Davis

"The owners of de Vere's Irish Pub have announced that a Davis location for their popular watering hole will open in September.

A lease was signed in March for a 4,800 square foot space at 217 E St. in downtown Davis, a space formerly occupied by Soga's restaurant. Like its downtown Sacramento location, the Davis branch of de Vere's will focus on Irish-themed drinks and decor, and a menu that includes house-made bacon, blood sausages and other pub fare. The Davis location will be about 1,000 square feet larger than its Sacramento pub, and includes a wraparound patio.

Co-owner Henry de Vere White, who once ran a college pub in Seattle, feels confident that Davis is a good fit for his Irish pub.

"We love the food movement out there and just relate well to the area," said de Vere White. "We're going to cater to the Davis community as a whole, from the professors and college students to those with families and kid-friendly brunches. We want locals to come in and have a pint and have a nice change of pace."

de Vere signed a 10-year lease for the space with two five year options. The pub will be neighbors with a variety of other watering holes and restaurants, including Cafe Bernardo and Burgers and Brew, and officials with the City of Davis' Economic Development Department are encouraged with the news about de Vere's coming to town.

"Davis prides itself in its range of dining and beverage establishments," said Katherine Hess, Community Development Department Administrator. "We've heard a lot of comments that people would like to see something that's not Thai food and pizza, so this is encouraging. We want a wide variety of restaurants for visitors and residents alike."

Remodeling the space is underway and the de Vere family plans to travel to Ireland to pick up decorative items for the pub. de Vere's has hired architects both in Ireland and locally to complete the project.

"Pub life is more than just having a bar," said de Vere White. "We want the college students to come back on a road trip later in life and remember de Vere's as a place where they formed friendships.""

Article by: Chris Macias Read more: http://blogs.sacbee.com/dining/archives/2011/04/de-veres-irish.html#ixzz1IfQKkX5O