Posts tagged ‘Pennsylvania’

November 17, 2011

Sing Like No One is Listening!

Tricia Nolan owner of Trisha’s Tunes Karaoke.

Tricia has been singing in bars for years, however, long before her DJ business even existed, she was a real estate appraiser.  Tricia Nolan has always been an entrepreneur, but when the recession hit, the housing market took a toll, and Tricia could see a decline in her real estate business.

“I thought, what else can I do?  What else do I know how to do except sing and I don’t wanna be in a band so…I started my own karaoke business,” Nolan said.

Little by little, Nolan purchased DJ equipment, and began building her karaoke business.  She collected most of her karaoke songs from a good friend, who at the time, already had a karaoke business.  A tremendous amount of time and effort went into putting song books together and calling around bars and clubs for gigs to get her business started.

One of her first gigs was at a restaurant/bar in Eldersburg, MD., called Luna Rosas.  As the pieces started falling into place, Nolan began booking more gigs, and she eventually purchased a laptop.  After going digital with her karaoke music, Nolan said goodbye to her CD’s and CDG’s.  For the past three years, Tricia’s Tunes Karaoke has made a name for itself, gathering quite a crowd of karaoke singers.  Nolan has sung karaoke in Hawaii, NJ., Conn., Ocean City, and even in Alcapoko, Mexico.

Tricia’s Tunes at Luna Rosas.

“I won a contest in Mexico,” Nolan said.

Nolan had won second place in Mexico at a karaoke contest.  She has also performed with bands, including the popular Florida rock band, The Joe Cullutti Band, at Lou’s Blues in Melbourne Beach, FL.  Nolan has even traveled as far as Nashville, TN., to try her luck in the Music City.

Lou’s Blues in Melbourne Beach, Fl.

Nolan’s warm smile and charismatic personality has won over a huge fan base of karaoke-goers in Carroll County, MD. and Hanover, PA.  Her routine gigs include the Moose in Reiserstown, MD., The Colosseum in Hanover, PA., The Eagles in Littlestown, PA., and in the summertime, she performs at a kids day camp in Carroll County, MD.  Nolan DJ’s at weddings and private parties.  She also does trivia shows;  including fun questions and trivial games that can be played for prizes.

Nolan’s latest and most exciting DJ gig is the Colosseum in PA.  The bar is holding a karaoke contest with a prize of one-hundred dollars for first place, and a 50 dollar prize for second.  The karaoke contest starts at 9 p.m. and runs till 1 a.m. every Wednesday night.  The contest runs for ten weeks, where the owner and bartender of the restaurant will pick two contestants each night, to compete in the finals.

Tricia and Friends.

Tricia Nolan’s husband, James, is also a musician.  His band, “Night Fall,” plays modern to classic rock, and Top-40 Hits.  “Night Fall” performs out  in the Baltimore County area.  Some have their gigs have included Belisimo’s in Finksburg, MD. and The Moose in Reiserstown, MD.

Nolan is a people person and loves what she does.  You will always see her smiling, and may always catch her singing a tune, whether it be at the gym, on a car ride to Nashville, or in her house practising some new karaoke songs!  Tricia and I have been singing together since I was 18-years-old, and I’m sure we will be singing for a long time.  Our next adventure will be singing karaoke in Vegas and California!

October 14, 2011

Why Pennsylvania Hall at Gettysburg College is Haunted!

Gettysburg College

In a previous post, I listed the top ten most haunted places in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Hall at Gettysburg College being one of them.  See, some people may not know that Pennsylvania Hall was once referred to as “Old Dorm” and was used as a hospital to aide wounded soldiers during the Civil War.

The Cupola located atop the hall was also used as a look-out post by soldiers during the war; it was even said that General Lee used this post to see who was coming.  The Hall was constructed in 1838, one of the college’s first buildings which now serves as the administrative office.

Legend has it that a ghost of a Civil War soldier appears to unexpected students on campus atop the Cupola at Pennsylvania Hall.  It is even said that he is seen aiming his rifle at students down below on ground.  Students alarmed campus security of a gunman hiding out on campus.  When security further investigated the claims, they came to find that the hall was locked and nobody was up there according to Gettysburg campus security.

Author Mark Nesbitt wrote a book telling a story about two Gettysburg College administrators where working late one night in Pennsylvania Hall when they decided to call it an evening.  The two men took the elevator down to the main floor, but instead of the elevator stopping when they reached the first floor, it continued down into the basement.

When the doors opened, the men couldn’t believe their eyes.  The basement was filled with doctors and orderlies working on wounded soldiers.  Amputated limbs and body parts were piled up in the corner of the room.

The two men both began to panic as they pounded the elevator buttons to shut the door.  When the elevator start to work again, it brought them back up to the first floor.  The two men immediately went to campus security to tell them what they has just witnessed.  The guard on duty ran straight to the building, thinking it was a Fraternity prank.  When he got to the basement, there was nobody there.