We all had a great time celebrating the safe return of the Delta Company and Wolfy from Iraq. The food was great and the band was awesome. The dance floor was full from the time the band started until they quit. One of the guys couldn't join us and he was sorely missed. He missed one heck of a party. We might have to plan another one just so he can participate. Some of these guys were on their third tour. We're hoping they are all home to stay. They served their country well. Remember our troops. They are spending their holidays stuck in the desert fighting for our country. Pray for them and send Christmas cards. Be there for the family members who are missing their loved ones. God Bless them all and God Bless America.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
We look forward to seeing your smiling faces and hearing your beautiful voices.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Thanks to the Boozefighters we enjoyed the 4th of July weekend despite the loss of revenue we experienced because of the cancellation of the rally. I am so thankful for our pals. They mean more to us at Johnny’s than I can say. We started seeing the green and white shirts and vests on Thursday July 2nd. By Friday morning the bar was full of Boozefighters enjoying the chicken fried steak and eggs smothered in country gravy. Wind and Fire, a motorcycle club comprised of fire fighters also enjoyed the camaraderie, spicy Bloody Marys and good food. So many of the wonderful bikers I spoke with told me that as far as they are concerned Hollister is and always will be a tradition.
Friday night Los High Tops rocked the house. There was a lot of dancing going on and a great time was had by all. Those smart Boozefighters had vans with designated drivers to take them to and from Johnny’s and Bolado Park so they wouldn’t have to worry about drinking and driving.
Saturday started off with another busy breakfast. In the afternoon I noticed that we had quite a gathering of Boozefighters on the patio so I went to check it out. To my surprise they called me to join Snowman at Wino Willie’s monument and presented me with a trophy. Every year the group bestows a replica of the trophy that Johnny “Marlon Brando” won in the movie the Wild Ones to someone that has meant a lot to them. I was surprised and overwhelmed. Saturday night the BF’s had a band playing at Bolado so we had a quiet evening. As soon as it got dark we had our own fireworks show in the ally next to the bar. It was fun but when it was over I realized we were having the quietest July 4th that I can remember, with the exception of 2006.
Sunday the Northern California Chapter set up camp again with their Custom Springer Softtail on a trailer in front of the bar.
Our good friend Steamer from the local
The Softtail was supposed to be raffled off at . Because ticket sales had been so successful and our BF’s were real tired it was drawn at . Dago, the only original Boozette I know, pulled the winning ticket. She was hoping it was hers and I was hoping it was mine but the lucky winner was Andy Anderson of
Charisse Tyson (owner Johnny’s Bar & Grill)
Monday, July 13, 2009
Charisse is live at www.roadshowmagazine.com/podcast
Listen to this great interview conducted by Rupert Piston of Cartoon Thunder, on June 30th - just before the 4th of July weekend. And get the straight scoop from Charisse about the rally, the City and some good ol' history, too!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The following is a Letter to the Editor at The Pinnacle Newspaper, a local Hollister publication.
Without A Rally Will We See A Repeat of 2006
A reporter for one of our local papers came by Johnny’s to ask me about the fourth of July but I was out. He didn’t miss anything because I decided after my last interview that I would never do another one. I have been misquoted or have my words taken out of context. If my opinion matters at all I’d like to give it in my own words. I thankfully have a historic business that the Boozefighters and many other bikers will make the pilgrimage to, rally or no rally. What about the other businesses? The gas stations, hotels, grocery stores and many others that will feel the sting of the loss of the only event in Hollister that drew upwards of a hundred thousand visitors in a three day period, all those wonderful people with plenty of money to spend in our town. Some one per center motorcycle clubs showed up too. Does one percent mean the same thing to you that it does to me? What about the other 99%? Our police chief has used fear tactics for years to convince our city council members and city manager that he must spend close to $120,000.00 a day for law enforcement for our three day event. The two factions that he is most concerned about live right here in each others own back yards 365 days a year. They have no reason to wait until our motorcycle rally to have a clash. Common sense says that it would not be wise on their part. Law enforcement costs for the rally weekend have put it out of business. I don’t blame Chief Miller. He is doing what he honestly believes in his heart is necessary. If the cities safety was my responsibility and you gave me a blank check and said the sky’s the limit I’d probably go a little overboard myself.
You would think just one of our five elected council members would have the gumption to do a little research, look at the track record and dissect the law enforcement bill to figure out where cutbacks could be implemented. What about the helicopter that flies over head multiple times a day and night? Is that really necessary? I wonder how much it costs tax payers every time the helicopter leaves the pad. I’m surprised so many down town residents are supportive of the rally considering what they have to put up with. Why not send the helicopter out once a day for a head count and have it on stand by for an emergency. I will never be convinced that the reason we have not had any violent altercations during any of our rallies is because of the outlandish expenditures on law enforcement for the event. I have had the privilege of visiting with a lot of these dedicated officers and they are bored to tears. They don’t even understand why so many of them are here.
I believe that our city council has finally done it. They have finally killed the rally. The only city council member that ever went out of his way to save it was Robert Scattini. I also believe that he was the only council member with the business sense to see what the rally means to Hollister. He initiated putting together the 2006-2007 Hollister Motorcycle Rally Committee that I chaired and he was a dedicated member. It was the first time that the rally did not lose money in three years. It didn’t make a lot of money either. We had a dedicated promoter and many wonderful volunteers that helped to pull it off despite the huge law enforcement costs. It was a daunting task. The committee gave oversight on all issues and helped Horsepower Promotions make the 2007 rally a successful one. The committee stepped aside and let the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce take our place for the 2008 rally. That did not go real well. The Chamber was not aware of what they were getting into and they never called upon the many volunteers waiting to help. The Chamber was overwhelmed and uninformed and the rally died.
For the rally to work a few things would have to take place. The Hollister Downtown Association, San Benito County Chamber of Commerce and our city would have to get together and work hard with help from an experienced promoter. Our council would have to come up with a reasonable law enforcement budget. (No promoter is going to get involved in a rally if they are expected to hand over $350,000.00 for law enforcement costs.) The council came up with this figure not taking into consideration the money that is brought in from business licenses, permit fees and sales tax. Not to mention our entire economy being stimulated. Wake up please!
With that said I’m praying that we will not have a repeat of 2006. That was last time the city council canceled the rally. The CHP was called in to see to it that bikers and motorists alike did not want to venture out onto our streets or highways for fear of being ticketed for any minor infraction. Even bicyclists were ticketed all over town. Rumor has it, and I wouldn’t know for sure since no investigative reporting was done on the subject, that over eleven hundred tickets were doled out that weekend. I talked to numerous people that were sited for everything from not putting both feet down at a stop, something that would not get a second glance on June fourth, to having regulation tinted windows believed to be too dark. They beat those tickets. I would not be at all surprised to find that the city lost money on the citations given out that weekend because most were found to be ungrounded. Our courts were bogged down with cases that were dismissed. That might be another subject worthy of investigation.
On Friday June 30th (the Fourth of July fell on a Tuesday) I started out having a wonderful day. I thought, “Great! Just as I thought, people are going to show up anyway.” By in the afternoon the word was out. Don’t go to Hollister. There are more cops there than civilians and they are ticketing everyone. People in their own driveways who started their engine before putting on their seat belts were not exempt to the tyranny. It was a total embarrassment to me as a citizen of this fair city. Did I say fair? Maybe not. The bar phone started ringing off the hook. People from
Yours truly, Charisse Tyson
Saturday, June 6, 2009
In the midst of our preparations for what promises to be a ROCKIN' 4th of July weekend this year, we wanted to reach out to all you bikers and enthusiasts and hear your comments about what is, and is not, officially happening this year in Hollister.
What about the City's "de-sanctioning" (a term we've heard around town) of this year's motorcycle rally?
How do the folks who have attended the previous years' rallies feel about it? And of course there are the local people - residents and businesses - what does it mean for them?
Are your friends and fellow bikers talking about this?
Could this year signal a return to a more traditional way of recognizing and celebrating the birthplace of the American biker - Where It All Began?!
After all, people are still going to be coming to downtown Hollister, and people are still looking for alternatives like the Gypsy Tour Motorcycle Classic at Bolado Park for places to enjoy their time, spend their money and have fun!
We'll have more information for you as the weekend draws closer. And we would sure like to hear your opinion.
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Thought you might like this little poem I wrote and posted on facebook :)
Based on a weekly ordeal Cathy and I face every week...to go...or not to go. haha!!! And then the never easy decision..WHAT to wear!
Thought you might enjoy it.
"Johnny's Hollister Idol"
Karaoke, gawkers, dancers, drinkers singles on the hunt...
Some of Hollisters finest are hanging around out front...
A place indeed where everyone knows your name..
You might wonder why we head there, Thus goes our game.......
While you are in the shower put your voice to the test...
Do your hair and your makeup...Oh, forget about the rest.
Try on a million shirts amid the shrieks and screams...
Grab your dancin' shoes and your fave pair of jeans.
Drive across town to meet all your karaoke buds,
Enjoying a glass of wine or a beer with lottsa suds.
We dance and sing to songs we haven't heard in years.
We seem to HEAR good when we SING all those beers...
Karaoke @ Johnny's the way to end a long week
Dance, relaxing and laughing is exactly what we seek.
Cowboys, Bikers and Hollister girls sing their favorite tune,
A bunch of crazy "Johnny Idols" just howling at the moon...
See ya there..or BE Square :)))
Don't know the way?..Follow the topless mitsibishi with the C.ville pumpkin bumper sticker!! That will be me and Cathy en route!!!! Come see what all the fuss is about ...lol.
May 14, 2009
We at Johnny's, without a doubt, adore our people!
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
On Saturday April 4th the Monterey Viejo chapter of E Clampus Vitus erected a historical monument to honor "Wino" Willie Folkner. If you don't know who he was you are either real new to the biker community or you've been hiding under a rock. We had a real good time with our Clamper pals and the Boozefighters that showed up to witness the occasion. It was a real interesting procedure to witness.
I will have all of the details for you after the dedication this Saturday April 11th. I enjoyed my visit with Terry, Wino's daughter most of all. She had so many great stories to share. One day I'll pick her brain and we'll write a book together. Come on down Saturday for a roaring good time with lots of Boozefighters and Clampers, there's a wild combo. There will be plenty of ice cold beer, a great BBQ and lots of photo opportunities. You won't want to miss this party.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Sorry some of the pics are taking so long just really busy here. Wolfy has been all over from Wisconsin,Maine,Illinois, Ireland to Kuwait. Here in Iraq Wolfy has been running patrols in Tikrit,Kirkuk,Mosul,Balad,Bahji,Tahji,Ramadi,and Falluja.. Wolfy is doing well and is our good luck charm. We have survived GUN FIRE,RPG, and IED attacks from the insurgents. Wolfy is now a combat vet.. All the guys are doing well and hang in here just counting down to go home to our families. We are all sad to here about BUD MAN our prays go out to his family. I will send more when I get a chance the Internet here is really slow and takes forever to attach pics to the emails. Thanks for letting us use him. Hope to be home soon to have a beer with all of you guys a Johnny's."