Family History Infuses an Irish Flare into Neville Gardner’s Story

“Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. “Be Still” they say. Watch and Listen you are the result of the love of thousands” -unkonwn

Neville Gardner grew up in Northern Ireland, in the village of Lambeg in County Antrim (10 miles from Belfast) where the influence of both Irish and Scottish cultures, cuisine and humour were fairly equal, it’s appropriate that his pub and restaurant would reflect this upbringing and background. Based on his family’s history and their untold story, he opened Granny McCarthy’s Tea Room and bakery back in 1997 to share the hospitality, foods and culture that he grew up with. 


For almost 15 years, the Cafe grew from a Bakery & Tea Room into a restaurant — minus the alcohol — following trends of great cafes like Betty’s Tea Room in Harrowgate in Northern England and the Avoca Cafe in Ireland.

Any guest or visitor to my house in Lambeg, County Antrim, had to be served a pot of tea and some kind of home baked treat. My Granny McCarthy, who did a lot of my rearing, made sure I knew the proper way to make the tea, said Neville.


He was accustomed to providing hospitality (even at an early age) to anybody who came to his house. The origins of hospitality and recipes used at Granny McCarthy’s came from my upbringing, baking, and the personalities of my Mother and Grandmother — all the lessons and priorities I learned from my family.

In 2013, McCarthy’s morphed into McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar — adding the Red Stag emblem from the McCarthy Coat of Arms to the name. The name change indicated our intention to keep our customers’ favourites, but we also had a vision to significantly expand our offerings.  We created our menu to become that of a true British Isles style Gastro Pub and Restaurant  — retaining the best qualities of the original Granny McCarthy’s Restaurant while adding more great family favourites and dishes inspired by Irish and Scottish cuisines.  The evolution is a unique blend of pub and restaurant with the desserts, breads and teas of a traditional Irish Tea Room in the space of a great destination — complemented by an amazing collection of whiskey, beer, and cocktails. Slainte!


In this podcast, Neville discusses how his family history and untold story paved the way for his now successful store on Main St in Bethlehem PA, Donegal Square as well as the wildly famous Red Stag Pub.

How the Arts and Legal Blend Together to Create a Great Judge

“The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing.” –Caroline Kennedy

The current struggle over how best to select the members of the state and federal judiciaries began in the debates leading to the adoption of the United States Constitution in 1787, continued as more states joined the union in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and is still going strong. The main elements of the controversy have not varied, and the question posed has remained the same: Is it more appropriate in a constitutional republic supposedly governed by the rule of law to have judges appointed by an executive or elected by the people?

In this podcast we have the distinct honor to speak with newly elected Judge Nick Englesson who presides over District Court in Bethlehem, PA Northampton County.

Nick mastered his story and brought it to the people of his district. The value of having the right message and one that resonates with your audience is critical to any election.

In addition to messaging Judge Englesson also has the top five qualities needed in a judge.

Judicial Temperament:  This character trait encompasses both the ability to apply the law to the facts and to understand how a judicial decision will affect the human beings appearing before the court.  It is the ability to communicate with counsel, jurors, witnesses and parties calmly and courteously, as well as the willingness to listen to and consider what is said on all sides of a debatable proposition.

 Intelligence:  This is the ability to know and apply legal rules, analyses and procedures to different facts and circumstances, and the ability quickly to perceive, comprehend, and understand new concepts and ideas.

 Ethics:  There should be no doubt about an applicant’s personal or professional ethics.

Courage and Integrity:  Legal “Courage” is “the willingness to do what the law requires the judge to do even though the course the judge must follow is not the popular one”.  “Integrity” is not being influenced by the identity, race, gender, political status, wealth or relationship of the party or lawyer before the judge.  More basically it is not doing what the judge knows to be wrong.  A judicial applicant should possess both courage and integrity.

Join us and listen to Nick’s story on how the arts and legal can work together.  This is a fascinating conversation please enjoy

How An Actor Prepares

“You can kill the King without a sword, and you can light the fire without a match. What needs to burn is your imagination.” ― Konstantin Stanislavski

This week Jon Shaver, famous award-winning New York City actor recently seen in NBC’s TV Series Gotham and also on Madam Secretary, Elementary, The Good Wife, 30 Rock, and in Movies such as Men in Black 3 and Delayed see more here: ( joins us to discuss his three key steps to mastering the characters story.

Jon Shaver in a scene from “Gotham”

An actor’s life is one of continually mastering the stories of others. Have you ever been at a party and across the room you see that one person who just seems to gather everyone’s attention. It would most likely be a person who has a grasp of mastering their own story and can grasp others stories.

As an actor you are involved in unending research, self-exploration, character development and understanding the big picture and how your character fits in to it. The goal of any actor from first reading to final performance is to develop that characters ability to be part of the story. Fully inhabiting the mind, mannerisms, and reality of a fictional character can be as alienating as it is rewarding. In this week’s “Master Your Story” edition Jon takes us through the top three questions you need to ask when becoming a character.