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avor a lazy morning in the most luxurious featherbed you’ll never want to get out of, snuggle into one of our cozy bathrobes, enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee on our veranda and permit a gracious staff member to indulge your every request. Included in your stay is a morning feast we nicknamed the Innkeeper’s Breakfast.

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August 17, the Hella Good Party Band brings you the radical hits of the 1980s! This high-energy six-piece act dresses the part and will get you on the dance floor with those totally tubular tunes we all remember from that colorful decade. Still have your white jacket,Vans, and Miami Vice pastels? Ready to tease up your hair and wear every necklace in your jewelry box? You’ll have a great time grooving to the music of Prince, Asia, Billy Idol, Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, and many more.

Return to the 60s Summer of Love on July 20 and dance to the hit tunes of that truly groovy era! This group moves from the harmonies and costumes of the earlier part of the decade, through the English Mod look and sound and Motown’s soulful songs, to finish with a flashback to the Summer of Love itself. From San Francisco’s psychedelic Haight-Ashbury to the muddy meadows of Woodstock, the feel-good music of peace and love had us all dancing to the groove, whether young or old.

SEPTEMBER 14 ROB ELY IS ELVIS

As the grand finale to the 2013 season, Elvis returns on September 14! California’s own Rob Ely performs two sets; the first a revue of where it all began with a young 1950s Elvis Presley, and the second set focusing on his 1968 black leather “comeback” tour. Ely has made numerous television appearances and won multiple performance awards, including “Best Elvis” at Thunder Valley Casino in January 2013, and is the “Elvis of choice” for the Oakland A’s baseball team. He’s so accurate, that many of his contest entries have even been sponsored by the one and only Elvis Presley Enterprises/Graceland.

All shows start at 8:00 PM, and dinner service begins at 5:30. Ticket prices vary by show. For more information about the Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret or to make reservations, contact The Groveland Hotel at 209.962.4000 or toll free at 800.273.3314, email us at guestservices@groveland.com. The Groveland Hotel 18767 Main Street Groveland, CA 95321 209.962.4000 800.273.3314 www.groveland.com www.yosemite120gateway.com


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LILLASKOG LODGE

Looking for lodging in Gold Country has never been easier for your family! Whether it’s a historic hotel, a quaint B & B, a rustic mountain cabin, camping or in an RV, Tuolumne County has a wide assortment of accommodations to choose from. Find the best ideas in romantic getaways, family vacations, campgrounds and RV parks. yosemitegoldcountry.com

27557 Packard Canyon Road, 209-962-1818 American comfort with European flair! Lovely 6 Bedroom Bed & Breakfast atop private forest - minutes from Yosemite - 5000 SF Lodge has views of Yosemite’s snow capped peaks. Guest BBQ’s & Picnic Area. Pet Friendly! www.lillaskogyosemite.com

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RE/MAX YOSEMITE GOLD & YOSEMITE GOLD VACATIONS

18688 Main St-Highway 120 (209) 962-7180 Your Mountain Dream...Above the Crowd. 65 Privately Owned Vacation Rentals. Choose from a Quaint Cabin to a Luxury Lakefront Home. While staying with Yosemite Gold Vacations in Pine Mountain Lake; Choose to be private or outgoing... With any of the: 3 beaches, boat rentals, a pool, fishing, tennis courts, championship golf course, hiking, and horseback riding; yosemitegold@goldrush.com yosemitegoldvacations.com

OSO HOSTEL

THE GROVELAND HOTEL

18767 Main Street (209) 962-4000 Relish your Yosemite adventure and leave the details to us. Savor a lazy morning in the most luxurious featherbed you’ll never want to get out of! Our room rates vary in price from $145 to $285. Each unique Victorian-style room includes a private bath, TV, free high-speed, wireless Internet access, telephone/voice mail, down comforters, European antiques, a coffee grinder and brewer, a CD player and an alarm clock. guestservices@groveland.com groveland.com

18605 Main Street PO Box 93 (209) 962-0365 Oso Hostel offers inexpensive dorm style rooms, as well as affordable private rooms and has suites too. Clean and comfortable, with free WIFI, the hostel also has a Bistro next door serving breakfast, lunch and dinner where you can enjoy a cold one with friends after a day at Yosemite. Free WIFI, and bike rentals too, right in the heart of Goldrush, a special town where your business is important! manager@osohostel.com osohostel.com

YOSEMITE PINES RV RESORT & FAMILY LODGING

20450 Old Highway 120 (209) 962-7690 Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging provides some of the finest Yosemite Camping in the area, located a beautiful 30 minute drive from the gates of Yosemite National Park! Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging in Groveland, California is the park that offers the vacationer affordable lodging choices when looking for the best options for Yosemite camping. yosemitepinesrv@yosemitepinesrv.com yosemitepinesrv.com

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HOTEL CHARLOTTE

18736 Main Street (209) 962-6455 Come experience a wonderful escape at the Boutique Hotel Charlotte, located at the gateway to Yosemite. Enjoy the rustic quirks of an old west, historic boutique hotel coupled with a wonderfully inviting ambiance and stellar service that will leave you wanting more. hotelcharlotte.com stay@hotelcharlotte.com

22307 Ferretti Road (209) 962-0863 A beautiful meadow, rural setting, and quiet surroundings are the location for this two room mountain hideaway. Just east of Groveland, the ranch is 20 miles from Yosemite’s entrance. Enjoy a full breakfast featuring farm fresh eggs, and explore the many wonders of this 50 acre paradise. Animal lovers will enjoy a visit to the barn, complete with horses and chickens! www.red-tail-ranch.com deborah@red-tail-ranch.com

YOSEMITE RIDGE RESORT

7589 Hwy. 120 (209) 962-6877 Only 12 miles to the west gate of Yosemite. We feature family cabins, camping cabins, full hookup RV sites and garden cottages. General store, restaurant, showers, gasoline and propane all on site! yosemitejoe@bigvalley.net yosemiteridge.com

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efresh yourself with views of sparkling lakes, Yosemite peaks, clear blue skies, or the magnificent Tuolumne River Canyon.

At 2800 foot elevation, Groveland gets plenty of sunshine and fresh cedarscented air to enjoy hiking or fishing. Meet at the beach for a swim or sunset barbecue, or go trail riding at the Equestrian Center. Play 18 holes of championship golf in the pines, or tennis at one of 6 courts. Choose to be private or outgoing– wander a ferny streamside path in solitude, or greet folks along the boardwalk in town. It’s a perfect place to rent a vacation home away from the traffic, smog, and stress. YosemiteGoldVacations.com Rentals toll free: (877) 962-7180 PineMtnLake.com Sales toll free: (888) 962-4080

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fresh fish, pasta, melt-inyour-mouth steaks and daily specials, all created with fresh seasonal ingredients.

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ocated in the heart of Downtown Groveland, Precision Optics offers high-quality eyewear at an affordable price, with thousands of designer frames and sunglasses from which to choose. Simply bring in your prescription and pay 40%60% less than you might at your doctor’s office. Precision Optics also has a large selection of non-prescription fashion and sport sunglasses. Stacy Hancock, owner and licensed Optician, has over 20 years experience in her field. She offers all the newest technologies and prides herself on friendly customer service. Insurance is welcomed. WANT FREE GLASSES? Host an Eyewear Party! Stacy will come to your home or office with hundreds of frames and sunglasses from which to choose. Enjoy a unique eyewear experience with your friends and family, while earning yourself free glasses. Contact Stacy for more details.

Precision Optics 18729 Hwy 120, Unit A Groveland, CA 95321 (209)962-1972 stacysglasses@aol.com

11892 Ponderosa Lane Groveland (209) 962-7777 Breakfast served all day Sunday with Eggs Benedict & Blueberry Pancakes. A small family-run restaurant voted Best Breakfast & Lunch in Groveland.

7647 CA-120 Groveland (209) 962-5181 Relax and enjoy your meal at Buck Meadows Restaurant and Bar - we will make it memorable for you! We know that our quality, home style, DORI’S TEA COTTAGE large portions and reason18744 Main St. able prices will continue the Groveland tradition started in 1874 of (209) 962-5300 making Buck Meadows a favorite “Stage Stop” for many Dori’s Tea Cottage offers an a hungry traveler, as well as English-style tea luncheon, the local loggers and miners. more than 60 teas and lunches-to-go, plus wine and chamCHARLOTTE BISTRO & BAR pagne. Our boutique features AT HOTEL CHARLOTTE a unique selection of teas, tea 18736 Main Street accessories and unique gifts. Groveland THE GRILL (209) 962-6455 AT PINE MOUNTAIN LAKE Truly superb steaks, delicious 19228 Pine Mountain Dr. pastas, many chicken favorGroveland ites and unique daily specials (209) 962-8600 along with homemade desOur 16,000 square foot restauserts. Using the freshest inrant and lounge overlooks the gredients, locally grown when Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course possible, and all homemade. with majestic views of YosemWe offer menu selections for ite’s peaks. The outside deck kids, vegetarians and vegans is perfect for outdoor dining, and have our full menu online for mouth-watering browsing. cocktails or your special function. Guests enjoy live music CELLAR DOOR RESTAURANT while dining on most Saturday AT THE GROVELAND HOTEL nights. Come in for our Satur18767 Main Street day Champagne Brunch. Groveland IRON DOOR (209) 962-4000 SALOON GRILL Savor incredible California18763 Main Street fresh cuisine, select from localGroveland ly brewed beers and hundreds (209) 962-8904 of wine labels and delight in a delectable dessert while reliv- Reputed to be the oldest coning your Yosemite adventure. tinuously operating saloon in New Menu, new Prices, offer- California, the Iron Door is a ing daily specials. Our menu tourist attraction in and of choices include crisp salads, itself. The Grill’s dining room

is located in a separate room from the bar, the Grill serves up casual food such as steaks, burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

MOUNTAIN SAGE CAFE & COFFEE

18653 Main Street Groveland (209) 962-4686 Full service coffee bar with organic espresso & teas. We have smoothies, milkshakes & juices. We serve a light breakfast fare including bagel sandwiches, breakfast wraps & quiche. All using local, organic vegetables. We have an array of locally made baked goodies, some are wheat & gluten free. We have an internet cafe offering free Wi-Fi. Local honey,spices & olive oils.

PIZZA FACTORY

18583 Main Street Groveland (209) 962-7757 Come join us for great food and a fantastic family environment! All our pizzas are made with fresh ingredients and our dough is hand spun! We also have a great arcade and a meeting room for your enjoyment. Book your birthday parties here.

PJ’S CAFE & PIZZERIA

18986 Main Street Groveland (209)962-7501 We’re a family restaurant serving locals and tourists with a mind on great family dining that won’t break your budget. Our menu ranges from salad to prime rib to pizza.

TWO GUYS PIZZA PIES

18955 Ferretti Rd Groveland (209) 962-4897 Dine in or have it delivered. Video Games, Subs, Salads, Pizza, Patio Dining, Pasta, Ice Cream, Calzones, Beer and Wine.

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This publication is proud to promote the Yosemite Conservancy and their celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Yosemite Grant. Please support their effort to preserve this Natural Treasure and its legacy for generations to come. Over the next 18 months, in this and future issues of both Discover Groveland and Explore Sonora Magazines, we will offer articles of interest and celebration of Yosemite National Park. CONCEPT, DESIGN & PRODUCTION Paul Bell ADVERTISING SALES Paul Bell Yosemite Chamber of Commerce REGIONAL ADVERTISING SALES REAL ESTATE ADVERTISING SALES Paul Pieretti, Lakeside Marketing 209.962.4143 EDITORIAL & PHOTOGRAPHS CONTRIBUTORS Paul Bell John DeGrazio Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Groveland Community Services District Yosemite Chamber of Commerce Carolyn Botell Yosemite Conservancy Marcus Berg The Groveland Hotel Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau COVER PHOTOGRAPH River Rafting on the Tuolumne River. Photo courtesy O.A.R.S./www.oars.com DISCOVER GROVELAND is a joint publication of The Sonora Chamber of Commerce and Paul Bell l Marketing Solutions, supported by sponsors and advertisers in an ongoing effort to promote Groveland and Tuolumne County. Every effort has been made to ensure that all information contained herein is accurate at the time of publication, but neither entity assumes any responsibility for errors, omissions and changes.

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The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization representing the business community of Tuolumne County. The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to raising the awareness of Tuolumne County through tourism,. and markets the area as a tourism destination. Background photograph: Jack Kelley of San Jose, Ca., circa 1925, stands proudly on “Overhanging Rock, Glacier Point” Yosemite National Park.

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2 YOSEMITE COURTYARD CABARET The Groveland Hotel Presents a wonderful array of musical and staged entertainment with their 2013 Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret 3 YEAR-ROUND LODGING GUIDE Groveland and the surrounding area is a great place for just a one-night escape or for the entire summer, fall or winter. 4 GROVELAND LIFE Eye of the Beholder/Precision Optical, Groveland area Dining Guide. 6 - 7 GROVELAND LIFE Groveland’s History, Firefall Coffee Roasting, Dori’s Tea House and Red Tail Ranch 7 WHAT TO DO GUIDE Discover Yosemite’s Waterfalls during the peak season. 8 GROVELAND LIVE Step back in time (1864-1940) with two very unique events: Vintage Day with Ginger and the Hoosier Daddys and Way Out West 1864. 9 - 10 GROVELAND LIFE Explore some special interest discoveries 11 WHAT TO DO GUIDE Experience every kind of adventure in Tuolumne County: Adventureland! Whatever keeps you and your family moving around Yosemite National Park and the region’s mystical Tuolumne River. 12 GROVELAND LIVE There’s always Music on the Mountain during the spring and summer in Groveland, but we can’t list it ALL! 13 COMMUNITY EVENTS There’s always something happening in Groveland...don’t let this friendly little town fool you. If it’s happening, it’s happening in Groveland! 14 WILD & MILD ADVENTURES Discover two secret jewels of the area: Rainbow Pool and Carlon Falls. 15 THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE 16 MOUNTAIN SAGE What’s not happening at Mountain Sage? 17 - 20 DISCOVER YOSEMITE & THE GOLD COUNTRY Tuolumne County Transit and the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) are partnering to provide service to Yosemite National Park from May to September. Please see the supplement in the centerfold of this magazine. The Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau invites you to Discover Yosemite Gold Country this year!

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n 2014 Yosemite celebrates its Sesquicentennial anniversary – 150 years ago Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove became the first public parkland the federal government had ever set aside, with President Lincoln declaring, “upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort and recreation.” Upcoming celebrations include events and programs that encourage all visitors to participate in and appreciate the birth of the national park “idea.” This iconic valley in California was central in shaping the idea of National Parks in the United States and around the world. Celebrations will include visitor events, an art exhibit, a documentary, as well as a commemorative book and stamp. For Yosemite Conservancy, whose legacy includes the Yosemite Museum Association (founded in 1923) to support the park, this anniversary captures the spirit of much of our work –protecting and preserving this magnificent place for future generations while enriching the visitor experience.

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stablished as mining camps in 1852, Groveland and the nearby town of Big Oak Flat were once thriving California Gold Rush towns. After the decline in gold production, the historic town of Groveland made its mark offering hospitality to weary travelers coming to and from Yosemite National Park. Located only 26 miles from the northern entrance to the Park on Highway 120, today Groveland is the most convenient gateway for tourists coming from the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Stockton, or Modesto. Although Groveland boasts a population of approximately 3,000 full-time residents, this number often triples during the summer months. Visitors are attracted to both the magnificent beauty of this area, as well as the many recreational opportunities offered nearby. This quiet hilltop community has managed to retain much of its old west charm, and still boasts the oldest continuously operating saloon in California.Travelers enjoy playing golf at Pine Mountain Lake’s 18-hole golf course, taking in the sun at one of the numerous recreational lakes nearby, fishing, hiking, and of course sightseeing. Please visit www.gcsd.org/community.html

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t 9:00 each evening in Camp Curry, the crowd which had gathered for the nightly campfire program, would fall silent. A man would call out to the top of Glacier Point “Let the Fire Fall!” A faint reply could be heard from the top of the mountain. Then a great bonfire of red fir bark would be pushed evenly over the edge of the cliff, appearing to the onlookers below as a glowing waterfall of sparks and fire.

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The spectacle was the Yosemite Fire Fall, a nightly tradition in Yosemite National Park for some 88 years. When we were trying to come up with a clever name for our new coffee roasting adventure, we reached out to the town and had a contest to see who could come up with the best name.

Café: Open daily 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Until 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Tea Room: Lunch served 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (closed Tuesday). Reservations recommended. Dori’s Tea Cottage & Café 18744 Main Street (Highway 120) Groveland, CA 95321 (209) 962-5300 www.doristeacottage.com

Firefall Roasting Company is the last coffee shop before Yosemite. Mention that you read about them in Discover Groveland Magazine and they’ll give you 10% OFF your order for just saying so! New Owners Hal & Laura Jenson laura@firefallcoffee.net Firefall Coffee Roasting Co. 18749 Main St., Groveland, CA (209) 962-7704 www.firefallcoffee.net

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ori’s Tea Cottage & Café has everything you need for breakfast and lunch. Stop in the café for quick breakfasts, pastries, espresso, sandwiches, wraps, salads, artisan cheeses and wines – everything you need to “Build-A-Picnic” for your trip into Yosemite. During summer, we’re open until 7:00 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, to serve wine, champagne, appetizers and desserts in the outside courtyard. You can also enjoy an English-style luncheon in our tea room. The gift boutique features wine accessories, coffee, tea and picnic ware, and more than 70 gourmet teas. Ranked #1 on Trip Advisor for Groveland restaurants.

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njoy a Bed and Breakfast experience with a Home Stay twist. Owners Kevin & Deborah Kalkowski invite guests to share their home, property and beautiful surroundings just east of Groveland. It’s the perfect place to get away from it all, with quick access to Highway 120 and Yosemite. Featuring two rooms, the house provides a comfortable atmosphere, with wonderful views. Spend your mornings sipping coffee on the porch overlooking the meadow, and evenings gathered around the outdoor fire pit. A hearty breakfast is included in your stay, featuring our very own farm fresh eggs! The ranch has a farm-type atmosphere and visiting the barnyard is an experience you’ll remember. Spend time with horses, chickens and become acquainted with theirfour friendly dogs. Yosemite is Groveland’s main attraction, but Red Tail Ranch is a destination in itself. Red Tail Ranch Guest House 22307 Ferretti Rd – P.O. Box 1346 Groveland, CA 95321 209.962.0863 www.red-tail-ranch.com

JAMES (JIM) NAGLE • REALTOR. COLDWELL BANKER MLP BUSINESS: 209.962.5252 • FAX: 209.962.6668 DIRECT LINE: 209.962.1122 MOUNTAIN LEISURE www.yosemite120gateway.com PROPERTIES

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Yosemite Twin Valleys Waterfall Workshops May 3-6, 2013. “wonderfully exact counterpart” Photography and Nature to Yosemite Valley. Workshops in Hetch Hetchy The Yosemite Twin Valleys and Yosemite Valley

pring is a time of wonder in Yosemite National Park. Melting winter snow transforms into roaring waterfalls that attract visitors from across the globe. Many travelers embark on an annual pilgrimage to Yosemite Valley to experience the breathtaking scenery during peak waterfall season. Many are unaware of Yosemite’s twin valley, Hetch Hetchy. John Muir referred to Hetch Hetchy as a

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National Park Week April 22-26, 2013 National Park Service Birthday August 25, 2013 National Public Lands Day September 28, 2013 Veterans Day Weekend November 9 – 11, 2013

Waterfall Workshops held May 3-6 (www.yosemitetwinvalleys. com), and hosted by YExplore, will offer unique opportunities for photographers and outdoor enthusiasts to compare and contrast natural and geological features of both Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy landscapes through their own interpretive expressions. Activities will include photography field sessions and a two day plein air (outdoor) painting workshop. Other highlights include interpretive natural history hikes and birding walks throughout the “Twin Valleys” of Yosemite National Park. James McGrew willl lead of this annual four day event, and he will be joined by several local Yosemite professional photography guides and naturalists. James McGrew and David Lukas will each lead an interpretive hike to kick-off the celebration on May 3rd that will serve as an introduction to the landscape and its rich history. A two day combined plein air painting and naturalist workshop conducted by McGrew will begin on the 4th and will span both valleys. Alternately, several options of morning and evening light photo field sessions will be available on all

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four days from a faculty of wellknown Yosemite photographers. Central to all programs will be a focus on the spectacular waterfalls during their peak season. National Geographic photographer, Phil Schermeister will be directing his popular Waterfalls class from Yosemite Valley. Robb Hirsch will share elements of composition with aspiring photographers in Hetch Hetchy while Yosemite veterans Al Golub, Gabriel Mange, and Joshua Cripps will guide daily photo sessions from various ‘insider’ shooting locations. David Lukas will lend his expert knowledge of birds and Sierra ecology with all who wish to discover the natural world of Yosemite YExplore will offer three full paid scholarships for these workshops to students who are eager to improve their photography skills in this exciting environment. Details for application are provided on the website. In continuing support of the arts in Tuolumne and Mariposa

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counties, a portion of the proceeds for these workshops will benefit both the Mariposa County Arts Council and the Central Sierra Arts Council. YExplore is a socially responsible company providing educational services that follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact in nature to ensure that the ecology of the park will not be compromised.The company is recognized on the TripAdvisor travel review website for excellence in creating rich personal experiences for Yosemite National Park travelers. Yosemite TwinValleys Waterfall Workshops May 3-6, 2013

Y Explore 209.532.7014 yexplore.com yosemitetwinvalleys.com yexplore@yexplore.com

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intage Day is a celebration of everything great about the Art Deco era, from the 1920s to the 1940s. Inspired by the Ahwahnee Hotel’s Heritage Holidays, the Groveland Hotel’s Vintage Day include free dance lessons, an authentic 1930s dinner menu, costume contest, an on-site photographer, and our headliner act at 8:00 PM, Ginger and the Hoosier Daddys. Ginger Pauley is one of the motherlode’s shining stars, and this will be one of her very rare

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music & events highlights Northern California appearances. A star of stage and screen, her most recent performances are as a regular on the Conan O’Brien show, in the upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks, and as a regular performer with The Hoosier Daddys at the famous Cicada Club in Hollywood. Vintage Day is held in conjunction with the “Where The Hell Is Groveland? Car Show,” Sunday June 2, 2013. This is the kick-off event for the Yosemite Courtyard Cabaret the 1860s, with historically-accurate musical interludes by the 2013 season. award-winning multi-instrumenThe Groveland Hotel talist Dave Rainwater. 18767 Main Street

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Pictured above, minstrel, Dave Rainwater; at left, Pat Kaunert as Mark Twain.

official part of the Yosemite Grant 150th Anniversary celebration. This is a two-hour show with intermission.

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ark Twain (Pat Kaunert) and Dave Rainwater (of the New Christy Minstrels and Black Irish Band) take the audience on a trip to 1864 through music of the period and storytelling about what it was like to travel through the Sierra Nevada mountains in that era. In Twain’s voice and presence, Pat Kaunert tells you about Twain’s travels West in

Paul PierettiYosemite Gateway Properties

Your Lake House Specialist 18731 Main St. • P.O. Box 606 Groveland CA 95321 License #01836458 yosemitegatewayproperties.com paulupnorth@aol.com

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esidential Support Services, is a reliable and dependable Company that has been serving Pine Mountain Lake residents, both on and off the hill, for over 2 years (PML home owners for the past 17 years). The variety of services offered allow them to be a one-stop shop for their growing current and new customer base. Services range from small projects, house cleaning, referral services (HVAC, roofing, electrical/mechanical, window cleaning, asphalt, gutters...) plus15 years of experience in Real Estate buy/sell and consulting services (30 years management experience). References available upon request. Tomas and Gina Hernandez also volunteer their time for various projects in support of the Community as Director on the Chamber of Commerce and Racquet Club, 49er Festival Vendor Managers...Allow them the opportunity to earn your business. SoulBeGood@SoulBeGood.com (209) 962-4704

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1994, Paris Printing has established itself as the premiere Commercial & Large format full service business printer in the central valley.They believe in offering their customers options for all their off-set and large format printing needs. Their Quality, Excellent/Personal Customer Service, Quick turn-around time and Competi-

Krystal Bigger REALTOR®, GRI COLDWELL BANKER MLP DRE LIC # 01324944 krystal@mtnleisure.com

specialty intertive pricing allows them to cater to the requirements of small businesses, large corporations and single printing requests. Paris Printing also prides itself in providing unique products such as banners for local sports teams and events. They are truly your one stop shop for all your printing needs-check out their website for a sample of their product line. Call and ask for the owner Tommy Hernandez and allow Paris Printing the opportunity to earn your business. Paris Printing 392 West Larch Rd # 2 Tracy, CA 95304 (209) 832-5448 Fax: (209) 832-5685 paris_printing04@sbcglobal.net

implementation. With the improving economy, Louis Dorcich, Architect would be happy to discuss your needs and see if they could bring the Art of Design to your project! Louis Dorcich, Architect: 12728 Cresthaven Dr., Groveland, CA 95321 (831) 430-9748

Quality Aircraft Interiors

Raising the Bar for all general aircraft interiors viation Design is one of the recognized leaders in interior refurbishment in singles, twins and turbines. Low down time is always a primary consideration.

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Their Ergonomic seats with their varying density support system enhance physical comfort without parallel. Every seat goes through a lengthy process, see Ergonomic Seats on www.aviationdesign.com. Aviation Design’s patented/STC’d Side Panel system is standard equipment in all factory G36 & G58 Bonanzas & Barons. This complete new system from the window moldings down is truly the cutting edge of ergonomics and style. State of the art materials, luxurious leathers, and the rich wood used in their horizontal trim and tables are just a few reasons to choose Aviation Design. Quality Aircraft Interior Shop At Pine Mountain Lake Airport (E45) thallock@aviationdesign.com (209) 962-0415

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guild will be showcasing Civil War quilts at the Groveland Community Center, where they will also sell delicious homemade cakes, cookies & baked goods. The local park will be full of home goods vendors, including a booth with stunning quilt creations for sale. Quilts will hang from trees and storefronts for strollers to admire and local merchants will offer great meals and shopping. The event is lots of fun; come spend the day or make a weekend of it and visit Yosemite too. Go to www.groveland.org for more information on places to stay and things to do in Groveland. Contact Sue Halstead at (209) 878-3111 for more information.

ob and Hope Cooper of Hope’s Landscape & Tree Service are BIG believers in making sure your trees are healthy, and your property is maintained for fire prevention & beautifully landscaped too. Hope’s Landscape & Tree Service will manage your trees through trimming & weight reduction to give them a longer life. Fire prevention is a BIG DEAL here in the foothills, and Bob and Hope are committed to reducing the threat of wildfire by clearing brush, overhanging limbs that endanger structures, diseased or dead trees. Their hard work is your gain, by improving your property and protecting your safety too. Bob and Hope are active members of the Foothills Community Church, Cham10 ber of Commerce and their community. They work year-round, have great prices, and will go above and beyond for you. Bob & Hope are building their customer base, and want to be on your “go to” list! Hope’s Landscape & Tree Service P.O. Box 1072 Groveland, CA 95321 (209) 225-3191 Pine Mountain Custom Rentals has been ivegotskilz@gmail.com in business for 34 years located in Downtown Groveland introducing Sam & Rebeca as the new owners to carry on the legacy. Custom Rentals is noted for it’s exceptional The Pine Needler’s Quilt Guild customer service offers full-service prop4th Biennial Quilt Stroll erty management year round for full-time Saturday, June 8, 2013 and vacation rentals in the Groveland area. Downtown Groveland Start your vacation in Pine Mountain Lake he Pine Needlers Quilt Guild is small, with a wide variety of homes to choose approximately 60 members, yet every from. From lake fronts to condos on the other year they display 300 to 400 quilts Golf course, you can enjoy golfing, tennis, in the quaint, historic town of Groveland fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, horsenear Yosemite National Park.This year, the back riding and a wide variety of local dining and entertainment. While on vacation you can enjoy the comforts of home with Yosemite just a short drive away. Pine Mountain Custom Rentals 18731 Main St. • P.O. Box 606 Groveland CA, 95321 www.pinemountaincustomrentals.com pmcustomrentals@aol.com (209) 962-7123

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Marty McDonnell 1st outďŹ tter on the Tuolumne River Sierra Mac River Trips www.sierramac.com marty@sierramac.com (800) 457-2580 (209) 591-8027

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iver rafting one of the two stretches of the Tuolumne River, owing from the northwest mountain ranges of Yosemite National Park near HWY 120, takes you on an adventure journey that you will never forget. Awesome one-day rafting trips on the class V whitewater nine-mile Cherry Creek/Upper Tuolumne ride, is on one of the most challenging and demanding rapid

he Tuolumne Group chapter of the Sierra Club offers midweek Hikes in the Groveland/Highway 120 area. Each Thursday, hikers meet at Mary Laveroni Park in Groveland at 9 a.m. for an approximate 6-mile hike. Hikers are advised to bring a jacket, water, sunscreen, a snack and lunch in a daypack and to wear hiking boots. The hike is Photo courtesy Sierra Mac River Trips generally followed by a picnic. Frank Oyung, hike leader (209) 962-7585 for info. thrills in North America. The second popular option is to raft the 18-mile, class IV whitewater, traditional Main Tuolumne River run. Beginner and intermediate whitewater enthusiasts from around the world have one, two or three day trips with pristine riverside camping opportunities. Explore the sites where the Native American Me-Wuk Indians ground acorns, hunted deer and swam in warm side canyon pools. Locally owned and operated, Sierra Mac River trips spe- Tuolumne Sierra Club/YARTS Bus cializes in rafting the Tuolumne River. 11

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Groveland and Soul, Rhythm and Blues band from San Francisco, California. Steeped in traditional roots music the band has continued to create a positively unique sound that is the vast umbrella known as Tracorum. Gates Open at 2pm

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Event Info: mountainsagemusic.org Details subject to change without notice. Mountain Sage venue is an outdoor Sierra Nevada experience. It is situated amongst 1867 historic grounds with 100-year-old grape vines and trees, looking over the main valley of Groveland, gateway to Yosemite. A 5,000 sq. foot shade canopy hangs 30 feet above to cool the site along with a terraced lawn for sitting delight. The venue is comfortable for an audience of 30 or 350.

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Paddle to the Sea Kick-Off Party Tuolumne River Trust Fundraiser Poor Man’s Whiskey Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/ oldtime, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals world-wide. This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will delight those interested in a foot-stompin’ good time. Thick Soup Gates Open 4pm

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Winter Carpenters is a rollicking, high-energy, Americana, roots-infused five-piece band from North LakeTahoe. Defying musical boundaries, DWC blends elements of rock’n roll, folk, roots, country, ragtime, blues, and reggae music. The Stereofidelics Gates open at 5pm

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The Brothers Comatose The Brothers Comatose formed in the Morrison Living Room, birthed from the sonic gumbo of the famous Morrison music parties.Their shows can’t help but remind folk that music is collective, is for dancing, is for sharing, and for whatever else you might do with friends and family in your own living room. Gates Open 5pm

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June 22 & 23

Jelly Bread at 5pm Sierra Eco Summit & Festival

July 6

Independence Day Show Pimps of Joytime Photo: Keri Simmons/GLTSO

If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, The Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s live events and recordings have captivated fans all across the country, as they have begun writing their own success story, showby-show and track-by-track. Tracorum

Good LuckThrift Store Outfit Take two Americana singersongwriters, an indie-rock veteran of a drummer, countryborn bassist, and metal-bred pedal steel player, and what do you get? The rough-hewn yet driftwood-smooth; rebel-headed, but heart-of-gold sound of The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit. Possessed by Paul James Gates Open 5pm

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Live Music on Saturday Nights Pine Mountain Lake Grill

From 8:30pm to midnight, all year round, open to the public. Kick up your heels on the dance floor, or relax at a table to listen. From light rock to big band, and a little bit of everything in between. Enjoy dinner service earlier in the evening, and a full bar until closing. Find the band schedule at www.pinemountainlake.com or (209) 962-8638 to reserve.


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community events May 30, 31& June 1,2

Pine Cone Singers Enjoy music from broadway shows, popular ballads, and seasonal selections by our local singing troupe and their leader Dennis Brown. Evening performances at 7:30pm on Thursday & Friday, matinee at 2:00pm on Saturday & Sunday at the Evangelical Free Church, 19172 Ferretti Road, Groveland. $10 advance tickets, $12 at the door (209) 962-8615

Saturday June 2nd “Where the Hell is Groveland? Car Show” See as many as 200 Classic Cars, Street Rods, Customs and Muscle cars at Mary Laveroni Community Park, Groveland from 8am to 3pm. No charge to view cars, food & beverage vendors and a Fun Raffle too! Car entry $10 advance or $15 at the gate. For Info (209) 962-6119. www.GrovelandCarShow.com

Saturday, June 8th

The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society Guest Speaker Program at the Groveland Community Hall on Highway 120. Noteworthy individuals speak on a variety of topics regarding the Mother Lode Gold Country, Yosemite, Groveland, & more. 7pm Pine Cone Singers to 9pm on 3rd Saturday of the month (exception: 3rd Friday in September). Free aderra Nevada, 2 days of interactive topics & mission, donations ok. (209) 962-0300. free seminars, exhibitors, music at Mountain TheYosemite Hwy120 Chamber of Commerce Sage. See ad Page 16. (YCC) operates a July 5th-7th satelliteYosemiteVisitor Center in downArt Show town Groveland all Sierra Professional Artists year round, with a Enjoy an art exhibition by the Sierra ProRanger from Yosemfessional Artists group, in Groveland, including an art walk plus live drawing & painting in ite National Park on site during the Spring to Fall action to celebrate the 150th anniversary of season to sell park passes and provide in depth the Yosemite Grant Act, show base is at the park information. In addition, the YCC office provides tourism information by phone and email for Groveland Hotel. (209) 962-4000. trip planning, and is a resource to visitors as well as local residents for things to do in the area, local Saturday, August10th businesses,organizations and service providers,plus Shrimp-Fest (Feast!) Groveland Rotary Club annual ShrimpFest has a souvenir & gift shop. Local Event Calendar offers mounds of Shrimp and Sausage too, side dishes & desserts plus a raffle. Good www.groveland.org/Calendar_Detail.html family fun. Pine Mountain Lake Stables, 13309 Visit our Home Page for info on local Clifton Way, Groveland. Gates open at 5pm. lodging, eateries, recreation providers, retail Cost: $25 Adults, $12 Children. (209) 962- stores, and more. 5007 for more info. Yosemite Hwy120 Chamber of Commerce st

Sunday, September 1 Pine Needlers Quilt Stroll STCHS Labor Day BBQ Stroll downtown Groveland to enjoy 300 Southern Tuolumne County Historical to 400 quilts from 9am to 4pm. See article Society Labor Day BBQ at Pine Mountain on page 10. Lake Stables, 13309 Clifton Way, Groveland. Sunday, June 9th Meaty BBQ choices, side dishes, beverages & dessert too. Live dance music, & a huge 3rd Annual John Muir Festival Historic John Muir Route J132 Coulterville raffle. (209) 962-0300 for info. Park, Coulterville. Hands-on nature play GROVELAND FARMERS MARKET activities for families, presentations from Browse & buy local grown fruits & vegetaauthors and experts, live music, dancing, artisans, exhibits and food & beverage. Call bles, home baked and homemade goods, local (209) 878-3227. Free Admission.

11875 Ponderosa Lane, Suite A Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1263 Groveland, CA 95321 Phone: (209) 962-0429 Email: info@groveland.org YosemiteChamberofCommerce.com Find us on Facebook facebook.com/yosemitechamber Follow us on Twitter twitter.com/YosemiteCOC

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bee honey & jams, lotions and more. Fridays 4pm to 6pm, Saturdays 8am to 1pm at Mountain Sage Nursery. (209) 732-6044 for info.

Groveland Rotary Club Food & Music Festival Gates open at 2pm for this fun, family GROVELAND FLEA MARKET friendly food & music event at Pine Mountain Find new treasures or hawk your wares on Lake Stables, 13309 Clifton Way, Groveland. the 1st Saturday of each month from May to Two bands, great food. Adults $25 Children September at Mary Laveroni Community Park, $8 (209) 962-5219 Groveland. Sponsored by the Yosemite Hwy120 Chamber of Commerce (209) 962-0429.Vendor nd rd June 22 & 23 gates open 7am, free admission to buyers 8am to 1pm. Sierra Summit (EarthFest) Eco-Summit & Festival, celebrate the Siwww.yosemite120gateway.com

May 4: Jeramy Norris & The Dangerous Mood May 10 Rhythm Deluxe May 11 Tempest (Celtic Rock) May 17-18 Mike Osborn May 24-25 Jonny Kaplan & The Lazy Stars May 31-June 1 Wingnut Adams Band June 7-8 Penetrators Groove Band June 14-15 Shurman June 21-22 Paul Chesne June 28-29 Beer Drinkers & Hellraisers July 5-6 Penetrators Groove Band July 12-13 Mike Osborn July 19-20 Brandon Joe Carey Band July 26-27 Aaron Pearson Band August 2-3 Tessie Marie & The Poor Man Band August 9-10 Paul Chesne August 16-17 Rhythm Deluxe August 23-24 Wingnut Adams Band August 30-31 Penetrators Groove Band Call (209) 962-8904 for showtimes and cover charges.. This schedule is subject to change without notice at any time.

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Lillaskog Lodge

American comfort with a European flair are the hallmarks of our Bed and Breakfast. Atop our own 55 acre forest and only 10 miles from the gates of Yosemite, Lillaskog offers a unique slice of serenity with beautiful mountain views of Yosemite’s snow capped peaks!

Our 5000 SF Lodge offers six lucky groups comfortable private bedrooms & baths with in-room flat screen Direct TV. Take a long soak in one of our “claw foot” tubs, catch sunset from our dining deck– or sunrise from your bed! Enjoy an evening fire in our Great Room and buffet breakfast every morning.

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n your way to or from Yosemite National Park along Highway 120, you’ll find Rainbow Pools as it crosses over the South Fork Tuolumne River bridge at just about the half-way point from Groveland, 13.5 miles. When traveling east on the highway you’ll pass the View Point Rim of the World parking area above the Tuolumne River canyon.About 1.5 miles further east, you’ll see the highway making a sweeping turn into a bridge overpass.The entrance is on the right as you start to cross the bridge. There is a sign for Rainbow Pools, but if you miss it, drive across the bridge until you see the turnoff for Cherry Lake and then turn around there.

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Picnic Area, Friendly Pets.

Lillaskog Lodge 27557 Packard Canyon Road, Groveland, CA 95321 www.lillaskogyosemite.com info@lillaskogyosemite.com 209-962-1818

over the falls where the covered bridge had been. They later renamed it the Cliff House. It was a popular resort well into the 1930s., but it burned to the bedrock in 1939.The property was rebuilt and expanded to include modern motel cabins. Another fire destroyed the Cliff House in 1958 and it was never rebuilt. Rainbow Pool exists today, as before, as a popular swimming hole inviting locals and travelers during the summer months, to take a cooling dip or adventurous plunge. You can picnic above in the designated area or day camp by the Pool edge. You can see the occasional diver make the sign of the cross just before they take their leap of faith plunge in the deep waters below the cliffs. It does take an adventurous sort but there seem to be plenty of brave plungers on any given day. It’s fun just to wade into the water and watch the exhibition for the afternoon. There are restrooms and picnic tables but parking is limited. Rainbow Pool is open all year.

In the days of stagecoach transport the pools were a scheduled stop and picnic area. John Cox was a toll collector on the road for about 20 years until tolls were eliminated in 1915. Cox1, a former Confederate soldier, had built a cabin on the site of the rocks above the falls from which he took a daily ‘bathing’ plunge. Mrs. Nellie Bartlett and her brother William Wilson leased the cabin and site in 1924. They continued to add buildings to the site until it became the Fall Inn, which was built www.yosemite120gateway.com

arlon Falls is a discovery much like that of Rainbow Pool. Upon first sight, you will happily wonder how it has escaped the throngs of visitors distracted by the rest of the Yosemite Valley. The falls are one of Yosemite’s lesserknown, even unknown waterfalls. This modest 3.5 mile trek begins outside of Yosemite’s boundaries. The trail elevation rises from 4400’ to 4600’ (approx,) 200 feet over its course and the distance makes for a great family outing. The trailhead can be found on Evergreen Road off Highway 120/Big Oak Flat Road, along the northward curve in the road towards Evergreen Lodge or Hetch Hetchy. The trail head is at the southeasst apex of the curve. Photos by Carolyn Botell Reference material: The Big Oak Flat Road (1955) by Irene D. Paden and Margaret E. Schlichtmann


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Yosemite Ridge Resort Home of the World-Famous Royce Oak Tree Swim Under a Waterfall At Nearby Rainbow Pool!

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hose born in the new and expanding world of the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century were instilled with a pioneering spirit of exploration and discovery in every walk, picnic, outing, or camping and packing trip as an adventure. There was always an element of daring to these explorations. And if you fell off a cliff, it was your own fault for getting too close to the edge.

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hrough the individual and collective experience of places like Yosemite Valley, these 19th and 20th century explorers developed a deep appreciation and affection for Wilderness and its preservation.

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At COLumbia State Historic Park you’ll find that the past is truly alive where a blacksmith works while an authentic stagecoach heads up the road. Interactive displays are found throughout the town and gold panning is a must! Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, is a magnet for train

There are so many reasons why Tuolumne County is known as Vacationland! The perfect vacation destination offers four seasons of fun and adventure, a great mix of history, culture and the arts, exciting attractions, excellent dining options and great places to stay. Tuolumne County has all of this for our visitors, whether traveling from across the state or across the ocean!

Here’s just a sampling of what you can find in Tuolumne County:

FUN AND ADVENTURE

Easy access from all points on the compass makes Tuolumne County an ideal vacation destination. Tuolumne County is the North Entrance for Yosemite National Park. So if Yosemite is your destination, be sure to put Tuolumne County on your itinerary!

Whitewater rafting, horseback riding in the back country, skiing double black diamond and downhill single-track mountain bike trails are just some of the activities that summon thrill-seekers from near and far. For a milder yet active vacation, seek out that perfect fishing spot or favorite swimming hole. Hike among the trees with a pristine forest floor at your feet. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera - this place is a photographer’s paradise!

HISTORY, CULTURE and the ARTS

History aficionados could literally spend weeks strolling historic Gold Rush towns, perusing museums and catching glimpses of what life must’ve been like during California’s historic Gold Rush.

COMMEMORATE YOSEMITE: As we approach 2014, we invite you to visit Yosemite National Park and its surrounding communities to be a part of this historic event. Living History • Symposiums • Film Festivals • Storytelling • Art Exhibits • Symphonies • And More!

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Everyone needs to eat and fortunately, here, we believe variety is the spice of life! From quaint downtown bistros and cafes to historic saloons, upscale dining rooms and better-known restaurants, we’ve got you covered. Please your palate with cuisine from many corners of the world: Thai, Mexican, Japanese, Italian and American, just to name a few. Check the events calendar for special winemaker dinners or beer pairing dinners. Local wines and hard ciders are often found on beverage menus, offering guests a taste of the local flavor. LODGING Your lodging options are many! Slumber under the starry skies or sleep where the stars have slept! Historic hotels have been known to house some of the greats from the big screen like Grace Kelly, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood and Michael J. Fox. Quaint bed and breakfasts and historic inns offering exceptional and history enthusiasts. Seasonal train rides from wildflower viewing to service can be found tucked back Santa’s Express bring out the kid in all of us. Find traces of Hollywood in the trees, on a mountain top or in the throughout the Park and beyond as over 300 movies, television shows and heart of a historic downtown. Quality hotels commercials have been filmed in this area. and motels are conveniently located Grace Kelly throughout the area. Year-round Exceptional live theatre on three different stages beckons patrons from resorts can accomodate small to large groups. A variety of near and far. It’s truly a treat to see these actors at work! From dramatic to hysterical to musical and everything in between, each season’s line-up has a RV parks and campgrounds can be found throughout the county whether riverside or roadside. Whatever variety of plays sure to please the most discerning theatre-goer. your pleasure for a cozy night’s sleep, ART GALLERIES featuring a variety of local art including we can help you find it. watercolors, oil paintings, ceramics and photography can be found Tuolumne County Vacationland throughout the region. The talent here is endless, but just looking For Vacationland information visit www.YosemiteGoldCountry. around you can see where the inspiration comes from. Art com where you can order or download your 2013 Tuolumne celebrations as well as a number of other events abound year-round. County Vacation Planner. Or call the Visitors Center at 800-446-1333. Visit us at our new Visitors Center at 385 calendar of events Visit www.yosemitegoldcountry.com for a complete Washington St. in the Day-O Plaza. (Opening May 1, 2013). listing of events.

www.yosemitegoldcountry.com Photo Credits: ‘Yosemite Valley View’ by Brad Perks; Sierra Mac River Rafting; ‘Columbia Diggins’ by Paul Bell; Railtown ‘Movie Star Engine #3’ by Kevin Zimmerman; ‘Trio’ Groveland Hotel/Cellar Door Restaurant; ‘Grace Kelley’ Historic Sonora Inn.


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