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Musician John Watson playing the Pennywhistle at Sonora’s Farmers Market

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Locally Grown Produce, Baked Goods & Handcrafts: May to October

The 25th Annual West Coast Featuring

Sonora Celtic Faire

Ultimate Jousting Championship

Charlie Andrews: World Champion Heavy Armor Jouster

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hen you purchase a LINKLINE CHARTER TOUR to YOSEMITE, during March and April, 2011, experience Tuolumne County, before or after your Yosemite Adventure! Discover Yosemite room rates for a Standard Room with 1 Queen Bed, Sunday thru Thursday range from $29.00-$59.00 for the first night at our partner hotels in Sonora & Groveland! Rooms are limited in availability.

All upgrades, room charges and room taxes are additional.

LINKLINE, will provide round-trip transportation in a comfortable 8,16 or 24 seat passenger mini-bus into the park including entrance fee.You also have the option to include a Picnic Lunch.

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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. Each of our unique Victorian-style rooms includes a private bath, 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.

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njoy incredible California-fresh cuisine, select from locally brewed beers and hundreds of wine labels and delight in a delectable dessert while reliving your Yosemite adventure. Our menu includes crisp salads, fresh fish, pasta, melt-in-your-mouth steaks and daily specials, all created with fresh seasonal ingredients. If you are simply in a rush to get to The Park, we invite you to grab an espresso or refreshing drink on your way through town.

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CONCEPT, DESIGN & PRODUCTION Paul Bell ADVERTISING SALES Sonora Chamber of Commerce Paul Bell EDITORIAL CONTRIBUTORS Christine Tuohy Paul Bell Sonora Celtic Faire/Knights of Mayhem Srage 3 Theatre Co. PHOTOGRAPHS Blue World Photos Paul Bell Charlie Andrews/Knights of Mayhem COVER PHOTOGRAPH The Sonora Farmer’s Market, now a City institution and a favorite of locals and visitors alike, features musicians like John Watson every Saturday from mid-May thru mid-October.

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Discover Yosemite next spring with Stay & Discover tour packages from Groveland and Sonora. Yosemite’s many spectacular waterfalls come to life in March and April. 4-5 THE GOOD LIFE

Voted ‘Best Chinese Restaurant’ 2009 & 2010!

Explore the areas finer and fun retailers and experience the joy of shopping in a small town. 6 CAVE & MINE ADVENTURES

Discover Moaning Cavern Park, California Cavern, Black Chasm Cavern and Sutter Gold Mine during your Sierra Foothills adventure. 7 EXPLORE SONORA

The Sonora Spring Festival, Monthly Second Saturday Art Walk and a little Southern Charm at the Lighthouse Deli and Ice Cream Shop. 8 HARD STEEL AND SEX APPEAL

Jouster Charlie Andrews visits Sonora for the West Coast, Full Contact, Hard Armor Ultimate Jousting Championship to defend his title and his honor in this rare spectacle. 9-12

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SONORA CELTIC FAIRE

9 Ticket and Event information 10-11 Map/Event Schedule of the Faire 12 Featured Musical Artists 13 STAGE 3’s 2011 SEASON

This Downtown Sonora theatre company offers a compelling year-long season of great plays. 14 LIFE WITH ENGINE

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An interview with Train Engineer, George Sapp and a look at the recently restored ‘Movie Star’ Engine No. 3.

Mailing Address 16 THE SONORA FARMER’S MARKET P.O. Box 884, Sonora, CA 95370 In the Heart of Sonora you can find everything from Tel/Fax: 209-588-9625 flowers, produce, sweet and savory things as well as WEBSITE: www.sonorachamber.com artisan crafts, along with some good company. E-MAIL: hscc@um.att.com 18 THE GOOD LIFE The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization representing the community of Sonora. As the Sonora Chamber Explore the areas finer and fun retailers and of Commerce, we concentrate our marketing efforts within the experience the joy of shopping Greater Sonora area. The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is also in a small town. dedicated to raising the awareness of Tuolumne County through 19 CALENDAR OF EVENTS tourism, and markets the area as a tourism destination. The Gunn House Hotel presEXPLORE SONORA is a joint publication of The Sonora Chamber ents upcoming Tuolumne of Commerce and Paul Bell l Marketing Solutions. Every effort County Events. has been made to insure 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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xploring Downtown Sonora will likely reveal a pleasant surprise that you might not be expecting to find in such a small town. Joan’s Boutique at 52 S. Washington St. is owned and personally attended to by Joan Richardson who’s been a retail merchant for more than two decades. Twice a year there is a flurry of activity, not only in the store, but as the gathering storm surrounds designer Joseph Ribkoff’s semi-annual ‘Trunk Show’ at Joan’s Boutique. Ribkoff representative Benjamin Zoldan and his assistants deliver this new and now hugely popular semi-annual event to Sonora. Women respond with anticipation, delight and satisfaction at these shows. To have this internationally renowned designer present his fall and spring lines to this community is a rare and unusual treat. Joan’s store has been a fixture of the community for years and it’s difficult to find women e 4 of any age who don’t shop there for that very special discovery, whether it’s clothing and accessories or just her pleasant company during any hour of her very long retail day and week, which never seems to deter her from her positive, friendly and out-going demeanor.

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lowers.Who doesn’t like them? It’s like having a smile delivered to someone’s doorstep. Next to the unconditional love of a pet, the next purist, sweetest thing on this planet is a lovely bouquet of flowers. Versatile enough to wish someone a happy birthday, inspire misty eyes on Mother’s Day, make someone sick feel better, or bring a young lady to tears with a flower laden marriage proposal, few things have the power to inspire such beautiful emotions. Mountain Laurel is our flower shop.

What is quickly revealed is Joan’s and her pleasant staff’s readiness to please every customer and their attendant spouse or significant other. Everyone is made to feel comfort- In a building with quite a floral history, able. Which is exactly what small towns are Mountain Laurel continues the tradition of delivering bundles of sunshine to the loved all about. ones in our lives. They also offer dried arJoan’s Boutique has been voted ‘The Best rangements, centerpieces, garden décor, Woman’s Boutique/Clothing Store’ for four potted plants, bird themed items, mosaic years in a row in the Union Democrat’s an- pieces, and French milled soaps. nual reader’s poll.Visit Joan’s Boutique in per- Visit Mountain Laurel today for a bit of son or online at: www.joansboutique.com. ‘flower therapy’.You’ll be glad you did! Joan’s Boutique Mt. Laurel Florist 52 S. Washington St. 35 South Washington Street Sonora, CA 95370 Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 533-1550 (209) 532-9533 www.joansboutique.com www.mountainlaurelca.com

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xperience a bit of the Beautiful Life right here in downtown Sonora! Bella Vie, at 181 S. Washington Street, is an eclectic home and design center featuring furniture, bedding, bath, and gift items. Walking into Bella Vie feels like you’re stepping into a fragrant, shabby chic bit of the Left Bank of Paris, and it’s quite easy to lose track of time whilst shopping. Everything your heart desires is here! You can set an entire table with the toile linens, dishes, glassware and rustic tapers in your newly garden themed dining room, fit your baby with essential and super cute clothing and furniture, then call it a night in your new nightgown after a bath with beautifully scented soaps from France. Bella Vie in Sonora is the perfect décor store for all your nesting needs! La Bella Vie 181 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370-4714 (209) 536-0707

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Let ‘er Buck Western Wear

Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store

Scarlet’s Web

on the block, Scarlet’s Web, located at 31 South Washington Street (just up the street from Mt. Laurel Florist) holds surprises galore to indulge the hunter in all of us. You’ll also find a fine selection of clothing just waiting for you!

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an I get a “Yeee Hawww”? There’s a new clothing store in town, partner! Let ‘er Buck just rode into town, offering up a fine selection of Western wear to please the cowboy or cowgirl in you. From hats and boots for everyday wear, to glitter and glitz rodeo style, Let ‘er Buck has just what you need. Don’t forget the little Buckaroos! Billy can ride off into the sunset on his new plush rocking horse, while Sally can start her own mini ranch with a classic Breyer horse. Need a leather purse or a saddlebag holster for your cell phone? This is the place! Belts to bolo ties, jeans to jingle spurs, get a taste of the Old West in Sonora at Let ‘er Buck! Let ‘er Buck! Let ‘er Buck Western Wear 36 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 533-1144

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Well never fear, it’s Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store to the rescue! If you’re just plain tired of your hand-me-down measuring cups, or you’re making crème brulee and need ramekins and a torch, this is the place to go. Shelves and shelves of “why didn’t I think of that?” items are waiting for your curious eyes. So if you’re tired of snipping the corner of a baggie to make scruffy looking cupcake frosting, it’s time to revamp your kitchen at Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store! Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store 98 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 588-1400

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et caught in Scarlet’s Web this season and find yourself a treasure trove of goodies! There’s something for everyone at Scarlet’s, whether you’re looking for an antique doll, a hurricane lamp, cookie jar, a stained glass window, a dining room set, vintage china, a gumball machine, or a 1950’s prom dress, or that ‘certain something’ that seems to be missing from the corner of a room, you’ll find it here.

e’ve all had those moments when we’re cooking and, reading over the recipe, we realize that we don’t have… a citrus zester. Or an egg separator, a ladle, parchment paper… You get my point. Scowling at our flat meringue, scalded soup, and burnt cookies, we realize a kitchen upgrade is desper- A kitchy, fun cross between an antique store, a consignment ately needed. store, and the best estate sale

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Don’t be surprised if you hear yourself saying, “My Mom had a wicker chair like that!” or “Wow, isn’t that the grooviest lamp you’ve ever seen?” Oohs and ahhs and wows abound at the newest shop in town - Scarlet’s Web! Scarlet’s Web 31 S Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 588-8300 ‘The Good Life’ continued on page 18

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and Courthouse Park as well as on some of the side streets. This event is free to the public, and takes place in the historic section of downtown Sonora along Washington Street. The City of Sonora’s Spring Festival 11:00 am - 4 p.m. Historic Downtown Sonora 209-532-7725 www.sonoraca.com

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ost about where to find a great lunch? Let the Lighthouse Deli guide he Arts are alive and well in Sonora, you towards some fabulous food! Famand being showcased on the second Saturday of each month in the historic ily owned and operated, this charming downtown area. Sponsored by the Cen- ice cream shop is billed as “An old-fashtral Sierra Arts Council, the Second Sat- ioned deli with a taste of New Orleans”. urday Night Out for Art is a free art The owners, Judy and Gerald, along with walk event amongst 7 venues, each with their son Brian, hail from New Orleans, which comes to the forefront weekly for unique and differing styles. Fat Tuesday when they feature authentic Several galleries offer complimentary dishes from the south. wine and noshes, and all of them stay Create your own deli sandwich or settle open till 8pm (some till 9), making it perin for a tasty hot grilled sandwich and a fect for an after dinner stroll. Participatcup of soup. Once summer hits, the Lighting galleries include: house is the place to be, with their “Pizza On South Washington Street by the slice”, hot dogs, ice cream, and even Aloft Art Gallery at 167 SWS PB&J’s! It’s the perfect place to get your Backspace at 67 SWS picnic dinner for Music in the Park held George Post Gallery at 48 SWS in Courthouse Park through the summer. Out of Hand Sierra Waldorf Store at 189 SWS Can’t make it in? Let them come to you! Lighthouse Deli offers delivery in On Bradford Street Sonora, as well as gift cards for those hardVentana Art Gallery at 19-A to-shop-for friends. Studio B at 19-B Blue World Photos Let the Lighthouse be the beacon for at Bradford and Stewart your appetite! Stage 3 Theater at 208 S. Green St. The Lighthouse Deli Art everywhere has taken a hit from & Ice Cream Shop the economy, so we encourage you to 28 S. Washington St. venture out and help out our local artSonora, CA 95370 ists by visiting their galleries on Second (209) 532-1631 Saturday! www.thelighthousedeli.com

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he sidewalks of Sonora come alive in Sonora’s 16th Annual Spring Festival! Stroll the downtown streets amongst live music, arts and crafts, games, food, and fun for all ages including puppet shows, face painting, belly dancers, jugglers, and in-store specials at several merchants.

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Charlie Andrews, World Champion Heavy Armor Jouster

‘Hard Steel and Sex Appeal’

Champion Jouster Charlie Andrews

sex appeal’. Andrews, a member of the Chukchansi tribe1 in California, stands 6-foot-4 and about 250 pounds, with tattoos of his spirit animals on his thick biceps. An imposing figure to say the least. He is the founder of The Knights of Mayhem, a formidable group of men that engage in an extreme sport that would scare off the most robust of men, full contact, heavy armor jousting. Jousting as a sport and as a way to settle disputes thrived until the 17th century, when guns made warfare by horse-mounted lancers obsolete.

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harlie Andrews has been described as a daredevil athlete, adventurer, martial artist, and in his own words, ‘a warrior made of hard steel and

In the 1980s with the growth of Renaissance fairs and a nationwide arena-style restaurant chain of dinner theaters set in “castles” where historical re-enactors staging mock fights, jousting once again captured public attention.

An avid horseman, Sir Charles of St. Andrews as he known, is a Champion of the Joust and has won both domestic and International Jousting Tournaments. Sir Charles served a 10 year tour of duty with the Navy Special Operations and is a veteran of Desert Storm and operation Restore Hope in Somalia. A true thrill seeker, he has excelled in bareback, steer-wrestling, and bull riding as well. He descends from a long line of Native American nobility and warrior bloodlines of the Shoshone Nation and is one of those rare adventurers who, in looking for bigger and bolder thrills, have turned toward the treacherous. According to the New York Times, Andrews doesn’t joust because he’s attracted to romantic notions of honor and chivalry or because he has an affinity for the Medieval period. (“I don’t know jack about history, nor do I care,” he says.) He does it because he considers jousting one of the most extreme sports ever invented, and he likes doing things that most other people can’t or won’t do. “Nobody does what we do,” says Andrews. “This isn’t the sissy jousting they do at Medieval Times dinner shows. We watch

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NASCAR to see the wrecks, hockey to see the fights, and we watch jousting to see someone get knocked off his horse.” It’s a sport that has sent Andrews and the few other jousters to the hospital on more than one occasion. Andrews recently signed a five-episode contract with the National Geographic Channel to film a docu-drama on his troupe. An episode will be filmed during the 25th Annual Sonora Celtic Faire. Sir Charles told the New York Times, “I like violent sports. I like hitting you. I like getting hit. I like competing man to man to see who the better man is that day. After the first time you blast someone with a lance, there’s no turning back. It’s like skydiving.” The Chukchansi tribe is native to the western slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from the Fresno River to the Finegold Creek, and from the Coarsegold Creek to the San Joaquin River. 1


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Royal Court Modern Clans • Celtic Living History • Callanish Pipe Band • Stag & Thistle Pipe Band • Scottish Games • Privateers of the Dauntless West Coast • Full Contact • Heavy Armor

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Advance: Adult/Student/Senior $20, Kids (6-12) $10 Gate: Adult $25, Student/Senior $20, Kids (6-12) $10 SUNDAY, March 13 Advance: Adult/Student/Senior $20, Kids (6-12) $10 10 am -5 pm Gate: Adult $22, Student/Senior $20, Kids (6-12) $10 THE EVERYTHING PASS $45.00 3 Day Pass Available Advance Only 10 am -10 pm

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On the first pass one nicks the other, earning a point. On the second pass he plants his lance solidly in the target and closed, they raise 12-foot lances, and at a signal the horses feels his opponent slip off his mount. An unhorsing! The charge. Their hooves pound the heavy grass. The knights keep crowd goes wild! the lances raised until the last second, cradled on their outside arms. They lower the lances to the horizontal, aiming for the Friday at 11:00 am ONLY opponent. Saturday & Sunday at 12:00 pm & 4:00 pm

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Black Irish Band Blaggards 1916 Band Black Irish Band Blaggards 1916 (Final)

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Sonora Celtic Faire Music the Southland for the past two years. While the Rags stay true to the original intent of the traditional tunes they play, they are not afraid to add bluegrassstyle flat-picking and world music rhythms to create a unique brand of Irish music.

frequently compared to bands like Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, and the Pogues.

Greenhouse combines contemporary and original material to create an exciting style all their own: a style that Brother, the Australian Golden Bough is respectful of the tradition Celtic Rock Band sensation, will Rooted in the traditional Celtic while maintaining a decidedly be this year’s headliner. High en- music of Ireland and Scotland, non-purist approach. ergy Celtic sound that features this trio of modern day min- 1 9 1 6 Are you looking for Acoustic guitar, fiddle, manhighland bagpipes, rock guitar, strels has expanded upon these some music that’ll flip your dolin and tin whistle meet right off of your kilt? with percussion, didgeridoo and native Australian didgeri- ethnic styles through the devel- sporran 1916 can do just that! Rob- and thrilling vocal harmonies doo. The bands music is full of opment of intriguing arrange- bie, a former Scots Guards spirit that combines traditional ments and original composi- musician, has performed for in a Celtic Fusion that is someCeltic Music blended with the tions and have created a sound the Queen of England during times hard-driving, sometimes mellow, but always intereststrange sounds of the Aborigi- unique unto themselves. state visits at Buckingham Pal- ing and eminently listenable. nal Australian people. ace in London. Combine that Their original arrangements with Walter’s driving drums, bring a creative, modern edge Rich’s wailing guitar and Doug’s to time-honored material. thumping bass, and you’ve got one passionate Celtic/Rock exSonora Celtic Faire Staff perience! Patrick Karnahan e

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12 Ava l o n R i s i n g is known for its unique sound -a blend of original rock, Celtic, and Medieval music. Their rich melodic acoustic/electric sound features brilliant male and female vocals over intricate instrumental arrangements, supported by a vibrant rhythmic background.

Black Irish Band is noted for being the only band in the world that performs Italian & Celtic Music. The bands style is up-beat and high energy, and it will get everyone singing and dancing. Much of the bands music was written well over 300 years ago.

Wicked Tinkers Since 1995 Wicked Tinkers have been playing haunting, heart-pounding bagpipes, Australian didgeridoo, Irish horn, and irresistible, tribal drums. Sit back and be transported to an earlier time in Scotland and Ireland, when battle cries filled the air and strange, unheard-of creatures roamed the night!

Sligo Rags From neighborhood pubs to outdoor festivals, house parties to concert halls, the Sligo Rags have been performing regularly throughout

Tim & Janette Elsey Event Emcees

Bill Watters

Vendor Coordinator Re-enactment Site Layout Mgr.

Gary and Lissa Britt

Volunteer Coordinator Family Day Coordinator

Tempest Since forming in 1988, Tempest has delivered a globally-renowned hybrid of high-energy folk rock fusing Irish reels, Scottish ballads, Norwegian influences and other world music elements. The last 22 years have seen the San Francisco Bay Area based act release twelve critically acclaimed CDs and play more than 2,000 gigs.

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Operations Manager, Webmaster, Box Office Manager

Seamus O’More Clan Coordinator

Blaggards play their own brand of Stout Irish Rock, traditional Irish music mixed with rock n’ roll, infused by everything from Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley to Thin Lizzy and Black Sabbath. We are most

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By Arthur Miller February 4 - March 6, 2011 hat would you do to save yourself? What would you do to save your soul? Thrilling, passionate and explosive, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” blazes with white-hot intensity against the backdrop of the mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials.

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The Denver Post called “The Crucible” one of the ten most important American plays. It is the story of John Proctor, a simple man who finds himself fighting for his life, trapped in the boiling turmoil of his time. He must make the decision of his life. “The Crucible” is a timeless and timely tale of personal bravery.

NOISES OFF By Michael Frayn

April 15 - May 22, 2011 What could go wrong? Everything! “The funniest farce ever written!”—NewYork Post “Bumper car brilliance.”—New York Daily News “Side-splitting.”—New York Magazine “Peerless …a festival of delirium…The funniest play written in my lifetime”—The New York Times.

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ow much comedy can Stage 3 cram into its intimate space? How much laughter can one theater hold? How many doors can possibly fit on the stage? Well, fasten your seatbelts, take a deep breath and hang on for the ride of your life. Stage 3 presents one of the wackiest, screwiest, most death-defying acts of hilarity that can be presented on the stage. “Noises Off” has been called “the most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy.” The play follows the on- and off-stage antics of an inept acting company as they stumble from dress rehearsal to disastrous final night of a third-rate bedroom comedy called ‘Nothing On’. Everything that can go wrong does, resulting in absolute comic chaos. If laughter is the best medicine, get yourself a pharmacy full.

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by Tracy Letts July 1 - August 7, 2011 inner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award and Time Magazine’s Best Play of the Decade.

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It is August in Oklahoma and a father has gone missing, a marriage has come undone, a romance has been brewing, a lie has been uncovered and a helluva family reunion is about to begin. Time magazine called “August: Osage County” ‘miraculous’. “A feast for both actors and audience alike” lauded the Los Angeles Times. The theater world was totally unprepared for Tracy Letts’ sprawling, brawling masterpiece. And now Stage 3 brings this epic work to brilliant life in this daring regional premiere. August: Osage County is a rare theatrical event — a large-scale work filled with unforgettable characters, a powerful tale told with unflinching honesty. Variety says it “juggles the hilarious, the poignant and the appalling on a scale seldom seen”. And you may never see its like again.

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ells Fargo & Co. was borne out of the California Gold Rush, an event that launched the greatest migration in American history. Virtually overnight the sleepy seaport of San Francisco, located on sand dunes overlooking the Golden Gate, exploded from a non-native population of 800 in 1848 to more than 30,000 in 1851. As news of the gold discovery spread around the world, farmers left their crops, merchants shuttered their doors, and immigrants abandoned their homelands to journey thousands of miles to gold fields in the Sierra foothills. Risking disease, danger and starvation, they came by clipper ship and steamer, by wagontrain and on foot to seek their fortune in the gold fields. The pride of countless mining towns, the Wells Fargo agency was viewed as a link to the civilized world. Wells Fargo Bank has been serving the Greater Sonora Community for over 150 years.

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by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Alborn September 9 - October 9, 2011 “A touching, life-affirming, deeply emotional drama with a generous dose of humor.” —NY Daily News

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by Joe DePietro November 11 - December 18, 2011 Back by popular demand - one of Stage 3’s favorite gems! “A hilarious family comedy .” —BackStage. “Deliriously Funny” —NY Daily News

Stage 3 Theatre Company 208 S. Green St., Sonora, CA 209-536-1778 www.stage3.org

Pictured above, the historic Wells Fargo office is located in Columbia Historic State Park, just a few miles north of Sonora.

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Life With Engine No. 3

I he Candy Vault, located in the heart of Sonora (in the historic National Bank Building), is an oldfashioned candy store offering a wide range of confections, licorice, chocolates and even ice cream. e carry hard to find nostalgic sweets from long-established candy makers as well as the latest delights from new and specialty confectioners.

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t’s been said that there’s something magic about a train. Our fascination with these historic iron beasts starts early. Usually at age 2 when Dad buys us a train set for Christmas that we’re not even remotely big enough to play with, but we get to sit nearby and watch Dad play with it for hours. Needless to say, our love of trains grows up with us.

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Engineer George Sapp and the Famous Movie Star Engine No. 3, restored and running (for another 100 years)

The type of train that most people tend to gravitate to are not the high speed, sleek commuters, but the old, smoke-belching, oildripping, hot, steamy hunks of steel that truly give us an idea of how the phrase “Iron Horse” came about. Trains are elemental to U.S. History. They opened up theWest to the rest of the nation in a time when the only way to get to California was by taking our chances in a covered wagon over Donner Summit. (and we all know how THAT ended) Steam engines are a rare find these days, and quite a sight to behold! Standing next to a steam engine is like standing next to a dragon. With each chuffing sound, it seems to almost have a heartbeat.When they get rolling down the rails getting up a full head of steam, firebox blazing, smoke becoming blacker, and the occasional missed beat of a wheel slip, we really know that they are “alive”.

As children, watching Dad play with our little H.O., many of us dreamed what it might be like to operate a train. To be the ‘Engineer’, a title just as daring and glamorous as ‘Fireman’ or ‘Astronaut’. George Sapp, the Engineer on Jamestown’s very own bit of history, Engine #3, took yours truly on a night run in the engine, and it was quite an adventure. Speaking to George, you really get a sense of what the true spirit of railroading is about. Explore Sonora - How did you decide to be an Engineer?

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George Sapp - I began working at Knotts Berry Farm in Southern California right after high school in 1976. It was a seasonal summer job for $3.75 an hour. I wound up working almost 13 years for them. I came to Jamestown in June of 1989, and I’ve now been here close to 22 years. My primary objective was to learn how to repair steam locomotives because there’s really no one alive to ask. It’s all using your personal resources to figure it out. That was the challenge for

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a historic site. It’s a real time warp and many come from all over the globe to see it.When other railroads were tearing down their roundhouses, it managed to survive with some of it’s original equipment intact. It’s not really a formal museum. It just acquired the label because it survived. It is still an authentic locomotive maintenance facility like it was 100 years ago. E.S. - What do you like about being an Engineer on #3? G.S. - One thing I’m thinking about when I’m running the #3, is about how many generations of Mechanics, Firemen, and Engineers have worked on that engine, or run it over the years. It’s just a real relic. It’s nice to carry the flame. And some day someone will succeed me. E.S. - What’s the hardest thing about being an Engineer? me. I really like running steam locomotives. It takes real skill, and it can be an art form, if you get really good at it. E.S. - What’s your favorite thing about Railtown? G.S. - The free parking! *laughs* Meeting people from all around the world that come to experience what Railtown has to offer as

G.S. - The hardest thing about running any train is learning the airbrakes. Any Engineer can run a train up a hill, but it’s taking it DOWN a hill that takes some skill. To control the train, you’ve got to plan ahead. It’s all about energy management and anticipating what to do next to control the speed. Unlike a car, the brakes don’t respond immediately.

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E.S. - How fast would #3 go if you had the proper track? G.S. - 88 mph of course! Didn’t you see the movie? The #3 could attain 50mph on really good track with a skilled engineer. E.S. - How much oil does it burn? G.S. - All of it! It used to run on coal through about 1902. California didn’t have very good coal reserves, but when the Kern County oil fields came into production, everybody was converting over to oil. It’s much cleaner and easier to handle than coal. And it’s a lot easier on the fireman. E.S. - Anything you’d like to add? G.S. - Imagine that you’re living in this town in the middle of nowhere, and the railroad decided to lay rail through your town. All of a sudden, the horizon opened up.What used to take days on buckboards now took a matter of hours. The Engineers that commanded these steam snorting beasts came from places you’ve never heard of and were going to places you’d never been to. They were the heroes opening up the West. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park 5 Ave & Reservoir Rd Jamestown, CA 95327 (209) 984-3953 www.railtown1897.org

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ome of us have had ambitious thoughts come Springtime. “I should grow my own vegetables this summer! Then I’ll have the freshest food, and I can make home made canned goods for winter!” After a summer of wilted veggies, bugs, vermin and spills, scalds, and broken jars, we think, “There’s got to be a better way to do this….” That’s where the Farmer’s Market comes in! Leaving the hard part to the professionals, we find ourselves coming home with smiles on our faces, our canvas Trader Joe’s bags filled to the brim with vine ripened tomatoes, succulent berries, jars of jelly, a loaf of French bread, and colorful flowers. It’s somewhat of a European concept. Buy fresh what you need for that It’s crafts and other goodies as well.Warm days meal. baked loaves of bread, homemade cheese, aromatic blended teas, and muffins are Sonora has a great Farmer’s Market. It’s some of the other foods to be found. not only gooey honey, heirloom tomatoes Then there’s an array of crafts from potthe size of a small dog, and the line that tery to crocheted hats, jewelry holders, invariably forms for flats of strawberries.

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and handmade bath products. You could easily spend a couple hours roaming around the multiple vendors at this first-class affair. Begin the morning with a cup of tea from Columbia Kate’s chased with a pastry from Devon’s Delectables, a crepe from Bon Apetit’s crepe cart, or a warm breakfast wrap from Grilled Express. Bring your earth friendly bag and stroll through the varying booths of family run and operated ventures, all while listening to a different weekly musician entertaining the Marketgoers. Say ‘hi’ to Ed the flower vendor, who always has a smile and a kind word for the ladies. Drop by Apkarian Farms where Mike and his grandson have a thorough knowledge of the subtleties of every plum and grape. Chat with Ellen, who can often be found crocheting her latest masterpiece, or Christine, who has stacks of aromatic bath fizzies on glass cake plates. That feeling of ‘family’ is something no supermarket can offer.The Farmer’s Market is a magical way to spend a warm summer morning, every Saturday right here in downtown Sonora.

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May 14 through October 15 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday Theall St. at South Stewart St. One Block East of Washington St.

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fashion, home & garden After”, a dreamy seamstress shop that can turn whatever bit of clothing that you can describe, imagine, or dream into a reality. Whether it’s the most astonishing, corseted, hoop skirt velvet concoction for our very own Celtic Faire, the hand-beaded wedding dress you dreamed of as a little girl, or a curve hugging retro number straight out of a 1940’s movie, this is the place to go!

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If you want to learn how to do-it-yourself, Ever After will be offering sewing classes starting in October, and progressing to more comradewinds is blowing through town plicated endeavors such as pattern drafting and with a warm front of fabulous fash- design in the coming months. ions for the penny saving gal in all of Don’t think strictly costumes, either. If you us! Because ladies, the more we save, the need Grandma’s dress mended, or your little more loot we get to take home with us. one needs a tiny flower girl dress, Ever After Tradewinds is a grand consignment can turn your dream into a reality! store, carrying brands like Liz Claiborne, Ever After Jones New York, Banana Republic, and even 134 S. Washington St. Joseph Ribkoff. No hand-me-downs here, Sonora, CA 95370 just the finest of the gently used and never (209) 694-4889 worn clothing in an abundance of sizes and made cupcakes are also being carried in everafter-shop.com styles with great prices to match. stores throughout Sacramento, Lake Tahoe, and Napa Valley. Custom orders for wedDon’t miss the sale rack outside, which dings, showers, and parties are encouraged! for us women is akin to putting a big sign Come get your gift on at Blue World! in the window advertising “Free ChocoBlue World Photos & Botanicals late”. Oh, we are sooo there.The sale rack 38 S. Stewart St. will tempt you with $5 and $10 deals that Sonora, CA 95370 will lure you in to discover more amazing (209) 533-3323 clothing finds. So when you’re breezing blueworldphotos.com through town, don’t forget to stop and shop at Tradewinds, the hottest consignment store in town! very historic Gold Rush town & Tradewinds needs a creative way to become ne thing that’s wonderful about “part of the action”. And if you 63 S. Washington St. shopping in small towns like Sonora can’t be a bona fide gun slinger, or a Sonora, CA 95370 is that you get a feel for the shop feathery saloon girl, then at least you can (209) 588-8810 owners personality and what they love. Blue dress the part! Welcome to P & L Trading tradewindsconsignment.com World Photos and Botanicals has person- Post in downtown Sonora. ality to spare! Vintage cameras, a Wurlitzer Embrace your inner Outlaw and don and The Amazing Cat Mummy are sewing • alterations • clothing jukebox, period clothing from Scully - Wah Maker, just a few of the things found here. ave you Frontier Classics, and Recollections Brand Located directly behind Mountain Laurel available to buy or rent for whatever ever been to a Re- Florist in the heart of historic downtown, Western shindig you may be attending. Or naissance Faire? this fun and adorable shop features an ar- just adorn yourself in the trappings of a Have you wan- ray of photographs, and has also been fea- civil war soldier or a painted lady, (with on National Geographic’s website. dered around look- tured Blue World Photos will also be featuring a the traditional bottle of whiskey in your ing at the amazing selection of Vintage Yosemite photos as part grasp of course) in front of a saloon backarray of costumed of county-wide promotion in the coming drop or old west town for a perfect photo performers, draped months. opportunity. It’s all about the element of in layers of velvet In addition to the great eye candy, they fun and “dress-up” at P & L, so jangle your and trim and won- also carry an indulgent line of handmade spurs on down next time you’re passing dered, “Where on bath products, including the super cute through Sonora, Partner! earth did they find ‘bath cupcake’, a bath fizzy that looks good P and L Trading Post that incredible outfit?” Your question has enough to eat! Seen at the Sonora and An68 S Washington St been answered with the arrival of “Ever gel’s Camp Farmer’s Markets, these locally Sonora, CA 95370 www.sonorachamber.com

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Gunn House Hotel In the Heart of Historic Downtown Sonora

‘Gunny’ Our Hotel Bear Don’t miss our famous Innkeeper’s Breakfast– Waffles made to order!

Rooms $79-$115

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Winter/Spring 2011 Schedule of Tuolumne County Events

March 4 - 5

April 23 - 24

May 18 - 25

March 11 - 13

April 24

May 21

April 29 - 30

May 28 - 30

April 30

June 1 - 30

Columbia College Jazz SeriesVocal Jazz Festival (209) 588-5126 Sonora Celtic Faire See Pages 9-12 for details

March 17 Thru March 15

Railtown 1897 “Workshop Tours” (209) 984-3953

Thru March 6

Stage 3 Theatre “The Crucible” See Page 13 for details

February 4 - 5

Columbia College Big Band Jazz Festival (209) 588-5126

February 5

Sierra Repertory Theatre 32nd Annual Gala Celebration! (209) 532-0502x112

February 5

Columbia City Hotel has a Robert Burns Supper (209)-532-1479

February 5 thru April 3 Sierra Repertory Theatre “Hairspray” (209) 532-3120

February 13

St James Concert Series “Susan Lamb Cook, Cello” (209) 984-0704

February 17

Black Oak Casino Chris Hillman & Herb Pederson

February 27

Black Oak Casino - Sam Bush -

March 1 - 3

Linkline Charters & Tours “Reno Snow Train” (209) 694-8747 Tours to Yosemite begin in March. See Page 2 for detais

Gunny’s Favorite Things To Do!

Black Oak Casino The Grascals

March 20

St James Concert Series “Three Guitars” (209) 984-0704

Railtown 1897 Easter Trains (209) 984-3953

Railtown 1897 “School Trains” (209) 984-3953

Columbia State Historic Park: Easter Celebration (209) 536-1672

Railtown 1897 “Sierra #3 Day” (209) 984-3953

Sierra Repertory Theatre “The Full Monty” (209) 532-3120

Railtown 1897 “Memorial Day Weekend” (209) 984-3953

March 23 - 27

Sonora Spring Festival See Page 7 for details

June 5

April 2 - 3

Art in the Park Jamestown (209) 984-3370 or 984-3160

April 30 - May 1

June 5

April 8 - 10

Columbia 52nd Annual Fireman’s Muster (209) 532-8718

May 7

June 9 - 12

May 7 - 8

June 11

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Art Exhibit (209) 984-1378 Railtown 1897 “Opening Weekend 2011” (209) 984-3953 Spring Rendezvous (209) 588-9110

Sierra Repertory Theatre “The Full Monty” (209) 532-3120

April 30

Groveland Car Show (209) 962-0429 Concert in the Vines 3rd Annual (209) 694-1063

Groveland John Muir Festival (209) 962-0429

April 9 - 16

Railtown 1897 “Wildflower Train” (209) 984-3953

April 10

St. James Concert Series: “Corina Stoian,Violin” (209) 536-9402

April 10

Railtown 1897 “Sierra #3 Day” (209) 984-3953

April 15 thru May 22

Stage 3 Theatre “Noises Off” See Page 13 for details

Mother Lode Round-Up Parade & Rodeo “54th Annual” (209)-928-9318

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May 15

Columbia College Jazz SeriesMarchio Flores Latin Jazz Band (209) 588-5126

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Father’s Day Fly In - Columbia 45th Annual (209) 533-5685

Railtown 1897 “Mother’s Day” (209) 984-3953 May 13 - June 12 Sierra Repertory Theatre “Boeing-Boeing” (209) 532-0502x112

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April 17

Columbia Wine Tasting 35th Annual (209) 588-5089

Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee 62nd Annual (209) 743-6796

June 19

Railtown 1897 “Father’s Day” (209) 984-3953

Indian Market Black Oak Casino (877) 747-8777 Black Oak Casino 10th Anniversary Celebration (877) 747-8777

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INNS OF CALIFORNIA Historic Gold Country

Discover comfort, location and “hotel service that takes your breath away” —HeritageHotelgroup.com

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nns of California-Sonora is nestled in the heart of the historic gold country foothills, is only sixty miles from Yosemite National Park and minutes from Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and Columbia State Park. Tour the California gold rush towns of Sonora, Jamestown, and Columbia.In the heart of the Sierra, enjoy skiing, fishing, river rafting, golfing, antique shopping, caves, and steam trains. Located in Downtown Sonora you will be within easy walking distance to many local restaurants and unique shops. e 20 Whatever your interest, you will love coming back to your clean room at Inns of California Sonora. Year-Round Heated Pool and Spa

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