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Stay l Play l Dine l Shop l Explore See what’s waiting for you this Christmas!

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Holiday Events

Sonora Shop & Stroll


Stage 3 Theatre Co. Christmas at Railtown



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Tuolumne County Events

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Nov 5-6

SONORA All Hallows Fantasy Faire

(209) 532-7428

Oct 22-23

SONORA Capitol Christmas Tree Celebration

SONORA Hometown Crafters Holiday Faire & Craft Boutique (209) 536-9625

Nov 25-27

SONORA 37th Annual Christmas Craft & Music Festival (209) 533-3473

Nov 25 - Dec 18

Nov 11 - Dec 17

(209) 533-4420

Nov 25-26


Dec 11

COLUMBIA STATE HISTORIC PARK All Equestrian Christmas Parade (209) 823-3538

Jan 10, 2012

RAILTOWN 1897 “Shop Tours” (209) 984-3953

RAILTOWN 1897 “Shop Tours”

GROVELAND Hotel Charlotte Cuisine al a Cabaret

(209) 984-3953

(209) 962-6455

Mar 13, 2012

Oct 23

RAILTOWN 1897 “Shop Tours”

SONORA 35th Annual Sonora Bach Festival

(209) 984-3953

(209) 536-6330

Mar 31 & Apr 1, 2012

Oct 24

GROVELAND Hotel Charlotte Card Stamping Party (209) 962-6455

RAILTOWN 1897 “Opening Weekend 2012” COLUMBIA

RAILTOWN 1897 Santa Comes To Railtown!

Sierra Repertory Theatre

Oct 27-30

“The Winter Wonderettes”

2 GROVELAND/YOSEMITE Evergreen Lodge Halloween Music Festival


(209) 532-3120

Nov 29 & Dec 11

Nov 11- Dec 18


(209) 372-2606


Oct 28-30

“Over the River and Through the Woods”

Stage 3 Theatre Company

SONORA Mother Lode Art Association 59th Annual Juried Art Show (209) 984-4048

Oct 28 - Nov 30

COLUMBIA Sierra Repertory Theatre “The Drowsy Chaperone”

(209) 536-1778

Nov 25

SONORA Historic Downtown Sonora Christmas Parade (209) 532-7725

Nov 25 - Dec 18

COLUMBIA Candy Cane Making

(209) 532-3120

Oct 29

COLUMBIA STATE HISTORIC PARK “Jack-O’-Lanterns Lighting” (209) 532-1479

City Hotel

Victorian Christmas Celebration & Feast (209) 532-1479

December Thru Dec 17


Sierra Repertory Theatre

“The Winter Wonderettes” (209) 532-3120

Dec 1 - 18

(209) 984-3953

Apr 7-8, 2012

RAILTOWN 1897 Easter Trains (209) 984-3953

Apr 14, 2012

RAILTOWN 1897 “Wildflower Trains” (209) 984-3953

Apr 28 & May 13, 2012

RAILTOWN 1897 “Mother’s Day” (209) 984-3953

May 16, 2012


“School Trains” (209) 984-3953


Sierra Repertory Theatre

“The Drowsy Chaperone” (209) 532-3120

Thru Dec 18

Oct 31


GROVELAND Unique Halloween Downtown

Stage 3 Theatre Company

(209) 962-0429

“Over the River and Through the Woods”


Dec 2

(209) 536-1778

Nov 1 - Dec 18


Sierra Repertory Theatre

Dec 3


“The Drowsy Chaperone” (209) 532-3120



Feb 7, 2012

Oct 23


Dec 10 - 18

TWAIN HARTE “Winter Wonderland Christmas Parade” (209) 586-5197

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Live Well. Be Well. This Edition of Explore Sonora pays special attention to Railtown 1897, one of the area’s most popular attractions. We encourage both visitors and locals alike to discover a bit of our Western History & Heritage this M A G A Z I N E summer and through fall, winter, spring & summer. 2 TUOLUMNE COUNTY EVENTS CONCEPT, DESIGN & PRODUCTION During the fall, winter and Holiday Season, visit the Paul Bell small towns of Tuolumne County and experience the ADVERTISING SALES many events awaiting you and your family. Calendar Sonora Chamber of Commerce courtesy The Groveland Hotel. Paul Bell 3 DISCOVER GROVELAND EDITORIAL & PHOTOGRAPH CONTRIBUTORS About 1/2 hour away from Sonora explore this small Paul Bell town, Tuolumne County’s Gateway to Yosemite. Railtown 1897 State Historic Park 4 A DOG’S LIFE Stage 3 Theatre Company Meet some of our merchants and their best friends Ora Moss Morgan/City of Sonora as you Shop & Stroll Historic Downtown Sonora. Don and Laurel Sherburne Dale Bachelor 5 SMALL TOWN CHEER Christopher’s Ristorante See what’s waiting for you this Christmas. Shop our Brad Perk small towns and discover Christmas all over again. Joan’s Boutique 6-8 THE GOOD LIFE: FASHION, HOME & GARDEN Jim Hildreth One of the advantages of shopping in a small town COVER PHOTOGRAPH is meeting merchants who offer our unique brand of Dodge Ridge Ski Resort Small Town Cheer during the Holiday Season.



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Before you know— it’ll be time to hit the slopes! Take advantage of the SkiBus to get you from Sonora to Dodge Ridge. $10/round-trip, $25/Family Pass/round-trip. THE


The Voice of Commerce, Culture & Community

Mailing Address P.O. Box 884, Sonora, CA 95370 Vox/Fax: 209-588-9625 WEBSITE: E-MAIL: The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization representing the community of Sonora. As the Sonora Chamber of Commerce, we concentrate our marketing efforts within the Greater Sonora area. The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is also dedicated to raising the awareness of Tuolumne County through tourism, and markets the area as a tourism destination. EXPLORE SONORA is a joint publication of The Sonora Chamber of Commerce and Paul Bell l Marketing Solutions. 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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Ora Moss Morgan affectionately recalls Christmas of a century ago in Sonora. 14 HOME AWAY FROM HOME

Don and Laurel Sherburne offer insight about buying a second home in this moment of opportunity. 15 OVER THE RIVER & THROUGH THE WOODS

Stage 3 offers this offbeat production, back by popular demand, for the Holiday Season.

Black Chasm Cavern and Sutter Gold Mine during Talulah’s and Christopher’s are well worth a visit for your Sierra Foothills adventure. a great foodie experience at two exceptional restau- 20 RAILTOWN 1897 Year-round Family Fun and a bit of history at one rants in Historic Downtown Sonora. of Tuolumne County’s most popular area attractions. 17 THE BANDIT POET & WELLS FARGO BANK The ‘end’ of the story about the famous highwayman who robbed Wells Fargo & Co. 28 times. 16 THE GOOD LIFE: FOOD


Gunny, the Hotel’s Bear, shares some of the most requested recipes from the historic hotel’s kitchen. 19 CAVE & MINE ADVENTURES

Discover Moaning Cavern Park, California Cavern,



discover groveland


During the Holiday Season Groveland is well worth a visit for sightseeing, historical discoveries and some Christmas shopping, dining and even an overnight stay. osemite National Park for tourists coming from the San Francisco Bay Celebrated its 120th Area, Sacramento, Stockton, or Modesto. Birthday recently with Although Groveland boasts a population of apa unique companion in Cali- proximately 3,000 full-time residents,this number fornia’s history: California’s State often triples during the summer months.Visitors Route 120, Tuolumne County’s Scenic Gateway to the north- our area, as well as the many recreational opporern entrance to Yosemite Na- tunities offered nearby.This quiet hilltop commutional Park. nity has managed to retain much of its old west During the Gold Rush, SR charm, and still boasts the oldest continuous120 was originally known as Big ly operating saloon in California. Travelers enjoy Oak Flat Road, after the village playing golf at Pine Mountain Lake’s 18-hole golf of Big Oak Flat through which it course, taking in the sun at one of the numerpasses in the Sierra foothills. It was a pack trail from of course sightseeing. Stockton which became poprom the San Francisco BayArea and Central ular with prospectors about Valley Highway 120 is also the fastest route 1849. By 1874 it was a wagon toYosemite. This route through Groveland road, which extended to theYo- is one of Tuolumne County’s best kept secrets. semiteValley. Discover Groveland Magazine Established as mining camps in 1852,Groveland Published Winter/Fall & Spring/Summer 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

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 long­established candy makers as well as the latest delights from new and specialty confectioners.

While you Shop & Stroll Historic Downtown Sonora this Holiday Season take note of something perhaps a little unusual— shop dogs.

Open 7 Days A Week Weekdays 10 am ­ 7 pm Weekends 10 am ­ 9 pm • Fine Chocolates • Organic Chocolates • Bulk Candy • Novelty Toys & Gifts Old­Fashioned Bottled Soda

209.532.2388 Addictions Sarah & Toby Breed:Yorkie

Benjamin Mike & Poppy Breed: Border Collie

Polka Dots Liz & Maurice Breed: Min. Poodle

Let ‘er Buck Laurie & Posey Breed: Cocker Spaniel

42 S. Washington Street, Sonora, CA

‘Have A Sweet Day!’ 95370

small town cheer EXPLORE

Christmas begins at

Small Town Cheer


ive your family a special gift this Holiday Season.A little Small Town Cheer won’t cost you your sanity or put a dent in your wallet. Discover Christmas all over again! Brought to you by the Sonora Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas Lights Lane

The Merchant Awards are: Grand Prize $300.00, Second Place $200.00, Third Place $100.00 and two Honorable Mentions $50.00. Prizes will be awarded to winning Merchants and Businesses at the December 20th Sonora Chamber Mixer. Window/Display Judging will be based on a point system in the following categories: Theme, Creativity and Lighting. All Merchants or Businesses from School Street, South to Hospital Road along Washington Street, East as far as Barretta St., and West to the Junction of East Jackson at W. Stockton Street. There are no requirements for eligibility. Final judging will occur the week of December 13th – 20th, 2011. Holiday Shopper Gift Package ($300.00 Value) will be awarded by a drawing on December 20th.

Shop & Stroll


orget the hassles of the big city and mall madness. Shop and Stroll in Sonora, Jamestown and Groveland during the Holidays and experience a little of our Small Town Cheer!


uring the Holidays, Historic Downtown Sonora will Light Up Your Life with twinkle lights, window displays and Christmas Cheer! Shop and Stroll and vote for your favorite merchant window and enter to Win prizes. The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the Second Annual ‘Historic Downtown Sonora Best Dressed Window or Holiday Display Contest’ for this Holiday Shopping Season. This contest is intended to encourage Historic Downtown Sonora businesses to celebrate the Season by embracing the spirit of our own Small Town Cheer and capturing the attention of locals and visitors alike.

Shop & Stroll Food Drive


hare the Spirit of the Holidays by donating non-perishable food at select Sonora Area merchants. Look for the Food Drive Decal or Poster (see bottom of this page) for Donation Stations. Please visit for a list of participating merchants.

Sonora Shop & Stroll


Dodge Ridge SkiBus


inter brings snow, skiing, snowboarding and Family Fun! Hop on board in Historic Downtown Sonora and leave the driving to Tuolumne County Transit— Tuolumne County Transit gets YOU where YOU want to go! Visit for details.


Capitol Christmas Tree


he Chief of the Forest Service, is leading the State of California in the harvesting and delivery of the 2011 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Stanislaus National Forest. Known as the “People’s Tree”, the Forest Service has provided the tree to our nation’s capitol since 1970. The tree will grace the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol in December 2011. The Superintendent of the Capitol Grounds has recently selected the perfect 60 foot red fir from the Stanislaus National Forest.The tree will be harvested on November 5, 2011, prepped for travel and loaded on a trailer to begin its 10 day tour through California. There will be a public view of the tree at Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, 10 am - 7 pm on November 5th, 2011. For information call 209.532.7428 California’s tree will then travel throughout the state visiting many cities and towns before it journeys to Washington, D.C. The California state tour is estimated to take about 8 days.

The most needed items are:

• Canned fruits and vegetables • Canned meats and fish • Canned soups, chili, stew • Dry foods such as beans, rice, pasta, macaroni and cheese, cup-o-soups, cereals, cereal bars, oatmeal and pancake mix • Peanut butter




the good life Mountain Laurel Florist

fashion, home & garden

is owned and personally attended to by Joan Richardson who’s been a retail merchant for more than two decades. Joan’s store has been a fixture of the community for years and it’s difficult to find women of any age who don’t shop there for that 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. 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 comfortable, which is exactly what Small Town Cheer is all about.

value, selection, and service in the business. Let ‘er Buck has something for everyone. Let ‘er Buck Western Wear 36 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 533-1144

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lowers are known to have positive effects on our moods, perhaps because they are a living creation of art. Flowers offer their beauty in return for care and attention. They also express a wide array of feelings and are inspirational for just about any occasion. But your flowers have already shared a vital relationship with the florist, who decides which flowers to buy and where to buy them from, and in whose care they are given before they are in your possession. It’s the florist and staff ultimately creating those personal touches for that special or spontaneous occasion. Thus, it is the florist who prepares your flowers for you -- not only in the beauty, artistry and style of a bouquet, but also in the care that the flowers will expect when they are presented to the intended. The staff of Mountain Laurel Florist will attend to every need for any occasion. Located in the heart of historic downtown Sonora, they also offer dried arrangements, a great selection of gift cards, centerpieces, garden décor, potted plants, bird-themed items, mosaic pieces, French milled soaps, and of course, delivery services. Mt. Laurel Florist 35 South Washington Street Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-9533

Joan’s Boutique 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.

Leslie, Sabine,Tammy, front: Cloudia, Joan, Elizabeth

Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store

Joan’s Boutique has been voted ‘The Best Woman’s Boutique/Clothing Store’ for 6 years in a row in the Union Democrat’s annual reader’s poll. She and her staff were recently voted Best Overall Customer Service. Joan’s Boutique 52 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 533-1550

Let ‘eron’t Buck! just be part of the herd— start


a stampede by visiting Let ‘er Buck at the Four Corners intersection of Bradford & Washington streets. There’s a wide selection of new and quality consignment Western wear including belts, boots and hats. Let ‘er Buck also offers Selix Formal Wear, uniforms (EMS, FIRE, CHP, CDCR), as well as children’s clothing. Because they wear what they sell, you are getting first-hand knowledge of what works! They can outfit the able ranch hand as well as the next Rodeo Queen. They take exceptional care of their customers, striving to provide the best


f you’re looking for anything unique and useful for the kitchen, bath and garden, stop here first— and you’re likely to find it among their stock of kitchen gadgets, tools and accessories. They carry Nordic Ware, Chantal, BIA Cordon Bleu, Microplane, and more. Decorate a beautiful table with accents from TAG, Root Candles, April Cornell, and IHR paper napkins. Their indoor Market under the Awning offers a selection of gourmet jams, preserves,


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olive oils, baking mixes, spices, loose and bagged teas and seasonal treats to tempt you. Find your favorite fragrance from their complete line of Crabtree and Evelyn or the Home Thymes collection. Search their Garden section for the perfect accent for your entry, patio, or table. Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store also features a selection of Mt. Brow Wine and a selection of wine related products, gifts and gadgets. Customer Service is their specialty with free gift-wrap on every purchase.They even offer a selection of greeting cards to make your gift complete. Now that’s one stop shopping! Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store 98 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 588-1400

Sonora in a way— everything from wonderful collectables, antiques, vintage clothing, consignment or decorator items and you might even find a lovely garden pergola just waiting for you in the middle of the store. You never know, and only an occasional visit is never enough to get a complete sense of the ever-changing inventory. Housed in one of the most uniquely historic buildings in Sonora, the shop inspires one to wander around for that rare, unusual item or piece of furniture you’ve been looking for. Suzy, the owner, is constantly on the hunt for items that suit her and her clientele’s interests. The inventory changes weekly if not daily. The shop and Suzy’s enthusiasm and joy will always inspire you as you Shop & Stroll along Washington Street.

Scarlet’s Web


Scarlet’s Web 31 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 588-8300

Mountain Home Gifts


here’s no simple way to describe what you’ll find at Scarlet’s Web just above the Four Corners intersection in Historic Downtown Sonora. The shop reflects


t’s always an adventure shopping at TradeWinds. Their main focus is women’s clothing: Better and designer labels (no more than two years old, or classic, timeless styles) in new or like-new condition. They carry all accessories: Belts, footwear, hats, scarves and jewelry. They also have a small consignment section for men, with an emphasis on Hawaiian and silk shirts. Nearly all the home decor items you will see in the store are for sale on consignment. While not a vintage store, you will find a smattering of vintage couture pieces and traditional Hawaiian attire. Since we average over 100 new pieces to the floor daily, you just never know what you’ll find! Some favorite brands that you’ll find at Tradewinds are: Ann Taylor, Armani, Banana Republic, Brighton, Cache, Chicos, Liz Claiborne, Coach, Gucci, Anne Klein, and Ralph Lauren to name a few! Tradewinds 63 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 588-8810




T OPEN 7 DAYS 108 South Washington St. Downtown Sonora 209.588.8899

his unique gift store in Historic Downtown Sonora, carries a wide selection of gifts, art, books and clothing that celebrate life in Sonora, the mountains and the surrounding small towns and foothill communities. If you’re walking, hiking, camping or exploring, there’s a collection of guidebooks related to the foothills, the Sierras to the north and south including Yosemite.

685 South Washington St., Sonora (209) 536-1400


You can find reproductions of vintage signs posters, postcards and other memorabilia related to life in the foothills, mountains and Yosemite National Park. There is also a selection of cook books. Mountain Home Gifts also specializes in Sonora branded clothing and merchandise. They also have furniture that can be customized to reflect your favorite memories of your visit, your cabin or home. Mountain Home Gifts

134 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 533-5319

BLVD, Nine Bird, Lush among many more favorites. Addictions is one of Sonora’s newest, trend-setting boutiques catering to your favorite addictions. Addictions Spray Tanning & Fashion 128 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 617-3689

Sun Beam’s Baby & Kids Boutique

Addictions Spray Tanning & Fashion




o n o r a ’s first and only spray tanning salon uses vegan certified, organic, spray tanning ingredients. At Addictions every customer is important, so they make sure that you look your best and that the color compliments your natural skin tone and is perfect after every session. No matter if you want to be bronzed for a special event, vacation or just because you want that tan, now! Addictions Spray Tanning will get it right each and every time without the harmful effects of UV tanning. Addictions Fashion features contemporary clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories for women and girls. We carry reasonably priced limited edition collections with new themes launched every week. Featured lines include Naked Zebra, H&G, Miss Chic, Color Story,

un Beam is your one-stop shop for stylish clothing, shoes and accessories for baby up to size 12. Diaper bags, baby skin care, and one of a kind gift items. Perfect place to shop and register! Featuring B.O.B. Strollers, Citizens of Humanity Maternity Jeans, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Charlie Rocket and Mud Pie plus many more brands. For the expectant mom, Sun Beams carries maternity clothing as well. Sun Beam’s Baby & Kids Boutique 136 S. Washington St., Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-5800

MOTHER LODE BANK “We’re Local and....Simply A Better Bank”

Downtown Sonora 172 West Stockton Road (209) 694-8400 Junction Shopping Center 13769-C Mono Way (209) 532-9400















in a sweet country town

Snow along Washington Street in Historic Sonora

By Ora Moss Morgan Ora Moss Morgan’s column, “Gold Dust,” appeared for 17 years in the old Sonora Banner newspaper from 1933-1950.


o you ask for the Christmas of our childhood days? My, it seems only yesterday that we were romping, happy, carefree youngsters, eagerly waiting for Christmas Day to come; we roamed the nearby hills, gathering holly berries and mistletoe to help decorate the house; and it was sweet and homey. Today everything is made to order - artificial and beautiful - you just buy and put them up - glittering and gorgeous, but I wonder if children today get the real thrill that was ours with the simple homemade garlands? Sonora was just a sweet little country town then, everybody knew everybody - everybody knew how many beaus Mary had - and who was going to get married and who was going to have a baby - and all were interested; people visited neighbors and friends - now they are too busy so they telephone; today the world is too busy - we do not have time to see the ones we know and love. Why - it seems to me we used to accomplish so much and still had time to do the thoughtful, friendly acts. Mundorf’s was another fascinating place at Christmas - and

lighted with just flickering oil lamps - they seemed so bright to us; and the drug store windows with huge round jars or bottles - red, blue and green - so colorful; I have never known the significance of these in the drug store windows or what was in them. I remember on Christmas Day all the old bachelor miners would come into town - they would sit on the benches along the street and perhaps have dinner at a hotel or restaurant - and too, they hoped to be treated to a Christmas drink - Tom and Jerry. I recall so many of those lonely old men I knew from childhood who lived along Wood’s Creek and on Bald Mountain; on this day were dressed in their best clothes- wearing often a nugget watch chain. And we do not forget those delicious home cooked Christmas dinners - everything homemade - no cans or packaged goods in those days - and no one could prepare and season things like Mother. Yes - we all love to think of those carefree days when the whole world smiled because it was Christmas - the happy family circle still unbroken - no vacant chairs. I am glad I knew these simple Christmases, but I will join with my family and kiddies in a modern Christmas celebration and like it.


Lucky to get six hours of sleep?

Photos Courtesy Dale Bachelor Collection

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home away from home real estate

Buying a Second Home By Laurel and Don Sherburne Prudential California Realty


ollywood stars are not the only ones with homes in the city and the country. Second home ownership has become an extremely popular trend in today’s real estate market. Why? Because demographics and technology are meeting to create a historic opportunity for buyers and sellers. As Baby Boomers rush toward retirement, second e 14 homes suitable for play now and retirement later have enormous appeal. Thanks to technology in the Mother Lode, second homes are becoming a place to work as well as play. Second homes may be located in “the pines” or located near a second work environment for those who commute frequently between different business destinations. How you use a second home is up to you, but if this is something you’ve been considering, NOW is the time to get the information you need to make an informed decision. A Real Estate Professional can help guide you through financial considerations, assist you in finding the right community with the right amenities for you and your family. Your real estate professional may be able to get you the information and advice you need to use the equity in your current home to finance the down payment on a second home, for example. For many, a second home in a vacation

or resort area can be an income property when not in use. Once again, a real estate professional will help you consider property management options that can be a crucial financial factor as well as important to peace-of-mind. Married couples, generally over age 35, with or without children are almost twice as likely to own second homes as single persons. And the fastest growing segment of second home buyers are age 35 to 54, without children at home. Some of the best locations are not more than two to three hours away from major metropolitan areas by car or plane. San Franciscans retreat to the Mother Lode because of this convenience. What makes a second home location ideal? Natural beauty is great, but don’t forget about cultural and social resources, as well as first-rate golf, tennis and other popular sports facilities. Nevertheless, you will likely get more enjoyment out of a property you can get to quickly and can use frequently. Since you know this area, chances are you’ll make a better real estate investment closer to home. And be sure to look at each property with an eye toward tomorrow, because the vacation homes likely to appreciate the most are the ones that Boomers can play in today and retire in tomorrow. There are many factors involved in selecting the right community for you and your family. Discuss your options with your real estate professional. This will provide the information he or she needs to help you find property listings to tour. Remember, a targeted approach to house hunting is less time consuming, less expensive and more efficient. Laurel and Don Sherburne can be reached at (209) 768-8273 or (209) 613-4397. Prudential California Realty is an independently owned and operated member of The Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc., a Prudential Financial company. Equal Housing Opportunity.


Don Sherburne, Broker/GRI Laurel Sherburne, Broker Associate


e chose a real estate career so that we can serve our clients as they purchase or sell a home. We love this area due to its proximity to Yosemite National Park, Pinecrest Lake, Dodge Ridge and Stanislaus National Forest. rom the diversity of the geography to the friendliness of your neighbors, Tuolumne County truly offers a quality of life without equal. hether your interest is in a primary residence, retirement or second home, or investment property, you can find your special property at an unbelievably affordable price.



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Over the River and Through the Woods Back by popular demand - one of Stage 3’s favorite holiday gems.... “A hilarious family comedy” —BackStage. “Deliriously Funny” —NY Daily News “The most hilarious evening of theatre I have ever experienced. If you see just one play throughout this hectic season, this is the one to see.” Calaveras Enterprise


ick Cristano is a single, ItalianAmerican guy from New Jersey. His parents retired and moved to Florida. That doesn’t mean his family isn’t still in Jersey. In fact, he sees both sets of his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. This is routine until he has to tell them that he’s been offered a dream job. The job he’s been waiting for— marketing executive—would take him away from his beloved, but annoying, grandparents. He tells them. The news doesn’t sit so well. Thus begins a series of schemes to keep Nick around. How could he betray his family’s love to move to Seattle, for a job, wonder his grandparents? Well, Frank, Aida, Nunzio and Emma do their level best, and that includes bringing to dinner the lovely—and single— Caitlin O’Hare as bait… Nick visits his grandparents every Sunday for dinner. Grandpa Frank crashes his car every time he gets behind the wheel. Grandma Aida keeps the house at a comfortable “August in Ethiopia” temperature. Nunzio and Emma are the loudest people on the planet and all four are the worst Trivial Pursuit players of all time. Over the River and Through the Woods is a bittersweet tale of the bonds between generations and the distances between them. Modern families break up. Values that are paramount to one generation are vestiges of a bygone era to another. One Sunday Nick announces that he has been offered a job across the country. When Nick explains, “There’s nothing to keep me here,” Aida re-


plies “What about us?” The four grandparents concoct a scheme to keep Nick near them and set in motion a chain of events that surprises them all. Join Stage 3 for this warmhearted evening and we think you’ll agree that “Over the River and through the Woods” is a great place to go for the holidays. Over the River and Through the Woods By Joe DePietro November 11 - December 18, 2011 Stage 3 Theatre Company 208 S. Green St., Sonora, CA 209-536-1778


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December 31st

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ur Historic Hotel has traditional furnishings while the Annex has contemporary furnishings.


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ll rooms in our Annex and the suites and efficiency rooms in the Historic Hotel have irons and ironing boards, inroom refrigerators and microwave ovens. For a small fee, pets are welcome in designated rooms.

Ask about our local e 16 Dining Discount Specials Sonora Days Inn Hotel & Room Amenities • High Speed Wireless • Handicap Facilities • Coffee Maker in Room • No Smoking Rooms • Complimentary • Rooftop Pool Newspapers • Cable TV Toiletries • Business Services Local Telephone • Voicemail/Data Calls • Ice/Vending Machines Outdoor Parking • Historic Elevator Disabled Parking • 24 Hour Front Desk • Wake up Calls • Nearby: • Meeting Space Golf, Tennis, Fitness • Banquet Space

Christopher’s Ristorante Italiano is accessible through our lobby and is well worth a visit during your stay!

Sonora Days Inn 160 S. Washington Street Sonora, CA 95370 Phone: 209-532-2400 Fax: 209-532-4542

Photos: Jim Hildreth

Talulah’s Restaurant


his intimate restaurant makes an effort to present simple,but creative dishes,consistently prepared with fresh ingredients.Talulah’s is much like many fine, casual cafes or artisan bistro you might find throughout Europe. An attentive staff accommodates your presence, whether alone or a spontaneous, causal gathering of friends, and even for a romantic dinner for two. Talulah’s easily accommodate modest changes to their dishes based on your appetite or taste preferences.A very friendly, small town accommodation. Their artisan bread, served warm with olive oil and herbs shouldn’t be taken for granted. It’s a conscious effort that reminds us that sometimes, even the simplest touches, are the most appreciated. It’s genuine comfort food with an upscale spin, especially when you discover even a simple dish like their macaroni & cheese. They’re open for lunches and dinners with a menu inclusive of salads, pasta, grilled entrées, and feature local wines as well. Moderate prices $10 - $30, and take out is available. Lunch & Dinner Price Range: $$ ($10-$30) Talulah’s Restaurant 13 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-7278

Christopher’s Ristorante Italiano


hef Chris Segarini lives his passion – creating, preparing and celebrating food with influences through his twenty years of experience. His menu reflects the pride of New Orleans and West Coast cooking. The Veal Piccata, was served golden brown, tender and succulent and the piccata sauce was definitely complimentary to the flavor of the veal— a nuance that might have escaped the attention and care of a less experienced chef. The grilled vegetables were hot and with just enough crispiness to confirm they were local, fresh and served with mashed potatoes prepared with a hint of garlic, so as not to overwhelm. Tiramisu was the perfect ending to a fine meal. Christopher’s carries a fine selection of local, California and Italian wines. It’s also a short walk from live theatre at Stage 3, and is conveniently adjacent to the lobby of the Historic Sonora Inn. Weekend Brunch, Lunch & Dinner Price Range: $$ ($10-$30) Christopher’s Ristorante Italiano 160 South Washington Street Sonora, CA 95370-4712 (209) 533-2600

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Bandit Poet & Wells Fargo legends And everlasting sorrow. Yet come what will, I’ll try it once, My conditions can’t be worse, And if there’s money in that box, ‘Tis money in my purse. Black Bart, the P o 8


o understand the impact famed stagecoach bandit, Black Bart, had on Wells Fargo & Company, is taking a quick glance at their final Robber’s Report revealing much of their frustration.There were 28 Wells Fargo Stagecoach robberies between July 26, 1875 and November 3, 1883. The hold-ups occurred along the Sonora route through Calaveras county, northern California and well into Oregon. The first and last robberies occurred on the Sonora to Milton stage line north of Copperopolis on the rail line connecting to all points. The beginning and end of Black Bart’s exploits occurred along the mountain pass called Funk Hill about 4 miles east of Copperopolis. Black Bart initiated the first successful stage robbery in California history. Although the bandit carried a double-barreled shotgun and wore a flour sack over his head, he earned part of his reputation as a gentleman bandit with an arrow-straight posture, never harming a passenger. During one of his later robberies, a lady passenger on the stage attempted to step out, but Black Bart reassured her, calmly and politely: “No lady, don’t get out. I never bother the passengers. Keep calm. I’ll be through here in a minute and on my way.” He departed after removing the modest contents of the lock box, $50.00 in gold, a watch and the mail bags. He occasionally left behind poetry in the emptied Wells Fargo & Co. lock boxes, which taunted their investigators. His fourth and fifth robberies he left these two poems: I’ve labored long and hard for bread, For honor and for riches But on my corns too long you’ve tread, You fine-haired sons-of-bitches. Black Bart, the P o 8

The robberies spanned 8 years, who more ‘dabbled’ in robbing stagecoaches for extra income. He was quoted saying, “I took only what was needed when it was needed.” Ironically James B. Hume, chief investigator for Wells Fargo, was on the stagecoach for the first and last robberies. Black Bart left the scene with a grazing shot across his forehead. He also left behind a number of personal items. The most

important was Bart’s handkerchief, full of buckshot, which bore the laundry mark. Hume had an operative track down, over most of California, the laundry in San Francisco where Black Bart’s identity was finally revealed as Charles Bolton. 18 days after his last robbery, one Charles Boles, aka Charles Bolton, aka Black Bart was captured, tried, convicted and sentenced in San Andreas and on November 21, 1883, Black Bart entered San Quentin prison. He was released from San Quentin on January 23, 1888, after serving 4 years of a 6 year sentence, for good behavior. He was hounded by reporters upon release and disappeared from a San Francisco hotel. He was last reported to be living in a hotel some time thereafter. There had been a series of stage robberies with the highwayman ‘resembling the figure’ of Black Bart. Two Wells Fargo detectives tracked him down and searched his room at the hotel. They found his valise full of crackers, canned meats, sugar and coffee, just the sort of thing someone going ‘on the road’ might carry. He was never seen again.


ells Fargo & Co. was borne out of the

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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 wagon train 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.

Wells Fargo & Co.

808 E. Mono Way, CA 95370 (209) 532-3106

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Ingredients 1 cup pancake/waffle mix 2 teaspoons white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 cup cold milk 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions 1. Preheat waffle iron. In a blender, combine milk, eggs and vanilla and add sugar cinnamon and waffle mix. Blend thoroughly. 2. Spray preheated waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. Serve hot with plenty of butter and maple syrup, jam, honey or your favorite fruit!

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2 eggs ¼ cup oil ¼ cup cold coffee 1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries ¼ cup sugar Directions 1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 9” round baking pan by lightly greasing or spraying with non-stick cooking spray. 2. Blend coffee, oil and eggs in mixing bowl. Add brownie mix and mix until blended. Stir in raspberries and blend. 3. Spoon batter into prepared 9” round cake pan. Sprinkle ¼ cup sugar over batter. 4. Place in 350 oven and bake for 30-35 minutes. Do not over bake. Cool and invert cake onto plate and dust with powdered sugar.







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