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A Good Summer Read


Time Travellers Minstrel David Rainwater Patrick Kaunert as Mark Twain & Famous Engine No. 3

Trolley Service




Cover Photo Courtesy California State Parks

a celebration of our western heritage



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Ride the Historic 49 Trolley Weekends • Columbia • Sonora • Jamestown • May 12 thru Labor Day • visit



18767 Main Street • Groveland, CA 95321 • 209-962-4000 • 800-273-3314 •

Spring 2012 Tuolumne County Events May 5 to May 6

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Fireman’s Muster - Columbia

Fallon House Theatre “Ring of Fire” Johnny Cash

May 5

Black Hat Foundation Black & White Charity Ball Foothill Horizon

Memorial Day

Columbia SHP Memorial Day Salute May 31 to June 3

Black Oak Casino is located 8 miles east of Sonora, at 19400 Tuolumne Rd. North (E-17), Tuolumne, CA 95379 877.7478777 •

May 16 Black Oak Casino Anniversary Fireworks

May 5 to May 20

Central Sierra Arts Council Tour de Sonora; The Art of Cycling May 5

Central Sierra Arts Council Tour de Sonora Opening Reception May 12 to May 13

Mother Lode Round-Up Parade/Rodeo May 12 to Labor Day April 20 to April 22

Yosemite National Park “Earth Day”

Historic 49 Trolley Service returns weekends thru Labor Day

Columbia State Historic Park Diggins 1852 June 1 to July 1

Sierra Repertory Theatre “The 39 Steps” June 1 to July 15

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Central Sierra Arts Council George Post and Friends

Stage 3 “Superior Donuts” See pages 10 and 15

June 2

Groveland John Muir Festival June 3 e

Where the Hell’s Groveland Car Show


June 3 May 15

4th Stage Street Dance 4-10 pm E. Linoberg Street between S. Washington and S. Stewart May 15

Music in Coffill Park Blues Box Bayou 6-8 pm

April 22

Elks Lodge “Taste for Mentoring” Dessert Contest/Antique Auto Show April 27

Groveland Hotel/Cellar Door Italian Heritage Dinner Series April 28

Annual Sonora Spring Festival April 29

The Humane Society “April in Paris” Spring Champagne Brunch May 4

Central Sierra Arts Council CSAC Donor Preview Night May 5

Jamestown Art in the Park May 5 to May 13

Railtown 1897 “Mother’s Day”


May 16

2012 AMGEN Tour of California May 16

Black Oak Casino Anniversary Fireworks Celebration May 17 to May 20

Calaveras Fair/Frog Jumping Jubilee May 18

Central Sierra Arts Council Friday Night Flick May 19

16th Annual Twain Harte A La Carte May 19

Black Oak Casino Indian Market May 19 to May 20

Central Sierra Arts Council Sonora Arts Trails May 24 to May 28 Strawberry Music Festival May 25 to May 27

Model A Ford Club Car Show

Cellar Door

4th Annual La Bella Rosa Vineyards Concert in the Vines June 4 to June 17

Rosemary’s Roses Open Garden June 7 to June 10

63rd Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee June 16 to June 17

Columbia’s 46th Annual Father’s Day Fly In

June 29 to August 19

Fallon House Theatre “Carousel”

RED June 29 to July 29

Stage 3 “Red”

Sat. April 21 Steel Breeze 80’s 90’s and Today Thurs. April 26 Karaoke World Championships Qualifier round Fri. April 27 Jimmy Thackery Blues guitar star Sat. April 28 Journey Unauthorized Tribute to the music of Journey Thurs. May 3 Comedy Showcase Bruce “Baby Man” Baum Fri. May 4 Busta Groove Nor Cal’s favorite party band Sat. May 5 Busta Groove Nor Cal’s favorite party band Thurs. May 10 Karaoke World Championships Fri. May 11 Bump City Tribute to Tower of Power Sat. May 12 Chris Gardner Band (Mother Lode Country Round-up Party Tues. May 15 Amgen Tour Kick-off Casino Anniversary Party Chains Required

by John Logan Willow Creek Lounge Seating “Stunning...the most compelling The Willow Creek Lounge drama I’ve seen all year” features primarily free shows. Se– Chicago Tribune lected shows may have a minimal charge to provide comfortable “Smart, exciting and scintillating.” ticket crowd size for our venue or to offset – The New Yorker the cost of a National routed act.

Visit for all event listings

All 8:00 PM shows will have doors open at 6:30 and all 9:00 PM shows will have the doors open at 7:30.

Wed. May 16 Rock of Ages Music of the 60’s - 90’s Amgen tour Party Thurs. May 17 Comedy Showcase Fri. May 18 John Nemeth Band Touring Blues Stars Sat. May 19 Audioboxx - Rock Party Wed. May 23 The Lost Trailers (Nashville country) “Holler Back” Tickets $10 Thurs. May 24 World Karaoke Championships Fri. May 25 Caravanserai Latinm Tribute to the music of Santana Sat. May 26 Night Fever Bay Area Party Stars Thurs. May 31 Comedy Showcase Thurs. June 21 Edwin McCain “I Could Not Ask For More” Adult contemp. Tickets $10 Thurs. July 10 Mark Chesnutt Classic Country Star Tickets at the Gift Basket $20 Shows that require tickets will be noted on the entertainment lineup and tickets will be available at the Gift Basket. Seating is on a first come, first serve basis and you must be seated at the table to save your seat prior to any show. *The lounge will now be dark on Wednesdays unless otherwise indicated. All Shows now start at 9:00 PM Thursday-Friday-Saturday 8 pm on Wed. or Thurs.

The Groveland Hotel at Yosemite National Park R E S T A U R A N T 18767 Main Street, Groveland, CA 95321 209.962.4000 • 800.273.3314

California Fresh Cuisine




2012 CALENDAR All dates and time subject to change, dependent on park funding. Call to confirm prior to your visit.



Park. Special treats for dads aboard regular steam-powered excursion trains when accompanied by a child. Trains depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 4th of July- Wednesday Spend time with family and friends at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park while you ride, tour, and experience steam trains, authentic railroad facilities, mechanical and engineering ingenuity, live music, and Hollywood film and television heritage—things uniquely American! (Contingent on continued park funding- call to confirm)


EVENTS tant part of the American Railroad experience, this type of folk music was created and performed by railroad workers and the communities they lived. Join us at Railtown for this unique event, which brings together the best of California folk musicians. (Contingent on park funding- call to confirm)

Mark Twain Train-July 21st

Special afternoon Wildflower Train departs at 4:30 p.m. from the Railtown 1897 Depot on these two Saturdays only. Prior to boarding the train, passengers will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with wildflowers of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Once aboard the train, Naturalists from New Melones Reservoir will answer questions and point out wildflower groupings along the way. Guests take away wildflower seeds to spread at home. Special Ticket prices apply. Train capacity is limited, and reservations are suggested. Regular steampowered excursion trains also depart onthe-hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this day.

Mother’s Day, May 13th

Bring a picnic, and enjoy a relaxing Mother’s Day at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Special treats for moms aboard regular steam-powered excursion trains when accompanied by a child. Trains depart on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ONGOING Depot Store &Inter-

pretive Center 9:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. e April-Oct and 10-3 Nov.-March

CLOSED Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Thanksgiving, Christmas& New Year’s Day

STEAM-POWERED EXCURSION TRAINS At 4 pm, join Mark Twain on the lawn at Railtown while he spins some tales about his adventures in the Mother Lode, then mingle with Mr. Twain, and fiddler Dave Rainwater on the 5 PM train. Special advanced sale ticket prices apply. (Contingent on continued park funding- call to confirm)

Singing Rails Railroad August 4th

Memorial Day Weekend

May 26th, 27th & 28th Regular excursion trains depart Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over the holiday weekend, on the hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. all three days.

Father’s Day June 17th

Bring a picnic, and enjoy a relaxing Father’s Day at Railtown 1897 State Historic

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As long as there have been trains, there have been train songs to sing. An impor-

Weekends April-October. Given the nature of historic equipment, it is recommended that you call ahead to confirm the locomotive scheduled for the day of your visit.


Railtown Members enjoy free admission and regular Excursion Train rides year-round, discounts for special trains, discounts at the Depot Store, and special members-only events.


To arrange park tours any day of the year or train rides on regular trains, call Railtown 1897 State Historic Park at (209) 984-3953. Special school charters can be arranged for groups of 150 or more.

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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. CONCEPT, DESIGN & PRODUCTION 2 TUOLUMNE COUNTY EVENTS Paul Bell During the spring & summer visit the small towns ADVERTISING SALES of Tuolumne County and experience the many events Sonora Chamber of Commerce awaiting you and your family. Calendar courtesy The Paul Bell Groveland Hotel. EDITORIAL & PHOTOGRAPH CONTRIBUTORS 3 RAILTOWN 1897 STATE HISTORIC PARK Paul Bell The ‘Movie Star’ Engine No. 3 has been restored to Don and Laurel Sherburne her original glory. Discover everything there is to do Dale Bachelor this spring and summer in Jamestown. Year-round Emberz Family Fun and a bit of history at one of Tuolumne Central Sierra Arts Council County’s most popular area attractions California State Parks/Railtown 1897 4 ROPE, RIDE & RIBBIT Wolf Krismanits The week of May 12-20 is an exciting week with The City of Sonora the Mother Lode Round-Up and Parade, Stage 4 of COVER PHOTOGRAPH the Amgen Tour of California and the Frog Jump in Courtesy California State Parks Calaveras County. 6-9 THE GOOD LIFE



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The Voice of Commerce, Culture & Community


Meet the mayor of Sonora, Bill Canning, a man who

Mailing Address can get things done– and he’s all about ‘community.’ P.O. Box 884, Sonora, CA 95370 12-13 MARK TWAIN OUT WEST Vox/Fax: 209.694.4405 As part of our 2012 Railtown 1897 promotion, meet WEBSITE the legendary writer and humorist, Samuel Clemens, aka, Mark Twain, aka Patrick Kaunert, and his good E-MAIL: friend, minstrel, Dave Rainwater. The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization 14 GUNN HOUSE HOTEL’S representing the community of Sonora. As the Sonora Chamber SUMMERTIME GOODIES of Commerce, we concentrate our marketing efforts within the Gunny, the Hotel’s Bear, shares some Greater Sonora area. The Sonora Chamber of Commerce is also of the most requested (healthy & dedicated to raising the awareness of Tuolumne County through certified ‘bear approved’) recipes from tourism, and markets the area as a tourism destination. the historic hotel’s kitchen. EXPLORE SONORA is a joint publication of The Sonora Chamber of Commerce and Paul Bell l Marketing Solutions. Every effort 15 COFFEE & DONUTS has been made to ensure that all information contained herein Stage 3 presents ‘Superior Donuts’ by Tracy Letts, is accurate at the time of publication, but neither entity assumes author of last summer’s triumphantly funny ‘August: any responsibility for errors, omissions and changes. Osage County.’ Seeing ‘Superior Donuts,’ once may


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Sierra Repertory Theatre, Stage 3 and Music in the Park 2012.

not be enough.


This city icon is 160 years old and continues to fascinate people since its origin during the Gold Rush era.

16-17 AUTHOR, AUTHOR Wolfgang Krismanits (Father Wolf) has been the Rector of St. James Anglican Church in Sonora, California for 23 years. This spring he debuts his first novel just in time for summer. Inspired by C.S. Lewis, Father Wolf, offers an adventure well worth a read. 18-19 FINDING THE PERFECT NEIGHBORHOOD

Don and Laurel Sherburne prove that now is the perfect time to find the perfect home in the perfect neighborhood. 20 CAVE & MINE ADVENTURES

Have the BEST Birthday ever!



the good life

art & dining Sonora Second Saturday ART Night Pictured at right: 2nd Saturday Exhibit at Joan’s Boutique Spend a leisurely evening in Historic Downtown Sonora


njoy an evening of strolling, viewing, sipping, and dining every 2nd Saturday from 5 pm to 8 pm. Art galleries, live music, live theatre, friendly eateries, distinctive shops... a lovely way to spend an early evening in Historic Downtown Sonora.


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reat fast, fun, food can be found at one of the best locations in historic downtown Sonora. Restaurateurs Cindy and Steve Zelinsky opened a new eatery at the intersection of Washington Street & Stockton Road (Highway 49). Emberz is now the hottest spot in town and probably, the coolest place to be. The menu includes salads, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, entrees from Chef Andrew. Old is new again in the full bar, featuring Classic Cocktails that are made fresh with a delicious Emberz twist that you’ll have to discover for yourself with a visit. The space that Emberz occupies has been completely renovated until it sparkles with enthusiasm and just beams food, drink and an evening of fun and good company. Even the authentic wood-fired pizza oven in the back just beyond the bar, has not escaped the attention of the owners: the oven is decorated with bits of colored glass and ceramic tiles by the entirety of the Emberz staff, which speaks to the commitment of everyone involved in a great dining experience. The restaurant is within a short walk to shopping and art galleries and is your bestbet for a pre-show dinner or after-show cocktail, just two blocks from Stage 3 Theatre Company. Emberz Lunch & Dinner Price Range: $$ ($10-$30) 177 S Washington Street Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-2272


the good life Mountain Laurel Florist

fashion, home & garden ton St. 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.

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 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


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. Washing-

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

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

Sonora’s Favorite Kitchen Store 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.




Insuring our community since 1987 Business • Home • Auto Life • Health • Bonds (209) 533-0234

Their indoor Market under the Awning offers a selection of gourmet jams, preserves, 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

Tradewinds t’s always an adventure shopping at

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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

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 here’s no simple way to describe what related to the foothills, the Sierras to the you’ll find at Scarlet’s Web just above north and south including Yosemite. the Four Corners intersection in Historic Downtown Sonora. The shop reflects You can find reproductions of vintage signs Sonora in a way— everything from wonder- posters, postcards and other memorabilia ful collectables, antiques, vintage clothing, related to life in the foothills, mountains and consignment or decorator items and you Yosemite National Park.There is also a selecmight even find a lovely garden pergola just tion of cook books. waiting for you in the middle of the store. Mountain Home Gifts also specializes in You never know, and only an occasional visit Sonora branded clothing and merchandise. is never enough to get a complete sense of They also have furniture that can be custhe ever-changing inventory. tomized to reflect favorite memories of Housed in one of the most uniquely his- your visit, your cabin or home. toric buildings in Sonora, the shop inspires Mountain Home Gifts one to wander around for that rare, un134 S. Washington St. usual item or piece of furniture you’ve been Sonora, CA 95370 looking for. (209) 533-5319 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. onora’s first and only spray tanning salon uses vegan certified, organic, spray tanning Scarlet’s Web ingredients.At Addictions every customer 31 S. Washington St. is important, so they make sure that you look Sonora, CA 95370 your best and that the color compliments your (209) 588-8300 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 his unique gift store in Historic want that tan, now! Addictions Spray Tanning Downtown Sonora, carries a wide se- will get it right each and every time without lection of gifts, art, books and clothing the harmful effects of UV tanning.

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Mountain Home Gifts


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Sun B.E.A.M.’s Baby & Kids Boutique

The Jamestown location, Trendz Boutique, offers the same great fashions at the same great prices as people have come to know and love in Groveland.You’ll love the vintage boutique feel of this location, so make sure to come check it out.

Trendz 120

18634 Main St. Suite 3 Groveland, CA 95321 (209) 962-6536 Trendz Boutique 18258 Main St., Jamestown, CA 95327 (209) 984-5056

Addictions Fashion features contemporary clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories for women and girls.We carry reasonably priced un B.E.A.M.’s is your one-stop shop for limited edition collections with new themes stylish clothing, shoes and accessories launched every week. Featured lines include for baby up to size 12, diaper bags, baby Naked Zebra, H&G, Miss Chic, Color Story, BLVD, Nine Bird, Lush among many more skin care, and one of a kind gift items. favorites. Addictions is one of Sonora’s newThis is the perfect place to shop and regest, trend-setting boutiques catering to your ister for any occasion. favorite addictions. The owners (all moms) feature B.O.B. Addictions Spray Tanning & Fashion Strollers, Citizens of 128 S. Washington St. Humanity Maternity Sonora, CA 95370 Jeans, Petunia Pickle (209) 617-3689 Bottom, Charlie et and Mud Pie plus many more brands. For the expectant mom, Sun Beams carries maternity clothing as well. • APPAREL



OPEN 7 DAYS 108 South Washington St. Downtown Sonora

he Candy Vault, located in the heart of Sonora (in the historic National Bank Building), is an old-fashioned 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.

Sun Beam’s Baby & Kids Boutique 136 S. Washington St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-5800

Trendz 120 TrendzrendzBoutique 120 is an affordable yet posh


boutique located in downtown Groveland.This chic boutique has everything from women’s apparel, handbags, shoes, and cosmetics to feather extensions, spray tans and shopping parties! The owners, Sharon and Candice Smith have been having tons of fun bringing fashion to Groveland in the last three years, but have now branched out and opened their second location in the Historical Downtown Jamestown.

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

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events• the arts • live theatre • music live theatre

April 20 - May 27, 2012


DONUTS by Tracy Letts “A witty, seductive dark comedy that you just don’t want to end.” – Chicago Tribune “Tremendous heart.” – The New Yorker A new comedy from the Pulitzer Prizewinning author of August: Osage County. Another triumph for America’s hottest new playwright. In a run down donut shop, in a run down part of town, a run down life is about to be completely transformed. After his shop is vandalized, an aging hippie and former activist has just flat given up.That is, until a mysterious street kid shows up and changes all the rules. Donuts is peopled with fascinating down-andouters, outrageous up-and-comers and is fueled by Letts’ knife-edge humor and unpredictable plot twists. The American Dream is not dead, it’s just...different. e


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by John Logan “Stunning...the most compelling drama I’ve seen all year” – Chicago Tribune “Smart, exciting and scintillating.” – The New Yorker Six-Time 2010 Tony Award Winner “Tell me what you see.” … “Red.” In this turbo-charged bio-drama, painter Mark Rothko has just landed the biggest commission since the Sistine Chapel. He struggles to pull off one of the greatest feats in the world of art – to create overwhelming primal work that will stand for the ages.When his young apprentice begins to challenge him, Rothko faces the agonizing possibility that his crowning achievement could also become his undoing. Red is red hot. FALL & WINTER November by David Mamet August 31 - October 7, 2012 Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon November 16 - December 23, 2012 Stage 3 Theatre Company 208 S. Green St., Sonora, CA 209-536-1778

SIERRA REPERTORY THEATRE Historic Fallon House Theatre

Ring of Fire:

The Music of Johnny Cash Created by Richard Maltby Jr.; Conceived by William Meade

April 20 – May 27, 2012

A tuneful, foot-stomping celebration of America’s legendary singer-songwriter Johnny Cash, as told through the songs he composed and recorded. Though he is never impersonated, his remarkable life story is told through his music, performed by gifted singers and instrumentalists climaxing in a concert that will both move and exhilarate! It’s a soul-stirring journey into the heart and heartland of America, courtesy of one of America’s most beloved musical poets. SIERRA REPERTORY THEATRE East Sonora Theatre

The 39 Steps

Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the movie of Alfred Hitchcock

June 1 – July 1

“Cross a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, whirl it up with giddy comedy and wildly invented theatrical stagecraft and you have The 39 Steps, a fast and frothy whodunit that celebrates the magic of theater. When a beautiful and mysterious woman is murdered, the suave hero is falsely accused and pursued across the country in an unforgettable evening of pure comedic pleasure. More than 150 characters brought to life by a cast of just four brilliant comedic actors. This award-winning treat kept audiences rolling on Broadway for over three years. SRT/East Sonora Theatre 13891 Mono Way, Sonora (209)532-3120 SIERRA REPERTORY THEATRE Historic Fallon House Theatre


Adapted by Benjamin F. Glazer, based on the play LILIOM by Ferenc Molnár Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music by Richard Rodgers

June 29 – August 19

When mill-town girl Julie Jordan meets carnival barker Billy Bigelow on a carousel ride, her life is changed forever. Flirtation gives way to love as the two are irresistibly drawn to each other in this glorious tale of love and redemption. The Tony-award-winning musical features a score packed with classics like “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “If I Loved You.” SRT/Historic Fallon House Theatre 11175 Washington Street, Columbia (209)532-3120

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Fridays 6 pm to 8 pm Courthouse Park

July 6

Patrick Kaunert is

Mark Twain Out West & Special Musical Guest

July 13 Leroy Garner Quartet & Jana July 20 Tour Guides July 27 Coyote Hill August 3 Hills Brothers Band August 10 Magic of the Night August 17 James Faifua August 24 Blues Box Bayou August 31 Black Irish Band S ONORA C HAMBE R OF C OMM ERC E Commerce, Culture & Community THE


our small town Mayor “IBill Canning believe we need to preserve

our past for future generations while enriching our present by providing a safe and friendly environment for all. In addition, we need to plan for our future while never forgetting our roots. Downtown Sonora should be seen as a community that welcomes visitors while at the same time provides a safe environment for all citizens. I believe monies should be used to enhance our city while at the same time saving historical value and providing fire and police protection for the citizens of Sonora. In addition, the City needs to plan for enviable future growth with a definite plan in mind in order to preserve the integrity of the City.” *

Mayor Bill has a rare capacity for not only being able to see ‘the Big Picture,’ but he has a talent for connecting the dots to make things happen and effect change without micro-managing. He’s modest about his


contributions to the City of Sonora. In the last year as Mayor of the community that takes pride in being ‘Queen of the Southern Mines,’ he’ll always defer to his supporters and partners in his many successes. He worked tirelessly polling support within the city, community and county agencies in the Spring of 2011 to pursue a Caltrans Grant Application for ‘Downtown Beautification.’ Working with local merchants, County Transit (Darin Grossi of the TCTC), the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, the Sonora Chamber of Commerce, the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, the City of Sonora and his City Council, he swayed the opposition. Bill had no time to rest on his laurels. Always recognizing the importance of tourism for the City and County, as well as wanting draw residents back to a thriving and growing downtown, Mayor Bill was instrumental in seeing that the Historic 49 Trolley Service would debut as a success in the Spring and

Summer of 2011. He would see that the service inspire his vision for a Holly Trolley to become the Holiday Trolley during the annual Christmas Parade, and replace cars along the sidelines with families and visitors strolling along Washington Street, as if 100 years ago. He inspires community, pride and action. His greatest success to date was the ambitious effort to convince this community and city that Sonora should accept being Stage 4 of the 2012 Amgen Tour of California. Although a sometimes overwhelming and difficult challenge, it would be ultimately rewarding to the community and those willing to invest their time and their money for the Greater Sonora area and all of Tuolumne County. We can all bear witness Bill’s vision the week of May 12 - 19, 2012 and see one of his many accomplishments come to fruition. *From Bill Canning has been a member of the Sonora City Council since September 2005. He’s lived in the Sonora area since the late 1970’s. He’s the owner of C & N Construction which specializes in commercial construction in California, Nevada and Oregon. Bill Canning can be reached by phone at (209) 536-6240 or by email at:


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n Twain’s voice and presence, retired forest ranger Pat Kaunert relates the famed writer’s experiences traveling west in the year 1861. Without apology, and in good humor, Kaunert’s Twain revels in his ribald adventures— failing miserably at both gold and silver mining, starting a forest fire at Lake Tahoe, writing tall tales for the Territorial Enterprise, and finding trouble in San Francisco, which ultimately sent him skedaddling up into to the Sierra foothills for refuge from the law. It was during Twain’s ‘exile’ in the Gillis e 12 Cabin on Jackass Hill that finally forged Sam Clemens into the renowned writer of fiction and itinerant observer of the human condition. It was on the fringe of Sonora, that Twain created his most well-known story, The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Through Twain, Sam Clemens extracted a unique firsthand perspective on the full character and scope of inhabitants of the Mother Lode. Kaunert’s Twain brings us closer to the history, culture and purely human dynamic of California’s Gold Rush era, savoring every detail as a generous bite of a very good meal. Pat Kaunert brings to life the history, adventure, and romance of Mark Twain in rough and ready times. His show delivers a wealth of wit, wisdom, and spirit of the American West.

May 11 October 6

Mark Twain Dinner Groveland Hotel’s Cellar Door Restaurant Enjoy a truly historic dinner in company with the famous writer & humorist Info 209.962.4000/ See Review in Discover Groveland

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In his performances, Pat tells some of Twain’s most beloved stories including the Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, A Genuine Mexican Plug, Tom Quartz the Cat, Baker’s Blue Jay Yarn, and The Million Dollar Gold Pan. And of course, he always throws in plenty of Twain’s wit and wisdom, and a lightning bolt or two. Pat also performs with a well-known musician, Gold Country Fiddler, Dave Rainwater, which adds a bit of whirlygig-thingama-jig excitement to an evening or event. The duo occasionally appears at Railtown 1897 in Jamestown, which compliments the performances. Pat has portrayed Mark Twain throughout California and northwestern Nevada. Pat knows Mark Twain. He has lived the Mark Twain life out West,

July 21

Mark Twain Train

Railtown 1897, Jamestown, CA 209.984.3953/ Patrick Kaunert and Dave Rainwater will appear together for this annual favorite.

tramping and hiking in the familiar hills and along the very same roads and ditches Twain ambled in his time around Sonora. As a retired fire patrol ranger and information officer for the U.S. Forest Service, Pat is equipped to convincingly tell you Twain’s stories of the Wild West. Like Mark Twain, Pat worked as a news correspondent in the Sierra Nevada, reporting the compelling stories of wildfires, thunderstorms, wildlife, ranchers, loggers and gold miners. Pat knows the West because he has lived it, and he is authentic. In a new, credible, and fresh way, Pat relates Twain’s passion about humankind, social responsibility, and the natural environment. The message is timeless.

Pat faithfully, truthfully and convincingly interprets Twain’s experiences and observations of the American West. Pat possesses a University of California Bachelor’s Degree in English, with an emphasis in American Literature, and he is well studied in the life, times, and literature of Samuel Clemens. Pat is keenly familiar with the history, places, and people along the Mark Twain Trail Out West. Pat’s portrayal vividly illustrates Mark Twain’s influence in changing and shaping American culture, society, and literature. Indeed,

Pat Kaunert is Mark Twain Out West

2012 Schedule

May 11 & Oct. 6

Groveland Hotel/Cellar Door Restaurant Groveland, CA Info 209.962.4000

May 12 & 19

The City Hotel Columbia State Park, Columbia, CA Info 209.532.1479

May 17, 2012

Calaveras Co. Fair Jumping Frog Jubilee Angels Camp, CA 10am • 12pm • 2pm Info 209.736.2561

June 23

Camps Restaurant at Greenhorn Creek Angels Camp, CA Info 209.736.8181

July 6

Music In The Park Courthouse Park, 6pm - 8pm Sonora, CA

July 21

Mark Twain Train Railtown 1897 Jamestown, CA 209.984.3953 •

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Engine No. 3, Pat Kaunert, Dave Rainwater

Photo: Kim Baker, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Pat is Mark Twain Today. Pat is the real deal—he is Mark Twain Today, Out West, first hand

David Rainwater

orty plus years of performing folk muF sic has taken Dave through every kind of venue, including bluegrass festivals, folk festi-

vals, corn, apple and mushroom festivals, chili cook-offs, steam train rides, wakes, weddings, grand openings, 4th of July parades, fiddle conventions, state & county fairs, wineries, museums, campfire programs, square dances, camel races and many occasions too numerous to mention. Fiddling has been part of the fabric of American life since the first settlers arrived on colonial shores in 1609. He has performed with and in numerous bands including Heaven’s Grass, Will Miller’s Honky Tonk Fever, The Piney Creek Weasels, Horse Sense, The Foothillbillys, The Black Irish Band, Michael Martin Murphy and The New Christy Minstrels. With the Minstrels he appeared at the opening of the Burl lves Museum in Washington DC and

in the acclaimed PBS Special ‘This Land Is Your Land.’ A self proclaimed ‘Huckleberry of The West’ Dave enjoys the role of an old time fiddler in our modern society, revealing the fun, and sharing our nations history and folklore. Rainwater has produced two solo stage shows; the first, ‘Musical Treasures From The Gold Rush Era & America’s Frontier Days’ and ‘Catgut Strings & Rattlesnake Tales’. As a fiddler he competed in over 50 competitions winning top honors in most, including a blue ribbon at the prestigious Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in Galax,Virginia. With Dave you are guaranteed to enjoy championship fiddling and be entertained from someone who loves the rich tradition and heritage of America’s folklore and musical roots. Dave Rainwater will appear this summer at the Hurst Ranch Chuckwagon Under the Stars in Jamestown.Visit for detailed performance schedule and dinner information. David Rainwater Gold Country Fiddler & Minstrel PO Box 1118 Jamestown, CA 95327 209-743-9352 email:

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286 S. Washington Street, Sonora, CA 95370 Reservations (209) 532-3421 sugar. Best eaten when warm with peaPreheat oven to 350 degrees and Banana Oatmeal nut butter, honey or fruit spread. bake egg casserole until set about 3040 minutes. Chocolate Chip Muffins Gunny Bear’s Favorite Ingredients Veggie & Egg Casserole Morning Energy ¼ cup Canola Oil Powered Parfait Ingredients 2 large eggs

1 medium banana ¾ cup milk 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup raw sugar 2 cups flour ½ cup instant oatmeal ¼ teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons baking powder ¾ cup mini chocolate chips Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper cups. In a blender, place milk and banana and blend until thoroughly blended. Mix together with oil and eggs. In a separate mixing bowl combine e all dry ingredients. 14 Once the dry mixture is blended, begin to add the wet mixture. As soon as both mixtures are blended, spoon batter into prepared muffin tin. Sprinkle additional raw sugar on top of each muffin, place into oven and bake approximately 20-25 minutes. One option is to place a marshmallow on top of batter before sprinkling

5 slices white bread 2 cups 2% milk Pinch salt & pepper 2 teaspoons grated garlic (optional) Dash of hot sauce 8 eggs 8 ounces sliced shiitake mushrooms 8 ounces fresh baby spinach leaves cut 8 ounces sliced red peppers ¾ cup thinly sliced, baked unpeeled potatoes 1 cup grated cheddar 1 cup grated jack cheese

Ingredients 1 cup granola 1 tablespoon toasted wheat germ 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds 1 cup lemon yogurt ¼ cup honey 1 cup fresh blueberries ½ cup fresh strawberries hulled and sliced ½ fresh raspberries ½ cup sliced bananas

Mix together in missing bowl granola, sunflower seeds and toasted wheat germ and set aside. Mix fruit together Cube the bread and place in a lightly in mixing bowl and set aside. greased 8x11x2-inch casserole dish. Place ¼ cup yogurt in each of two Sauté sliced mushrooms, spinach leaves bowls or parfait and red peppers until soft and drain. Mix glasses. Spoon 1 milk, salt and pepper, hot sauce and eggs tablespoon honey together. Layer the vegetable mixture over in each bowl or the bread and top with a layer of sliced poglass, followed by tatoes. Sprinkle the fruit mixture, then cheese on the top. Pour beaten egg one quarter gramixture over the nola mixture. Recasserole. Cover peat, layering the and refrigerate 1 remainder of yohour to overnight. gurt, honey, fruit and granola mixture. Eat and enjoy this morning starter.


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darkly humorous August: Osage County, Lett’s triumphant Pulitzer Prize-winning play, again to audience acclaim. Superior Donuts is as funny, but with dark sprinkles rather than angst. “…a funny and moving evening of theater…as fresh and

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tasty as a doughnut right out of the oven.”—BackStage. Superior Donuts By Tracy Letts April 20 - May 27, Stage 3 Theatre Company 208 S. Green St., Sonora, CA 209-536-1778

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tage 3’s 2012 Season opened with a surprise BOFFO! box office hit. Their first production was Wm. Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Particularly surprising was that this production, resonated with young people throughout the foothill and central valley region. Under the superb guidance of Artistic Director and stage director, Don Bilotti, the play tempted, consoled and satisfied the most

doubtful among theatre-goers. But, you missed it. Pay close attention to the remainder of the 2012 Season, as it looks to be a remarkable year for the ‘little theatre’ that continues to defy the odds and thrive for the benefit of the Greater Sonora community. Opening April 20th and running through May 27 is Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts. Last summer, Stage 3 presented the

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Piety Hill n the heart of Sonora, atop the knoll of that


overlooks both the historic downtown to the south and the site of the Bonanza Mine to the north is the easily recognizable and iconic Red Church. The church was built on what was locally known in Sonora’s earliest days of California’s Gold Rush as Piety Hill: a multi-denominational gathering place for miners, travelers, itinerant, fortune seekers and working population seeking spiritual comfort and guidance in the town’s rough and ready days. The use of the term Piety Hill could also be used derisively by some lost or doubting souls in tumultuous times. St. James Anglican Church was built in 1860 during the post-Gold Rush era. The eightsided steeple is an example of the Swedish architectural style. Rev. John Gassman, a Norwegian native, helped design the building and was the first pastor. The painted board and batten exterior walls were milled from plentiful California redwood. In 1868 a portion of the church had to be rebuilt after a fire destroyed the e 16 steeple and the west side of the building. The Rev.William Ingraham Kip, first bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, consecrated the church in 1870. Reportedly the seventh Episcopal parish as well as the oldest Episcopal Church building in California, it has been designated California Historical Landmark No. 139.

Rev. Fr.Wolfgang E. Krismanits and his family Wolfgang Krismanits (Father Wolf) has been the Rector of St. James Anglican Church in Sonora, California for 23 years. He is founder and President of Lighthouse Ministries, He and LaDonn, his wife of 29 years, have four children, Paul, Stephen, Sonja and Summer; and two grandchildren, Jacob and Sonora Grace.


.S. Lewis, celebrated author of The Chronicles of Narnia, once wrote, “I am almost inclined to set it up as a canon that a children’s story which is enjoyed only by children is a bad children’s story.” I tend to agree. I think of the bed-time stories I read to my own children over the years, including Narnia, and can remember how I was sometimes compelled to read on after my St. James Anglican Church little ones had already succumbed to the 42 Snell St. Sonora, CA 95370 spirit of slumber. Oftentimes, these stories were not only enjoyable, but profoundly Photo Courtesy Dale Bachelor Collection meaningful. Some books, like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien, I enjoyed as an adult long before I even had my first child. When I was first inspired to write The Seven Scrolls, more than a quarter of a century ago, I was hoping primarily to captivate the imagination of young children. It was to be a story about an adventurous seagull with an attitude that had a penchant for getting into trouble. In time, the story evolved as God worked on my heart and mind to make this more than just a children’s tale. Eventually, the seagull, Dak, although still important to the story, faded into the background as

other characters emerged as more central and critical. The story began to take on a new dimension, a fresh feel and a greater purpose. Some may wonder why it took more than 25 years to write this book. Raising four children and being in full-time ministry had something to do with that. I still tease people, saying that this is my Mr. Holland’s Opus. Those who have seen the movie will know what I mean.Yet, there were several years in the mix during which I did not work on the book at all, not for a lack of time found, but for a lack of direction and motivation.These were years during which I, myself, underwent a great deal of change, partly due to personal issues, but mostly for the stormy weather that was tossing about my beloved Church and threatening to undo her. Several crucial issues faced us during those years. The one, however, that was central to all the agony and frustration, and still remains at the center of the Church’s struggle today, is the question surrounding the authority and authenticity of the Holy Scriptures. Is the Bible the inspired Word of God– or is it not? Does it contain God’s truth or was it basically written by delusional men with a specific agenda, as some suggest? As I fought on the side that claimed authenticity of the Bible, I found myself being inspired to change the direction of my book. So it is


A world held hostage – A secret key and seven scrolls that hold the promise of freedom – An extraordinary quest to find them… In the world of Terracaelstra (“tare uh chail’ struh” – “where heaven meets earth”) only one thing matters–The Seven Scrolls must be found. With the theft of the divine scrolls by Whorkh, supreme Lord of Sedah, the underworld, hearts are darkened and evil reigns. Five hundred years pass under Whorkh’s rule, but the time of the Great Fulfillment is at hand. Pantok, the Creator and inspirer of the scrolls, summons his forces, beginning with an unlikely team of characters, including a runaway, a disillusioned king and a seagull. In another part of Terracaelstra, searching the seas, a young queen with her adopted family of children and animals, along with the assistance of an angel, join the quest aboard a small resurrected ship christened Invincible. Both parties–one on land, the other on sea–gain strength in faith and numbers as they fight against unimaginable evil forces during their hunt for each hidden scroll–scrolls that, together, have the power to break Whorkh’s curse and change the world. The Seven Scrolls: Sword of Pantok 336 pages - $23.99 (paperback) $9.99 (digital ebook download)

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that The Seven Scrolls came about, and it is to these vital questions on authority and authenticity that this book is now dedicated. The book, then, has evolved into an allegory about our Church today. Yet, it must be said that one can enjoy the story without even knowing its premise. It is simply a fun adventure– a classic tale of good versus evil– to be enjoyed by young and old alike. No one need to be a Christian to read it, and no one need to feel that they are being asked to believe if they do read it. As a final note, at the end of the book the reader will find a set of questions for each chapter. These are purely optional, yet designed to be of a personal help to the reader or to parents who wish to delve more deeply with their children into the many life and faith lessons brought up by the story. I had always hoped that, however the story developed, this book could be a vehicle for encouraging the young to read and a help for their parents to be more positively engaged in their lives. Finally, I only hope and pray that The Seven Scrolls will bring the reader some joy and wholesome entertainment at a time in which we could all use some lighthearted adventure and a hope for a better world filled with courage and faith. The Seven Scrolls: Sword of Pantok, is the first part of the adventure. Soli Deo Gloria, Wolfgang Krismanits


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 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.

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e chose a real estate career so hether your interest is in a prithat we can serve our clients as mary residence, retirement or secthey purchase or sell a home. We love ond home, or investment property, you this area due to its proximity to Yosem- can find your special property at an unite National Park, Pinecrest Lake, Dodge believably affordable price. Ridge and Stanislaus National Forest. Prudential California Realty 22920 Twain Harte Drive rom the diversity of the geography Twain Harte CA 95383 to the friendliness of your neighbors, 209.586.1107 • 209.768.8273 Tuolumne County truly offers a quality DRE License #01842160 of life without equal.



n Twain Harte this Cedar Pines home features a large living room with vaulted ceiling, access to the redwood deck from both the living room and master bedroom. Comfortable dinning room, kitchen with plenty of storage. Convenient laundry room location, two guest bedrooms and bath plus master suite. Guest accommodations down stairs with private access from lower deck, kitchenette, and full bath. Hiking trail at the back yard and just 2 minutes to shopping and restaurants. MLS # 20111771 $299,500


.estled in the tall pine and cedar trees this well maintained home features 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on the main floor including formal dinning, garage, and oversized storage room.Downstairs there is a guest quarters complete with convenience kitchen, full bath, and guest sleeping area. Did I say there is more storage down there? Well there is, enough for all the holiday decorations and then some. Each floor has their own deck with a view to the forest. Private lake membership is available in Lakewood Park. Just 5 minutes to Twain Harte and 20 minutes to Pinecrest Lake/Dodge Ridge or Sonora. Yosemite Park is an easy 1.5 hour drive. Owner has reduced price making this one of the best opportunities available in the Twain Harte area. MLS # 20111737 $309,000

Finding the Perfect Neighborhood

By Laurel Sherburne, Prudential CA Realty There’s an episode of the TV series How I Met Your Mother where the characters of Marshall and Lily decide to buy a home in a neighborhood they are unfamiliar with, only to learn later that it sits downwind from a sewer plant. The message is obvious: A buyer must do due diligence on prospective neighborhoods to make the best

real estate decisions. This process can be “jump started” by choosing a Realtor familiar with the area to guide you with the process. For starters, investigate the local school district as good schools boost your property value. Research the closest parks and community centers and consider how busy streets impact the neighborhood.

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n the Cedar Pines subdivision of Twain Harte, walk to town or drive to Sonora 15 minutes, Pincecrest Lake 20 minutes, Dodge Ridge Ski 25 minutes. The custom home has been maintained like new. Tri-level living allows for separate, but open living and entertaining areas. Lots of natural light throughout, large rooms plus finished room in the sub area for hobbies, pool room, etc. Newer exterior paint, kitchen appliances, two heating and air systems. Wow, so much to appreciate, you need to see it for yourself! MLS # 20101630 $309,000


MLS # 20112099

akewood Highlands at its best! This home offers mountain living in the tall pines and cedars, just minutes to Twain Harte, Dodge Ridge, and Pinecrest Lake. If it is quiet and privacy you are looking for, with space for all your guest, then this is it. Over 3,500 sq. ft. with Great Room, vaulted knotty pine ceilings, stone fireplace, wet bar, and a kitchen with cabinets galore. The master suite boasts a soaker tub and separate shower with steam jets. Downstairs is an in-law type quarters plus separate game room. Did I say there is tons of storage, well there is. Large walk-in storage keeps all those Christmas decorations safe and dry. The rear deck can be accessed from the area that includes a hot tub and a “casita” room for when you want that “alone time”. It’s all your’s for under $400,000. $399,500


agnificent Twain Harte Classic home with extensive remodel ad upgrades. Has history as residential and currently as the “Manzanita House” B&B. Knotty pine throughout with old oak floors, spacious common areas for relaxing, game room, sitting room/living room. Includes multi-level decks overlooking grounds. Kitchen has been remodeled featuring up-to-date stainless steel appliances, 6 burner range, convection oven, warming oven, micro, etc. Breakfast is served on sun porch with separate tables for guests. MLS # 20110180 $659,950

Profiling the perfect neighborhood also involves meeting prospective neighbors. Walk through the area and say hello to people, and ask them for their impressions of the neighborhood. While you’re at it look around. Are there lots of kids on the block? Do people walk or jog through the neighborhood at night? A neighborhood can speak volumes by itself. Don’t forget to map out stores and res-

taurants in the area.You may be used to a fiveminute drive to the local grocery store, only to find out that your new home is 25 minutes away from the nearest place to buy milk. Of course, find out if your potential new home is part of a neighborhood association bearing regular fees, and if your community has lawn or construction restrictions. With a little groundwork you can help ensure that your dream house is surrounded by a dream neighborhood.

Here are a few local websites to look at for local events and commentary: Local News& Comments Local Calendar, Events Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau Our personal website for Real Estate

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