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People Behind the Scenes OWNERS, GROWERS & CHEFS Winter/Spring 2013

One of the Top in the Nation. Right Down the Street. By focusing on quality care for patients and doing what’s right, we have received national recognition. Sonora Regional Medical Center was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission for exemplary performance during 2011 for Pneumonia, Heart Attack and Heart Failure measures. So what does being a top performer in using evidence-based care mean for you? Peace of mind knowing that our local care is the top in the nation.

Of 3,400 hospitals evaluated on accountability measures by the Joint Commission, Sonora Regional Medical Center ranks in the top 18% of all hospitals to meet or exceed the target rates of performance in 2011.

Top Performer on Joint Commission Key Quality Measures 2011




WE ALL KNOW THE Central Sierra’s treasures of crisp, clean air, starry skies, unhurried roads, rolling hills dotted with century-old oaks and rows of vineyards, the High Sierra’s alpine beauty and lowland lakes, and the myriad of adventures that can be had in this stellar section of California’s Gold Country. Not only do we have the fortune of all of these fineries, we have some of the most passionate and talented individuals who own or manage the places we frequent in the winter and beyond. In this issue of Central Sierra Seasons we bring you the story of these behind-the-scenes people of the most iconic recreational locales, as well as the chefs behind the plates and the vineyard managers behind our burgeoning wine industry. Here you’ll discover their dedication to quality and to the best experience possible for residents and visitors alike, as well as a little of their background on how they came to the region. Somehow, like knowing the history of an area, learning the background of the people who help to make this one of the best areas to visit and live, brings us just that much closer to our affinity for the Central Sierra. Also in this issue Patricia Harrelson takes us into the whimsical world of local authors, Bob Holton reports on the amazing progress of the Angels Camp Museum, Ron Pickup picks up where he left off last issue on Cinema in the Sierra, this time in Calaveras County, Sunny Lockwood gives us the colorful story of the Gypsy Time Travelers, Amy Nilson brings us three more great getaways, Erin Pollen keeps us gardening, and as always, Mark Stoltenberg has a rich story to tell about the Chance family. Then there’s theater, music, events and art. We, at Central Sierra Seasons, wish you happy reading as you absorb all that is in these pages and may this information help you to experience your best winter ever.

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Aaron Johnson at work with his clipboard. See page 13.

Editor: Jan Hovey Design: Hukari Designs Events Editor: Judy Stoltenberg Hukari Designs: Post Office Box 3306 Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 928-3009 Distribution Department: 17877 Yosemite Road Tuolumne, CA 95379 Advertising Representatives: Tuolumne & Stanislaus CountiesKen Jay Tuolumne & Calaveras CountiesDiane Del Priore

Contributing Writers: Tom Bender, Dean Fleming, Patricia Harrelson, Bob Holton, Jan Hovey, Sunny Lockwood, Amy Nilson, Ron Pickup, Erin Pollen, Mark Stoltenberg, Photographers: Jerome Andrews, Tom Bender, Dave Bonnot, Dave and Dianne Photography, Dean Fleming, Jan Hovey, Don Hukari, Thalisha Kamice, Sunny Lockwood, Lindy Miller, Amy Nilson, Ron Pickup, Phil Schermeister, Judy Stoltenberg

COVER– South Fork of the Stanislaus River near Strawberry. Photo by Phil Schermeister. INSET: Some of the featured people behind the scenes, starting on page 10.

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People Behind the Scenes OWNERS, GROWERS & CHEFS

Chefs Behind the Plates

Inside the Outdoor Industry Vineyard Heroes Coming Home



–Four of the area’s pioneers . .


–Three of the area’s best



–Sonora grad returns to make a difference . . . . . . .


–Two specialists do the work before the wine

Gypsy Time Travelers

–Musical blacksmith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .


Vows of River and Rock –Groups kes flowing . . . . 25 Local Writers –Groups keep the juices flowing . . . . . . . 29 ARTrails –Aloft a cooperative gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 –Local gallery artists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Gardening Through the Winter –How to . . . . 52 Winter Getaways –Warm up this winter . . . . . . . . . . 54 History of Cinema –In Calaveras County . . . . . . . . . 56 Museums –Angels opens new artisans exhibit . . . . . . . . . 58 Gallery artists show their stuff starting on page 36 of the ARTrails feature. This painting is by Barbara Young.

D E PA R T M E N T S Contributors . . . . . . . 7


COMMUNITY FOCUS Copperopolis -New town, old town . . . . . 6 Jamestown -Railtown & Antiques . . . . . . 8

Regional Map . . . . . 32

Upper 108 -Sonora Pass . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Theatre Guide . . . . 42

Arnold/Ebbetts Pass -Big Trees . . . . . . . 16

Events Calendar . . . 43

Murphys -Main Street Charm . . . . . . . . . 20

Dining Directory . . 48

Wineries -Murphys Wine Tasting . . . . . . 22

Lodging Guide . . . . 50

North Calaveras -Moke Hill . . . . . . . . . 22

Business . . . 55, 59, 60 Advertisers Index . . 62 Subscription Info . . 62

Bob Petithomme, certified journeyman printer, operates a 19th Century printing press as part of the Angels Camp Museum “hands-on” artisans exhibit.

Highway 120 -Oakdale to Yosemite . . . 24 Columbia -State Historic Park . . . . . . . . 27 Sonora -Art, Shop & Dine . . . . . . . . . . . 34

CENTRAL SIERRA SEASONS MAGAZINE is published two times a year. Subscription rate is $12.00 for 6 issues to U.S. addresses. Single copies and back issues: $2.50. Send all remittances and inquiries to: Hukari Designs; Post Office Box 3306; Sonora, CA 95370; (209)928-3009. Volume 25, Number 2, Copyright © November 2012 by Hukari Designs. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission of publisher is prohibited. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not of Hukari Designs. Claims made in advertising are the responsibility of the advertiser.

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Annual Events June – Music in the Park June – Art & Jazz on the Square Art show, music in the gazebo

August – Summerfest

Summer fun dress for wet play!

September Saturday Concerts

6:30 to 9:30pm Free concert, $5 per car parking Bring a lawn chair or call for table reservation: 209-785-9700

November – Old-Fashioned Holiday

Music and horse drawn carriage rides with Santa

January – Chili Cook-Off February – Dog Days April – Easter Celebration May – Hot Copper Car Show 866.276.4235 Highway 4 • Copperopolis, California

Lake Tulloch Plaza Easy to find and friendly to shop. Close to Lake Tulloch, Saddle Creek & Copperopolis

“World’s Greatest Bank” Ten Local Locations

3505 Spangler Lane Suite 300 Copperopolis

209-785-7007 866-4-UMPQUA 6


Spotlight – Meet Erin Pollen By Jan Hovey Seasons has the absolute pleasure of sharing the expertise and talent of Erin Pollen, gardener at Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown and former Master Gardener. Just when you thought harvest was complete, in this issue Erin shows us how to keep those freshgrown veggies going throughout the winter season. Plants and flowers have been a big part of Erin’s life, as her grandparents were farmers and she even had a rooftop studio while going to college in Santa Barbara complete with a container garden. She graduated with two teaching credentials and taught in Santa Barbara before moving to Sonora in the early ‘80s. “My family has a deep heritage in the area. They arrived here from Ireland in the mid 1800s,” Erin recalled. “They didn’t come to seek gold, but to start a 400-acre farm.” Erin launched her first flower business selling framed calligraphy and pressed-flowers for 15 years. Her career shifted when she managed Raising Health Families Program at the Infant Child Enrichment Services (ICES) program for 12 years. “The budget cuts in 2010 changed that,” she told me. Her daughter at the time was attending Sierra Waldorf School where they had a substantial donation to create a community school garden. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” she exclaimed. “I’ve come full circle being a gardener and teacher there.” “I learned a lot of things talking with locals,” she added. “People do different things. We have amazing farmers up here and they do not get the recognition they deserve.” After reading John Jeavon’s How to Grow More Vegetables Then You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land than You Can Imagine, she was impressed with his bio-intensive technology and was inspired to grow as much as possible in the one-acre garden. She brought in massive amounts of compost. “The kids joke about my last name. They think I made it up. I am so moved about what they say about the garden,” she shared. “You can teach anything in a garden – math, language arts, you name it. The garden is constantly emerging. We’re planing a winter wheat crop and hope to mill it and make bread. The seventh grade kids sell produce every other week, and it teaches them good business skills.” “Now I feel like I’m a farmer,” she said. “They have a lot of energy and so do I. I just love gardening.” Thank you, Erin, for educating our readers in every issue and passing on your passion for both teaching and gardening.


n w o t s e m Ja 2013 EVENTS

TB AKEdowntown’s A STEP BACK eclectic mix of shops. ROWSE

PAN for gold or take an excursion train to where gold was discovered 150 years ago. TAKE in the excitement at Chicken Ranch Casino. ENJOY the region’s favorite dining experiences. SPEND the night at one of several inns and savor a libation with friends old and new.


April 7 - October 28 Train Rides at Railtown 1897 Every Saturday and Sunday April 20 - Native Plant Sale Rocca Park Downtown

May 4 - Art in the Park Rocca Park Downtown

May 24-26 Annual Sidewalk Sale June 17 Father’s Day Trains Excursion train rides at Railtown 1897

July 4, 11, 18, 25 Family Movies Thursday evening at Railtown 1897

July 27 - Rods to Rails Custom & Classic Cars and Bikes

October 12 - Native Plant Sale Rocca Park Downtown

October - Heritage Days A tribute to Jamestown’s Historical Past

October 21-22 Jamestown Marketplace A grand yard sale and Fair

October 26-28 Halloween Harvest Celebration Home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park and its vintage trains have appeared in hundreds of movies and TV shows since 1919. Visit today!

Roundhouse Tours  Vintage Movie Props 


Depot Store Special Events

Fifth Avenue & Reservoir Road, Jamestown (209)984-3953

Enjoy living history at our authentic gold mining camp! Hands-on Gold Panning from novice to professional Bus tours and school groups

800-596-0009 18170 Main Street


Main Street Parade

For more information, Jamestown Promotion Club 209-984-3370


People Behind the Scenes

Chef Ivy Hung, Chef de Cuisine at Seven Sisters in Black Oak Casino





By Amy Nilson

GO BEHIND THE SCENES at some of the Central Sierra’s best restaurants, and you’ll find passionate, hardworking professionals who have a life-long love of food and never stop learning and innovating. Central Sierra Seasons went into the kitchens of three top chefs to learn more – and found a diverse mix of individuals who bring an intriguing blend of backgrounds, expertise and passion to their work.

Ivy Hung Chef de Cuisine, Seven Sisters at Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne As a child growing up in Hong Kong, Ivy Hung discovered early on that she had a distinct advantage in the kitchen. Her mother was an exceptional cook – something she didn’t know until she started to eat at friends’ homes and at restaurants. “I found out I was very particular about food – and I was a harsh critic!” she said. She followed her interest by learning to cook herself, often experimenting with eight or 10 dishes at a time. “I was always inviting all my friends over – and I finally decided that if I was going to stay home and cook all the time, I should make it my career.” She studied at the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has worked in fine dining in New York City, Hong Kong, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, as well as resorts in Wyoming and Colorado. She joined Seven Sisters at Black Oak Casino six months ago, drawn both by the restaurant’s style and the proximity to Yosemite. “I’ve been a rock climber for a long time, so I was familiar with this area,” she explained, “and I know a lot about the challenges of creating fine cuisine in more remote locations. It’s a different challenge in terms of procuring the best ingredients, but it can be done.” Working with Executive Chef Clinton Sontag, Hung is bringing some changes to the Seven Sisters menu. “We have a lot of guests who have up-to-the-minute tastes and preferences,” she recalled, “and with the hotel coming in, they wanted someone to modernize the menu a bit with more international influences. Fine dining is always redefining itself.” Hung said she’s adding more vegan options, different styles of seafood, and a focus on clean, simple techniques and presentation. “I really believe less is more – you need to let the ingredients be their best.”

Chef Steve Rinauro in the garden at his restaurant, Mineral

Steve Rinauro, Owner/chef, Mineral in Murphys As the owner, founder and sole chef at Mineral, Murphy’s highly regarded vegetarian restaurant, Steve Rinauro devotes nearly every waking minute to his business. And he wouldn’t have it any other way. He and his wife, Maya, opened Mineral seven years ago, and defied odds by making a success of a specialty restaurant in a tiny town. “We call it ‘houte’ vegetarian,” Steve said. “We have a pretty loyal following.” Steve runs the kitchen and creates the always-changing menu, while Maya manages the front of house, the baking and the garden out back. The beds of herbs, flowers and vegetables – installed this spring with the help of patron-investors – now produce about 40 percent of the ingredients used in the kitchen. Creating a unique restaurant was a long-held dream for Steve. He grew up in San Jose and fed his early interest in cooking by watching every cooking show on PBS. “I learned from the best – Julia Child,” he said. He became enchanted with all things French, he said, and ultimately decided on cooking as a career at the age of 22. “I made the leap and was one of 18 students accepted at a French restaurant in the Bay Area that offered a culinary boot camp.” He worked in San Francisco, the Peninsula and Southern California for many years, working in hotel kitchens and a variety of restaurants. continued on page 14 11

People Behind the Scenes

Stephen Fairchild, owner of Sierra Nevada Recreation Corporation, received the Innovations in Tourism award from the Calaveras Visitors Bureau in 2008. Aaron Johnson skis and carrying his work with him, on a clipboard.





Many residents and visitors of the Central Sierra feel this region’s recreation destinations speak for themselves. From the rolling foothills of the Mother Lode to the sweeping granite slopes of the high Sierra, crystal clear lakes, snow-capped peaks and raging river canyons provide area visitors with an astounding number of recreation options. To the experienced outdoor enthusiast, these magnificent locations need no further introduction than a well-composed photograph and a brief explanation; however, there are many truly unique individuals who have dedicated their lives to the Central Sierra’s booming outdoor recreation industry. These are the folks that help introduce you and your children to the ski slopes, alpine lakes, vertical cliffs, underground caverns and hiking trails that make this region so very unique. They are the people behind the smiling faces that fit us for our first backpacks. They are the helpful and knowledgeable guides that lead us safely up our first technical rock climbs or down into our first spelunking adventures. This season, lets take a moment to get to know some of our local outdoor industry professionals.

Aaron Johnson

Stephen Fairchild

Owner, Mountain Adventure Seminars in Bear Valley Aaron Johnson moved to Bear Valley 20 years ago while in route to Lake Tahoe for a winter of teaching skiing. “I was refreshed by the atmosphere of Highway 4 and never made it to Lake Tahoe,” he said smiling. In 1996 Aaron and Jan Holan started Mountain Adventure Seminars (MAS) – a Bear Valley-based guide service that specializes in guided rock climbing trips and courses in the summer and backcountry ski trips and avalanche courses in the winter. “The draw of Bear Valley was based on the fact that so many venues for rock climbing and backcountry skiing were easily accessible,” he explained. “Plus the lack of crowds was nice for teaching and sharing the thrill of wild places.” Since Mountain Adventure Seminars offers both skiing and climbing, it is one of the few guide services in California that operate year round. “Spring is my favorite season at MAS since we operate both snow and rock courses simultaneously - but fall is my personal favorite as I always get excited with the anticipation of powder skiing,” he added. There are certainly few areas as wild, beautiful and well-suited for a guiding business as Bear Valley. When asked about the last 20 years Aaron has lived and worked in the area, he commented on both the struggles and benefits of operating MAS on the Highway 4 corridor. “The economics are challenging as the region struggles with finding and maintaining a critical mass to sustain the local economy; however, living in Bear Valley is certainly fun and a great place to raise young children. Overall Bear Valley has lived up to my expectations.”

Owner, Sierra Nevada Recreation Corporation based in Vallecito Stephen Fairchild, fondly known as “the cave man,” has always been fascinated with caves and their exploration. When the opportunity to lease the Boyden Cavern tour operation presented itself to him in 1972, he grabbed it. Fairchild operated the Boyden Cavern as a sole proprietorship until the purchase of Moaning Cavern in 1977 when Sierra Nevada Recreation Corporation (SNRC) was formed. Moaning Cavern eventually offered the first rappel into a public showcave in the United States. California Cavern (purchased by SNRC in 1980) was designated a State Historic Landmark in May, 1983 due to its early discovery and opening as the state's first showcave, the historic Signature Hall and famous early visitors including Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club and eminent early naturalist who wrote about the cave extensively in his "Mountains of California." In keeping with the company development philosophy to bring more activities and adventure to SNRC properties with a focus on the natural environment, twin zip lines above ground at Moaning Cavern were opened on July 28, 2007. Over the next year, two new styles of zip were offered: the tandem, which allows parent and child to zip on the same trolley for a maximum combined weight of 280 pounds, and the Super Style, which requires a different harness setup allowing the zipper to fly head first, in a horizontal position, like Superman. A year after installation in July 2008, SNRC could confidently announce that the ¼-mile long zip lines had surpassed all other activities to be the most popular in the history of the company. In July 2008, Fairchild received the Innovations in Tourism award from the Calaveras Visitors Bureau, and an acknowledgement of his significant contributions to business in the region by Dana Jorgensen on behalf of Senator Dave Cox. continued on page 14 13

People Behind the Scenes THE CHEFS BEHIND



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“I wanted to get as much knowledge and experience as possible,” he relayed, but his ultimate goal was to have his own small restaurant in the California countryside. He discovered Murphys, met Maya who had founded a small bakery in town, and happily found out she shared the penchant to create something unique. “I always knew the best restaurants in the world are in the countryside, close to the ingredients,” he remarked. “And I’ve always been drawn to vegetarian cooking. At first it was political, and for the health of the planet. But as a chef, I’m a creative person and I’m ultra inspired by Mother Nature. It’s a point of view.”


Thomas Callahan Executive Chef, The National Hotel in Jamestown After close to 50 years in the restaurant business, Tom Callahan can remember the precise moment that sparked his interest in cooking. He was 10, the second of eight kids growing up in Rhode Island. “It occurred to me you could make your own candy, and you could get everything you needed to know from a book at the library,” he said. His first effort was fudge. “It was difficult, but it was all there in the book. I read it cover to cover, and then started checking out more and more cookbooks. I started experimenting with all sorts of recipes, collecting menus, trying variations of flavors and texture.” His brothers and sisters were big fans, naturally, and his parents kept him supplied with ingredients and equipment. By 16, he was working in breakfast restaurants, and after serving two years in the military, he earned a degree in food service management. He worked a stint at a dude ranch in Wyoming, trained at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in restaurant management and went on to a series of jobs that took him from the East Coast to the West Coast, from steak pubs and high-end pizzerias to dinner houses and California cafes. He started restaurants from scratch, managed for a variety of chains and independent restaurants and ultimately decided to focus mainly on cooking. “It’s what I find most personally rewarding,” he said. He joined The National Hotel in 1995, and found the perfect fit both for his personal style and his taste in cuisine. “We have a nice continental style – the kind of food I like to cook the most– and we update our menu regularly. We use a lot of fresh fish, fresh ingredients and fresh salsas. We grow our own herbs and we just added a greenhouse to grow more of our own vegetables.” He’s trained and worked with dozens of younger chefs over the years and enjoys sharing inspiration and new techniques. “You always encourage your staff to give their input and try things. I enjoy that a lot. That keeps you growing and learning.”

People Behind the Scenes INSIDE



The Helm Family

Laurie Cashman Manager, Pinecrest Lake Resort in Pinecrest Pinecrest Lake resonates in the hearts of many generations. Built during the logging era of 1914, the lake was created to provide drinking water to the lower elevations and generate power through the powerhouse down stream at Spring Gap. Though off the beaten track, Pinecrest sits in the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest and is accessible and open year round. Although the lake was created for more utilitarian purposes, today the reservoir is well known for its exciting and family-friendly recreation options. At the center of this picturesque mountain escape is Pinecrest Lake Resort; home to cabins, townhouses and motel rooms, as well as The Steam Donkey Restaurant, Pinecrest Lake Marina, sports shop, grocery store, post office, Pinecrest Hub Bike Rental, Serene Bean Coffee Bar and the lakeside snack bar. Laurie Cashman has been operating the resort (owned by Roland and Sally Webb) for the last 20 years. “I love the people and being able to provide an enjoyable experience,” said Laurie. “It continues to exceed my expectations every single day. I always tell people that I have a very good life!” And who could argue with that? During the summer months the lake’s waters stay cool, clean and refreshing. In the winter months, snow takes the center stage as the resort sits just four miles from the major ski area, Dodge Ridge. Additionally the Pinecrest area is a wonderful location for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. “Pinecrest is a very special place,” she added, “and I hope that people will continue to enjoy and visit for generations to come.” During warmer months the Pinecrest Lake Marina offers motorboat, paddleboat, kayak, sail boat and party boat rentals. For the fisherman or woman, Pinecrest Lake is stocked on a weekly basis with Rainbow Trout. Spend your early morning hours catching that night’s dinner, your mid-day relaxing on the beach with a great book and take an evening kayak paddle on the lake before the sun sets. In winter, many families spend quiet days building snowmen and having snowball fights and their nights relaxing by a warm fire.

Owners, Dodge Ridge Resort on Highway 108 The Helm family has owned and operated Dodge Ridge for the last 37 years of the resort’s 62-year history. Over the last 37 years Frank and Sally Helm have dedicated their lives to Dodge Ridge. The resort, as it stands today, is a direct result of their commitment to continual growth achieved through many large scale investments in the resort. The most notable expansions began with the installment of chairlift 7 in 1985 and chair 8 in 1998, which subsequently tripled the skiable acreage available to Dodge Ridge skiers and riders. This fall, Sierra Seasons had a chance to chat with coowner Sally Helm about her love of the mountains and the thrill of operating Dodge Ridge for the nearly four decades. “Being a part of Dodge Ridge is rewarding in so many ways,” Sally shared. “It is very satisfying spending my days working with a creative and dedicated group to provide outdoor lovers a place to enjoy skiing and riding and being focused on making it the best we can with what Mother Nature provides. It is gratifying to be guided by our vision and values and see how the combinations of these two provide a platform for our success.” “There is something wonderful about being part of something historic and to know that we are building a secure future for Dodge Ridge,” she added. “It is also very gratifying to see others learning and growing to love the sport especially the little ones as young as 2 and 3 years old. It is rewarding to be part of a skiing and riding community family and getting to know the families that represent generations of skiers and riders that have been skiing and riding Dodge Ridge for over 60 years.” “The mountains fill my soul with strength,” she exclaimed. “I am thankful every day for the beauty that surrounds me. It is interesting to me how my expectations are shaped by acts of Mother Nature. Probably the most valuable lesson for me is keeping sight of the long view while quickly adapting to the daily conditions and anticipating what we need to do to make the best of the situation. Over the past twenty years I have learned that the good, the great and the golden years certainly outnumber the snow-challenged years, and that understanding this balance helps during the challenging times. My expectations now for myself after 2O years are to be able to find opportunities in adversity and to be very thankful for the good days, the snow filled days and to be prepared to make the best of those times.” “I hope we are living up to the expectations of our guests,” Sally continued. “We have grown Dodge Ridge over the years and we have more to do. Our Master Development Plan is our vision mapped out for the next 15 years and guides our decision making process. No matter how challenging the season, our goal is to provide something new that will enhance our guests’ experience.” continued on page 17 15

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People Behind the Scenes





the Big Trees Ebbetts Pass Byway

Shawn and Jill Seale Owners, Sierra Nevada Adventure Company in Arnold, Murphys and Sonora SNAC owners Shawn and Jill Seale met while attending Columbia Junior College in the early ‘80s during a party on the Stanislaus River. “After taking Downhill Skiing and Wine Appreciation classes together, we realized we had a lot in common,” said Jill of their earliest times together. This November marks the Seales’ 29th wedding anniversary. This season also marks the 18th year the pair has operated Sierra Nevada Adventure Company - one of the most successful outdoor recreation outlets in the Central Sierra. The Seales started Sierra Nevada Adventure Company with their Sonora store in 1994. SNAC now has three store locations: Sonora, Arnold and Murphys. As a white water rafting guide for Zephyr, Shawn ran a T-shirt concession which quickly grew into a mail order business called "The Eddy Mart." He sold things river guides and rafting customers needed, like river knives, shorts, life jackets and eventually whitewater kayaks - out of his truck. “We'd started a whitewater school down on the Kings and the Lower Stanislaus River when Sonora Mountaineering (in our same SNAC Sonora location) went out of business,” Sean recalled. “We didn't take ownership of that business; we just rented the same space and opened 30 days later with the emphasis on kayaking and rock climbing. The following year we expanded to include recreational kayaking and that really took off for us.” In 1996 the Seales noticed a nice building in Arnold was available after a day of paddling in the high country. “It looked perfect and everything fell into place for us to acquire the building and bring SNAC into Calaveras County,” explained Jill. “The winter weather at the 4,000-foot elevation gave us an opportunity to expand into snow-sport rentals. First it was downhill and backcountry skiing and snowshoeing, and then we added snowboarding. It's a great location on the way to the high country and our rental department has been an important part of Arnold's mix.” In the 18 years that the Seales have operated SNAC, they say it's the seasonality and the change of departments that keeps it from getting boring. “Finding the new, hot thing or the product that really performs is the challenge,” Sean remarked. “Mostly we're just trying to have some fun and help others get out there and do the same. From an environmental point of view, we feel good about promoting nonmotorized sports, but the most rewarding aspect of having our stores is that we help couples and families find activities they can do together and that keeps them connected to nature.” 17

People Behind the Scenes

Mark Skenfield in one of his vineyard projects.

Just ask any winemaker or winery about what makes for the excellent wine you may have just tasted and they will mostly likely remind us it all starts in the vineyard. But ask most vintners or owners what they physically do differently in the vineyard to achieve this quality and they will likely refer you to their vineyard manager.

These highly-skilled individuals are responsible for assuring good growth patterns with the vines and grapes, selection challenges and varying expectations, not to mention optimum harvesting time that can be hampered by weather and labor concerns. They are the unsung heroes of what goes in the bottle.

Steve Collum at a local wine grape growers conference.


Making Vineyards into Wine The Story Behind the Unsung Heros By Tom Bender

There are over 40 grape producing vineyards in our two counties and most are in the hands of two highly skilled managers, Steve Collum and Mark Skenfield. Veterans of the region for over twenty years, they are the go-to guys when it becomes crunch time every fall. “You have to love to do this job or you are an idiot,” chuckled Steven. Steve and Mark are all over the two counties during the fall monitoring a number of vineyards checking sugar content of the grapes, determining ripeness, evaluating water needs or possible spraying applications. Fortunately the latter, unlike the 2011 vintage, is not a concern this year. But one of their biggest chores is appeasing both growers who are anguish to get their fruit off the vines and the winemaker who seems to want their fruit to ripen further and hang longer. “Every winemaker should have a vineyard to fully understand the complexities of making great fruit,” explained Steve. “It’s the same with some absentee owners. Their excuse for a wine being bad is the fault of the vineyard while awards for good wines are the result of their winemaking skills.” A big challenge this year was securing picking crews throughout the Mother Lode wine country – not to mention the September heat resulting in early morning picking starting at 3am in many cases, and even some midnight picks for grapes heading out of the area. “Some think of it as crush time glory but it is non-stop with no breaks and exhausting physical demands,” Mark said as he looks back on the harvest. But don’t be mistaken, their jobs are going full tilt yearround, too. For many growers they are a second set of eyes in the vineyard. “Mark catches things that I sometime miss, not to mention being a source of new and innovative viticulture practices,” relayed grower and winemaker, Gary Grant of Frogs Tooth Vineyards and Winery. “I rely on him to keep me honest in my vineyard practices from pruning and suckering to canopy management and harvest.” Both of these managers have grown to understand a share of local vineyards because they were instrumental in designing and planting a large number of them when a second wave of plantings took hold about 15 years ago. “The area became recognized as having great potential, and while there is not necessarily a signature variety that stands out

like Zin in Amador or Cabernet from Napa, there now more grape types that have not been planted elsewhere,” noted Mark. Both managers have seen a rise in calls and inquiries from other major wine regions looking at fruit from our region. “We need to be thinking outside the ballpark and not just the box and Calaveras is doing that,” added Steve. “We have upwards of 35 grape types to work with and the region is quickly becoming recognized for new varieties.” The last two years saw a sizeable amount of fruit going to outside the area, including Napa and Sonoma. Interest, along with respect for the quality of Spanish, Italian and Rhone type grapes grown here is on the increase. “But it is like walking a high wire because you do not want to lose local winery’s interest or sources of grapes,” worried Steve. Both commented on the diversity of climate being a factor, and while it still comes down to getting the grapes off the vine at the right time, picking is less dictated by climate as it is in many other grape growing regions around the world. New grapes being explored in the area according to Steve include Spanish whites Verdejo and Viura. Mark has recently seen white plantings include Arens, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc and Rolle. Not necessarily house names yet. Training and partnerships are critical to success in our local vineyards as they expand and meet the needs. “We have to set programs up from the beginning with contractors so they know the quality factors we are expecting and then become loyal to each other,” observed Mark. Steve has taken the training aspect a step further and is working with a number of interns. “But you just don’t teach the vineyard side of it. They need to know about the entire industry and all the issues,” he explained. “They have to respect agriculture regardless of the product.” Steve sees the current young generation wanting to participate more in the process. He was also impressed by the latest group who all showed up with notebooks and pens in hand. Fortunately they have some terrific teachers in our area to aspire to. Steve Collum is owner of Vineyards Concepts (743-2773) and Mark Skenfield is owner of Vinescapes (736-0000). 19



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Vows of River & Rock as told by George Chance By Mark Stoltenberg In the words of fictional characters of the Chance family, Mark Stoltenberg writes about the hardworking Gold Rush families that have made our area’s history so rich. He has written a number of historical articles and one-man plays, and performed them for schools and Forest Service campfire programs. Mark Stoltenberg’s collection of stories, Tuolumne Fathers and Sons, makes interesting listening while driving through the Mother Lode. The stories are available on CD at Mountain Books in Sonora, and online at

On a rainy day in February, late 1950s, my sister and I followed the sibling credo, “If you can’t find something to do, find something to argue about.” I called it a list. Carol insisted it was a document. Our Grandma Marjorie had written at the top: Day 1, November 25, 1918, Sentinel Hotel, Yosemite Valley, Fletcher Stanislaus Chance and Marjorie Illilouette Whitfield. We recognized some of the names, each written carefully in the owner’s best penmanship like the Declaration of Independence. “Yes, George, it’s a list,” said Grandma Marjorie. “But it documents who was there!” My sister, the word lawyer, found it necessary to slow down and sing these last four words so that a child (like me) might grasp how obviously ironclad her case was. Grandma Marjorie intervened, delicately rescuing the list from my hand and sitting on the davenport between her favorite (and only) grandchildren. “Always be gentle with things you find in the family Bible,” she replied. “They are there for you, but they’ve been put there for safe keeping.” “It tells a story,” she had our attention. “This is a list that documents a wonderful day. I can see their faces, hear their voices. Memories rich in joys and sorrows are rising fragrant like yeast dough.” “First ones to sign, first to arrive, I reckon,” she noted. “Mr. and Mrs. John Degnan. Now why Bridget didn’t write her first name,” she clucked. “Formality I suppose – Jennie Curry, a sweeter woman I’ve never known. Oh, look at that – Mother Curry in the same room with Alphabet Dorhman.” Carol and I hooted, “What kind of parents would name…?” Grandma pointed to his signature, “A.B.C. Dohrman! He was the manager of the Sentinel Hotel in those days and was the strong right hand of the Washburn brothers who controlled stagecoach transportation in and out of Yosemite Valley. He and the Currys were bitter rivals in the battle for Yosemite Valley. Everyone had to choose a side, even the tourists. Signs along the road encouraged the rustic campers to ‘Toot your horn for Camp Curry.’ The Sentinel Hotel catered to the most sophisticated traveler.” continued on page 26 25

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“But we all loved Yosemite Valley – and they were all there that day for me, for us,” she added. “You mean you worked in Yosemite Valley?” I exclaimed. “George, I grew up in Yosemite,” she was surprised that this was news. “Mr. Will Sell, Jr. (she pointed to the list) offered to teach me Morse code and gave me some hours in the telegraph office to supplement my dining room pay. I felt as though I had the best job in the valley, serving Mrs. Ellen Cook’s fine fare to the finest guests from around the world. She became the Sentinel manager in 1916 when automobiles were starting to flood the valley floor turning meadows into parking lots. Foster Curry jumped in and promoted motorcar races to get to Camp Curry. I remember Arthur Pillsbury sped from Oakland in 8 hours 44 minutes.” “Mrs. Cook was so generous when I came to her with our plans. I told her I knew three weeks was short notice, but Fletcher and I had agreed – he could pick the time and I could pick the place. That pleased her. The Big Tree Room would be perfect for the ceremony. For the groom and his entourage she offered the Rock Cottage. She gave me the River Cottage, ‘so peaceful with the autumn leaves drifting by’ then whispered, ‘we needn’t tell the gentlemen that the Rock Cottage is haunted.’” I told her that was a secret my brother, Matthew, would not keep. We decided on turkey for the wedding luncheon and ham dinner the night before.” “Wait! Wait!” I said, “ what do you mean the Rock Cottage was haunted?” “ John Muir built that cottage with lumber he milled under Yosemite Falls. The locals suspected he revisited it from time to time.” “Was Maggie Howard a little girl?” Carol asked, pointing to the carefully printed signature. “Ah, Tabuce. We worked together in the laundry at Camp Cury when I was just a little older than you, Carol,” Grandma recalled. “Tabuce was her Paiute name. She was so fun and so funny! She spoke and understood just fine, but to tourists she’d usually say, ‘no savee.’ One day a woman kept asking her how old she was and finally she said, ‘I’m sixteen. How old are you?’ She gave me my ‘something old,’ a little obsidian sewing knife in a leather case. I’ll show you sometime.” I pointed to the next name, Kitty Tatch. “Who is Kitty Tatch, like Gunsmoke?” Carol and I took turns making fun of the name, rapid fire, then slow with a British accent. “Kitty was a good friend,” laughed Grandma.”She taught me how to carry myself in the Sentinel dining room. I got my long blonde hair bobbed just like her when it was first the rave. We were inseparable– irrepressible. Kitty and I went ice skating at Mirror Lake on a February day while a crew from the Sentinel was cutting ice blocks to be stored in sawdust for summer. She got too close and in she went, over her head! She dried off and warmed up just long enough to pop some popcorn to take back over to her rescuers.” Grandma shook her head, “Irrepressible,” she smiled. “Herbert Wilson offered to treat our party to a firefall but I told him to join us for dinner instead. Herbert was known for climbing the Ledge Trail from Camp Curry to Glacier Point to build the fire then pushed it off. His record time from bottom to top was 54 minutes. Can you imagine that?” “What fun we had in those days! I invited the caretaker for the Sierra Clubs Le Conte Lodge. He was a good piano player plus he was dating my friend Virginia Best. There he is – Ansel Adams.” “You’ve heard the story of how your grandpa and I met on a train leaving continued on page 31 26


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living with her folks above their downtown print shop, Lauralee Brown Markus always knew she’d eventually make her way back to her home town.

Lauralee Brown Marcus in the living room at Oak Terrace Memory Center

As a politically active and very involved high school student, she figured she’d go out into the world, become an attorney and come home to run for office. Her path hasn’t been exactly as she envisioned. Instead, she’s travelled the globe, climbed a few different corporate ladders and took in a wide view of the world. Now 18 years later, she is back home in Tuolumne County pursuing an unexpected direction: elder care and the implications of our aging population. Lauralee is now Community Relations Director for Skyline Place Senior Living and Oak Terrace Memory Care, two of Tuolumne County’s largest assisted living and elder care homes. Her work involves a lot of public outreach and working directly with families, seniors and senior advocates. “It’s a passion to be able to help families through this process,” she said. “It’s emotionally exhausting but it’s some of the most rewarding work I’ve done. Seeing a family start to heal and come back together is so amazing.” She’s convinced all her experiences have led her here. “People have said I’m a late bloomer,” she said with a laugh. “I’ve figured out where I want to be – learning and studying more about the social impacts and policy implications of aging.” During high school Lauralee spent a couple of years working for her parents, Jim and Dorothy Brown. She learned firsthand the pros and cons of owning a small business. Although just a teen, she was very involved in downtown Sonora projects including the Main Street program, Opera Hall restoration and organizing the Toulumne County Community Christmas party for disadvantaged youth. Still not quite ready for college, she spent a few years in the travel industry and landed a corporate job with TWA. She spent six years based in Kansas City, involved with the airline’s help desk system, and travelling the globe. It was a great way to live for a time, but she wanted work that would eventually allow her to go back to school. She switched into banking in the Bay Area, moved quickly into a challenging job incorporat-

ing new technology into local branches, and started work on a degree in public policy. “I still had my eye on politics, but not quite in the same way,” she explained. She completed an accelerated degree program at Mills College in Oakland and was selected for a prestigious leadership program that sent her to Pennsylvania for a year. “It was an amazing experience, and that’s what pulled everything together for me,” she recalled. Lauralee returned to San Francisco where she jumped right into city politics.She helped with a high profile city attorney’s race, took a policy position with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce working with City Hall and Sacramento and then took a government relations post with Pacific Gas and Electric. It was a fascinating and fast-paced job that got ever more demanding. “I was having a blast, but I became a complete workaholic,” she sighed. “After a few years, I couldn’t keep it up—I just burned out. My husband and I had to figure out a better life balance.” As they both took some time to re-evaluate, they became interested in elder care and began learning all they could about the issues and needs. They became licensed care providers themselves, and then decided to move back to Tuolumne County to pursue their options. First, Brown Markus spent a year supervising local census teams – a temporary post that was challenging, fun and a great way to reconnect with Tuolumne County. Then a key position opened with Skyline Place and Oak Terrace Memory Care. It’s been immensely rewarding and has convinced her how critical elder care issues have become. “We need people to not be afraid to step up to the plate and take on key roles within health care in Tuolumne County,” she remarked. This is Markus’ home and this is where she is making a difference. “So much needs to be done,” she expressed. “I can see myself always learning and growing with this field. This is what I want to do.”

“Coming Home,” showcases local residents raised in our area, who went away to college and returned home to successful careers. We hope this column will inspire young adults and our community that having the privilege of this rural lifestyle doesn’t have to stop after higher education. 28



“Something about this locale feeds me,” said Jim Toner, author of Serendib, a memoir which takes place in Sri Lanka during his two-year stint with the Peace Corps. Like other Mother Lode authors, Toner’s writing is not explicitly about the area, but this place nevertheless influences his work. When asked about these influences, writers frequently name the same things: wilderness and quiet, sunlight filtering through trees or the star-strewn night sky. But depending on the writer, other things worm their way in as well—gossip, crime, colorful characters or chiseling a parking space from a frozen embankment of snow. A writer’s chosen genre—fiction or non-fiction, romance, memoir, mystery, investigative journalism or twisted classics—makes the author consider local features in a particular way too. Charity Maness, who writes in multiple genres, cites various sources of inspiration. Her humor column, “Welcome to the Country,” describes comedic moments in the lives of newcomers to Copperopolis. A transplant herself, Maness makes light of her own experiences in addition to stories locals tell her. In her memoir, From Positive Test to Empty Nest, she relates anecdotes about raising seven kids on nine acres with farm animals. All of her romances are situated in small rural communities, but she’s not about to confirm that those characters or situations are drawn from her neighborhood. There is one story that Maness proudly attributes to a local. Her book It’s Lonely Here in Hell: Love Letters from Nam, was written after Micki Phillips gave her a box of letters from her first husband, Jim Piper, who was killed in action in 1969 in Viet Nam. Maness recognized immediately that she had been entrusted with a treasure. She turned the material into an insightful tribute to Piper by juxtaposing verbatim transcriptions of the letters with historical documentation about events that occurred on the day each letter was written. One writer is handed a box of love letters while another is inspired by the view from the window before his writing desk. Rick Rivera, author of A Fabricated

Mexican and Stars Always Shine, finds language taking shape on the page from seeing the arc and sway of pines in a winter storm or the grace and strength of a deer ascending a steep embankment. For Rivera, solitude and nature provide an invigorating source for writing fiction. When Rachel ArceJaeger was writing her twisted classic, Robin: Lady of the Legend (The Classic Adventures of a Girl Who Became Robin Hood), she didn’t have access to the Internet, so she envisioned Sherwood Forest from local trees and wildflowers. Many of these details had to be revised later, but the main character rejoicing in her forest home came right from ArceJaegers’s experience of the Sierra. Kathy Boyd Fellure’s trio of children’s books, The Blake Sisters Lake Tahoe Adventures Stories, are loosely based on growing up with seven sisters and visiting her grandparent’s cabin at Lake Tahoe from 1959 to 1969. Fellure pulls from childhood memories, but she also relishes preserving the historical moment. “The kids in my books don’t watch TV,” she said. “The stories are all about living outdoors and spending time with siblings and grandparents.” Scott Thomas Anderson sees something darker lurking in the Mother Lode. As a rural crime reporter for the Amador Ledger Dispatch, Anderson witnessed devastation and havoc related to methamphetamine addiction—not just property crimes but child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, elder abuse, assaults and even homicides. He came to understand that the problem was epidemic across rural America. In 2010, he won a grant to work on a national inves-

tigative project, and he chose to focus on how meth addiction effects rural communities. Anderson spent 18 months as an embedded reporter with law-enforcement agencies. Then he wrote the book Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America. Though the subject matter is disturbing, Anderson is making the most of what he uncovered by giving public awareness talks up and down the Highway 49 corridor, speaking at town hall events and community service programs. Transplanted writers, like Antoinette May and Kathy Boyd Fellure, wondered about the rural writing scene when they first moved here. Delighted to find other writers, they were eager to develop opportunities. May, who has published two works of fiction, Pilate’s Wife and The Sacred Well, is the founding director of the annual Gold Rush Writers Conference. Fellure founded the Amador Fiction Writers. In Calaveras County, Monika Rose founded Writers Unlimited, a critique group, and the Manzanita Writers Press. In Tuolumne County, Gillian Herbert, author of Spare Scenes, works with the Word Project which produces a monthly literary event called First Friday and recently launched the Word Project Press. The Sonora Writer’s Group produced the first annual Tuolumne Writers Retreat, a three day event in Columbia. And Linda Fields broadcasts interviews with Mother Lode Writers on her radio program, Manzanita Voices, that streams from From critters to the landscape to the alpine light, the Mother Lode nourishes writers. Jim Toner, who teaches at Columbia College, believes the Lode feeds all manner of writers. “I love my students’ writing,” exclaimed Toner. “These kids from Copperopolis, Angels Camp, Murphys and Twain Harte write amazing stories.” The golden vein coursing through the foothills never ceases to inspire. 29

G ypsy T ime T By Sunny Lockwood

WHILE MOST OF US WAKE UP EACH MORNING in a house or apartment, Christy Horne and her husband Michel Olson, wake up most mornings in a fanciful, magical, wooden castle. Their castle, named “Florence,” has three drawbridge stages, a redwood waterwheel, blacksmith shop, a kitchen with copper sink, living room with fireplace, an air conditioned dressing room/computer lab, two turret bedrooms… and wheels. It took Michel 4,000 hours to build the beauty, and now he and Christy tour the country in it delighting audiences with a dramatic blend of story-telling and blacksmithing. “Florence” is has logged 60,000 in the last five years. BELOW: Christy and Michel rest on the step of their travelling home.


Married for 19 years and the parents of three college student sons, this former accountant and former jack-of-all-trades have become the Gypsy Time Travelers, driving the highways of America in a 31-foot long, 8-foot wide, 23,000 pound castle built on a FL60 Master Freight Liner. “Our castle is built on the bed of a big old truck,” Christy said with a laugh. And she’s happy to open the front door and invite you in. Once Florence is parked, the draw bridges are transformed into stages and the flags are raised, the castle becomes a living theater. And Christy and Michel become performers, spinning yarns and forging designs of old with fire and hammer. From Burning Man in Nevada and Renaissance Fairs in California, to rodeos in Texas and festivals throughout the country, they entertain, educate, enthrall and fascinate. Christy, decked out in vividly colored costumes, tells stories with flare and passion, while Michel fires up the blacksmith shop on board and forges metal creations to be given away after each performance. Together they weave all the historical magic, lore and legend surrounding blacksmithing into fascinating shows. Christy and Michel are hired by the producers of fairs, festivals, rodeos and other multi-day events as grounds entertainment. In other words, their castle is so intriguing and their free performances so exceptional, that they actually draw people to the fairs, rodeos or other events that hire them. “We average four shows a day,” Christy explained. “Before each one, we hand out free tickets. The shows are geared to adults but kids love them. After the shows, we come out and talk with everybody.” They play to millions of folks a year. “We make people smile. We want to make sure that everyone who sees our rig and sees our show feels better for it,” Michel relayed. They not only make people smile, they make people curious.

ravelers Whether driving down the road, or parked and set up for performances, Florence, Christy and Michel attract kids and adults. “People are dazzled by our castle,” Michel remarked. “They love seeing what we’ve done with an old truck. Even when we’re driving down the freeway, cars come by and people stick their cell phones out the window and take pictures of us. We feel a bit like the pied piper.” The Gypsy Time Travelers have logged 60,000 miles in the last five years. They’re on the road seven to nine months a year, traveling from Florida through Texas, Colorado, Nevada, California, Oregon and other places as well. “We didn’t start out to be performers,” Christy remarked. “Michel is a master blacksmith and I started researching stories concerned with blacksmiths. I’d reshape them into something I could perform. And we’ve become this storytelling blacksmithing show. This is way more fun than accounting!” As an itinerant performer, Christy has 25 unique stories tucked under her colorful, medieval cap. While she holds audiences spell-bound with her enthusiastic tales, Michel, glowing in the flare of the forge’s fire, pounds out little wizards, spoons, unicorn shoes, dragons and other whimsical items that go with the story Christy tells that can be handed out to audience members after the show. When not in their castle or on the road, this colorful couple lives on 23 acres near Angels Camp. “Think of this,” explained Christy, her eyes twinkling. “On the road, we’re always home, sleeping in our own beds, always at work and always on vacation.” Michel adds, “And we come back with more money than when we left.” For more information on this creative duo, check out their website:

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Camp Mather up by Hetch Hetchy. The O’Shaunessy Dam was being built and the railroad was part of the’ almighty project’ he was working on.” “I was heading to the coast to visit my friend, Ethel Hyatt.” “Is she on the list?” I asked. “No, she couldn’t make the trip up from Pacific Grove, but she sent me my ‘something borrowed’ along with a dear note. I walked down the aisle that day clutching a small pewter spoon that was cast with a seahorse wrapping its tail around the handle.” “Now, you kids know that your grandfather is a very quiet man but he’s also very clever and very sincere. I knew that the day we met. If you can get him started, he’ll tell you he was quite taken with me.” “I could’ve gone out El Portal, but I wanted to be the first Yosemite woman to ride that new train. He tried to shelter me from the rowdy herd of men joking and jockeying for their seats. He was pleased to meet someone from Yosemite. Then he made me laugh – something that his father always said about ‘a good sized trout has a brain about the size of a peppercorn.’ I liked him. I liked a man who quotes his father, but I had to be honest.” “I told him how I felt about Hetch Hetchy: that this train might be the only good to come from the whole destructive enterprise.” “The sun was just coming up. Your grandfather nodded to the Sierra horizon and recited, ‘This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming on sea and continents and islands each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.’” Grandma chuckled, “I guess my jaw dropped, and he says,” That’s John Muir. You see Miss Whitfield, I’m a child of the Sierra, too.’”. “Oh did we talk. He told me of a happy childhood between the Stanislaus and Tuolumne Rivers – of the loss of his sister and his mother to diphtheria four years past – of the master teamster who was his father – of their adventure to Yosemite Valley in 1909 with team and wagon to deliver a piano to David Curry. Again, he boasted his exploits with rod and reel. ‘I was twelve years old that summer. We might have seen each other!’” “Why Mr. Chance, you’re a mere youth!” I said. “1909 had been my first year on my own.” “He went on to tell me about summers in the high country, winters in Berkeley and baseball – how he loved being behind the plate, the smell of the grass and the sounds of the game – the mathematics and the possibilities – of the granite drinking gourd that would hold the Tuolumne River to slake the thirst of the City, water the orchards and light the homes of the San Joaquin Valley.” “He smiled and said, ‘I don’t usually have this much to say, Miss Whitmore, but I find your company most pleasant.’” “‘And I, yours, Mr. Chance,’ I replied. “The look and the silence that followed was a most comfortable and satisfying calm, as we rocked to the rhythm of the tracks heading west.” “His baseball team kept trying to distract him – and me, I suppose. Four of them became a barbershop quartet. Walking up and down the aisle, they became mosquitoes by pointing index finger from their noses (she demonstrated) like stingers and singing ‘there’s gonna be a picnic down in the park.’ He shooed them away when they came to our seat, but I could see that he and they enjoyed it immensely.” “Your grandfather can be very charming. I hoped that he would write me after our train ride, and I was not disappointed. He told me he’d relived that day on the train over and over, said it was hard to remember a time when he continued on page 53 31

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Aloft Art Gallery A Collective High Above the Ground Story by Patricia Cherry

TAKE A STROLL IN DOWNTOWN SONORA to enjoy viewing the art of 39 regional artists at Aloft Art Gallery, 167 S. Washington St. You won’t be disappointed. Originally the gallery was located one story above The Vault, an iconic Sonora building. Hence the name was true to Webster’s definition of the word aloft – “high above the ground.” But the name is more than that; it is meant to denote the ability to uplift the artists’ ability to show their work and to elevate the cultural community of Sonora. In 2008 this group of plucky artists did the unthinkable – they started an art gallery during one of the worst economic recessions in most of our living history. Five years later they are going strong and are more committed than ever to add to the delight of residents and out of area visitors. The gallery was formed when a number of Mother Lode Art Association artists believed they needed a venue of their own to show their art. While under the umbrella of MLAA, they operate independently with the artists themselves curating, operating and managing the gallery. On any given day one of the artists will be in residence to greet you and to talk about the art. As a collective moving into its fifth year, they’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. Each artist is juried into the gallery to insure carefully outlined standards. The gallery is an important and integral part of Sonora’s Second Saturday Art Walk attracting tourists and area residents. These monthly events are an ever-growing and popular way to spend a

Saturday night. Most visitors enjoy dinner out and then leisurely walk up and down the streets of Sonora where they can count on hearing and seeing an abundance of musicians and artists at a wide variety of retail establishments. Twelve months a year, attendees enjoy walking Sonora’s friendly streets at night bundled up in the winter and savoring the summer’s balmy weather. This energetic collective of artists represent works in oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil and mixed media, not to overlook photography, ceramic sculptures, jewelry and etched glass. There is art for all with a wide variety of price ranges. For instance, November’s theme is small works, just in time for the Holiday season. It is a growing trend to buy original art for gift giving. These artists make it hard not to join that trend. All of the art is attractively arranged. It’s worth going just to see the front window. Creative people create. So under the tutelage of Ruth Morrow, member artist, the window is frequently changed with one display outdoing the last. When I asked one of the member /artists “Why are you part of this particular gallery,” she responded by saying, “I love sharing art with the other artists, meeting so many nice people and the overall camaraderie of our organization.” Across the country collective galleries are growing in popularity for these reasons. It’s good to know that Sonora is on the leading edge of this trend. To learn more about the Aloft Gallery, visit their web site: or call 588-8604. ARTrails • 35

Featuring artists from the

Aloft Art Gallery Shirley Wilson-Rose Glass screen, aproximately 5’ by 5’

Irene Taylor Egg and Beak

B. Holder Blue Bird of Happinesss

B. Holder

Sherie Drake

Sherie Drake

Shirley Wilson-Rose

Sherie Drake approaches the canvas with color and vitality. Although pastel medium was her favorite for years, she now enjoys painting in acrylic and oils. She works on a variety of subjects using color expressively in portrait and figures. Sherie was born near Portland, Oregon, and grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She moved to California with her husband where they raised a family in the San Francisco Bay Area and retired in Sonora in the Sierra mountain foothills. She taught figure classes in the Bay Area through Mt. ViewLos Altos Adult Education and the Palo Alto Art Center for ten years. Sherie has established a studio and gallery at 19 Bradford Street in downtown Sonora where she paints and shows her work. She exhibits her paintings at the Aloft Art Gallery, the Ventana Gallery and at A & M Custom Framing in Sonora. Sherie has won numerous awards at juried art competitions including shows at the Mistlin Gallery in Modesto, the Haggin Museum in Stockton and the Mother Lode Art Association annual art show in Sonora. One can view Sherie’s work on her website and contact her at 209-404-5711

Shirley Wilson-Rose, a long time Tuolumne County resident, attended local schools and developed a love for art at a very early age. In 1979 an opportunity to make art her profession arose and Wilson Studios Etched Art Glass was born. Shirley launched into her new business with a “how to” book and borrowed equipment. Soon after she was selling decorative etched glass pieces and by the following year her work was appearing in residences and commercial establishments throughout the Sierra foothills. Shirley’s love of nature is reflected in her work where she specializes in flora and wildlife, with a flair for detail and realism, but she is always excited to try new and challenging designs in any style. Ms. Wilson-Rose’s art can be seen at All that Matters in Twain Harte, Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora and Art on Main in Murphys. She will be participating in the Sonora Art Trails Studio Tour in October. Her work is available online at and she can be reached at her studio at 588-1969.

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Betty Holder began formal art training at age 12 in Nashville, TN, where her work was shown at the Parthenon Museum. More recently studying with several regional artists, the PersonCentered Expressive Arts Therapy Institute, Michelle Cassou (process painting), Alex and Allyson Grey (visionary art), she prefers creating in her own quiet space. Holder has exhibited in galleries, juried, invitational, and solo shows in the Mother Lode, Central Valley, and Reno/Carson/Tahoe. Having won awards in painting and photography, she more deeply values the PROCESS of creating. She works in various media, often combining photography with painting, and is drawn to bold and simple shapes and light-filled colors. “My passion is process work, using a series of works to explore my psyche or an image, like my Mom’s glass bluebird - distilling an idea or emotion to its essence. My prayer with my work is that the Creative Spirit will flow through me to bring joy or be a catalyst for healing and remembering the Divine Light within.” Betty’s work can be seen at Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora,, and Tahoe’s Vista Gallery,

Irene Taylor “I have called myself an artist even as a child, influenced by creative parents who surrounded us with the arts and the process of art.” Irene has a fine arts degree from San Jose State University and has trained at the Cleveland Institute of Arts, Cooper School of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. Since arriving in Sonora in 1999, Irene has studied with Diane Stearns, Gereon Rios and Diana Boyd while maintaining membership with Mother Lode Art Association and the Central Sierra Arts Council. For over 40 years, Ms. Taylor’s professional career was as a graphic designer, working for advertising agencies, corporate creative departments and her own graphic design business. “My passion in producing art is not to emulate what I see, but to put into color and feeling what I experience. My best work comes when I have experienced a scene or flowers, study it with color, composition in mind and joy of the heart, and then photograph for further reference. I love the process of paint to paper and use the full range of color and light.” Currently her art shows in the A & M Gallery, in Sonora, ALoft Art Gallery, Sonora and Pinecrest Gallery at Pinecrest Resort. Irene’s studio is in her home and is open by appointment, 588-0959.

Lorna Hunt Retired

Ruth Morrow Spring at the Old Homestead

Barbara Young

Renatta Hayes Foothill Peony

Lorna Hunt Though Lorna has drawn and painted for most of her life, it wasn’t until the last 15 years that she has been able to dedicate her time to fine art. She enjoys the flow and spontaneity of watercolor, and also the rich, juicy qualities of oil paint. She is inspired by the amazing beauty of the Sierra foothills to paint en Plein Air, combining her love of the outdoors with her passion for art. Lorna feels privileged to have studied with many area artists and to have participated in workshops given by local and nationally known artists. She emigrated from Argentina to Pleasant Hill, CA. with her parents in the early 60s, married and raised a family in Livermore, grew almonds in Ripon, and retired to Sonora where she can indulge in her artistic endeavors. Her work can be seen at the Aloft Art Gallery, and at

Renatta Hayes

Barbara Young

Renetta Hayes works mainly in pastel but also creates art in oil and watercolor. She has a BA in Art from San Jose State University. Renetta lives in Jamestown and has been with the Aloft Gallery since it’s inception. She is an active member of the Mother Lode Art Association, Valley Art Association, Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Central Sierra Arts Council. She has won many awards in regional art shows and is in private collections throughout the State. Her most recent award was a 3rd place in the 2012 MLAA Fall Art Show “I strive to continue to develop a proficiency relative to the intricacies and nuances of creating art that will evoke an emotional response from the viewer. Sometimes I also just think the subject will be fun and challenging to paint.The process of developing and building a painting is both fascinating and exciting. I love it. Her work can be seen at the Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora:

Barbara Young’s painting and drawing style is alive with color and realism. “It brings me satisfaction and wonder. I feel that my art is a God given talent.” Landscapes and old buildings have been her primary source of inspiration. She likes to sketch with pens while on location, and works in oil, acrylic and watercolor. “I try to capture in my drawings and paintings the memory of a place by setting down textures, feelings, characteristics of the uniqueness and special quality of that place.” A favorite program for Barbara is "Therapy Dogs and Art" through the Central Sierra Arts Council in Tuolumne County. She works with her dogs and elementary school children in library settings to improve reading skills. Barbara’s newest work includes watercolor animal portraits and can be seen at the Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora. Barbara can be reached at 532-3792.

Ruth Morrow Ruth Morrow has spent the past 26 years painting and photographing the beauties of the Mother Lode. Ruth’s loose and fanciful painting style is visible in her watercolor, acrylic, oil and mixed media peices. Ruth was presented two awards at this year’s Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery including the Olive Schmid Memorial Award for Spring at the Old Homestead, shown above. She won awards at the 2012 Frog Jump Professional Art Show and the Mother Lode Art Association show. This will be Ruth’s 10th year of accptance into the KVIE Art Auction. For the past four years Ruth has been a member of Aloft Art Gallery in Sonora and the Calaveras Arts Council Gallery in San Andreas and Gallerie Copper in Copperopolis. Ruth can also be reached at 795-5375.

Irene Deaver

Irene Deaver A member of Mother Lode Art Association and Salinas Valley Art Association, Irene is currently showing at the Valley Art Gallery in Salinas, Studio B, a fine art gallery, at Bradford Street in Sonora and at the Aloft Gallery in Sonora. Irene enjoys sketching and painting local and valley scenes, especially historical sites. She has lived and worked in the Mother Lode for more than 30 years and her work reflects her love of the foothills, the local color and scenic views. Irene can be reached at 736-4268.

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Leslie H. Hurst The Velvet Hills Charles Waldman Paris!

Leslie H. Hurst Leslie Hailey Hurst is a plein aire impressionist oil painter who graduated in fine arts from Washington State University. She has raised children, cows and olives for 30 years while painting at night. Now that the kids are grown, she is back to painting full time and tending the cows and olives on the side. “I love to paint outside for the shapes and light,” said Hurst. “And, yet in the studio, it’s the colors that take me over. I want the viewers of my work to see all the excitement and vivid movement I see around me.” Hurst’s painting style is loose and open. Her landscapes are infused with light, color and contemplative space. She paints outdoors in the local area when the weather is good, and indoors in her studio the balance of the year. Hurst’s work can be seen at her studio at the Hurst Ranch in Jamestown. Leslie’s work can also be seen locally at the Ventana Gallery in Sonora, the Pinecrest Gallery, and First Street Frame in Turlock. Call 984-4436 for a studio appointment.

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Charles Waldman


Charles Waldman began painting full-time in 1999 after practicing family medicine in Sonora for 22 years. Born in Oakland in 1949, he had an early interest in art but didn’t start oil painting until 1987. He is mostly self-taught except for two workshops with Clyde Aspevig that got him painting on location. The former physician is awed by the course of events since leaving medicine for art. He was selected as an Artist Member of the California Art Club, The Laguna Plein Air Painters, “The Sea-toShining-Sea” Exhibition and has been invited to several group shows at the Haggin Museum in Stockton. Recently, a painting of his was purchased for the collection of Mrs. Joan IrvineSmith. He shows in galleries throughout the US, attends a few plein air events, and teaches workshops. He paints mostly in California and the West but also makes trips to other parts of the US and has traveled many times to France.“I paint on location to discover the beauty in the commonplace and to find new ways for me to express this in paint. When I can fully engage in this dialogue between place and paint, it is, for me, utterly satisfying.” This year will feature paintings from Chuck’s month-long trip to Paris.

“After joining the Army I was sent to Italy. My duty station was 30 miles from Venice, and when I had time, I traveled the countryside photographing everything from the Alps to Venice and Rome.” When Jerome returned to the States, he worked as a photographer traveling the North and South, settling in Washington DC. He moved to Sonora twenty years ago. His interest in photography was sparked on a trip to Tennessee. There he was introduced to large format photo printing on canvas. He was so impressed that he had the equipment shipped back to Sonora. He found the medium he was looking for. “The grand scale of Yosemite requires nothing less than large format.” “The light we have on the West Coast is envied by photographers all over the country. Printing on canvas keeps the image alive, often making it appear to be a painting.” Jerome’s father was a photographer who printed on paper as well as tin. “That’s probably where my inner drive came from, making a difference with a God-given talent. All that I am, all that I ever will be, if there be any praise, if there be any glory, I owe it all to Jesus Christ.” After going to a lot of art shows over the years, it was time to open his own gallery – Jerome’s Gallery and Frame Shop at 10289 Humbug Street by the Highway 108 stop light, 984-5586, and at

Jerry Graham Man of Spirit

Jerry Graham Jerry Graham was born in Arizona and moved to California in 2007. “My interest in art began at a very young age and the first time I was recognized for my art was in grammar school. It was then that I realized this was my calling.” Jerry began selling his art at age eleven. As a young adult, he was showing in Arizona galleries including the Prescott Resort. “My inspiration would have to be my wife of 22 years. Some people enjoy buying cards or flowers for thier loved one – I prefer to create them for her.” Jerry lets the mood he is trying to create direct him to the right medium or technique. The artist that influenced him the most has been Herman Adams. Jerry’s original work can be seen at the Ventana Gallery in Sonora and the Pinecrest Gallery. His prints and canvasses are being shown at Jerome’s Gallery and Frame Shop on Highway 108 in Jamestown, 984-5586.

Joy Willow Waterways

Patricia Cherry Devine Velocity

Patrick Michael Karnahan Glory of Sierra

Patricia Cherry

Bill and June Vaughn

Bill and June Vaughn For more than four decades these self-taught artists, Bill and June Vaughn, have created a unique style of pottery. The heart and soul of their art comes from the vital roles that Bill and June each play in the formation of every piece. Bill throws inventive shapes and June carves and decorates in what has been called a tribal art style. Their work also incorporates mixed media including stones, shells, metal, feathers, and found objects. Over the years their style has evolved from functional stonework to a unique high art design that is collected internationally. The Vaughns are honored to have been included in the 2012 Shanghai Art Exposition,TimeSpace and Vision, International Ceramic Art Exposition. Their work is also in collections of the American Potters permanent travelling collection and the Brand Art Museum Library in Glendale, CA. Each piece represents the union of two highly creative minds. The Vaughns find inspiration in nature. When not in their Sierra foothill studio, one will find them on their ranch with their horses and dogs, enjoying their tranquil rural lifestyle. They can be contacted at

Joy Willow

Patrick Michael Karnahan

Joy Willow paints with acrylics on panel, canvas, and paper, using a layering process composed of plaster, gel mediums, collage papers, and metal leaf. Her work is inspired by natural, organic shapes and textural surfaces. A meditative, open attention without definite pre-conceptions invites exploration on the flat surface; the subject emerges gradually through this dialogue between the unconscious and what is happening on the canvas. The quiet morning hours offer inspiration for painting; later in the day Joy becomes a local singing teacher with an active studio in classical music. Each discipline feeds the other with both structure and freedom. Joy's paintings have been exhibited throughout Northern California, including galleries in San Francisco and the Sacramento area. Public, corporate, and private collections in California, Colorado, Maryland, New Jersey, and in Italy have been supportive of her work. Locally her work can be seen at the Ventana Gallery downstairs at 48 S. Washington, in Sonora. She will also participate in the Sonora Art Trails Open Studios Tour in October. Joy's home studio is open to visitors by appointment: 588-9180. You can preview her work at

Patrick Michael Karnahan, a native Californian, has been capturing historic railroads of the west and the saga of the wild land firefighter most of his life. His first painting of an American railroad was painted at the age of eight. He is known for his works in calendars, magazines, books, and posters for the U.S. Forest Service. He has exhibited at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Kennedy Center, California Railroad Museum, and Penn State University. The artist’s greatest honor is the 2008 Orchard Supply Calendar featuring 13 of the artist’s train paintings. Having labored as a railroad worker and a firefighter, Patrick has the knowledge to paint these detailed subjects. The artist’s oils come alive through the expression of color. One can feel the heat of the flames and smell the smoke. Also known as a highly talented plein air artist, Patrick spends much of his time in the wide open spaces. Patrick has taught landscape painting in Ireland where he faced the daily challenge of lighting and weather. In America his favorite subjects include Alaska, Yosemite, High Sierra and his second home on the Oregon Coast. Patrick’s work can be seen locally at All That Matters in Twain Harte; Pinecrest Gallery in Pinecrest, and the Amsterdam Gallery in Carmel. Visit Patrick’s art at

Patricia Cherry's early work including landscapes, still lifes, and portraits have demonstrated an ability to blend Expressionism and Realism. Her work is constantly evolving, which has led her to work that has been described as profoundly imbued with emotional content and a sense of spirituality. Her paintings have taken on a more intuitive, non-objective style. Patricia's recent paintings are an expression of her belief that we are living through an age of transformative chaos. She most admires the work of German Artist, Gerhard Richter, who exemplifies the artist’s refusal to be tied down to a particular style. Inspired by that notion, she challenges herself every painting day. She has a lifetime of art studies, including attending California College of Arts and Crafts, University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University and Escuela de Bellas Artes. Locally her paintings may be viewed at her Studio and Gallery in East Sonora. On Monday morning you will find her teaching an ongoing class “Uncovering Your Own Visual Voice”. Her studio is frequently visited by out of town tourists becoming well known as one of the outstanding artists of the Mother Lode. To visit her gallery or inquire about her classes e-mail at, or

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Robert & Wanda Macioszek/Staniford Mama And Baby Dolphin

Dave & Dianne Photography Fall Path Sue Horine Into the Wild

Sue Horine Robert & Wanda Macioszek/Staniford A couple of talented ol’ hippies who have been working their art for over 25 years. Together, they create stunning dimensional sculptures that enhance any environment from home to business. Located in the Sierra Foothills, the pair does shows around the Northern California and Tahoe area. The sculptures are braised layers of steel, copper and brass, textured with grinding, then brilliantly colored with a torch and/or acrylic airbrush paints. Each piece is sealed with either an oil-based polyurethane or a water based sealer. The artists have a large selection of themes to choose from including: landscapes, trees, mountain, wildlife, fishing, nautical, and sports,sun/moons. One can also order a custom design. Create excitement in your home, and get lots of comments from your friends, by adding some of their beautiful sculptures to your surroundings. See their art at one of the many local shows, or go to their website:

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For Sue Horine, creating art with beads is the perfect combination of her artistic talents. “The tiny seed beads just lend themselves to creating my pieces while using my drawing, painting, design, sewing and needle work experience. The stones are the inspiration for my designs.” Sue is a native Californian and much of her inspiration comes from her childhood family vacations to the southwest and the Sierra Nevada. In 2003 Sue inherited some cut and polished stones called cabochons from her grandparents who spent much of their later years rock hounding in the southwest. Her grandfather cut and polished the stones and her grandmother created beautiful silver settings. It took Sue until 2005 to come up with a way to bring out the beauty of the stones. She adapted the beadworking skills she had learned almost 25 years before to create her one-of-a-kind original works of art. Sue’s bead art has won numerous awards and has been published in several internationally distributed publications. Her work can be seen locally at Murphys Bead Gallery in Murphys, and at the Sedona Arts Center Fine Art Gallery in Sedona, Arizona. One can view and purchase Sue’s bead art at or contact her at Murphys Bead Gallery at 728-8803.

Dave & Dianne Photography Born in Virginia and raised in Southern California, Dianne has been a visual person all her life. She knew early on that she would pursue a career in art and worked as a graphic designer and photographer for over 35 years. Dianne spent much of her childhood in the foothills and desert washes of Southern California where she developed an appreciation for the light and colors of nature. As an adult Dianne has photographed areas such as the desert southwest, the San Francisco Bay Area, Yellowstone National Park, Alaska, the Sierra Nevada and the Mother Lode where she has lived for the last 31 years. In recent years, camera in hand, she has also traveled to Ireland, France and Italy with fellow photographer and husband, Dave Bonnot. Among her favorite subjects are music, musicians and music lovers. Having been a staff photographer for the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite for many years and Wintergrass in Tacoma, WA, she has had the opportunity to capture images of performers and their audiences. “Festival photography offers unique opportunities for candid images of people of all ages enjoying life,” she says. Each year for the past several years Dianne’s photos have been selected for inclusion in Central Sierra Arts Council’s annual In Focus exhibition. Many of Dianne’s photographs are hung in the Gallery at Columbine Design at 61 South Washington Street in downtown Sonora

TUOLUMNE COUNTY GALLERY GUIDE JAMESTOWN Hurst Studio 17415 Highway 108, 984-4436. Leslie Hurst paints and shows in her studio at Hurst Ranch. Jerome’s Gallery 10289 Humbug Street, 984-5586. Featuring the large landscape photographs by Jerome and custom framing.

PINECREST Pinecrest Fine Art Gallery 421 Pinecrest Lake Road, 965-3800. Presenting the work of local and California artists.


Pamela Quyle

Don Hukari San Francisco Glass

A&M Custom Framing 328 N. Washington St., 532-7411. Framing, art supplies, gallery and gifts. Aloft Gallery 167 S. Washington St., 588-8604. A co-op gallery featuring local artists. Bradford Studio B 19 Bradford St., 536-1882. Studio and gallery for Sherie Drake, Irene Deaver, Twyla Olsen and Allison Blandsit. Greater Good Gallery 1 Linoberg St., a co-op of artists who have banded together to serve their community by presenting alternative art and entertainment that it didn’t know it needed. The Main Street Photo Shop 199A S. Washington Street, 5323847. Featuring local photographers, photo processing and framing. Stanislaus River Archive Center 68 N. Washington St. A gallery of photography and information about the Stanislaus River. The Ventana Gallery 48 S. Washington Street., 588-0297. Featuring contemporary art and local artists.

TWAIN HARTE All That Matters Frames Gifts Gallery 22997 Joaquin Gully Road, 586-1976. Framing and gallery arts.

Pamela Quyle Pamela had the good fortune of being born and raised in Murphys. Her parents were both professional artists who, in 1954, started a large pottery and clay manufacturing business on the old family ranch. Pamela was learning arts and crafts at an early age. She left Murphys to attend San Jose State and worked in television broadcasting in San Francisco. The lure of the artist’s life in a small town won over and she moved back to the family business. Pamela now oversees the day to day running of Quyle Kilns, and has built the business into a thriving gallery showcasing her work and other artists. The Quyle Kilns gallery is attached to the studio and clay production areas. You can purchase any of the fine Quyle Kilns filter-pressed, potters clays directly. Over the last few years Pamela developed an interest in fused glass and dichroic glass jewlery, and has an impressive display of one-of-a-kind glassware designed to complement her ceramic designs, as well as a line of dichroic and art glass jewelry. The Gallery and Studio of Quyle Kilns is open Wednesday – Monday from 10 to 6, and is located four miles above Murphys on Highway 4. Just across the walkway is the Brice Station Tasting Room. 3353 East Highway 4 Murphys. 728-3562.

Don Hukari Venturing into a new media, Don Hukari has developed a collection of abstract photograhic images from glass buildings across the U.S. These images are presented framed under glass or as canvas prints that could cover a wall. Don is known for his serigraphs, which he describes as a media that offers a broad stroke that simplifies the fast-paced world of details in which we live. Working in series of under 100, Don has developed a varied body of work. Every print is unique with subtle variations in transparent colors. Don Hukari’s serigraphs are often loose, free-color pieces or hard-edged contemporary graphics often using manipulated photographs. Honors include awards at the Mother Lode and Calaveras County Fairs. His “Yosemite Renaissance” serigraph was selected by Yosemite Association for their calendar. Don Hukari completed his BS in Industrial Design at San Jose State University and moved to Sonora in 1974, opening a commercial design studio. Locally his serigraphs can be seen at the Pinecrest Gallery and at his studio by appointment, 928-3888, and at

CALAVERAS COUNTY GALLERY GUIDE ANGELS CAMP Angels Camp World Mercantile & Gallery of Arts 1267 S. Main St., 890-7155. Local and world art, musical instruments, and more. Prestidge Gallery and Frame Shop 1234 Main St., 736-6846. Fine art prints and originals, custom framing. Victoria’s Framing Etc. 520 N. Main St., 736-0064. Framing, open and limited edition prints.

ARNOLD W. Poulson Glass Studio 1318 Oak Court, 795-5365. Stained glass, fine furniture, all handcrafted.

COPPEROPOLIS Town Hall Arts/Galerie Copper 145 Stone St., 785-2050. Fine art from local artists, a wide range of art classes, and art supplies.

MOKELUMNE HILL Factory Outlet Gallery 8299-B Main St., 286-1174. Artwork by James Aarons; appointments preferred. Petroglyphe Gallery 8317 Main St., 286-1387. Newly opened, contemporary art from North American artists and wine bar.

MURPHYS Allegorie Art Gallery and Tasting Room 432 Main St., 7289922. Sculptures, jewelry and ceramics by local artists. Art on Main 466 B Main St.,782-1888. Artwork from 25 local artists – paintings, jewelry, cards, glasswork and sculpture. Diane’s Frameplace 265 Tom Bell Road (Taylor Plaza), 728-2955. Decorator prints and posters; custom framing. Ironstone Heritage Museum and Jewelry Shop 1894 Six Mile Road, 728-1251. Handcrafted jewelry, blown glass and fine art. Murphys Bead Gallery 88 W. Highway 4, Suite 5, A wide variety of beads and materials, as well as fine beaded art. Quyle Kilns 3353 East Highway 4, 728-3562. Quality hand-crafted ceramics and dinnerware; manufacturer ceramic clays.

SAN ANDREAS Calaveras County Arts Council Gallery 22 N. Main St., 7541774. Changing exhibits, “Affordable Gifts of Art ” in December. ARTrails • 41

Coming Soon to a Stage Near You

Every Christmas Story Ever Told... and then some. Sierra Rep Theatre

Nov. 16-Dec. 16, Brighton Beach by Neil Simon, How much will you give up for those you love? What is someone’s dream come true worth to you? The answer may be in the question. This just may be a perfect play for the holidays., Stage 3 Theater, Stage 3. Nov 16.-Dec 16., Every Christmas Story Ever Told...and then some! Instead of performing Charles Dickens’ beloved holiday classic for the umpteenth time, three actors decide to perform every Christmas story ever told. A madcap romp through the holiday season! Sierra Repertory Theatre.

Oct. 26 - Dec. 22, Cinderella In a holiday celebration for the whole family, the timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn with the Rodgers and Hammerstein hallmarks of originality, charm and zany fun. Sierra Repertory Theatre, SRT Fallon House, Columbia. Nov 16-30, Dec.1-23, Almost Maine On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. Rated “PG” Murphys Creek Theatre Co., Black Bart Playhouse, Murphys.

RESERVATIONS & INFORMATION Murphys Creek Theatre Co. Albeno Munari Winery, Murphys Black Bart Playhouse, Murphys 728-8422 Sierra Repertory Theatre Fallon House in Columbia SRT in East Sonora 532-3120, Stage 3 Theatre Company Downtown Sonora 536-1778, Volcano Theatre Company Cobblestone Theatre 296-2525, 42

Nov 24-30, Dec 1-15, Christmas Yet To Come, Based on “A Christmas Carol” A new version of the classic Dickens tale with a futuristic twist. Volcano Theatre Co., Cobblestone Theatre, Volcano. March 2-30, April 1-21 Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The story of how the gifted Buddy Holly became the world's top recording artist in a toe-tapping, hand-clapping extravaganza. Sierra Repertory Theatre, SRT East Sonora.

Feb 8-28, March 1-17, Fences, A masterpiece drama of an African American family hanging on to their souls and their dreams in a world that has tried to crush both, Stage 3 Theater April 19-30, May 1-19, Other Desert Cities, A high wire balance between comedy and intense family drama. Stage 3 Theater, April 19-30, May 1-19, Church Basement Ladies, A musical celebration of the church basement kitchen and the women who work there, Sierra Repertory Theatre, SRT The Fallon House, Columbia. May 31, June 1-23, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, A touching and human comedy about a formidable retired woman who hires an aerobic dance instructor to give her private dance lessons. Sierra Repertory Theatre, SRT East Sonora Theatre.

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Presenting the only Calendar of Events covering the complete Central Sierra region, from Oakdale to the Sierra Crest, from Yosemite National Park to the Gold Country. All phone numbers are 209 area code.

••••••••• N OVE M B E R ••••••• 10-30, Affordable Gifts of Art Show, Over 40 artists offer artsy gifts that are unusual and one-of-a-kind. 22 Main St., San Andreas. Receptions: Nov 20 & Dec 11, from noon to 3 pm. Regular hours: M-F, 9 - 4; Sat., 11 - 3. Call Calaveras Arts Council at 754-1774. Daily through January 6, CAC, Calaveras Arts Council Gallery, San Andreas, www 13, St. James Concert Series: Mary Youngblood & Spirit of the Flute, An evening of music and storytelling.7:00 pm, Call for tickets 984-0704., Sonora High School Auditorium, Sonora, www 23, Cole Fonseca, 9-11pm, Blues Guitar, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 23, Historic Downtown Sonora Christmas Parade, Evening parade on historic Washington Street. Enjoy decorated floats, cars, animals and lots of fun. Open Houses throughout the town follow the parade. Visit in Courthouse Square with Santa after the parade. Sonora, 532-7725, www 23, 24, Christmas in Jackson, Jazzin’ It Up in Jackson. Free music, art & wine on Main St, Jackson. 6-9 pm with 3 bands, Art by the Inch, food vendors, beer garden, wine tasting in Main St. shops (fee for commemorative glass), street performers and so much more.223-9038, 23, 24, Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show, The Oakdale Cowboy Museum will be celebrating their Annual Cowboy Christmas Gift and Craft Show on Friday from 5-9pm and Saturday, from 9am - 4pm at the Gene Bianchi Community Center in Oakdale.This is a community event and free to the public. There are over 40 exhibitor booths and you’ll find just about anything western and more! There is beautiful western art, furniture, jewelry, apparel, cowboy grub and entertainment! Cowboy Santa will arrive on horseback at 11am and be available for pictures until 3pm. Oakdale Cowboy Museum at 847-2244 or 23, 24, Hometown Crafters Holday Faire and Craft Boutique, This Holiday favorite features hand-made crafts and goodies. A variety of crafts and homemade goodies will be available for Christmas shoppers in a festive holiday atmosphere. 10am-5pm, Sonora Opera Hall, Sonora, 536-9625

23, 24, Santa’s Starlight Express, For two nights only, 5:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., bundle up and join Santa and his musical friends for a lighted Christmas train ride. This special train, filled with the music and magic of Christmas, Call for ticket prices. Hot cider & refreshments will be available for purchase. Jamestown, www 23, 24, 25, Sonora Christmas Craft Fair, Eat, Shop and Be Merry as Christmas in near! This spirited celebration of the season includes live entertainment, over 200 fine craftsmen and artists, great food and fun filling every building. 10am to 5pm. Live music. $7 adults, $5 seniors, $2 children (10 to 5), Fire on the Mountain, Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, 533-3473, www 23, 24, Santa by Daylight Train,Take a train ride with Santa, aboard the Santa by Daylight train. Train rides will be on November 23rd 25th, and December 15th & 16th. Trains run each day at 1am, 12pm., 1pm., 2pm. and 3pm. Santa will be on board to greet visitors, and will be accompanied by Railtown’s Roving Fiddler. Space is available on a first-come firstserve basis., Jamestown, www 24, Fast Times , 9-11pm 80s Party, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 29, Comedy Showcase - Brad Bonnar, 911pm , Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 30, Chains Required, 9-11pm, Horn driven R & B, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 30, Cioppino Feed Murphys Hotel, All you can eat Cioppino feed 5pm- 9pm. Cioppino is a fresh seafood stew in a rich tomato broth. Our Cioppino includes but not limited to, prawns, crab legs, mussels, clams, calamari, and cod. For Reservations 728-3444, Murphys 30, 1, Columbia Christmas Lamplight Tour, A walking tour through the historic town guided by lamplight bearing costumed docents and volunteers. Join us for a walking play that wanders the streets of Columbia at night and ends with music, dance, and refreshments. Make this an annual holiday event for you and your family and learn more about the Christmastime of years past. Friends of Columbia, Columbia State Historic Park, 536-1672 30, 1, 2, Sounds of the Season, Columbia College kicks off their holiday season with a 60 Voice Chorus plus Orchestra with Classical and Holiday Music, Columbia College, Opera Hall, Sonora, 588-5115

•••••• D EC E M B E R •••••• 1, AAUW Home Tour and Tea, The 46th Annual Tour, Boutique and Tea. For more information call 532-6604 1, Amador First Saturday Art Trek, 1-7pm. Start your trek at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main Street, historic downtown Mokelumne Hill and on to 8 other galleries in Amador County. 286-1387, www. 1, Sounds of the Season at Ironstone, Saturday, Buffet Dinner 4pm with concert by the Grass Valley Male Voice Choir to follow. Tickets $35 adults and $20 children 12 and under, Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys, 7281251, www 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, Columbia Candy Kitchen Candy Cane Making, Watch traditional candy canes being made during the holidays on weekend days. A magically creative process! Hosted by Nelson’s Columbia Candy kitchen. 532-7886 1, Valley Springs Christmas Parade, 10am at California and Chestnut Streets. Santa will make a special trip from the North Pole to the Parade in Valley Springs. Call for more information. Valley Springs Craft Faire 9am-1pm. At the Vet’s Hall located at 189 Pine Street. 598-1467 1-31, Affordable Gifts of Art Show, Over 40 artists offer artsy gifts that are unusual and one-of-a-kind. 22 Main St., San Andreas. Reception Dec 11, from noon to 3 pm. Regular hours M-F, 9 - 4; Sat., 11 - 3. Call Calaveras Arts Council at 754-1774. Daily through January 6, CAC, Calaveras Arts Council Gallery, San Andreas, www 6, Frank Solvan and Dirty Kitchen, 8-10pm, Americana music, Willow Creek Lounge Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-7478777, www 7, Candye Kane, 9-11pm Blues singer, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 7, Murphys Open House, Every year on the first Friday in December, Murphys celebrates the holiday season with a community Open House from 5 to 8 pm. Admission is free. The Open House is a great time to peruse Murphys’ wonderful shops and restaurants, see what's new, visit with old friends, admire the community tree, and experience an old-time community holiday spirit. Musicians and carolers fill the streets with holiday cheer. continued on page 42


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••• DECEMBER, Continued ••• 7, Winter Wonderland Parade in Twain Harte, Annual Winter Wonderland Parade in downtown Twain Harte. The tree lighting and parade begins at 6 p.m. under the arch and there is community singing at 5:30 p.m. Parade immediately follows the tree lighting. Santa arrives at the conclusion of the parade. Twain Harte, 586-4482, www 7, 8, Sutter Creek Old Fashioned Christmas, Festivities start Friday night. Enjoy Victorian splendor this Holiday Season in historic Sutter Creek, with its annual Old Fashioned Christmas Open House celebration. Most of the stores will be open until 9pm so that you can get a jump on your Holiday Shopping. Free carraige rides will be offered in front of the Visitor Center at 71a Main Street Saturday Dec 8th, in the evening, at 7pm is the Las Posadas Candlelight Walk. The public is invited to participate in this beautiful reenactment of Joseph and Mary’s journey to Bethlehem. Information call 267-1344, www. 7, 8, Sounds of the Season, Sonora Opera Hall Columbia College kicks off their holiday season with a 60 Voice Chorus plus Orchestra with Classical & Holiday Music, Columbia College, Sonora, 588-5214 8, Lydia Pense and Cold Blood, 9-11pm Legendary SF star, Willow Creek Lounge Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-7478777, www 8, Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Night, Join the fun for music and art in downtown stores and restaurants, and openings at downtown galleries, 532-7697, www 8, Murphys Holiday Festival of Lights, Murphys Hotel, Murphys, 728-3444 8, 9, 15, 16, A Miner’s Christmas in Columbia, Sit around a campfire drinking hot cider or coffee and join in conversations with miners as they roast chestnuts. Children can make some favorite crafts of the 1850s and keep an eye out for Father Christmas as he wanders the streets looking for good boys and girls! Columbia State Historic Park at 5889128. 9, Equestrian Christmas Parade, Add color and fun to the holiday season - make the Columbia State Park Christmas Parade an annual tradition! Many horses and their riders fill the streets and everyone welcomes a visit from Santa. Sponsored by Mid Valley unit of Backcountry Horsemen of California. 11am. Columbia State Historic Park, 823-3538, www 9, Holiday Home Concert, Mountain Ranch, Mountain Melody to perform at Casa Terra Cotta. Concert includes finger sandwiches, dessert, and beverages. $25. Call to make reservations., 754-1774


9, Las Posadas Nativity Procession - 30th Anniversary, This popular community event starts at 5:30pm Columbia's Main Street is decorated for the Christmas season, and luminaria light the way for the procession, while on-lookers hold candles and join in singing Christmas carols. For more information, call 536-1672. Columbia State Historic Park, www 10, Winter Sports History Night, Check for times and information at, Bear Valley Adventure Company, www 11, Songs of the Season at Sierra Repertory Theatre, Tuesday evening 7pm. Enjoy an evening of live singing from the stage highlighting the coming 2013 theatre season and holiday favorites too! $30 includes wine and dessert. Sierra Repertory Theatre, East Sonora, 532-3120 12, Town Hall Arts Third Annual Celebration dinner, Annual Celebration of the artists of Galerie Copper and a dinner. Call for information about this and weekly art classes and events. Copperopolis, 785-2050, www 13, Comedy Showcase, 8-10pm, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 13, 14, 15, The Fifth Annual Nutcracker Ballet by Studio 4 Dance Company, 6pm, Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14, 1pm and 6pm, Saturday, December 15 Tickets are $15 for adults; $7 for children 12 and under. Tickets are available at or at the box office 1 hour before each performance (if not sold out), Bret Harte Theater, Angels Camp 14, Magician Naathan Phan at the Groveland Hotel, The energetic and multitalented Naathan Phan will perform on Friday with the help of a few feathered and furry friends. He’s so exceptional that his name gets an extra A. Naathan has been a magician for Disneyland, The Magic Castle, and has appeared in the film Superbad. Dinner show seating is at 7 p.m., cover charge $10, Groveland Hotel, 962-4000 14, Maxx Cabello and the Breakdown, 911pm, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 14, Merry Merchants in Columbia, The Columbia Chamber of Commerce invite you and yours to enjoy an evening of old fashioned Christmas charm in Columbia! Shop in the tradition of times gone by. Listen to the sounds of the season Christmas carols and songs performed by local children, and stories told by storytellers. Delight in traditional tastes of roasted chestnuts, hot gingerbread. Enjoy a free carriage ride on decorated Main Street. Fun for all ages. Call 536-1672, Columbia State Historic Park.

15, Innersoul, 9-11pm, R & B party, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 15, 16, Santa by Daylight Train,Take a train ride with Santa, aboard the Santa by Daylight train. Trains run each day at 1am, 12pm., 1pm., 2pm. and 3pm. Santa will be on board to greet visitors, and will be accompanied by Railtown's Roving Fiddler. Space is available on a first-come first-serve basis., Jamestown, www 16, Native Sons of the Golden West Breakfast, Murphys, At the Native Sons Hall 7:30-11:30am. Stop in to “fuel up” before that big hiking or biking adventure! Includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee. $6 for adults and $3 for kids ten and under. Call for more information. 728-8902 16, Mokelumne Hill Old Fashioned Holiday, 3-5pm. Photos with Santa Claus at the Hotel Leger, gingerbread house decorating, horse & carriage rides, shops offering holiday treats & beverages, live flute music at Petroglyphe Gallery and more. Visit for info. 16, Petroglyphe Gallery Christmas Reception, 5-8pm, 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne hill. An artful holiday celebration! Listen to live music, meet many of the gallery's artists, enjoy wine and light appetizers. Find those unique and special gifts from a selection of fine arts. Visit or call 286-1387. 12, Joni Morris, 9-11pm, country, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 22, Bump City, 9-11pm, Tower of Power tribute, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 24, Christmas Eve Community Dinner, Annual Dinner - Noon to 6 pm Cost is free but donations welcome. Located at Mother Lode Fairgrounds 220 Southgate Dr. in Sonora. 586-4802, Sierra building. Free meal, toys for children, sponsored by community donations, Sonora, 586-4802. 25, Murphys Historic Hotel Christmas Dinner, Enjoy a traditional holiday dinner with our family! Reservations recommended with service from 11am to 8pm, Murphys Hotel, Murphys, 728-3444 27, Comedy Showcase, 9-11pm, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 28, Brad Wilson, 9-11pm, blues guitarist, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www

28, Cioppino Feed Murphys Hotel, All You Can Eat Cioppino Feed 5pm- 9pm. Cioppino is a Fresh Seafood Stew in a rich tomato broth. Our Cioppino includes but not limited to, prawns, crab legs, mussels, clams, calamari, and cod. This is served with a house salad and fresh house made garlic bread! Priced at $22.95 per person. For reservations 728-3444, Murphys 28, Winter Wonderland at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, 11am-3pm. Scenic wagon ride, crafts for kids, music for all. Hot cocoa, hot apple cider & cookies. $12.50 adults, $8.50 children under 12. If space available, tickets at the door $15 and $10. Park entrance $8. Buy tickets online at or call for more information. 75-3840 29, Rock of Ages, 9-11pm, stadium rock, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 31, Black Oak Casino New Year’s Eve Party, 9pm-1am, Hats, beads and lots of fun. Chains Required live band., Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1877-747-8777, www 31, Murphys Historic Hotel New Years Eve Gala, Dinner and entertainment to welcome in the New Year. Dinner served at 7pm and bar service available upstairs. Two night minimum stay with special event rates Packages include, dinner, dessert, champagne, rooms,balloon drop, and live music!728-3444 ext 416, Murphys Hotel, Murphys.

• • • • • • J A N U A RY • • • • • • 12, Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Night, Join the fun for music and art in downtown stores and restaurants, and openings at downtown galleries, 532-7697, www 18-30, 1-16, InFocus Photography Show, 26th Annual Show. See the best of the region’s photography. Judged show with a wide variety of images and styles includes black & white, color and manipulated photos. Call for hours. Artistsí reception Sat., Jan 26., Central Sierra Arts Council, George Post Gallery, Sonora, 532-ARTS, www 19, Annual Twain Harte Crab Feed, All you can eat crab, with pasta. salad and desert. Wine, beer and soft drinks for sale. Auction and terrific prize drawings. Benefits community service by Soroptimists in Twain Harte. Tickets $35.00, Tuolumne Veterans Memorial Hall, Patt Koral - 928-1616 19, Magician Larry Wilson at the Groveland Hotel, Saturday, the Emmy-nominated Larry Wilson makes his appearance. Larry has a list of television credits as long as your arm, including Dick Clark Presents, Dinner show seating is at 7 p.m., cover charge $10, Groveland Hotel, 962-4000

Dust to Dust, Allison Fairfield, Best of Show Award, InFocus 2O12 26, Chairs for Charity, Annual Calaveras Chairs for Charity Fundraiser to benefit the Calaveras County Arts Council, The Calaveras Community Foundation and Soroptimist International of Calaveras County. Native Sons Hall in Murphys, 5 to 8 pm. For more information contact The Calaveras Arts Council at 209-754-1774., Native Sons Hall, Murphys, 754-1774, www 26, 27, Family Winter Carnival , The Family Winter Carnival at Dodge Ridge features events for parents and children ages 15 and under, ski or snowboard, expert or beginner. Saturday features a Kids Big Air Show, ParentChild Slalom Race and Kids One-Legged Race. Sunday is a parent-child team effort in the Slope Safety Scavenger Hunt. Dodge Ridge, Strawberry, 965-3474, www 27, Ovation Series: Joe Craven Trio, 3pm. Call for season tickets for all performances or to buy individual tickets. Calaveras Arts Council, Bret Harte High School (Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center), Angels Camp, 754-1774, www

• • • • • • F E B R U A RY • • • • • • 2, Amador First Saturday Art Trek, 1-7pm. Start your trek at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main Street, historic downtown Mokelumne Hill and on to 8 other galleries in Amador County. 286-1387, www. 9, Artist Workshop at Petroglyphe, Petroglyphe Gallery artist workshop. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. Call for cost, times and schedule of other classes. 286-1387, www.

9, Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Night, Join the fun for music and art in downtown stores and restaurants, and openings at downtown galleries, 532-7697, www 22, Magician John Gardenier at the Grovland Hotel, on February 22, John Gardenier will perform his astonishing closeup slight-of-hand using a variety of cards, coins and common household items. In his 25 years of magical experience, John has been featured on the TV’s Bay Area Backroads, has performed for numerous corporate events, and is a regular prestidigitator at the California Magic Dinner Theater in Martinez. Dinner show seating is at 7pm, cover $10, Groveland Hotel, 962-4000 24, Ovation Series: Chinyakare Ensemble, Zimbabwe Dancers, 3pm. Call for season tickets for all performances or to buy individual tickets., Calaveras Arts Council, Bret Harte High School (Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center), Angels Camp, 7541774, www 28, Lonesome River Band, 8pm show, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www

••••••MAR C H •••••• 1, 2, 3, 3rd Annual Habitat All Mountain Challenge and Food & Fire Festival, Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County and Dodge Ridge team up to bring an exciting weekend packed with ski, snowboard and telemark alpine races and snowshoe races. Plus an evening packed with Food and Drink samples from the surrounding area, live music and fireworks show! All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity of Tuolumne County, Dodge Ridge, Strawberry, 965-3474, www 2, Amador First Saturday Art Trek, 17pm. Start your trek at Petroglyphe Gallery, 8317 Main Street, historic downtown Mokelumne Hill and on to 8 other galleries in Amador County. 286-1387, www. 3, Ovation Series: Felici Piano Trio, 3pm. Call for season tickets for all performances or to buy individual tickets., Calaveras Arts Council, Bret Harte High School (Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center), Angels Camp, 754-1774, www 9, Artist Workshop at Petroglyphe, Petroglyphe Gallery artist workshop. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. Call for cost, times and schedule of other classes. 2861387, www. 9, Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Night, Join the fun for music and art in downtown stores and restaurants, and openings at downtown galleries, 532-7697, www continued on page 46 45

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The events, dates and locations listed are subject to change. Some events may require advance reservations. Phone numbers are provided for confirmation. Area codes are 209 unless otherwise noted.

MORE INFORMATION AMADOR COUNCIL OF TOURISM P.O. Box 40, Main Street, Sutter Creek, 245-4503, AMADOR COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE P.O. Box 596, 571 So. Main, Jackson 95642; 223-0350; AMADOR COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL P.O. Box 1722, 21 Main St., Sutter Creek 95685; 223-9038; CALAVERAS COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL 22 Main St.; P.O. Box 250, San Andreas 95249; 754-1774; CALAVERAS COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 736-2580; CALAVERAS VISITORS BUREAU P.O. Box 637, 1192 S. Main St. Angels Camp 95222; 736-0049; 800-225-3764 (CAL-FROG) CENTRAL SIERRA ARTS COUNCIL 193 S. Washington St.; Sonora 95370; 532-2787 HIGHWAY 120 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE P.O. Box 1263, Groveland 95321; 800-449-9120 HISTORIC SONORA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE P.O. Box 884, Sonora 95370; 588-9625 OAKDALE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 590 N. Yosemite Ave. Oakdale 95361 847-2244; TUOLUMNE COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 222 Shepherd St. Sonora 95370; 532-4212 TUOLUMNE COUNTY VISITORS BUREAU 542 Stockton St., Sonora 95370 533-4420 • 800-446-1333 UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE Stanislaus National Forest Headquarters 19777 Greenley Rd. Sonora 95370; 532-3671; 24-Hour Recreation Info: 532-9784 Calaveras Ranger District Office 5519 Highway 4, P.O. Box 500, Hathaway Pines 95233; 795-1381 All phone area codes are 209 unless otherwise noted

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10, St. James Concert Series: Susan Lamb Cook, Cellist, 3:00 pm, Call for tickets 9840704., The Red Church, Sonora, www 16, Murphys Irish Days, Each year on the third Saturday in March, thousands of people from Northern California and beyond gather in the historic gold rush town of Murphys to honor its Celtic heritage and to celebrate as only the Irish can. Its picturesque Main Street is filled with booths offering hand crafted items, original art, photographs, tasty food, wine, and other beverages. For more information, contact or visit, Downtown Murphys, 728-1579, www 17, Ovation Series: Viviana Guzman Group, 3pm. Call for season tickets for all performances or to buy individual tickets. Calaveras Arts Council, Bret Harte High School (Dr. Elliott Smart Performing Arts Center), Angels Camp, 754-1774, www 24, Petroglyphe Gallery Sunday Spring Fine Arts Concert, Listen to classical music while enjoying wine & light appetizers. Call for details, cost and times. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. 286-1387, www. 30, Dodge Ridge Egg Hunt, Celebrate with the Easter Bunny on the slopes at Dodge Ridge! The Egg Hunts begin at 12:30pm. The Golden Egg contains a 2013/14 Youth Season Pass for them selves (not applicable for ages 4 and under, non-transferrable) Ages 11 and under can participate. Registration is free the day of the event in Guest Services. Dodge Ridge, Strawberry, 965-3474, www 31, Easter Celebration in Columbia, Costumed docents from the gold rush era add color to this lively event. Egg hunts for children by age groups noon to 2pm. Victorian Easter Parade with costume prizes at 12:30 from Washington Street. (registration at 11am at Fallon Hotel), Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, 536-1642, www.

•••••• AP R I L •••••• 12, Dale Ann Bradley, 9pm show, Willow Creek Lounge - Black Oak Casino, Tuolumne, 1-877-747-8777, www 13, Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Night, Join the fun for music and art in downtown stores and restaurants, and openings at downtown galleries, 532-7697, www 21, 36th Annual Columbia Wine Tasting, Sample wines from over 60 regional wineries, taste hors d’oeuvres prepared by the College Culinary Program and others. I cludes complementary wine glass. Proceeds provide student scholarships and equipment to support the

College Hospitality Management Program. $45 per person, 1-4pm, Columbia State Historic Park. 588-5089, www. 21, Petroglyphe Gallery Sunday Spring Fine Arts Concert, Listen to classical music while enjoying wine & light appetizers. Call for details, cost and times. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. 286-1387, www. 26-28, Watercolor Workshop with Dale Laitinen, Petroglyphe Gallery 3 day watercolor workshop with renowned watercolorist Dale Laitinen. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. Call to register or register online at 286-1387.

• • • • • • • • • • • • M AY • • • • • • • • • • • • 4, Artist Workshop at Petroglyphe, Petroglyphe Gallery artist workshop. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. Call for cost, times and schedule of other classes. 286-1387, www. 4-5, Columbia Firemen’s Muster, From Friday afternoon until Sunday evening, Columbia is the home of volunteer fire crews from around the western United States. Men and women participate in events designed to test their skills in modern and historic fire fighting endeavors. Hose cart races, bucket brigade competition and hand pumper contests are just a few of the events scheduled. Parade on Saturday and a dance that night, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, www 11, 12, Mother Lode Roundup: Parade & Rodeo, Parade on Saturday in downtown Sonora. The world famous Mother Lode Round-Up Parade kicks off in Downtown Sonora at 10 am Saturday, and will feature nearly 200 parade entries marching, trotting and rolling down the entire length of Washington Street. As usual, thousands of spectators can be expected, lining the street to watch and cheer. It draws over 50,000 visitors and spectators and has become one of ìthe events to seeî in California. Rodeo The Round Up Rodeo is a real bronco-bustiní Rodeo where rodeo stars compete in Bareback Riding, Barrel Racing, Bronc Riding, Bull Riding, Calf Roping, Steer Wrestling and Team Roping. Over 350 of pro rodeo's finest cowboys and cowgirls are attracted to the event. Sat. & Sun. at the Fairgrounds. Other events include Saturday Cowboy Dance, Mothers Day Breakfast and cowboy church. Tuolumne County Sheriffís Posse, Sonora, 984-4881, www 11, Sonora 2nd Saturday Art Night, Join the fun for music and art in downtown stores and restaurants, and openings at downtown galleries, 532-7697, www


Spring is rodeo time! The Oakdale Rodeo is April 13 and The Mother Lode Roundup in Sonora is Mother’s Day weekend, May 11-12. 16-19, Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee, Come join us at the Calaveras County 85th Annual fair and celebrate the Jumping Frogs of Calaveras County. Agricultural and livestock exhibits, carnival rides and games, entertainment, and of course, the frog jumping contest, Frogtown, Angels Camp, 736-2561, www 18, Twain Harte a la Carte - Food and Wine Tasting, 17th Annual Event in Twain Harte with many local restaurants doing food tasting. Wine tasting. Live music. Silent and live auction. 5-7 pm Tickets $35 includes event glass. Benefits community projects., Soroptimist International of Twain Harte, Meadow Plaza, Twain Harte, 928-1616 18, 19, Oakdale Chocolate Festival, 9am-6pm Saturday, 9am-5pm Sunday. Located at the junction of Highway 120 and 108 at Wood Park and surrounding area. We will continue to have quality and a great variety of over 200 vendors, unique Arts & Crafts, 847-2244, www 19, Petroglyphe Gallery Sunday Spring Fine Arts Concert, Listen to classical music while enjoying wine & light appetizers. Call for details, cost and times. Gallery located at 8317 Main Street, downtown historic Mokelumne Hill. 286-1387, www. 19, St. James Concert Series: Linda Carter, Janet Telford and Dorothy Woodford Arndt, 3:00 pm, Call for tickets 984-0704, 49er Church, Columbia, www 23-26, Strawberry Music Festival, Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Mather near Yosemite. Four days of musical performances from Americana to blues. Camping, food and craft vendors. Tickets from $175 per person includes camping, Strawberry Music Festival, Camp Mather, 984-8630, www 25, 26, Arnold Spring Peddler’s Faire, 70 booths of antiques, collectibles, crafts, gourmet foods, new & used merchandise for sale. Pancake breakfast daily: 7:30-11am. Email for more information at 30, 31, 1, 2, Columbia Diggins 1852, Reinactment of the 1852 town of tents and shacks which sprung up in the wake of the discovery of gold. Live music, games of the period. Food. 10-5 daily, Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, 536-1672, www

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-------------------------------------------------CHARLOTTE BISTRO & BAR– 18736 Main Street, Groveland, 962-6455, Located in the Hotel Charlotte in downtown Groveland. We are focused on clean, healthy food that features local organic ingredients. Modern American cuisine with a casual rustic ambiance. We also highlight local Sierra Foothills wines. Dinner ($$$) AE, MC, V. R. EVERGREEN LODGE–33160 Evergreen Rd. Groveland, 379-2606 or 800-93-LODGE. Bordering Yosemite off Hwy. 120. A historic mountain lodge and Frommer’s Guide favorite located in an idyllic forested setting. Newly renovated & expanded. Serving 3 meals a day, including daily breakfast buffet. Dinner in the main restaurant includes fresh seafood, aged steaks, BBQ’s, pasta favorites, & hearty salads. Casual dining is offered at lunch & dinner in Evergreen’s outdoor patio & classic tavern. Back-packer & picnic lunches are available. Breakfast/ Lunch($$$) and Dinner ($$-$$$); AE, D, DC, MC & V; R

GROVELAND HOTEL’S CELLAR DOOR RESTAURANT– 18767 Main Street, Groveland, CA, 962-4000, California seasonal fresh, fine dining with a full service saloon and a Wine Spectator Best of Award of Excellence wine list. Our gourmet menu includes a selection of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees and desserts. Our new ‘Trios of Tastes’ menu features three different items from each of our various menu categories. A great way to try everything! You’ll also want to try our special Chocolates Menu, with 13 different chocolates. Our Courtyard is open for warm weather dining, under the lighted umbrellas – very romantic! We welcome special events; groups and families celebrating special times. Open 7 nights, 5:30pm – close. Breakfast buffet from 8 – 10am. Breakfast ($$), Dinner ($$$)

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------------------------------------------------BLACK OAK CASINO–19400 Tuolumne Rd. North, Tuolumne, 877-747-8777. 24 hours, 7 days, year round. MC, V, D, AE. BLACK OAK CAFE–Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, including weekly buffets. Weekend buffets feature prime rib carving station, desserts, and beverages. Breakfast ($), lunch ($), & dinner ($$) KINGPINS–Located on our first floor family entertainment area. A perfect area to bring the family to enjoy our 24-lane bowling center, unique arcade. Where our quality food and service come together. A wonderful place for birthday parties and relaxation. Breakfast ($), lunch ($), & dinner ($); Reservations required for parties.


THE MILL SPORTS BAR–8 different high definition satellites. Full service bar to go with the 15 foot big screen television. The Sports Bar features a full line up of sporty menu items for you to enjoy while watching your favorite game. Breakfast ($), lunch ($), & dinner ($$) SEVEN SISTERS RESTAURANT–Located atop of the Black Oak Casino, nestled in the Sierra foothills. Our unique menu features a selection of fine American Cuisine paired with our nightly chef’s signature dishes. Also featuring a private lounge and an extensive upscale wine selection. Dinner ($$$); R. BROWN’S COFFEE HOUSE–Columbia, next to the City Hotel. 532-1850. Coffee drinks; hot, iced & blended. Shave ice and ice cream. Homemade cookies, brownies and home of the famous sarsparilla soda. Open daily 9am-5pm. CHICKEN RANCH CASINO–6929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown, 984-3000. 9am - 1am. American Diner style fare, burgers and deli sandwiches, breakfast specials, soups, salads and a wide range of snack foods. Breakfast 9-11am ($) Lunch/Dinner ($$) MC, V, D, AE. COVER’S APPLE RANCH–19200 Cherokee Rd. Tuolumne, 928-4689. Near Tuolumne City, off Tuolumne Rd. Rustic atmosphere, geared towards families. Offering a full line of bakery items including pies, pastries, cookies, & breads. Sandwiches, daily soups, & fresh garden vegetables in season, and, of course, apples. Lunch ($); MC & V. DIAMONDBACK GRILL–93 South Washington Street, Sonora, 532-6661. Great hand-crafted food, fine wine and attentive service in our dramatic Gold Rush era building. Best burgers in town and wonderful salads. Homemade soup. Daily specials. Wine bar next door. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Monday thru Thursday-11am to 9pm; Friday thru Saturday 11am to 9:30pm; Sunday11am to 8:00pm $-$$, MC, V. GUS’S STEAK HOUSE–1183 Mono Way, Sonora, 532-5190. The finest dining steakhouse in Tuolumne County featuring special dinner entrees. Open Tues.-Sat. 2pm to closing. Closed Sun. & Mon. Dinners include sourdough bread with cheese fondue, choice of soup or salad, choice of pasta or potato and fresh vegetable. Special Early Bird dinners available 2 for $19.95 2pm-7pm. (Holidays excluded on Early Birds.) Outside dining available. ($, $$, $$) Call for information on special events available 7 days a week.

HERE’S THE SCOOP–18242 Main St. Jamestown, 984-4583. Ice cream parlor. Old-fashioned soups, salads, sandwiches, espresso. Pies and desserts made from scratch. Premium quality ice creams. Open at 7am, 7 days a week. Lunch ($) AE, V, MC, V. HISTORIC NATIONAL HOTEL & RESTAURANT (1859)– Main St. Jamestown, 984-3446, Area favorite for fine dining. Acclaimed continental cuisine and award winning wines. Fresh seafood and pastas, choice prime rib and steaks, decadent homemade desserts. Enjoy patio dining, weather permitting. Full bar and espresso saloon. Open daily. Sunday brunch. Lunch ($-$$), Dinner ($$-$$$); AE, D, MC & V; R. JACK DOUGLASS SALOON– 22718 Main Street in Columbia, 533-4176, The best sandwiches in town are at this 150-year-old historic saloon. Open for lunch every day. Friday night tri-tip suppers from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Salads, chili dogs, tacos and the reknowned humongous nachos are also available. Coldest beer in the Motherlode and the No. 1 venue for local musicians. Lunch ($) Dinner ($$). PATTY’S SHACK–A Gourmet Cafe–22267 Parrotts Ferry Road, 532-2438. Enjoy traditional American and Greek cuisine in our quaint Columbia setting. This family owned restaurant serves home style fresh made soups, salads, desserts and much more 7 days a week. We have upscale dinners on Friday nights. Open 7am to 2pm daily and Friday evenings 4-8:30pm. Come in and try our delicious food. Fun and friendly service. Breakfast ($), Lunch ($$), Dinner ($$$); D, MC & V; R. THE GARDEN CAFE at Sonora Regional Medical Center–1000 Greenley Road, Sonora. 536-3677. Specializing in vegetarian cuisine with an emphasis on Mexican, Mediterranean, Indian, Italian and Chinese dishes. The Cafe supports local vendors with its fresh fruits and vegetables, six flavors of coffee and desserts from Devon’s Delectables. Chiles rellenos is the most popular meal. Breakfast from 7-10 am, lunch and dinner 10:45am to 5pm Mon. through Fri. Dinner is not served weekends. Weekend hours- 8:15am to 10 am and 10:45am to 2pm for lunch. THE WILLOW STEAKHOUSE & SALOON– Main St. at Willow, Jamestown, 984-3998. Featuring steaks, seafood, pastas and lobster with cheese fondue at dinner. Serving lunch and dinner in an 1800s ambiance. Weddings, banquets & catering. Lunch Mon.-Fri.($), Dinner daily ($$); MC & V; R.

D I R E C T O R Y ------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 108 TWAIN HARTE • PINECREST • STRAWBERRY

------------------------------------------------DODGE RIDGE DINING–(At the ski resort.) Local’s Cafe, Creekside Cafe, Boulder Bar or North Fork Bistro. Open every day during the ski season. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, appetizers and beer. Daily specials add to the great variety. Menu ranges from breakfast pancakes and burritos to salads and paninis. North Fork Bistro in the family lodge is available for special events. Call 965-3474. MIA’S–Highway 108, Cold Springs, 965-4591, We focus on using the freshest ingredients possible and we prepare everything to order. Our unique menu includes pastas, fresh seafood, chicken, ribs, steaks, gourmet pizzas from our brick oven, salads & desserts. We have over 35 beers & an eclectic wine list featuring local wines as well as wine from around the world at affordable prices. Lunch & dinner daily - closed Tuesdays. 11:30am-8pm Th, Sun. Mon. Wed. 11:30am to 8:30pm Fri & Sat. ($, $$, $$$) MC, V. STANDARD POUR–19040 Standard Road off of Hwy 108. East Sonora. 532-7687 In the historic Pickering Lumber building. Great sandwiches and creative grilled food. Large variety of beers on tap. Open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-8:30pm. Friday and Saturday 11am-9:00pm. Sunday 11am-8pm. Lunch, dinner $-$$; MC, V. STEAM DONKEY–Pinecrest Lake Resort, 965-3117. Located near the General Store. Great decor, excellent food. Menu includes choice BBQ steaks, fish, chicken as well as specialties like teriyaki sirloin and rack of lamb. Lunch ($), Dinner ($$); MC & V; R.

------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 49/4 COPPEROPOLIS • MURPHYS • ARNOLD ANGELS CAMP • BEAR VALLEY

------------------------------------------------ALCHEMY WINE BAR & CAFE– 191 Main St., Murphys, CA 728-0700, Enjoy “Comfort food with a twist”, seafood, steaks, famous soup, and over-the-top desserts in our dining room, patio, or by the fireplace in the bar. Over 30 local wines by the glass and the largest selection of beer in the Sierra Foothills, featuring “extreme”, Belgian, and other hard to find beers from around the world. Kid’s menu includes drink and dessert! We can accommodate large parties. Live music every Tuesday and Friday nights (check website for schedule and current menus). Lunch 11-4, dinner 4-8, closed Wednesdays. AE, MC, and V.

ANGELO’S STEAK HOUSE– 140 Main Street Murphys 728-9200 We feature traditional homemade Italian food. Freshly made pastas, grilled steaks ranging from a 16 oz. T-Bone, a 12 oz. New York, and a Kobe center cut. Beer and wine. Kids’ menu too! Open Wednesday - Sunday 3pm to 9pm. BIG TREES DELI–Meadowmont Center in the Big Trees Market, Hwy. 4, Arnold. 7953868. A great place for a quick, nutritious meal for the person on the go. Pick up a delicious deli sandwich or some super moist Chester Fried Chicken. Be sure to check out all the other “deli-casies” while you’re there. Open 7 days. Breakfast($) lunch($) dinner($$). MC; V; R. CAMPS AT GREENHORN CREEK–Angels Camp, 736-8181, Dining with us includes fresh, local ingredients. The food is comfortable, yet artistic with innovative flair along with regional classics. Hand-cut steaks and fresh fish prevail, salads are hand tossed and slow-roasted primerib is served Fri. & Sat. nights. Great lunches. Sun. brunch includes the best Eggs Benedict around. Lunch Wed.-Sat. 11:30am-5pm, Dinner 5-8pm, Brunch Sunday 10am-2pm. COPPER GRILLE AT SADDLE CREEK GOLF CLUB–1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, 785-7400. Perfect for a casual night out or a special event. Overlooking the 9th hole lake, The Copper Grille boasts a charming dining room and bar area, as well as a patio for outdoor dining with panoramic views of the Sierra foothills. Great selection of California and Calaveras wines. The menus are elegant but affordable and feature fresh seasonal items througout the year. Specializing in fresh seafood and beef butchered in-house daily. Prime rib on Friday and Saturday nights. Breakfast ($$) Lunch ($$) Dinner ($$$); AE, MC, V; R. GRIFF’S BBQ & GRILL–304 Town Square Road in Copperopolis, 785-4745. Serving up slow smoked BBQ, steaks, ribs, sandwiches, salads and more. Using fresh ingredients and prepared on-site every day. Enjoy tender ribs, 14hour pulled pork and the best barbeque sauce in town! Beer on tap. Open for lunch and dinner starting at 11:30am Wed. through Sun. Open 5pm Mon. for Monday Night Football. Lunch ($$), Dinner ($$, $$$). AE D, MC and V.

SARAFINA’S ITALIAN KITCHEN– 794 Highway 4, Arnold. 795-9858. Featuring classic Italian dishes from Grandma’s spaghetti and meatballs or chicken Parmesan to the Mediterranean scampi or rich New York steak with red wine-gorgonzola sauce. We accommodate any special request and parents appreciate our kid’s menu. Cozy log cabin interior and fireplace perfect for a couple’s night out or large families enjoying summer dining on the patio. An extensive local wine list, as well as local microbrews on tap. Open Wednesday-Sunday, 5-8pm. Take out avaiable R. V, MC, AE. SUSIE’S DINER–795-5156, Cedar Center, Arnold. Our diner is situated in a circle of oak trees. We serve homemade half-pound burgers & fries. Visit our ice cream parlour for old time milk shakes, sundaes, banana splits, icecream cones and root beer floats. Enjoy fun motorcycle and old car decorations. Breakfast ($$), Lunch ($$), Dinner ($$). D, MC, V.

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------------------------------------------------HOTEL LEGER–8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill CA 95245,, 286-1401. Our restaurant serves fresh California cuisine with a French / Mediterranean flair. The Hotel Leger is the perfect spot for large parties as well as romantic, candlelit dinners. Balcony dining is available when weather cooperates.Lunch is available Saturday and Sunday, Noon - 4pm. Dinner is available Thursday - Sunday, 5:30 until 9 pm.($$$$) VISTA GRILLE AT LA CONTENTA GOLF & EVENT CENTER–1653 Highway 26, Valley Springs, 772-1082. Restaurant overlooks beautiful La Contenta Golf Course. Offers both outside deck dining and inside dining with views sure to please. The delicious and well rounded menu offers California cuisine embracing a casual ambiance with that country club feel. “The Place to Be” in Valley Springs. Open daily for breakfast, featuring a mouth watering “Country Special”, and lunch with yummy burgers and sandwiches and oh those sweet potato fries! Friday night dinners are a treat and seasonally Wednesday night famiy friendly buffets give you that mid-week break. Come enjoy! ($-$$) R.

MURPHYS HISTORIC HOTEL RESTAURANT–457 Main St. Murphys, 728-3444, 800532-7684, Serving delicacies from grilled alligator to slow-roasted prime rib; from fried chicken to pan-seared duck. An old time saloon with an extraordinary top shelf. Proudly serving home made dressings, yummy sauces and house made desserts. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


L O D G I N G -------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 120 GROVELAND • LAKE TULLOCH • OAKDALE

LODGING ABBREVIATIONS TV– television; TVm– w/movie channel L– laundry services or facilities K– kitchen units available R– restaurant in walking distance M– meeting or banquet facilities S– swimming pool

HT– hot tub or sauna T– tennis G– golf Ph– direct-dial phones W– wheelchair access P– pets okay

CREDIT CARDS: AE–American Express D–Discover DC–Diners Club MC–MasterCard V–Visa

-------------------------------------------------EVERGREEN LODGE–33160 Evergreen

Rd. Groveland, Bordering Yosemite off Hwy. 120, 800-93-LODGE or 379-2606,, Frommer’s Guide describes the Evergreen as “the classic Yosemite experience.” The historic mountain Lodge, newly expanded & renovated, features spacious, furnished cabins with private decks, a restaurant, bar, soda fountain, general store & recreation/activity center. An idyllic destination hideaway for those seeking a rich, nature-oriented experience in a warm and relaxed mountain setting. 1 mile from the park border, so you can explore all of Yosemite’s natural wonders. $100-350; (satellite TV in bar), R, M, L, S, HT, W; AE, D, DC, MC & V. GROVELAND HOTEL AT YOSEMITE– 18767 Main Street, Groveland. 962-4000. Located 23 miles to the Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park. A 17-room country inn, with full service fine dining restaurant. 1849 adobe and 1914 Queen Ann buildings provide old-world comfort with down comforters, featherbeds, fine linens and amenities; flat screen TVs and in-room coffee service. Three two-room suites with fireplace and spa tub. Free parking, wi-fi, full hot breakfast. Members of CA Assoc. B&B Inns, Unique Inns, Select Registry and AAA. HOTEL CHARLOTTE– 18736 Main Street, Grovelad, 562-6455. Located in downtown Groveland on the way to Yosemite. Enjoy the rustic quirks of this charming historic bed and breakfast coupled with a wonderfully inviting ambience and stellar service that will leave you wanting ore. Hotel Charlotte is nostalgic Old West with contemporary sensibilities. Also the home of the Charlotte Bistro & Bar featuring modern American cuisine. $99 to $199. 10 units; G, TV, TVm, Ph, R, P; AE, MC, V.


Groveland, 962-0121 or 800-533-1001. Located 5 miles from Yosemite National Park. Full hookups, tent sites & rental accommodations. Open all year. 74 units; $35-99; G, TV, L, K, W, P; D, MC, V.



Yosemite National Park, (559)-642-2211. www.yosemite Between Yosemite Valley & Wawona, near Badger Pass/Glacier Point turn. Rooms, condos, cottages, & vacation homes, fully furnished. Complete kitchen, fireplace, private baths, TV/VCR & deck in every unit. Units to accommodate 2-8 people; $95-$475; TV, K; AE, D, MC, V.

-------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 49/108 JAMESTOWN • SONORA • COLUMBIA

-------------------------------------------------49er RV RANCH–23223 Italian Bar Rd.

serving Columbia State Historic Park, 53249RV, www. Old ranch hospitality since 1852. Full hookups, showers, store, cable TV, propane; Good Sam & AAA approved. Seniors & clubs welcome. 45 sites; WIFI, TV, L, R, M, P, MC, V. BARRETTA GARDENS INN–700 S. Barretta Street, Sonora, 532-6039. Within walking distance to downtown Sonora and antique stores and restaurants. An elegantly restored 1904 Victorian farmhouse, fully central air-conditioned. Known for its special, warm atmosphere and Gold Country views, it is handicap accessible and pet friendly. Surrounded by old-fashioned gardens, we offer seven tastefully decorated non-smoking bedrooms with private baths. Morning coffee or tea to your door and a full breakfast served in the living room or porch. $140-$225. MC, V. Golf nearby, TV, meeting room,

Welcome!MC, V, D. HISTORIC NATIONAL HOTEL & RESTAURANT–Main Street, Jamestown,

984-3446 or 800-894-3446. Boutique Bed & Breakfast Hotel with full service fine-dining restaurant and saloon. Romantic rooms restored to the elegance of a bygone era. Enjoy our complimentary gourmet buffet breakfast, including a morning paper and freshly ground coffee. All rooms have private baths with hand-tiled showers and pull-chain toilets, air conditioning and free wireless internet. Check for Specials, Theatre Packages and Murder Mystery Weekends. $140-170; G, TV, P, M, R; MC & V.

ROYAL CARRIAGE INN–18239 Main St. Jamestown, 984-5271., info@royalcarriageinn. $105-195; 11 Victorian-style rooms in the main building and 5 private, secluded cottages (some with full kitchens). Romantic porch with two swings overlooks our lovely gardens. All rooms are fully air-conditioned with private baths and wireless internet. Spa services, dinner and theater packages, meeting room, in-house wedding coordinator. We do conferences, family reunions and group getaways. Full gourmet breakfast for all of our guests. G,TV, TVm, K, R, P; MC, V, AE, D.

------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 108 TWAIN HARTE • PINECREST • STRAWBERRY

------------------------------------------------BREZINA & GOOD REALTY–Hwy. 108, Strawberry, 965-4080,, A great selection of summer and winter cabins available for rental in the Strawberry, Pinecrest, Cold Springs, and Leland Meadows areas. All cabins are clean and comfortable and include many amenities. Some have great river views. $100-$290; TV, Ph, L, K, W, P. CABINS AT STRAWBERRY–31888 Highway 108, Strawberry, 888-965-0885, cabins on the South Fork of the Stanislaus River. Clean, comfortable cabins are 2-3 bedrooms and sleep 4-8 people with all amenities including central heat, gas fireplaces, fully furnished kitchens and all linens. All cabins non-smoking and some pet-friendly. Just 5 miles to Dodge Ridge and Leland Snow Play & 2 miles to Pinectest. Spring /Fall Specials $129 for two. $129 to $229, TV, K, P. MC, V. CABIN ON THE RIVER–28757 Herring Creek Lane, Strawberry, 800-965-3884. Two story windows with views of S. Fork Stanislaus River, 32 mi. east of Sonora. Five minute drive to Pinecrest Lake and ten to Dodge Ridge. Walk to post office, store and restaurant. Two story, 3BR 2 Bath, fully furnished including linen, cable TV, VCR, DVD, wood fireplace & propane heat. The sound & view of the river provide a unique and peaceful vacation. $160-$250; TV, Ph, L, K, R, P.


965-3411. Closest lodging to the lake, restaurant & store. Motel–2 queen beds, daily maid service, sleeps 4; Cabins–2 & 3 bedrooms, sleeps 4 & 6; Town Houses–2 & 3 bedrooms, fireplaces, sleeps 6 & 8; $75-275; T, TV, K, R, M, W; MC & V. PINECREST CHALET TOWNHOUSES–

Dodge Ridge Rd. between Pinecrest Lake & Dodge Ridge ski area, 965-3276. 22 spacious townhouses and cabins by the North Fork of the Tuolumne River. Two minutes to Pinecrest Lake. Play basketball, volleyball, horseshoes, swim or enjoy miles of peaceful forest trails. Discount tickets for Dodge Ridge; $65-265; S, TV, L, K; AE, D, MC, V.

------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 49/4 ANGELS CAMP • MURPHYS • ARNOLD COPPEROPOLIS • BEAR VALLEY

------------------------------------------------ANGELS INN MOTEL–600 N. Main St. Hwy 49, Angels Camp. 736-4242 or 888-7530226. Angels Camp’s largest motel boasts a 3 Diamond AAA rating with country charm and city convenience. Continental breakfast delivered to your room, complimentary espresso & cappuccino in the lobby. Take advantage of our computer with free DSL internet access as well as Xbox systems & video rentals. Room amenities - refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, hair dryer, iron with board, data ports. 15 room types including suites. We also offer adventure, golf and pamper packages. $65 to 220; S, G, TVm, Ph, L, K, R, M, W, P; AE, D, MC & V. ARNOLD MEADOWMONT LODGE– 2011 Hwy 4, Arnold, 795-1394. A 19-room motel with a 60s style. In-room coffee, satellite TV and private baths. Location makes us convenient to all the wonders of Ebbetts Pass, Big Trees State Park, Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, Bear Valley Ski Resort, White Pines Park. $79.00-$155.00; G, TVm, Ph, R, W, P; AE, D, MC & V. BEST WESTERN CEDAR INN & SUITES– 444 S. Main St. (Hwy 49) Angels Camp, 736-4000, 800-767-1127, Angels Camp’s most luxurious inn. Scrumptious continental breakfast. Room amenities: microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, two-line phones, data ports, voicemail. Also available: fireplace, whirlpools & two-room suites, honeymoon suite. AAA (3 diamond rated) corporate and senior discounts. $89-279; S, HT, G, TV, Ph, L, R, W, P; AE, D, M & V.

CADDY SHACK AT GREENHORN CREEK GOLF RESORT– 1-800-324-7524, 711 McCauley Ranch Road, Angels Camp. Anew, fun & affordable cours-side lodging retreat geared for golf groups of up to 12. Friends, family, teams, business groups. A Golf Retreat like no other!

CEDAR CREEK REALTY–1332 Oak Court, P.O. Box 818, Arnold, 795-4663, 866746-5050, (for photos). Your top choice for a wide variety of beautiful vacation cabins in Blue Lake Springs, Lakemont Pines and Big Trees. $366-$565 per weekend; G, TV, Ph, M & V. DUNBAR HOUSE, 1880–271 Jones Street, Murphys, 728-2897, Come and be pampered at our Inn. We specialize in offering our guests total relaxation, comfort and ease. Our AAA 4Diamond B&B has 5 King or Queen guest rooms, each w/private bath/showers, Norwegian gas burning stoves, free wireless, DirecTV, personal amenities and fresh baked cookies. In-room refrigerator is stocked with complimentary local bottle of wine, appetizer plate, and bottled beer & water. Enjoy a full country breakfast in the morning. Plan your romantic getaway today! $200 - $300, TV, R, AE, D, MC & V. MURPHYS HISTORIC HOTEL– 457 Main St. Murphys, 728-3444, 800-532-7684. Opened in the summer of 1856, the hotel was a stop over for the stagecoach going up to Big Trees. Famous guests include Mark Twain, Ulysses S. Grant and Susan B. Anthony. Nine historic rooms and 20 modern rooms. Your choice of suites or rooms with the bathrooms down the hall. Fine restaurant and saloon open 7 days a week. Conveniently located in the middle of Murphys surrounded by 21 wine tasting rooms and a wide array of shops and activities. G, TV, Ph, R, M, W; AE, D, MC, V.

MURPHYS SUITES–134 Hwy 4, Murphys, 877-728-2121, Enjoy Murphys in luxury, grand comfort in the ‘Queen of the Sierra’. Our elegant 70room non-smoking facility provides you with a comfortable stay, one or two room suite (rated 3 Diamond by AAA). Continental breakfast delivered to your room. Rooms have coffee, iron, hair dryer, make-up mirror, Oxygenics shower head, refrigerator, microwave, data ports & premium satellite channels. Relax poolside, in our spa, sauna, fitness room, conference room or surf the net on our computer with Free DSL internet access;+ $75-250; S, HT, G, TVm, Ph, L, K, R, M, W; AE, D, MC & V. SADDLE CREEK BUNGALOWS –1001 Saddle Creek Dr. Copperopolis, 785-7415,, 800611-7722. Each bungalow has two bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, a great room with fireplace and media center. French doors open to patio and fairway views. Steps away from lodge dining, and golf shop. Meeting facilities available. 16 units, $120-$350; S, HT, T, G, TV, K, R, M, W.

------------------------------------------------HIGHWAY 12/49 SAN ANDREAS • VALLEY SPRINGS MOKELUMNE HILL

------------------------------------------------HOTEL LEGER–8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, CA 95245,, 286-1401. Fourteen suites and rooms with feather beds and lovely antiques. Prices from $75 to $200 per night. Many rooms have balconies and nice views. Pool and courtyard. Available for weddings and events.

MURPHYS INN MOTEL– 76 Main St. Murphys, 728-1818, 888-796-1800. Walking distance to downtown Murphys (3 Diamond AAA rating). We offer rooms with two queen beds & suites. Our two story interior access motel is entirely smoke-free and includes in-room coffee, hair dryers, iron with board, video rentals, fitness room, seasonal pool & computer with free internet access. We offer adventure, golf and pamper packages. $75 - 220.; S, G, Tvm, Ph, L, R, W; AE, D, MC & V.




WAS A FAIR WEATHER GARDENER for years, spending my winters browsing seed catalogs and dreaming about tomatoes, peppers and melons. A few years ago I became a school gardener and was charged with the task of teaching yearround gardening. We planted spinach, kale, chard, cabbage, lettuce, turnips, carrots, broccoli, peas and more throughout the fall and winter. Our garden flourished and by the holidays we were snacking on freshly picked chard and making delicious salad mixes. When the broccoli formed gorgeous, sweet tight heads that lasted all winter and spring, I was hooked! Since winter gardening requires some pre-planning, I decided to ask a few of our local farmers for tips and suggestions on how to get started. At Red Earth Farms on the outskirts of Sonora, Katie Johnson and Larry Giles grow a variety of greens, cabbages, onions and garlic throughout the winter and early spring. Katie enjoys the cooler weather and slower pace of winter gardening. She loves growing many onion varieties and suggests planting onions from seed in early January indoors or in a greenhouse, then transplanting to your garden in February. “You can start harvesting the small bulbs as fresh spring onions as early as April when they are small and sweet and also leave some to develop into full size onions for a later summer crop,” she said. “My favorite is the red torpedo onion. They do great in our climate and are delicious at every stage of the harvest. Larry really likes to plant heirloom cabbages, like January King. “It’s a big, red cabbage with slightly crinkly leaves and a delicious sweet flavor.” Duane Oneto farms in Calaveras County at the A.O. Ranch with his son, Andrew. Onions and garlic are also their main winter and spring crops. He plants mostly Stockton Red onions as he really likes their flavor and they do great in this area. “The late pink garlic variety is a good choice because it is a soft neck garlic and can be made into braids,” he explained. “I also only plant the big outside cloves, not the little inner ones from the seed garlic bulbs. Like Katie, from Red Earth Farms, Duane plants his garlic from starts in late fall after the weather has cooled down and begins harvesting when they are small and sweet in April and May. The only way to get early 52

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LEFT: Erin’s garden at Sierra Waldorf School in Jamestown.

green garlic is to grow it yourself or obtain it from the farmer’s market in spring, where Duane and Andrew sell their early harvest. In addition to starting vegetables in winter and early spring, there are also flowers that prefer the cooler weather. My favorite is the sweet pea, which I have always started from seed in my garden in early spring with limited success. Kristy Wormer, of Golden Brodiaea Farm in Tuolumne, explained to me that sweet peas should be started much earlier, either directly in the ground or in pots. “You can start them in October or November in gallon planters with an 18-inch stake in the middle and let them grow throughout the winter,” she advised. “By February they will have reached the top of the stake and you then transplant them into the garden. They will be large enough to withstand even a light snow and will have a strong root system already developed. You will have blooms by early spring before the heat affects them.” Winter gardening offers many advantages besides the delicious harvest. Cooler weather and less daylight hours allow plants to grow more slowly and establish strong root systems. For the gardener, there is less work as weeds may germinate but grow more slowly due to the shorter days and are easier to remove. Additionally, there is less watering, fewer insects and more comfortable weather to work in. Harvesting is more leisurely, as the plants hold longer without the heat of summer.

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So what do you need to do to get started? If you want to start your plants from seed, you need to start them late August through early October, but if you missed that deadline, you can still purchase six-packs of vegetable starts throughout winter in most California climates and plant them into your prepared beds. If it looks like there’s going to be a hard frost, cover the plants with floating row cover fabric (available at most nurseries or online gardening sites). Best bets are kale, chard, lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbages, bok choy and sugar snap peas. All of these love the cooler weather which brings out their sweetness and flavor. Chard, lettuce and spinach harvested on a cool winter day have no trace of bitterness at all, as their summer counterparts may have. Planting just a few kale and chard plants will provide you with an abundance of sweet greens for steaming, sautéing, making chips or eating raw in salads from winter through early summer. After talking to our local farmers, I will definitely be adding onions and garlic to my winter garden as well. Once you grow your own, you will be amazed at how rewarding winter gardening can be and, of course, we all know we should be eating more greens! A few of my favorite online sites for row covers and a selection of winter vegetable seeds are:,,, and An excellent book that will both motivate and inform you is Eliot Coleman’s Four-Season Harvest.

was happier. I wrote him back, told him about the glass boats on Monterey Bay, drawing the dark drapes and looking down into another world.” “He said he’d like to see that for himself. He wondered would the Hyatt family be taken aback to have a suitor from the mountains pay a social call on their house guest? He added ‘albeit you and I would be in our world of two.’ Then a postscript: ‘Here’s an interesting tidbit. Olivia Clemens’ pet name for her husband, Sam, was Youth.’” “Of course, he made a favorable impression on the Hyatts accepting invitations to join in when they were offered, but, otherwise enjoying time alone. He told me later he had three haircuts in seven days!” “On his last day on the coast we walked to Point Lobos. He told me that back in Groveland he’d never paid attention to the company cottages provided for families and couples until recently. He’d found that rent was affordable and in fact there was a bungalow available the week of Thanksgiving.” “She took Carol’s right hand and my left hand in her left hand and tapped with her fingertips,” and I did this.” There by the pounding Pacifc, he asked, “What is that?” “I said, ‘It’s Morse code. It means ‘world of two’” “Your dad made it a world of three about fourteen months later – what fun we had there in Groveland, working and playing hard. Now our story is your story. And look what we’ve done – we’ve sewn the past to the future!” “Thank you both for reliving this wonderful day with me.” She went to tuck the list back in the Bible, when out fell a faded postcard – a photo of two women doing identical high leg kicks perched on Glacier Point’s overhanging rock. “Whoa, who is that?” we asked. In one motion Grandma Marjorie rose, snatched the photo and list, returned them for safe keeping and said, “That’s Kitty Tatch and – irrepressible! Look! The sun’s coming out I think you two can go out and run around, now.”


WaRm Up thIs WINtER with a Gold Country Getaway By Amy Nilson


TO RECHARGE YOUR WINTER WITH A GREAT ESCAPE? Whether you’re looking for a step back in time, small-town charm, spectacular Sierra scenery or world class recreation, the Central Sierra Gold Country has just what you’re looking for this winter. Beautiful foothill communities, located above the fog and below the snow, offer a variety of ideal settings to slow down, relax and rejuvenate. Here are a few examples to get you headed in the right direction. Lyle’s Room at the Groveland Hotel

HISTORIC GROVELAND HOTEL Experience complete luxury in this lovingly restored Gold Rush showcase, located in the heart of historic Groveland and just a short drive from Yosemite National Park. Dating back to 1849, the two-story structure is a rare and beautifully preserved example of Monterey Colonial-style architecture, with wrap-around veranda and adobe walls. Innkeepers Peggy and Grover Mosley completely renovated the property in 1990 and have maintained it as a Yosemite gateway landmark ever since. It features 17 guest rooms, the distinguished Cellar Door Restaurant and its award-winning wine cellar, an authentic Gold Rush saloon and outdoor courtyard that hosts a full calendar of live entertainment. The distinct guest rooms are filled with Victorian embellishments and European antiques, feather beds and private baths, and also come with internet access and full hot breakfast. New this year at the Cellar Door is the Winter Magic dinner theater series, featuring weekend performances by renowned comedy magicians. Groveland itself is popular for both history buffs and outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the Yosemite region’s world-class climbing, hiking, rafting, fishing and winter sports. 18767 Main Street, Groveland, (800)273-3314, (209)962-4000, 54



For a more contemporary setting, offering beautiful foothill vistas and every modern convenience, consider a stay at the bungalows at Saddle Creek Resort in Copperopolis. Plush, private and just steps from the links at one of the Gold Country’s premiere foothill golfing resorts, this could not be a more complete retreat. Tucked among the rolling hills just a few minutes from Lake Tulloch, Saddle Creek boasts mild, sunny days all winter long, a challenging, championship course and some of the foothill’s finest dining. It is conveniently located just a short drive from the valley, from the foothills’ wine country and historic towns, Sierra skiing and more. Very popular for weddings, reunions, golf tournaments and other special occasions, the 16 cottages can be booked either as one or two-bedroom bungalows with fully equipped kitchen, dining and living room or as one-bedroom, one bath units. All have a spacious feel with vaulted ceilings and a relaxed and elegant décor, and open onto private patios overlooking the course. 1001 Saddle Creek Drive, Copperopolis, (800) 611-7722, (209)785-7415, Copper Grille (209)785-7400,

Take a step back in time when you discover the friendly charms of Mokelumne Hill and its unique treasure, the Hotel Leger. Just a couple of blocks off Highway 49 and a world away from modern hustle and bustle, the Leger has always been the hub of this small town. It received an impressive dose of community care this fall, as part of the reality television show “Hotel Impossible.” The entire town and more turned out to help owners Ashley Canty and her family with a five-day, top-to-bottom renovation blitz. Improvements are still underway and the transformation will be celebrated when the television show airs on the Travel Channel in the spring. Originally built in 1851, the Leger catered to Mokelumne Hill’s large French population during the town’s early days, and for a time housed the county courthouse and jail. Today, its authentic rustic charm comes complete with tales of a resident ghost or two (including the founder George Leger). Overnight guests can choose from several distinct rooms and suites, each appointed with antiques, hardwood floors, feather down comforters and some with sitting rooms and fireplaces. The shady courtyard with its 150-year-



The distillery storage tanks at Indigeny Reserve hard cider works.

SONORA Exciting New Attraction in Apple valley Jay and Judy Watson, tenured residents of Tuolumne County, had an awe-inspiring vision – build a state-of-the-art sustainable business on their certified organic apple ranch in Apple Valley, and create an entirely new destination for both locals and visitors alike. ABOVE: The Bungalows at Saddle Creek Resort in Copperopolis BELOW: The Hotel Leger in picturesque Mokelumne Hill.

Housed in a 24,000-square-foot restored barn, Indigeny Reserve offers an upscale tasting room to sample its Normandy-style hard apple cider and apple brandy. “We add yeast from the apples for fermentation,” Jay explained. After fermentation is complete, some of the juice goes to the distillery, housing 18-foot double-copper pot stills. Here the slow process of extracting white alcohol is done, with the end product in the 93 to 95 percent alcohol range. The white alcohol is mixed with pure water bringing the alcohol down to the desired 65% level and transferred to Jack Daniel barrels for aging in the cellar, which are fired internally to add toasty oak flavors. Everything at the facility was sustainably produced by local labor. Water is reclaimed into the landscape to reduce tap water needs, the building was designed for cooling and heating with solar mass, the lees (sediment) from the tanks are fed to the cattle, and they use green packaging including lined aluminum bottles.

old orange trees, a large deck, pool and garden pathways, make the Hotel Leger an ideal spot for weddings and other special occasions. And in the dining room, the Leger’s popular Winemaker Dinners showcase the Gold Country’s award-winning vintners. 8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill, (209)286-1401,

To the enjoyment of visitors, acres of lawn and shaded picnic tables are available with creek, mountain, and wildlife viewing. There are also selfguided nature trails. The facility houses a research and development lab, barrel aging cellar, and gift shop. For more information, call 5339463.

TuOluMNE Black Oak Readies for Hotel Opening The Hotel at Black Oak Casino, 19400 Tuolumne Road, Tuolumne, is set to open early 2013 and features four floors, 148 rooms, 30 suites, fitness center, Heritage Park for outdoor events and indoor meeting rooms for weddings, special events and conferences. Eighty-eight of the rooms will house single beds and 60 with double beds; the entire facilility will be smoke free. Rooms feature air conditioning, coffee maker, luxurious bedding, rollaways and cribs as needed, pull-out sofa beds and mini refridgerators in some roooms, 42-inch high definition flat screen TV, MP3 player, security safes, monogrammed robes, wireless internet and complimentary valet parking. For updates and more information, call (877) 747-8777 or visit

GROvElANd New Chef On Board The Groveland Hotel has hired a new Executive Chef, Raymond Sarkis, who has more than 18 years of experience in the culinary field.

sion for not only creating excellent dishes, but for ongoing learning opportunities that helps him excell at his craft. “I lived in Jamestown for three years and missed it more than anything,” he added. “I love it out here. When I saw the opening, I felt like God put it out there just for me.” Chef Sarkis is also very interested in self-sufficiency and using local ingredients whenever possible. He raises his own meat animals, chickens, honey bees, vegetables and herbs and hopes to be completely self-sufficient in the next couple of years. He brings knowledge, heart, talent and quality quite literally to the table. For additional information, call (800) 273-3314 or phone locally at 962-4000.

JAMESTOWN Chicken Ranch (from Judy) For additional information, call (800) 273-3314 or phone locally at 962-4000.

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The elaborate movie set of Wells Fargo built on the banks of the Stanislaus River at Parrotts Ferry in 1937.

By Ron Pickup

CINEMA IN CALAVERAS COUNTY HAS AN AMAZINGLY LONG HISTORY reaching all the way back to 1916 and the making of The Half-Breed starring Douglas Fairbanks. That early silent western, based on a story by Bret Harte, depicts Fairbanks as the handsome, dashing half-breed, Lo Dorman, who protects a young woman lost in the woods from forest dangers and a Sheriff Dunn. It’s said that the iconic lawman, Wyatt Earp, even made a cameo appearance in this film. Over the next several decades, many notable films made good use of Calaveras locations. In 1935, the humorous Will Rodgers starred in The Country Chairman along with a dapper black actor named Step ‘n Fetchit. The film featured grazing sheep herds and other country scenes in Mountain Ranch, Sheep Ranch, Murphys and Copperopolis. In 1937, Paramount Pictures produced the high budget historic western, Wells Fargo, starring Joel McCrea as an early rider and wagon driver for the famed courier service during its expansion of the 1840s, Civil War and Reconstruction. His character, the ambitious Ramsey MacKay, rises to become a vice president of the company, but loses his wife Justine, portrayed by co-star Frances Dee, in the process. Ironically, Frances Dee was also Joel McCrea’s wife in real life. Johnny Mack Brown and Robert Cummings played supporting roles. The film was directed by two-time Academy Award winner Frank Lloyd, who also directed the original Mutiny on the Bounty. Wells Fargo received an Academy Award nomination for Sound. Shooting locations for Wells Fargo included Angels Camp and the Stanislaus River Canyon at Parrotts Ferry. The aesthetic blend of human and natural history in the canyon inspired director Lloyd to create an elaborate set on both banks of the Stanislaus River below the old Parrotts Ferry Bridge, close to 56

where the present bridge crosses New Melones Dam. Curiously, the set was a realistic replica of nearby Columbia. According to Leonard Ruoff – son of Henry Ruoff, one of the founders and prime movers of the Sonora Motion Picture Association that promoted and supported film making in the area – studio artisans actually made plaster of paris molds of Columbia’s brick walls, then made 24” by 36” sheets of brick veneer to cover the wooden buildings of the set. And the movie production managed to arrange for PG&E to lower river flows via upstream diversion, so that a mid-summer shooting could stage a Wells Fargo stage coach and covered wagons forging the river on their way from Angels Camp to the real Columbia and real Wells Fargo Express building on Main Street. Upon completion of the movie, the set was dismantled and Leonard Ruoff acquired the full-sized lumber materials and built his family a fine home at Edgemont Acres in East Sonora near the intersection of Peaceful Valley and Phoenix Lake roads. The brick veneer on the set was stripped off, painted cream, and used as attractive wall covering for the house’s living room. Unfortunately, the last 108 bypass highway project required the removal of the house. The decade of the 1950s saw another locally filmed western epic achieve some Academy Award nods. The Big Country, a 1958 film depicting a classic struggle for California land and water, starred Gregory Peck, Jean Simmons, Carroll Baker, Charlton Heston, Burl Ives, Charles Bickford and Chuck Connors. Burl Ives took home the Best Supporting Actor Academy Award and the Golden Globe Award for his efforts, and the musical score by Jerome Moross was nominated for an Academy Award.


ABOVE: California Caverns. LEFT: The historic Altaville School, built in 1858, the oldest surviving schoolhouse in California, could provide a great location for a period film.

A more modern form of western, filmed locally, was the 1982 Honkeytonk Man starring Clint Eastwood and his young son, Kyle. The movie follows the saga of an aspiring honkytonk musician’s decision to leave the depressed dust stormed Oklahoma of the 1930s to find some country-western music fame in Nashville. The Main Street in Mountain Ranch and Sheep Ranch, as well as the Pioneer Hotel in Sheep Ranch, are employed in the film. Ironically, Kyle Eastwood is today an accomplished modern jazz musician. As feature film productions in the region have waned, several television series such as Seven Brides for Seven Brothers

Not unlike Tuolumne County (See Rangelands for Movie Making, Central Sierra Seasons, Summer/Fall, 2012), Calaveras County’s Gold Rush towns, rich in historic architecture and authentic charm, and ranches secluded in the area’s diverse natural beauty from plains-like foothills to mountain forest, have offered movie producers a bonanza of filmmaking opportunities for many decades. (loosely based on the 1954 feature film) have filled some of the gaps. This series, filmed in Murphys on the old Kinney Ranch, now called Table Mountain Ranch, won a Best Young Actor in a Drama Series Emmy Award for River Phoenix in 1984. Other TV series filmed locally includes Little House on the Prairie, Highway to Heaven, Bonanza: The Return, MTV’s High School Stories, The Great Outdoors, and Mythbusters. Also, several commercials continue to be made locally. And there is a very lively independent film industry in the county, complete with popular film festivals for showcasing such as the Environmental Film Festival and the Calaveras International Film Festival in Murphys. The latter had 18 experimental films from 32 countries submitted this year. Much of the reason for the decline in major film productions is because of lower tax incentives offered by other states and countries that lure away filmmakers. Even Hollywood has seen the latest Emmy wining Kevin Costner film, The Hatfields & the McCoys, being made in Romania because of cost-effective incentives and their excellent studios and services. It may be time for Governor Brown to find some non-partisan taxincentive support for filmmakers to spur local economies.

Nevertheless, Lisa Boulton, the new executive director of the Calaveras Visitor Bureau and the Calaveras County film commissioner, stands ready to assist interested filmmakers with the film permit process and provide any support they may need. She knows the best locations for particular projects and how to keep the cost down. Having grown up in Great Britain, Lisa has a keen respect for history, and greatly appreciates the influence the Gold Rush had on California and the world. As a past narketing developer for the Cave & Mine Adventures Company for 13 years, she also has first-hand knowledge of resources unique to Calaveras County – the number of spectacular private show caves and gold mines ready for exploration and viewing. It’s not widely known that the elaborate “underground” sets for the Matrix movie Trilogy were based on extensive studies of local Moaning Cavern, California Caverns and Black Chasm Cavern. Mythbusters is currently working on a Halloween Special episode utilizing Moaning Cavern. Lisa also points out other photogenic natural treasures unique to the county – Calaveras Big Trees State Park with its two fantastic groves of Giant Sequoias, and the beautiful North Fork, Stanislaus River flowing through 6,000 acres of spectacular old growth pine forest. Another very photogenic region of Calaveras County is the rural Blue Mountain area with its pristine low-elevation mountains and forested foothills laced with the four forks of the majestic Mokelumne River. This area’s towns, such as Railroad Flat, West Point and Wilseyville, are quiet and small and remind one of the 1950s. All would make extraordinary locations for period or innovative filmmaking. Folks who live here are independent, proud, artistic and colorful as their environment. And some, like Julia Moore, a Southern California transplant, have carved out their own enchanting, whimsical settings within their mountain. Julia, now approaching her more golden years, still operates her Dragonfly Peony Farm on six terraced acres deep within a forest of fir and pine in Wilseyville that is featured on the Calaveras Film Commission web site. In general, Calaveras County offers filmmakers a multitude of unique opportunities for cinema. For more information, visit online at and/or call Lisa Boulton at 7360049 or (800) 225-3764. 57


By Bob Holton

New Artisans Exhibits in Angels Camp Jim Miller, Education Director at Angels Camp Museum, demonstrates his 19th Century carpentry skills as part of the new artisans exhibit.



of ever-increasing production quotas, assembly line robots and global outsourcing, the old-fashioned concept of first-rate, 19th Century craftsmanship is almost revolutionary. That is, except perhaps at the Angels Camp Museum in Calaveras County. Here, finished artisans build and repair horse-drawn carriages, print placards and announcements to order on a 1870s hand press, use a 136-year-old loom to weave textiles of various descriptions, and instruct the general public and school groups in the dying industrial arts of a bygone era. Owned and operated by the City of Angels Camp, this is no ordinary museum. “The new exhibits mark the beginning of a long-range plan to overhaul and add interactive, state-of-the-art features,” said past museum director Craig Hadley. “By the end of the year it is hoped there will be a fully-functional blacksmith shop and classes in blacksmithing.” Hadley envisions the museum as someday being California's premier showcase of Gold County history - a tall order that's well on its way to becoming reality. At first glance, this vast assortment of obsolete mining equipment and countless other artifacts appears rather modest compared to that of similar depositories found in the Mother Lode. Quite the opposite, however. All we see from the road is a small building containing miscellaneous items of interest to the history aficionado, including a uniquely educational section devoted to Mark Twain, whose rise to world fame initially came from a short 58

story he researched in Angels Camps and later titled The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. At the time, Twain was staying on nearby Jackass Hill in Tuolumne County. Proceeding further, the next building we come to is a barn-like structure (10,000 square feet) called the “Carriage House.” There is more here than can be described in the narrow space of a single magazine article. The Carriage House is abundantly endowed with mintcondition buckboards, buggies, a special stagecoach of major historical significance, ore carts, spring wagons, covered wagons, “piano box” wagons, farm wagons, freight wagons, huge logging rigs, vintage railroad carts, a magnificent 120-year-old hearse, and so on. Arguably, this extraordinary collection is the best of its kind on the West Coast. A few yards past the Carriage House is yet another barn-like structure (slightly over 9,000 square feet), known as “Artisans Hall.” Here we find the craftsmen previously mentioned demonstrating their trades. Artisans Hall also warehouses more horse-drawn wagons, an endless variety of obsolete gold recovery paraphernalia from Calaveras County's now-defunct mines, an archive of rare photographs, an electronically-operated miniature stamp mill, and much more. In total, the museum takes in some three acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Visitors might want to know that the complex sits over the historic Angels Mine, also referred to in its day as “The Big Mine.” Dating back to the 1850s, its main shaft tunneled 1,150 feet below the earth’s surface. The “hoisting works,” which no longer exists, was located across from the original museum house on Highway 49.



MuRpHyS Milliare Wins Big at State Fair Milliaire Winery was named Best Zinfandel in the Sierra Foothills Appelation at the 2012 California State Fair. The Double Gold medal winner was for the 2009 Clockspring Zinfandel. The winery will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary in 2013, and plans are underway for a year long party. The tasting room has been a local favorite and fixture on Main Street in Murphys since 1990. BOTH: LINDY MILLER

In the spring of 2013 a new patio tasting area and outdoor lounge will open. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the beautiful new garden with its water features. Also new for 2013, Milliaire will debut its creekside patio for private parties during the warm spring and summer months. Contact the winery at 7281658, or for pricing and availability.

Bob Petithomme, certified journeyman printer, operates a 19th Century printing press as part of the Angels Camp Museum “hands-on” artisans exhibit. Petithomme is also Museum Commission Chairman.

Before the Angels Mine permanently closed in 1918 and was allowed to fill with water, it produced some $300 million in yellow wealth based on today’s fluctuating gold market. The mine’s original powerhouse stands directly across from the Carriage House exhibit. Here we also observe an enormous waterwheel (out of commission, naturally) that towers skyward like a Ferris wheel. Don’t forget to bring your camera. The Angels Camp Museum is located at 753 S. Main Street. Regular hours of operation are Thursday through Monday from 10am to 4pm. For upcoming events, group tours, artisans’ schedules, and information on how to learn a dying trade, call (209) 736-2963, or visit

Black Sheep Introduces Sparkling Wine Black Sheep has introduced a Raspberry Sparkling Wine. This wildly popular champagne-style bubbly is the wine that inspired our local winner of “Cupcake Wars,” Karen Henderson of Lila & Sage Cupcake Shop, located right next door to the tasting room on Main Street. Enjoy a decadent cupcake on our front lawn picnic area. New releases this year for Black Sheep Winery include the 2010 Amador Zinfandel, the “Big Zin,”as well as the Rhoneinspired varieties and the whimsical line of True Frogs wines. True Frogs wines are a tribute to Mark Twain’s Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. With their froggie labels they make a wonderful souvenir of a visit to Murphys. For more information, call 7282157.

Creative Cookware’s charming store front on Main Street, Murphys.

A Kitchen Essential Store Creative Cookware, 402-B Main Street, Murphys, is located in the heart of historic downtown surrounded by award-winning wineries, restaurants and boutiques. Here you’ll discover an array of well-displayed kitchen gadgets and unique items such as Polish Pottery, Casafina Portuguese Stoneware, Peggy Karr Glass, pottery by local artist Heidi Johnson and products made in the United States and Europe. Other companies represented in the store include The Culinary Institute of America, Lodge Cast Iron, Swiss Diamond Cookware from Switzerland, Lamson Sharpe Knives from New England, Messermeister Knives, Regal Ware Stainless Steel cookware made in the USA and the newest houshold brand name, Oxo. Last year Creative Cookware won the National Display Contest hosted by Oxo and plans to repeat that win again this year. Browse through a full line of bakeware, cake decorating suppies, and award-winning food products such as jams, sauces, dressings, imported pastas, olive oil, local honey, soups and imported salts to complement any gourmet recipe. You’ll also find gluten free products and a wide range of cookbooks.

towels, tabletop accessories, cutting boards and salt and pepper mills. When it comes to those hard to find items or unique kitchen gadgets, Creative Cookware most probably stocks it – thousands of items from apple peelers to zesters and cookie cutters with friendly, knowledgeable staff to guide you. Gift certificates, complimentary gift bags and gift wrapping are also available. Call 728-8303 for additional information.

Hovey Is Going Green Hovey Winery, 350 A Main St., Murphys, will soon transform from using cardboard wine bottle carriers to recyclable nonwoven wine carriers. “People are very conscious of cardboard waste, and anyone that purchases 2 or more bottles of wine will receive free recyclable wine carriers that they can use over and over again,” explained Jan Hovey, co-owner with husband and winemaker, Chuck. “We also recycle all of our wine bottles and boxes, and carry a number of green products including bamboo bowls, and reusable jute bags and baskets,” added Hovey. “One of our most popular gift items is a ceramic bottle stopper and wick that reuses empty wine bottles into candles.” You can reach Hovey Tasting Room at 728-9999.

For gift ideas, leaf through the selection of aprons, potholders, napkins, placemats, flour sack




ANGElS CAMp Entertainment Center Opens at the Fairgrounds Barrel of Monkeez, a new family entertainment center cafefully designed and geared toward children of all ages, is located in the Tom Sawyer building at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Highway 49, just outside of Angels Camp. Owners Matthew and Jennifer Iannarelli’s hearts were led to fill a great need in the area for fun exercise and themed parties to celebrate milestones. Their vision and passion was to create a welcome place that makes all who enter smile and want to come back again and again, where families and friends can interact and play together, and where parents can let children expend all that bottled up energy in a safe environment. Through personal experience they are sensitive to those with disabilities and special needs. Mostly open to the public, Barrel of Monkeez can be rented out for any kind of event. They hope to host teen nights and possibly sober graduation parties and school field trips. Attractions include a huge gym bounce house with basketball court, climbing wall, two slides, obstacle course, a 3d projector and 120” screen, large blacklight lazertag arena, custom nine-hole miniature golf course, karaoke dance music studio and a child-powered indoor race track. For information, call 813-8753.


Camps Introduces New Menu Sherri Smith, owner and now chef of Camps Restaurant, 711 McCauley Ranch Road, Greenhorn Creek, Angels Camp, has introduced a new menu that features a wide range of new choices plus remaining local entrée favorites. The luncheon menu now sports a five-onion gratinee soup, an apple Romaine chicken salad with candied pecans and an Asian chicken salad. The new dinner menu includes broiled prawns and scallop skewers with jasmine rice and buttered Bok Choy. Corned beef hash and eggs have also been added to the breakfast menu. Smith, a trained pastry chef, is also offering a number of new delectible desserts. The restaurant is open Wednesdays through Sundays. For information and reservations, call 736-8181.


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49er RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Action Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Angels Inn Motel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Arnold Rental . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Barbara Young - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Barrel of Monkeez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Bear Valley Adventure Company . . . . . . .16 Best Western Cedar Inn & Suites . . . . . .61 Betty Holder - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Big Trees Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Black Oak Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Black Sheep Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Blue Sky Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Brice Station Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Brown’s Coffee House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Calaveras Humane Society Thrift Store . .16 Calaveras Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . .33 Camps Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Cedar Creek Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Chicken Ranch Bingo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Chuck Waldman - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Columbia Candy Kitchen . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Columbia Chamber of Commerce . . . . . .27 Copperopolis Olive Oil Company . . . . . . . .6 Copperopolis Town Square . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Courtwood Wine Tasting Tours . . . . . . . . .23 Cover’s Apple Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Creative Cookware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Dave & Dianne Photography . . . . . . . . . . .41 Diamondback Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Don Hukari - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Donaldson Eye Care Associates . . . . . . .47 Ebler’s Leather & Saddlery Emporium . .27 Evergreen Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Firefall Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Firefall Jewelers, Coppertown . . . . . . . . . .6 G & T Van Buskirk Fancy Dry Goods . . . .26 Gold Prospecting Adventures . . . . . . . . . .8 Greenhorn Creek . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Griff’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Groveland Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Groveland Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 Here’s the Scoop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Heuser’s Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Hotel Leger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Hovey Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Hurst Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Indian Rock Vineyard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Indigeny Reserve . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Irene Deaver - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Irene Taylor - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Jack Douglass Saloon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Jamestown Promotion Club . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Jerome Andrews - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . .38 Jerry Graham - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38 Jillian’s Day Spa & Boutique . . . . . . . . . .20 Joy Willow - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Kamice’s Photographic Establishment . .26 La Contenta Golf & Restaurant . . . . . . . .23 Leslie Hurst - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .38

Livano’s Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Lorna Hunt - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Marisolio Tasting Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Mark Twain Hospital - Meadowmont . . . . .16 Mark Twain Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Meadowmont Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Meadowmont Pharmacy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 Mercer Caverns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Milliaire Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Moaning Cavern/Sierra Nevada Rec. . . . .64 Murphys Bead Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Murphys Historic Hotel & Lodge . . . . . . .21 Murphys Inn Motel / Murphys Suites . . . .20 Murphys Motorcycle Company . . . . . . . . .20 National Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Nelson’s Candies (Murphys) . . . . . . . . . . .20 Next! Upscale Resale Consignment . . . . .20 Oakdale Cowboy Museum . . . . . . . . . . . .47 OPQ Propane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Pamela Quyle - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Patricia Cherry - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Patrick Karnahan - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . .39 Patty’us Shack, A Gourmet Cafe . . . . . . .26 Petroglyphe Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Phil Schermeister Photography . . . . . . . .60 Pinecrest Chalet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Pinecrest Lake Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Pioneer Emporium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26 Quyle Kilns Pottery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Railtown 1897 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Renetta Hayes - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Robert Staniford - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . .40 Royal Carriage Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 Ruth Morrow - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . .37 Saddle Creek Copper Grille Restaurant . .7 Seven Sisters Soap & Candle Co. . . . . . .27 Shell Copper Station & Car Wash . . . . . . . .6 Sherie Drake - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Sierra Online Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Sierra Seasons Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Sol Sierra Systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 Sonora Regional Medical Center . . . . . . . .2 Stage 3 Theatre Company . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Standard Pour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34 Stanislaus National Forest . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Stevenot Winery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 Sue Horine - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Tanner Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 The Charlotte Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24 The Outhouse Collection . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 The Rusty Bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17 The Willow Steakhouse & Saloon . . . . . . . .9 Towle & Leavitt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Town Hall Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau . . . . . .33 Umpqua Bank - Lake Tulloch Plaza . . . . . .6 Vaughn Pottery - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Wilson Studios - Art Trails . . . . . . . . . . . .36 Yosemite Lakes - Thousand Trails . . . . . .24 Zucca Mountain Vineyards . . . . . . . . . . . .22

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Sierra Seasons Magazine - Winter/Spring 2013  

Produced twice a year, Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall, Central Sierra Seasons is the only magazine produced in cooperation with the Chambers...

Sierra Seasons Magazine - Winter/Spring 2013  

Produced twice a year, Winter/Spring and Summer/Fall, Central Sierra Seasons is the only magazine produced in cooperation with the Chambers...