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The Rising Voice of The Sierra
September 2015
The Murphys Historic Hotel
Since 1856
Try Stand-Up
Paddle Boarding
& Disc Golf
This Summer!
Friday, September 4th
Thursday, September 17th
Music in the Park
Food and drinks provided by the Murphys Hotel
Classic Car Night 5-8pm
Sponsored by Murphys-Angels Lions Club and the
Murphys Historic Hotel. Raffles/ Music/Food & Drinks.
Bring your classic car. No registration required.
Call: 209.728.9971
Thursday, September 17th
Wines of the World - 5:30pm
Lindsay Gwin takes us on a trip to Austrian and Germany.
We will learn about the main regions, varietals and styles of
German and Austrian wines. Cost for CWA members is $25
and $30 for non-members. You must RSVP by September 11th,
call 728-9467.
SNAC Arnold is your
Kayak & & Rentals
Friday, September 25th
“All You Can Eat” Fresh Cioppino Feed
$25 per person. Includes garden green salad and
garlic bread. Reservations highly recommended.
Please call 728-3444.
Every Thursday
KARAOKE in the Saloon ~ 8:30pm-Midnight!
The Hotel’s Front Desk: (209) 728-3444
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5. Install storm window or use plastic sheeting to cover
6. Change outdoor light bulbs into GE’s high-efficiency
compact florescent bulbs.
7. Check your flashlights, replace bulbs and batteries, and
have one in each room.
8. Stock up on firewood.
9. Check your heating system,replace dirty
filters, clean and clear the registers.
10. Clean out the gutters and downspouts
with a wet/dry vac or leaf blower.
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Opinion & Satire
Volume 10, Issue 9
September 2015 ● 6
Calaveras Chronicle
What Things Look Like
From Outer Space
Established May 1st, 2006
Post Office Box 26
Avery, CA 95224
Phone: 209•795•2222
I guess it would be cost prohibitive to
FedEx Chris Christie to Mexico!
Publisher ~ Ross Alford
[email protected]
or Ink
Hillbilly Hum
Managing Editor
Bonnie Kuhn
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Features ~ Warren Alford
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CC Writers
Jim Stearns ● David Alford
Prince Hans-Adam II
Publisher’s Note:
Hillbilly Humor Ink
B. J. Smalling
Betsy Alford
The Lab Report: Beau
From the Publisher:
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To The Editor” of fewer than 300 words,
which include a name, phone number and
area of residence. If it’s really good we'll
print more words! We will not print anything anonymously.
Send Submissions:
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(Subject line: “Letter”). If we don’t run
your letter you can consider buying an ad!
The Mission:
"The Calaveras Chronicle" intends to let
the facts tell the story in the news section
of the paper and raise hell on the OP/ED
page. If you exploit, degrade or injure the
community, you’re fair game!
If the powerful “Calaveras Chronicle”
publishes something under the name of an
author - that’s their opinion.
Please ask permission to use anything in
the paper, and or, at least use the material
in a contextually accurate manner.
Lastly, we here at the Calaveras Chronicle
are trying to tell the story of our time. If
we make mistakes we will try to set the
record straight.
On The Cover
Glen Croshaw ~ Holding A Photo
Warrren’s Snap
Facebook This:
Hillbilly Humor Ink
Q: If we decide not to build a wall along the
Mexican border, what should we build?
“I tell you what my friend, If I’m
not digging tunnels, I’ll have my
crew knock out a trench and gitcha
some of that high-speed out to
Love Creek.”
~ El Chapo
“I want to get my green house up on
~ Marc Tarpenning
“I’d like to have President
McKinley’s likeness carved onto
the face of Denali.”
~ John Boehner
“How’s that high-speed rail coming out
there in CA? Does it still take 12 hours for
the train to get from SF to LA?
Ha ha ha! You Americans!
Schlitz Malt Liquor my friend!
~ Prince Hans-Adam II
Prince of Liechtenstein
“The worst are full of passionate intensity– While the best
lack all conviction.”
~ WB Yeats
This Battle Royal between Megyn and The Donald is like a Big Time
Wrestling nightmare: “The Bimbo” (The Donald’s word) vs. “Old Biff”
from Back To The Future!?! Hold your horses, after I wrote that last
sentence, which I feel I should get some kind of an award for, I had an
alarming thought: Is this Battle Royal merely a Roger Ailes ratings
scam! Is the whole shooting match a propaganda stunt for Faux News?
If so, it’s freaking brilliant. Buffalo Bill vs. Calamity Jane. Fox has
delivered a wild, wild puffed-up exaggeration of the western frontier.
Once again I’ve staggered into my column here having consumed
far too much caffeine. Still: Say it’s not true Megyn?!? I’ve no
problem believing that The Donald would conjure up such a publicity stunt to gather the townspeople around his medicine wagon,
but not Megyn! No way! America’s slightly-bitchy Republican
sweetheart-reporter has way too much mainstream-establishment
Republican-ness to collude with the likes of The Donald.
It was only Megyn who stuck her thumb in the eye of Dick Cheney
when the former VP “neocon” tried to pass himself off as, one, a
Republican and, two, having credibility in the Middle East. Guys
like Chuck Todd on Meet The Press were giving Cheney a pass.
Not Megyn. Megyn is the real Republican deal. She’s like the lost
daughter of Eisenhower for Christ sake. Yes, Megyn may be a
“bimbo,” but she’s got more cajones than Bret Baier and Chris
Wallace combined; compared to Megyn, they’re like two tired old
geldings ~ pardon the metaphor. Holy push-up bra Batman, what
in the “wide, wide world of sports” is going on when the Rossmon
has become a huge fan of Megyn Kelly!?!
Anyway, it’s not that I’m not enjoying The Donald’s show. I
have to admit he’s pretty entertaining. If it were not for The
Donald can you imagine the lack of enthusiasm for the Republican Party? It would be like going to a car show with the only
cars on display being 1976 Oldsmobiles. Admittedly the Democrats’ car show is nearly that boring or I’d be writing about them.
As for now, the Republicans have captured America’s attention
and the least that can be said about The Donald is that he has
kicked the giant sleeping dog center of the Republican Party.
The question remains, can they build a real party platform with
actual detailed solutions for anything? “Repeal” with no plan
for “Replace” isn’t going to get it. How about discussing the illegal jobs being provided to the illegal immigrants? Meanwhile,
I’m looking forward to the rematch. If The Donald continues to
wildly gesticulate absurdities, Megyn will pound him into the
ropes. I can hear him now: “No Más Megyn, No Más.”
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September 2015 ● 7
Local Investment Group Making Bid For BV Mountain Resort!
The plot thickens . . .
By Ross Alford
Bear Valley– This story is a little complicated so ‘bear’
with me. A group of ‘local’ investors, the members of
which for the moment shall remain nameless, are
negotiating to purchase the Bear Valley Mountain Resort
from Skyline International. The group, who I shall refer
to as “Group X,” reportedly have the resources, and most
if not all of them have been active participants in the BV
Mountain Co-op.
The Bear Valley Mountain Co-op, as you will remember,
was formed by a group of Bear Valley homeowners and BV
enthusiasts with “the passionate desire to see Bear Valley
reach its full potential.” The Co-op’s goal from the outset
was to cooperatively purchase the Bear Valley Mountain
Resort and then run the resort with the community in mind,
paying attention to the economic vitality of Bear Valley
Village and the surrounding communities.
The original intent of the Co-op was sidelined when Skyline
International entered into negotiations to purchase the resort
Benno Nager and Paul Petersen ~ BVMC Photo
from Dundee and their Bay Area equity partners. The Coop in its infancy was not prepared to compete with Skyline,
and as Skyline had the necessary resources and a positive company And while Skyline continues to own and operate the resort, Cotemperament the Co-op pivoted to a supporting role. Ultimately op leadership told the Chronicle that Skyline has made it clear
that they would be willing to sell the resort. (At press deadline
Skyline bought the resort and the rights to purchase The Village.
Skyline had not retuned the Calaveras Chronicle’s call.)
Despite having taken control of the resort late into the season last
year, with by industry standards almost no time to reverse the existing Why the Co-op doesn’t plan to purchase the resort under their
dysfunction, and despite having a challenging weather year, Skyline original organization’s design is an interesting question. Co-op
ran the resort astoundingly well. They brought in an experienced and leadership told the Chronicle that the Co-op believes they need
charismatic mountain manager; they rehabbed the snow-making to act with a sense of urgency and that despite having added
system; they gave department heads, like the maintenance team, the 39 new members last year, and despite the $1.25 million of
authority, the imperative and the resources to get the job done; and capital in their coffers, leadership members feel they would
miraculously they opened for Thanksgiving. Not only that, they still need to quadruple the Co-op’s membership to secure the
stayed open the entire season while Tahoe resorts were closing down required capital needed to be able to manage the resort for the
due to the drought conditions in the Sierra. There is no way to long term. With a sense of urgency and the need for speed and
efficiency, the Co-op voted to endorse the 3rd party “local”
describe Skyline’s performance other than to say They Kicked Ass!
ownership group, “Group X.”
Despite their success, shortly after the season ended, the company changed their corporate strategy with regards to Bear Valley. A Co-op membership memo said that the enthusiastic investors
It’s unclear why. Originally they expressed a commitment to a in Group X are being led by Benno Nager, the current GM of the
long-term relationship with the community and the desire to de- resort, along with key members of the current operating leadership
velop the resort into a multi-season destination availing upon the team in Bear Valley including Paul Petersen. The memo said that
proximity to the affluent Bay Area. Still, over the summer Sky- Group X has entered into negotiations with Skyline. Things are
line made some hospitality improvements to The Village, which said to be moving quickly, but due to a number of dynamics with
in context to the previous decade’s entropy, were impressive; yet, the formation of the investor group, and the negotiations with
it was becoming clear that for Skyline this was simply general Skyline the details are being withheld.
service, not grand-plan development. When Skyline didn’t buy
The Village, which they still retain the option to do, and they An inside source, high-up on the food chain, expressed to the
didn’t choose to match a $350K improvement proposal made Chronicle that the likelihood of a change coming this season
by the Co-op, Co-op members felt is was evident Skyline in- is high, there are however a number of bottle necks, not the
least of which is that US Forrest Service would need to vet the
tended to minimize their investment in the resort.
new investment group. And, and this is a big “and,” there is
After Co-op board members discussed this with Skyline execu- still the price of the resort to be negotiated. It was reported to
tives in Toronto in June, they felt they needed to go back to the the Chronicle that Skyline purchased the resort from Dundee
drawing board if they wanted to see “Bear Valley reach its full and company for $2 million and then invested $1 million.
potential.” Thus, in August, 140 Co-op members gathered in Bear What Skyline will sell the resort for is the big question.
Valley to focus on a potential ownership transition. During the Reportedly, but this is unconfirmed, Skyline is motivated to
meeting the Co-op board voted unanimously to endorse the for- sell. More importantly, if a buyout were to happen “Group
mation of a locally-funded ownership group that would invest in X,” formally known as “key members of the Co-op,” would
a management-led buyout of the ski resort and village operations. need to pull the trigger– inaction may end up being expensive.
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Faster Than Sharks!
The Murphys Historic Hotel – ‘The boys’ as
they’re usually referred to, Brian Goss, Joel
Lacitignola and Kevin Clerico are officially
the 7th owners of The Murphys Hotel. The trio
took on the operation of The Hotel in 2012 and
have been nudging the Nineteenth Century
establishment towards catering to 21st Century guests, all the
while, keeping with The Hotel’s historic traditions. In their
short tenure so far, they’ve done some cool things. They built
an outside bar, and have remodeled some of the hotel rooms.
They also replaced the ancient dining room rug with hardwood
floors. And they’ve been aggressive on keeping their menu
seasonal and interesting, while maintaining many of The
year’s 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Swim included a pair of
swimmers from the Bret Harte Aquatic Masters (BHAM). Colleen
Brophy, from Arnold, has been swimming in competitions since age 5
and continues to enjoy the sport! Colleen finished the competition in the
Wetsuit Division in her age group, 50 to 54, in 7th place with a time of
45:3. Her overall finish was 194 of 598 finishers and her gender finish
was 62 out of 221.
In Aesthetic Tree Pruning
& Tree Removal
Larkin Boero, from Arnold, swam in the Non-Wetsuit Division. For her
age group, 35-39, she came in 9th place with a time of 1:09:32. Larkin
started swimming in college for the exercise and fun of it. This was her
2nd Alcatraz swim, but first with NO WETSUIT!! She is a teacher at
Bret Harte and stated that the coaching from BHAM has given her the
confidence and push she needed to start competing.
Tree Planting Available
Chris Rinauro
1051 swimmers entered the water, which means that bout 450 did not finish!
It remains unclear if any swimmers were eaten by sharks. This competition
is a tough one, and both of our Calaveras swimmers did a great job!
The History of The Hotel
The Murphys Hotel was first opened in the summer of 1856 by
James Sperry and John Perry, and was known for many years
as the Sperry & Perry Hotel. The hotel thrived as the natural
stopover for Matteson’s Stage en route from the railhead at
Milton to the Calaveras Big Trees, which had just been
discovered by A.T. Gus Dowd in 1852. The grove of giant
sequoias is one of the greatest natural wonders attracting
people from all over the world. Mercer Caverns, discovered in
1885 by Walter J. Mercer a few miles away from the hotel, also
enticed many visitors to the area, as did the rich gold diggings.
Larkin Boero & Colleen Brophy
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection Scheduled for September 12th & 13th
Calaveras County is pleased to announce that the Annual
Residential Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection
Events have been scheduled for September 12th & 13th, 2015.
Saturday, September 12th ~ 9am to 1pm
1191 Linebaugh Road Arnold (County Road Yard)
Saturday, September 12th ~ 9am to 1pm
891 Mountain Ranch Road (Government Center)
Avery Auto Center
Moran Road ▪ Avery
Sunday, September 13th ~ 9am to 1pm
22412 Hwy 26 (Caltrans Yard) West Point
Please be aware that the HHW collection events are restricted
to residents only. Residents will be required to show their ID.
Businesses are encouraged to contact the County to schedule
delivery of their hazardous waste at our permanent HHW
Facility at the Rock Creek facility.
We will be accepting household hazardous wastes, such as
paints, solvents, stains, oil, antifreeze, pesticides, herbicides,
household chemicals, lawn and pool chemicals, household
batteries, fluorescent bulbs, OTC medicines, needles &
syringes and small propane tanks.
Big or Small,
We Can
Handle It All!
September 2015 ● 9
The Lads Buy The Murphys Hotel
Lucky Number 7
2015 Escape From Alcatraz
Community News
The State Transportation Laws limit the transporting of
hazardous materials to no more than 15 gallons of any liquid;
a maximum of 5 gallons per container or 125 pounds of any
solid materials.
Wastes that will not be accepted include Appliances,
Electronics, Tires, Explosives, Ammunition, Radioactive
materials, and Biological wastes (except for home generated
needles and syringes in proper containers).
Department of Public Works
Integrated Waste Management
(209) 754-6403
Notable guests who stayed at the Murphys Hotel during its
early years include Mark Twain, John Jacob Astor, Thomas J.
Lipton, J.P. Morgan, and former President Ulysses S. Grant.
Copies of the original registration signatures of these notables
may be viewed today in the hotel’s lobby.
The Girl !
425 Main Street
Murphys ~ 728.8223
The Hotel was operated by a succession of owners over the next
100 years, undergoing two name changes, first to the Mitchler
Hotel and then, in 1945, to the Murphys Hotel. In 1963, a group
of 35 investors purchased the hotel. Former University of the
Pacific students, they had been coming to the hotel since 1942
as members of the informal Murphys Ale and Quail Club.
Over 150 years after it first opened, the Murphys Hotel is still
the true center piece of downtown Murphys.
~ Good Luck Lads!
Hwy 4 Murphys
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Grocery Stores
20th Annual Jamboree ~ Saturday, September 5th
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum in White Pines
∙ Choice Meat
∙ High Quality Produce
∙ Fresh Seafood
∙ Fantastic Deli
∙ Baked Goods
∙ Fresh Sushi
∙ Olive Bar
∙ Specialty Cheese
∙ Wine - Local & Domestic
∙ Liquor (Low Prices)
∙ Largest Selection
Organic, Natural, Gluten Free
Pro Series: Show Starts at noon, sign ups start at 11am.
Payout: First Place 50%, Second Place 30%, Third Place 20%
Guaranteed $100 per event payback, plus entry fees
Entry Fee: $10 per single event, $20 per team event
Based on points, Top Competitor will win a Chromed Axe!
Non Pro Series
Practice 9 to 10am ~ Competition 10 to Noon.
Payout: First Place 50%, Second Place 30%, Third Place 20%
Guaranteed $75 per event payback
Limited to the first 20 people
In 2003, long-time Calaveras county resident, Dorian Faught,
became the sixth owner of the hotel. Under Faught’s guidance,
additional enhancements and improvements to the hotel were
made, with close attention to preserving the character and feel
of the historic facility. Then in 2012 he arranged a profit
sharing scenario with the aforementioned trio of managers,
and now they have purchased The Hotel.
2015 Logging Jamboree
Axe Throw- Best 3 Throws Out Of 4, Single Bucking - Pake and Raker Type Saw Only
Modified Saw- 4 Cubic Inch and Under, gasoline only.
Jack and Jill Bucking- Pake and Raker Type Saw Only
Stock Saw (Men)- Provided saw, with chain
Stock Saw (Women)- Provided saw, with chain
Axe Throw- Total Score in 1 Minute
Choker Setting
Hot Saw (2 events)
Double Bucking (Men or Women)- Provided TUATHI
Modified Saw- 6 Cubic Inch and Under, gasoline only.
Limber Pole Bucking
Axe Throw- Best 3 Throws Out Of 4
Stock Saw (Men, Non Pro)- Provided saw, with chain
Stock Saw (Women, Non Pro)- Provided saw, with chain
Double Bucking (Men or Women)- Provided TUATHI
There are also games, great food, raffles, museum tours, and
guided visits to the #4 Shay Locomotive.
Phone: 209-795-6782
Special Discounts
And Great Selection
of Local Wines !
Angels Food Market
Locally Owned
Since 1935
N. Hwy 49 Angels Camp
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Community News
September 2015 ● 10
SNAC Attack & The Mentoring Day At The Lake
Bear Valley– Enjoy spectacular Bear
Valley in scenic Alpine County on
September 5th for the Seventh Annual
Bear Valley Derby and Country Faire.
This event will feature the ever popular
non-motorized car races powered only
by gravity and the navigation skills of
the driver. These fun-filled and
spectator friendly races pit two cars in
each heat racing side by side to add to
the excitement. The Derby is open to
aspiring racers of all ages. Racing
starts at 10am!
White Pines Lake– The Calaveras Mentoring “Day
at the Lake,” was a great day for all involved. The kids
had a wonderful day using all of the boats donated to
the Mentoring Program by Sierra Nevada Adventure
Company. SNAC donated a whole trailer full of boating
equipment for the kids to use, and Jill Seale spent the
entire day at the lake making sure that the kids were
safe and having fun.
Heating · Air · Sheet Metal
Custom Welding
Owner William Slankard
Over 20 Years of Specialized Service
Bonded & Insured
NATE Certified Technician
License # C20-674997
The Calaveras County Office of Education administers
the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program, which
supports 25 to 30 matches between children and an adult
friends at any given time. The Mentoring Program has been
successful connecting Calaveras kids with safe, positive
people who can offer support, guidance, friendship, and help
the kids make “healthy life decisions.”
The Calaveras Mentoring Foundation raises funds for the
program. Recently they donated $55,650 to the program for
the 2014-15 fiscal year. This contribution represents grant and
community support to cover nearly 70% of the Mentoring
Program’s budget.
Fund-raising highlights of the 2014-15 year included
successful events, such as the Foundation’s hosting of the
Murphys Homecoming Duck Races, the Swinging on a Star
Golf Outing, the Spring Swing, and the Mokelumne River
Rafting Adventure.
If you think you could be a positive influence on a young
person “who could use a friend,” you should consider
becoming a mentor.
For more information about the Calaveras Youth Mentoring
Program visit:
Don’t Miss The Party
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Dove Hill Ranch in Angels Camp
See Page 29
Naturalist Certification Program
The Calaveras 4-H Youth Development Program is
looking for adults who would like to become
certified shooting sports volunteer leaders.
Big Trees State Park– Become a citizen-scientist exploring
California’s natural environment. Learn about opportunities
that you can take on to share and engage others in natural
resource stewardship through education and service. Upon
completing certification requirements, participants are
eligible for four academic credits through UC Davis
Contact the UCCE/4-H Office at 209/754-6474.
The Foundation also secured a generous matching grant for its
annual individual donor campaign, and was honored with a
prestigious Golden Health Award from Mark Twain Health
Care District. The Teichert Foundation and Wells Fargo
Foundation also contributed significant grant support.
Calaveras 4-H Seeking Leaders
There are several trainings that occur during the
year, throughout the state in disciplines such as
rifle, shotgun, archery and pistol. All shooting
sports instructors must complete the program
$649,000 ▪ Murphys
6 Bed/41Acres/2 Homes
$329,000 ▪ Murphys
3 Bed/2Ba/Walk to Town
California Naturalist 5 week certification training: Sept. 11
& 12, Sept. 18 & 19, Sept. 24, Oct. 2 & 3, and Oct. 9 & 10.
Cost $350. Information:
Phone: 209.559.1368
[email protected]
$409,900 ▪ Murphys
6 Acres w/Fabulous View
Jim Bailey, Your AAA Man
465 S. Main St., Angels Camp
M-F: 9AM - 5PM ♦ 209-736-3563
[email protected]
Real Estate Broker & Owner
Open Everyday 10:00am - 5:00pm ~ 415 Main St., Murphys ~
“She makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race now...”
Cars are provided and all one needs to participate is to register
online or on the day of and have a passion to feel the wind in
your ears. In addition to the races, a full day of scheduled
activities and amusements are designed to make a most eventful
day even better. New this year will be the “Trike Trials”
featuring Hot Wheel™ tricycles racing on an oval track. The
Country Faire portion of the event will keep the kids engaged
and the adults amused as they can take full advantage of
exciting attractions like a bungee trampoline, an elevated ropes
course, climbing wall, the always popular animal petting zoo,
as well as festive foods and beverages.
The day is capped off with a savory BBQ dinner affair catered
by the Arnold Pantry complemented with live music by
recording artists “Meredith Axelrod” and friends to enhance
the sharing of a day of racing and activities.
Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 5
1137 Highway 4, Arnold
The Bear Valley Derby and Country Faire is hosted by the
Bear Valley Parents Group; a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization
and proceeds help the Group provide summer activities and
year-round child care for the children of Bear Valley residents,
homeowners and guests of the Village.
Plant a new eco-friendly
lawn now and SAVE 80%
on lawn watering!
For more information or to register for your day of racing and
family fun visit:
The Lab Report
My Dog: He’s Just a Big Cat?
By Ellen J Hart, DVM
Cats are grooming fiends - paws, face, belly, ears, and tail.
Cats contort in the most ridiculous ways to lick, rake, and
groom every part of their body. Thank goodness they take
care of this tedious task. The thought of trying to bathe most
cats arouses anxiety and borderline terror for any brave soul
who has been forced to perform the task in a formerly cursed
life. Luckily, the need for bathing a cat is a rare one.
Dogs groom much less. A quick groom of the ears, that special
area under the tail, the feet - mostly to get those darn stickers
out - and that’s about it. When it comes to grooming, dogs are
the bachelors of the animal world. Male or female – they’re
pretty low maintenance about their grooming practices. Hence, their need for occasional baths if they’re going to be
trouncing around the house or snuggling in bed. At least
they’re manageable to bath. Usually.
My parents have a dog, Dante. He’s a 100 lb. Akita and not the
typical bachelor. He grooms incessantly – mostly his feet.
The slurping sound during dinner, their evening commitment to
the Dancing with the Stars, reading, or trying to fall asleep. Lick, slurp, lick, slurp. He’s just a big cat, right? Alas, he is not.
If you have a dog like Dante, it may not be time to count your
blessings that he values his hygiene more than the typical,
low-maintenance bachelor. He may be telling you he’s
uncomfortable. Allergies are the most common culprit.
I like to think that allergies feel like your hand falling asleep
– pins and needles. It doesn’t matter how high up you’re
cutting off blood supply, your hand still gets the brunt of the
discomfort. Same thing with allergies.
• • • • • • • • • • • • • •
Fun fact: Most food allergies in our pets are to the protein
source. Less than 1% of food allergy dogs have an allergy to
grain or gluten. So much for the hype!
Mosbaugh Properties
• • • • • • • • • • • • • •
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Phone: 209-532-6149
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So if you’re dog has stopped acting like a bachelor or started
acting like a cat, it may be time to see your vet!
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September 2015 ● 11
Bear Valley to Host 7th Annual Derby and Country Faire!
Mentoring Matters. Kids today lack good mentors. Every
time anyone connects with a good mentor, it can be life
changing. And kids today, particularly in Calaveras, if
they have two parents they’re probably working, so kids
find themselves alone too much of the time.
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Tuesday, September 15th ~ 11am
Each workshop meets for 2 ½ hours once a week for
six weeks with 8-16 participants and are held in San
Andreas, Valley Springs, Angels Camp, Murphys,
Copperopolis, West Point, Mountain Ranch and
Arnold. The workshop leaders are local residents who
have a chronic health condition or have cared for
someone with a chronic health condition. They are
trained and certified to lead the workshops by Stanford
University Patient Education Center.
Membership to Little Trees Wellness is open to all qualified medical cannabis patients.
We strictly adhere to California state law regarding medical cannabis and expect you
to as well. All recommendations will be verified and you must have a valid California
Drivers License or ID plus your doctors recommendation available on your first visit.
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Why do we still need public libraries?
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Sat 10-6, Sundays 11-5
We accept your generous donations 'til 3pm.
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Angels Towne Center, Angels Camp
Mon - Sat 10-5
Closed Sundays
We accept your generous donations
during business hours.
The monthly luncheon is held at Snow Flake Lodge,
2255 Blue Lake Springs Drive, Arnold. Lunch is $16.
For further information regarding Arnold Branch 152
SIR membership, please call Dave Traub, Membership
Director, at 795.5903.
E-mail: [email protected]
“Because of where I live, I do not have an iPhone,”
says Milsner. “But a lot of our knowledgeable
members do have smart phones so we will try to deal
with those concerns also.”
SMUG meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Meetings are open to everyone and there is no charge
to attend. The organization exists to keep Mac users
abreast of the latest developments and to address the
nagging questions that arise from time to time.
SMUG was founded in 1995 and is a non-profit
organization run completely by volunteers. Annual
dues are $15. Call 795-3798.
September is Library Card Month
By Fran Devlin
Sons in Retirement is a men’s only organization.
They have no initiation fees, and are not political, and
not associated to any religious organization. Visitors
are asked to contact the Membership Director about
attending scheduled meetings.
Tuesday, September 8th ~ 7pm
trouble getting their iMacs or iPads to do exactly what
they would like are encouraged to bring their questions
to the next meeting of the Sierra Macintosh Users
Group (SMUG) to be held Tuesday, September 8,
beginning at 7pm in the assembly room of the Ebbetts
Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Road.
“From time to time, we all have frustrations with our
computers,” Norm Milsner, said. “During the meeting
we will do our best to address these problems and see
if we make things better.”
Milsner, one of the founders of SMUG, and a
recognized Apple guru, will be making the presentation
and responding to questions. He will be assisted by
other SMUG veterans.
There is no cost to attend the workshop and no
insurance or paperwork is required to attend. You do
not need a referral from a medical provider. Bonnie
will describe these workshops further.
SMUG’S September Meeting
Owners of Apple computer products who are having
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Arnold SIR’s September Lunch Meeting
Nordby. Bonnie is an RN who works for Calaveras
County Public Health Services as coordinator of the
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program. She
supports and coordinates Community Health
Volunteers who serve as facilitators for the Free Six
Week Healthier Living Managing Chronic Health
Condition Workshops, Diabetes Self-Management
Workshops and Chronic Pain Self-Management
Workshops that are held in locations throughout
Calaveras County.
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* High-speed internet access on public computers
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* Ebooks, audio books, music CDs, DVDs
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* Innovative children and teen spaces to stimulate
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The eight libraries of the Calaveras County Library
System have embraced change and strive to meet the
needs of the community. The libraries are community
hubs and learning centers.
The library patrons are quite attached to their local
library more than you might have guessed. They enjoy
meeting other book lovers and talking about their
favorite authors. They like the feel of a book in their
hands. They like to warm themselves by our fire in the
winter and cool-off from the summer heat Our frequent
out-of-town visitors enjoy our children’s library, books
on CD, DVDs and our available technology. And even
though they may download ebooks to their Kindle Fire,
they like what it says about our rural communities that
we continue to support our libraries.
Rediscover your library today!
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September 2015 ● 13
“Hermitfest” Come Play on the Pass! Saturday, September 12th!
The Ebbetts Pass Scenic
Byway Association will
be hosting the 9th Annual
Scenic Celebration on
September 12th, from
noon until 7pm. Come
enjoy one of the last
free, outdoor, live music
events of the year.
The centerpiece of the
celebration will again be
a day long, live music
event in Hermit Valley
to as “Hermitfest,” but visitors should definitely make
a weekend of it and spend some time checking out the
entire Scenic Byway from Arnold to Markleeville.
This year our Hermit Valley performers will include a
few new faces as well as returning favorites including:
Magnolia Rhythm Trio, Grover Anderson Band, Bill
Welles &Friends, Ten Dollar Pony, Sammy Leverone
Band, The Hot Dark
The music begins around noon and will officially end at
7pm, but those of you who have attended before know
that the music may continue on stage and around the
campfire long into the evening.
There will be food and beverages and the work of a few
local artisans available for admiring and purchase. The
legendary Bill Welles, a long time Hermitfest favorite,
will be closing the show so plan to stay late if you want
to make sure to see him.
Hermit Valley is a beautiful spot with plenty of opportunity
for hiking and playing in the river. Fall weather is
generally warm and sunny but a quick afternoon rain
shower is always a possibility in the mountains and
you’ll want to make sure you bring warm clothing as
the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. Primitive
campsites are available on a first come basis for those
wishing to spend the night. And, while your dogs are
welcome please bring only well socialized dogs and keep
them on a six foot leash. Always remember “no one likes
your dog as well as you do!
This year’s food venders include: Mexican Food Specialist
Stacy Pierson & The Smokin Barrel Cafe. For those of
you planning to spend the night, Stacy will be offering
late night treats and breakfast on Sunday morning.
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Hermit Valley is located on Highway 4 in the Stanislaus
National Forest about 38 miles east of Arnold.
Ebbetts Pass was honored with National Scenic Byway
status in 2005. It is one of only seven nationallydesignated byways in California.
Historical Society’s Featured Artifact
In the spirt of returning to school, the
Calaveras Historical Society is featuring a
display model of the first Salt Spring
Valley School which was built in 1869, by
Jacob Tower and his ranching partner
Wilson Bisbee, under the direction of
Tower’s wife Mary. By 1872, a new school
was needed. This time the whole
community helped build the new school
and it opened in the beginning of 1873.
The first schoolhouse was moved in 1872
to Felix and served as a post office for
many years. The school was used until
1947 when the Salt Spring Valley School
District joined with the Copperopolis
School District.
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The schoolhouse has been featured in an
episode of “Little House on the Prairie”
and in a Bumblebee Tuna commercial.
The model was built by Bryant Russell in
1998. The model’s exterior represents the
school built in 1872. The interior is a
combination of what it looked like in the
1870s, 1920s, and 1930s. The model was
built for Carolyn Hogan Kenfield, greatgranddaughter of Mary Tower.
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September 2015 ● 14
Angels Food Market Reaches Milestone
Family, Community and Customer Service For Eighty Years!
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September 2015 ● 15
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Three Generations Continue The Tradition
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In 1985, a larger space in the Middleton’s
Shopping Center at the north end of town opened
up and the Angels Food Market made its biggest
move yet, expanding from downtown and staking
out turf as a true supermarket at its current
location. Glen’s son, Mike’s involvement in the
operation was steadily increasing by this time.
Primo Beer four bottles for 39¢; cantaloupes,
five for 12¢; wine (1 gallon of claret), 59¢;
steaks (sirloin or rib) Lb. 29¢… proclaims a
yellowed advertisement from the day the
Angels Food Market opened in 1935 and
which adorns the walls in the current Angels
Food Market, a sleek, upscale store at the
north end of Angels Camp 80 years later and
still going strong.
Glen Croshaw, the patriarch of the clan that
has three generations continuing to operate
the thriving “chain” that includes the Sierra
Hills Market and the companion Natural
Foods Market in Murphys, is standing in the
produce aisle of the Angels Food Market,
reflecting on his decades in the grocery
business in Calaveras County.
The Original Angels Food Market - Circa 1935
Glen’s dad, Harry, became a manager of a
Safeway store in San Leandro when he was just 22-years-old
and had moved around with the company first to Sacramento
before settling in Lodi. At the height of the Great Depression,
Safeway was preparing to close its store in rural Angels Camp
and Croshaw decided it was time to go out on his own
occupying a 20’x40’ retail space in the building that now
houses Turner’s Wild West in downtown Angels Camp.
Glen was just five when the family moved to Angels Camp
and by the age of seven was already hard at work sorting
bottles, sweeping floors and doing other tasks.
“I did a lot of bagging back in those days,” recalls Croshaw.
“We got most of the items in bulk, so we would have to sort
it out and bag it before we could sell it.”
Fresh produce has always been a hallmark of the business. “I
remember the kids would gather around the produce truck
when we brought in watermelons waiting for one to fall off the
truck and break so they could eat it,” chuckled Glen. “Every so
often if there hadn’t been any action for awhile Alvin
Pecchenino would drop one just to watch them go crazy.”
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At 86 years old, Glen continues to show up for his regular
shifts, helping with inventory, unloading delivery trucks,
stocking shelves and making the signature butcher paper
signs that hang outside announcing the current specials- a job
his dad handed off in the 1950s after he remarked that they
were being done in too much of a rush. He expects to pass the
job over to his son, Mike, the President of the company, who
makes really good signs too, when he finally retires– even
though Mike has insisted that when Glen is done the signs
will be done.
As a community institution, the market is right up there with
the post office in importance. The company’s employees point
to the attention given to customer service as an indicator of
how the company has thrived through the years and the fact
that it is the kind of place where everybody knows your name.
“The entire Croshaw family has put so much into this
business, it just has a totally different vibe than other stores,”
said Jamie Gallegos, who has worked at the market for three
years. “I love it here.”
Glen is more than a successful businessman and longtime
community fixture. After graduating from Bret Harte High
School in 1947, he enlisted in the Air Force eventually
becoming a jet fighter pilot before enrolling at Fresno State
on the GI Bill.
When asked if she was aware that the senior Croshaw had
been a jet fighter pilot as a younger man, Gallegos was not
surprised. “He is strong, hardworking- I could see that about
him,” she nodded. “Running your own business and taking
risks- you’d have to be that type of person.”
One of the more unique episodes in the decades the store has
been open occurred in 1957 during the takeover of Angels
Camp’s historic downtown by the Hells Angels biker group.
The bikers had closed off Main Street and were holding drag
races using empty bottles as an obstacle course they weaved
through while the gutters overflowed with empties.
Croshaw recalls his dad leaving him in charge of the store
while roving bands of bikers cleaned him out of his inventory
of beer, wine and other provisions with one of them telling
him, “Don’t worry kid, you’ll get paid.”
With supplies gone at the store, the bikers started prying the
shutters off of the now defunct Pioneer Club across the street
to get at their supplies when reinforcements of police began
streaming in to restore order to the town in what may be one
of the first instances of mutual aid between agencies in the
state. Croshaw claims that he did in fact get paid for most of
what was consumed that day, but that “he had never seen
people like that before with chains, ugly bikes and uglier
women,” he laughed at the memory.
The Three Generations: Mike, Erin and Glen Croshaw
After surviving the Great Depression, being swindled out of
money by an early partner, opening and closing a store in
Sheep Ranch, dealing with Hells Angels and chasing Safeway
out of town on three separate occasions, Croshaw wasn’t
sure the business would survive for a time during the
economic downturn of the 1970s. “George Wendt of OARS
(a rafting outfitter and adventure travel company) saved my
bacon,” Glen stated flatly.
Unemployment in the county was well ahead of the 9%
national average and Angels Camp had been hit harder than
most communities with the closing of the asbestos plant, the
cement plant winding down, gold long gone and recreation
and tourism a faint glint off in the future.
Wendt, the founder of OARS, remembers that Croshaw
helped him out, cashing a check for him when he first visited
town and was an unknown back in the days before ATMs
allowed easy access to money.
The S. Fork of the Stanislaus River which is now inundated by
Melones Dam, had become the most popular whitewater river
in California with its moderate Class III rapids and isolated
canyon with steep limestone cliffs. The rafting company was
in the midst of a boom, and Wendt was busy putting together
trips for people from around the state and buying lots of meat,
fresh produce and dry goods from the grocer.
At a time when many of the market’s customer charge
accounts were in arrears and bills were piling up, Wendt’s
regular payment on the OARS account allowed Croshaw to
pay his suppliers and keep the market’s doors open.
“In our business loyalty is very important,” Wendt replied
when asked why he continues as a commercial customer of
Angels Food to this day. “Glen and his staff made it
convenient for us to run our trips by boxing items and having
supplies waiting for us on the loading dock at odd times
when we needed them and they continue to provide excellent
customer service and value.”
“I worked with my grandfather, my dad, my
brother and various aunts, uncles and cousins
throughout the years learning the ropes of running
a small business,” Mike shares. When asked why
he thinks the store is thriving even with the
competition from regional chains and big boxes
in adjacent counties, Mike is pensive. “We try to
give back to the community and our employees
are very customer minded,” he replied. “We’re
not in the food business serving people, but rather
the people business serving food.”
On the day we visited, Mike’s daughter Erin was working in
the small office above the meat market at the Angels store. It
is a cozy space filled with memorabilia from across the
decades. Following in the family footsteps meant bagging
groceries as a teenager and spending most holidays working
at the store. She has watched as the store has evolved into the
foodie paradise it is today.
“We try to listen to what our customers want,” replied Erin
when asked about the changes she has seen. “It started with
organic produce and we’ve constantly worked to keep up
with current lifestyle trends.” One thing that won’t change
she insists is the full service butcher shop where you can
select your own cut of meat and have it wrapped in good,
old-fashioned butcher paper. She has worked in every
department and hopes to one day take over from her dad. “I
love this store,” she said with a smile. “It’s my baby.”
Mike’s other daughter, Angie, gravitated to the Natural Food
Market which has grown out of the Sierra Hills Market the
family operates in Murphys given her interest in organic
foods and natural products that was instilled in her by her
mom. She insists that she has learned many important lessons
working around her family, grandfather Glen, in particular.
“He is an inspiration,” she said with affection. “He’s still
going strong unloading freezer loads, helping with inventory
and setting the example we follow.”
The markets operated by the four generations of Croshaws
continue to grow and change, with a groundbreaking for a
remodel of the Sierra Hills Market where Mike’s son Tanner
works coinciding with the anniversary. The market will have
an expanded deli and full-service meat counter and a more
open layout and is expected to be completed sometime after
the first of the year. “It’s going to be more welcoming,
brighter and more open,” said Mike. “I think our customers
will really like it and hopefully we’ll be going strong for
another 80 years.” ■
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Our beloved German Shepherd died a
few weeks back. He’d been part of the
family for 15 years and it was hard on
all of us. Of course there was the usual
outpouring of support and condolences
from friends and family, but when it
comes right down to it, nobody really
cares that much, except for the
immediate family.
It’s more an
observation that a criticism. Yes, we
loved our dog dearly, but I really can’t
expect anybody else to love our dog, or
seriously care all that much about the
fact that he’s gone.
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September 2015 ● 18
The Dent On Your Car Door is Insignificant!
By Jim Stearns
Calaveras Historical Society
Stearns’ Page
Now that Carter is 90 years old and
facing a life threatening diagnosis of
cancer, he still finds little inclination
towards self indulgence. When he
was asked what he would like to get
done in his remaining days, he didn’t
hesitate. He wants the Carter Center
to achieve the 100% eradication of
the guinea worm.
When the Carter Center started the
guinea worm project in 1986 there
were an estimated 3.6 million cases
in the world. Today it is down to 11.
That’s right eleven. Just to give you
The Homer Bureau Chief
an idea of how horrible this affliction
I do appreciate those genuine fleeting moments of
is, and how heroic the effort has been, it is contracted
sympathy and try to offer them myself to others going
by drinking or bathing in contaminated water. After a
through similar experiences, but life moves on and
year there is an enormous burning sensation and the
there are many other things, both near and far, to care
worms, two to three feet long, start bursting out of the
about. Indeed, that is one of the great challenges of
skin. Education, water filtration and chemical
being human. What/who should we care about? How
treatment in affected areas have played an enormous
much of our energy is self-serving? Do we find
role in nearly wiping out this horrific scourge.
ourselves caring more about the parking lot ding on
our car door than the neighbor or friend going through
Maybe Carter has set the bar extremely high, as there
a rough accident recovery or a life threatening illness?
are few people on this planet that have lived as closely
Do we care more about getting the new season’s
to the John Wesley adage who implored us to “Do all
wardrobe or whether the millions of Syrian refugees
the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the
have enough to eat or a place to sleep? Do we sideways you can, in all the places you can, to all the
step the homeless person on the street asking for a
people you can, as long as ever you can.” Maybe we
dollar because we fear for our own excessive needs, or
can’t get within shouting distance of that, but we can
have some packaged up condescension toward those
do what we can, where we can, when we can, with
who should ‘pull themselves up by their bootstraps’?
what we can. It’s a whack-a-mole world out there and
there are countless places, people and creatures that
All of which made me think of Jimmy Carter. I
need help. Sometimes it's so overwhelming that we
happened to like Jimmy Carter as a president, but
shrink away into our own little worlds.
whether you liked him or not, there are few that don’t
admire what he has done since he stepped out of office.
We can only do what we have the inclination, resources
He has fought to eradicate diseases afflicting hundreds
and time to do. Still, there are countless small things
of millions of people in tropical Africa, including river
we can do starting with a smile. There is a story about
blindness, malaria, and trachoma. He plunged into civil
a man who was walking on to a bridge to commit
wars and conflicts from Nepal to Ethiopia, the Balkans
suicide and the smile and greeting from a stranger that
and Sudan and across the Middle East. He is credited
passed him on the way changed his mind.
with helping to peacefully restore order in Haiti in 1994
In an increasingly fragmented and self-absorbed
after the overthrow of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide,
world, it’s still imperative to realize that we’re truly
thus averting the need for American military action.
all in it together. “In the end, only kindness matters.”
He created the Carter Center in 1982, which has
monitored elections in 100 nations, and he and his wife,
Rosalynn, also devote a week of work every year to the
charity Habitat for Humanity.
‘On The Road’
September 2015 ● 19
The “Ecstatic Dance”
of Inverness and Point Reyes
By David Alford
Continuing our travel guide up the California Coast, we
arrive at Tomales Bay, hugged on the West by the tiny burg of
Inverness, on the South by Point Reyes Station and on the
East by Marshall. The bay was formed by the geologic action
of the San Andreas Fault, so when you kayak on the bay, you
are paddling directly over the fault. An earthquake right at
that moment, depending on which side of the middle you were
floating on, might send you on a wild ride either toward the
Pacific Ocean or toward Petaluma. Hang on.
What’s the biggest regret you have in your life? Mine is not
buying my pal Tamalpa’s house in Inverness when he sold it
years ago. Tam, who named himself after Mt. Tamalpais back
when we hippies did such things (Coyote, Rainbow, River,
Wumby), had the perfect hang-out. It was a combination of
funky, weird and elegant, within walking distance to Tamales
Bay and right beneath the trail up Mt. Vision, the top of which
provided a panoramic view of Drake’s Bay and the ocean
beyond. I would have become a sea-creature, the other half of
the yin/yang of sea and mountains. Like everything at the
coast, Inverness is now beyond the reach of those with the
incomes of mere mortals.
The Bay, even with its lurking monstrous fault, laps benignly
against the shore, providing lovely beaches for swimming and
easy kayak access. You can rent kayaks and all the gear at
Blue Waters Kayaking, just beyond the town of Inverness.
There are at least four beaches not far beyond, several little
gems that would appear in travel guides elsewhere in the
world. Here, in the relaxed atmosphere of post -̒ 60s California,
Shell Beach and the others just wait anonymously for lowlevel pleasure seekers.
To experience the thrill of Pacific Ocean pyrotechnics, testing
your heart as well, visit the Point Reyes Lighthouse, a few
miles beyond Inverness. A brief hike up the access road
allows the stunning long view up the coast, before the daunting
stairway down to the old lighthouse appears. Now you are in
world-class pictorial splendor. The heart leaps, the courage
quotient rises. Three hundred or so steps down the steep and
narrow cement staircase, as the ocean waves crash against the
rocks down below.
The lighthouse is a monument to human audacity– that
anything would have been built in such a hazardous place and
that anybody would have been willing to endure the solitude
of life down there before the beacon was automated. Winter
storms would have been as terrifying as the ancient Greeks
experiencing the wrath of the Olympian gods.
The greatest hike, among many, begins at McClure’s, an old ranch
now a park, at the very end of the highway north beyond Inverness.
At one saddle on the drive out (or bike, which I did before the
chronological fade set in) the Bay stretches on one side and the
ocean on the other, a kind of watery duel between tranquility and
tumult. Is that a metaphor for consciousness or what?
The hike from the park buildings takes you along the bluff
toward the overlook of the concourse, where the Bay empties
into the ocean and vice versa. If Hegel were writing about it,
he would say, “thesis, antithesis, synthesis.” Those not
philosophically inclined just stare in awe and take pictures.
Point Reyes Lighthouse ~ Photo By Kraig Anderson
Many other great hikes originate at the headquarters for the Point
Reyes National Seashore just south of the town of Point Reyes
Station. You can drive to Limantour beach and hike down the
coast to Coast Camp or beyond to Wildcat Camp. Vivid memories
for me, having been caught without a tent in monsoon rain at
Coast and slogging back the two miles along the beach in the
middle of the night, hugging the cliff to avoid the raging surf.
Check out the Station House Café in Point Reyes Station for
local oysters, Niman Ranch beef and other delights. The
Bovine Bakery serves generous and hearty pastries. Toby’s
features organic local fresh fruits and vegetables and hosts the
farmers’ market on Saturday, and an art gallery in the back.
There is an excellent, small bookstore next to the bakery. The
town of Point Reyes Station is deeply ‘local’ in flavor,
especially the “Dance Palace,” a community center on the
backstreet where local gatherings, concerts, lectures, and even
a Sunday “Ecstatic Dance” new-age spiritual dancercise occur.
You can buy fresh oysters at the Tamales Bay Oyster Company
a few miles up on the east side of the bay, and Tony’s seafood
restaurant further north on the bay is a weekend indulgence
haunted by both tourists and locals. Many other quaint shops
abound, including “Spirit Matters,” if you want to see more
Buddhas and spiritual trinkets than you can imagine.
The California Coastal Commission was responsible for protecting
most of this part of the California Coast from development, with even
the old dairy farms grandfathered in for support and maintenance.
You literally drive through several on the way to the lighthouse or out
to McClure’s, dodging cow patties as you go. Unfortunately
government regulations forced the recent closure of the Drake’s Bay
Oyster Company in spite of overwhelming community support.
There is something almost mystical about the spirit of this
part of California. It may be the alert vigilance of the locals,
so many being veterans of the ̒60s battles. It may be the
precariousness of life on the fault. It may be the constant
whiff of secular spirituality in the air. Or it may just be the
endorphins that proximity to the ocean provides. It could
simply be the failure to buy Tam’s house, like the ineffable
longing after a lost love affair.
But like everything else in our culture, Inverness and Point
Reyes could easily be poisoned. Let us hope that as the old
warriors defending the ‘counter-culture’ die off that the younger
generations have the vigilance to protect these sacred treasures!
An event benefiting Columbia College’s
Hospitality Management Program
New Craft Beer Restaurant
ARD POUR Restaurant
Saturday, September 19th 12-4pm
Lawn south of The Standard Pour
19040 Standard Road, Sonora
Featuring five of the best breweries on the
West Coast – Tioga-Sequoia, Dustbowl, Sierra
Nevada, Deschutes and Firestone.
Goingon now!
772 C. Murphys Creek Rd., Murphys
[email protected]
Located across from
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Bunge’s Box Seat
September 2015 ● 21
‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ Spy vs. Spy
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By Brett Bunge
Mission: Impossible has always been represented by a lit
fuse—first in the 1960s TV show, followed by its revival in
the 80s, and continuing with the Tom Cruise film series that
began in 1996. It’s a particularly apt symbol for this fifth
installment, subtitled “Rogue Nation,” as one never knows
what to expect. Will this new film catch fire and explode into
a hit, or will it fizzle out?
Thankfully, “Rogue Nation” delivers as a fun and exciting
action film. Writer/director Christopher McQuarrie—who has
worked with Tom Cruise before, most recently on Jack
Reacher—crafts a solid if somewhat predictable globetrotting action-adventure. In a summer of action movie
sequels with Mad Max: Fury Road on one end of the scale
and the lackluster Terminator Genisys on the other– Mission:
Impossible sits somewhere in the middle.
Following on 2011’s “Ghost Protocol,” the story finds Tom
Cruise back as Ethan Hunt, now a living legend among the
Impossible Mission Force, or IMF. Ethan has been on the trail
of “The Syndicate,” the “rogue nation” of the title, an
international criminal organization made up of former black
ops soldiers and intelligence agents- “an anti-IMF,” as one
character succinctly puts it. Concurrent with this, the IMF is
disbanded by CIA director Alan Hunley (Alec Baldwin), who
believes—not without reason—that the IMF is a liability due
to their habit of causing massive damage and using improvised
plans to accomplish their objectives. The CIA sidelines
returning characters William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) and
Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), leaving Ethan once again a fugitive
as he searches for the Syndicate’s leader, the mysterious
Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) and crosses paths with a femme
fatale named Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson), whose true
allegiance remains a mystery for most of the story.
It’s here that the film runs into the first of the obstacles that
prevent it from reaching true greatness: the script! The script
is riddled with plot holes. While the story does its job
admirably, setting up the worldwide chase from London to
Vienna to Morocco and more, one can’t help but notice
certain discrepancies. Just as an example, at one point during
the film’s first act, the viewer is told that Ethan Hunt has been
on the run from the CIA for six months, yet the plot
conveniently overlooks exactly how Hunt has managed to
evade the Central Intelligence Agency for that long. This
relatively minor detail unfortunately leads to more, such as
why a power plant that the heroes must infiltrate is so heavily
guarded– who’s guarding it, and why?
It also doesn’t help that most of the plot points are fairly
predictable, which is a shame, as the plot sometimes shows
glimpses of depth. For instance, it’s suggested at several
points that Ethan might be fabricating the existence of the
Syndicate in order to allow his team to continue to operate and
be heroes. Now that would have made for an interesting turn,
allowing for some actual deconstruction of an action movie.
Having said all that, the story is still a lot of fun and engaging,
and the answers behind the Syndicate are surprising enough
that once revealed you can overlook the missing details.
The other thorny issue is the serious lack of character
development. One can argue that a summer action movie
doesn’t need character development, and while that idea is
debatable, the filmmakers sadly seem to agree.
“Should you or any of your I.M. Force be caught or killed,
the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions.
This tape will self-destruct in five seconds.”
None of the characters change or grow in any way aside from
Faust, who is expertly played by Rebecca Ferguson in a starmaking role. As for the rest, what you see is exactly what you
get: Simon Pegg is the comic relief, and Alec Baldwin, the
obstructive bureaucrat, is well, Alec Baldwin, what can you
really do with that?
It’s also unfortunate that returning characters like Brandt and
Luther are given absolutely nothing to do—they could
probably disappear from the movie with no one the wiser. It’s
a real problem in Brandt’s case, especially considering that
Jeremy Renner played him with cunning and skill in the
preceding film. Baldwin, while a good actor, can’t save his
performance from sometimes feeling like a parody of the role
he’s supposed to be playing, as the CIA is mostly here to look
inept at catching Ethan until the plot says otherwise.
Here’s the thing, though: for all the “stock archness” of the
cast, they still excel at their roles. Say what you will about
Tom Cruise’s public persona, he’s still a great action hero,
and takes to his one-liners with gusto. In a similar vein, Pegg
is funny enough in his usual slot that he can draw laughs out
of even the most jaded moviegoer. Lastly, there’s Sean Harris
as the criminal, and while he may not be worthy of an Oscar,
his quiet and understated delivery make him a commanding
presence during his scenes.
“Rogue Nation” is a summer action film, the focus of the film is
action— and it delivers action in spades. While the film’s PG-13
rating occasionally holds it back, and you can see the filmmakers
struggling against the bloodless carnage in shoot outs by using
rapid cuts, still, the chase scenes are over the top and exhilarating.
The highlight is a high-speed motorcycle chase during the middle
of the film (although in my opinion, the filmmakers missed a
golden opportunity to play Kenny Loggins’ “Danger Zone”
during the chase).
In the end, the somewhat flat characters performing insane
stunts with vicious fights all add up to an enjoyable ride for
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. The dialogue may not
leap off the screen, but the one-liners are funny and the plot
provides enough varied locations to keep things interesting.
While the film is not mind-blowing, the mission is entertaining
“should you choose to accept it.”
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Pickle Talk....
1. The Mesopotamians started making pickles in 2400 B.C.E.
2. Cleopatra believed eating pickles kept her beautiful.
3. During WWII, the U.S. Government acquired 40% of all
pickle production for ration kits.
4. In sweltering heat, the Philadelphia Eagles battered the
Dallas Cowboys. The players attributed their win to one
thing: drinking ice cold pickle juice.
5. Berrien Springs, Michigan is the Christmas Pickle
Capital of the World.
6. Shakespeare coined the phrase “In the pickle” in his
play, The Tempest.
7. Pickles really are a fruit.
Crispy Tips for Pickle Success!
• The right pickle: Fresh, about 2 inches in
diameter. If pickling whole pickle, use unwaxed
ones. Odd shaped are good for relishes and
bread-and-butter pickles.
• Before pickling, soak cucumbers in ice water
for 4-5 hours.
• Sort cucumbers by sizes. Each jar can be
stuffed with uniform sizes and it is easier to
pack the pickles too.
• Do not use copper, iron, galvanized metal
containers or lead-glazed crocks.
• Do not alter vinegar, food, or water
proportions in a recipe.
• Use vinegar with 5% acidity.
• Grape leaves replace recipes calling for Alum.
• Process all pickles in a boiling bath. This
destroys spoilage organisms and creates a
strong vacuum seal on the jar.
• Crispy pickles are obtained using Pickle
Crisp, a calcium chloride product.
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Art On Main
By Chris Bunch and Bonnie Kuhn
Yield: Makes 7 quart jars
Fresh Fruit
September 2015 ● 22
Classic Dill Pickles
Dill Pickle Recipe
Fresh Vegetables
Calaveras Cookin’
1. Gather everything you need before you start.
2. Wash the quart jars in hot, soapy water, rinse well, and fill
with hot water; set aside.
Note: Jars can be washed in the dishwasher.
3. Place a canning rack into canning kettle or pot and fill halffull with water; set on burner over high heat. Bring to a rolling
4. In a medium saucepan, place lids and rings in pan, cover with
water, bring to a simmer.
5. In a large saucepan, bring water, vinegar and salt to boil; turn
off the heat; set aside.
Slice cucumbers into spears. Remove
garlic clove skins.
FILL JARS: place a layer of dill at the
bottom of each jar, two garlic cloves
(optional), 1 teaspoon each.
TIGHTLY load the cucumbers into
the jar to the NECK of the jar ---squeeze
cukes into the jar tightly--uniform size helps;
add a few TINY spriglets of dill at the top,
too, and another garlic clove (optional).
9. Once jars are loaded, place canning
funnel into the jar mouth, and pour in the
brine, leaving one-half inch head space in
each jar.
Using a clean cloth, wipe
jar mouth clean. Use a magnet lid
lifter and place lid on mouth of jar,
then ring tightening evenly.
11.Place jars into canner on the (#3),
using jar lifter. Water should be about
1 inch above jars.
12. Bring water to Rolling boil (about
illy ickles
15 minutes--depending on how fast it
from chris bunch
heats up) Begin timing after water is at
The Apple Stand
a rolling boil, not before- adjusting for
13. Remove jars, set on a dish towel on
the kitchen counter, cover with another
dish towel & let cool.
14. Check for seal (indented lid), label
jars or lids, store in cool dark cellar or
Homemade Dill Pickles cupboard.
Note: you may hear a pop or a
click, when the jars are resting. That is
the sound of the jar sealing.
Chris Bunch
15. For best flavor, allow pickles to
stand for 4-6 weeks.
• 7 wide-mouth quart jars, lids & rings
• Fresh dill (42 heads (6 heads per quart jar) &
several inches of stems, shaken and rinsed) or 1421 tablespoons dill seed
• 3.5 lbs pickling cucumbers: washed, scrubbed,
and remove the blossom end, about 1/16 inch.
• 7 teaspoon mustard seed
• 7 grape leaves
• 14-21 garlic cloves (optional)
• Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
• Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar (5% acidity)
• Pickling Salt (available at Ace Hardware and local grocers)
• 8 1⁄2 cups water
• 2 1⁄4 cups white or cider vinegar
• 1⁄2 cup pickling salt
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Featured Artist Bambi Papais
a community of artists
Bambi Papais was born in Utah, lived a couple of years in
Montana then back to Utah, then on to California in her
early twenties. Falling in love with northern California,
home is now in the historical Gold Rush town of Murphys.
Now Showing
Basically a self-taught artist with a handful of workshops
over the years, Bambi’s style of watercolor painting can
be recognized by her fine sense of detail mixed with her
funny-side-of-life humor. She has been sketching as far
back as she can remember and always thinking that
coloring books were a very important key to childhood.
"When people can get a good feeling from looking at my
work, when the painting can touch their heart or make
them laugh out loud, I feel that I’ve contributed to life in
some helpful way,” Bambi said.
After raising four kids, who are now grown and having
kids of their own, Bambi shares her life with husband
Duane, her bearded collie, "Duster" and two kitties
"Cowboy & Indian.”
Bambi’s work can be found at the Fine Eye Gallery in
Sutter Creek, California, The Art on Main Gallery in
Murphys, California, and in the summer months at the
Pinecrest Gallery in Pinecrest, California.
Therese May
Judy Morgan
Ruth Morrow
Karen O'Neill
Bambi Papais
Duane Papais
Donna Perkins
Marilyn Richards
Helen Scofield
Lori Sturdivant
Sarah Switek
Joani Taylor
Martha Wallace
Vienna Watkins
Larry D. White
Shirley Wilson-Rose
Jan Alcalde
Marianna Bologna
Dick Bradford
Marlene Bradford
Kathleen Canning
Sarah Evans
Annie Fountain
Carol Goff
Christine Halley
Carole Kamerlink
Ron Kamerlink
James Kelly
Sue King
Jane Lucas
Charlotte Mahood
Steve May
You can find Bambi’s art at
Museum Fine Art Talk
Ancora Trio Fine Art Concert Series Finale on September 27
Art on Main is a contemporary fine art
gallery, established in 2012, dedicated to
the promotion of artists from Calaveras
County and the surrounding foothills.
The gallery displays original art and fine
art reproductions, providing collectors
with the best of our area’s fine art.
466 B Main Street ▪ Murphys
Chamber musicians perform unique program of
contemporary works from living composers . . .
The Petroglyphe Fine Art Concert Series Finale
with the amazing Ancora Trio focuses on the
music of living composers, affording the
composers. This opened up a wealth of
information, allowing the group to
ascertain the composers’ motivations
for the compositions, a topic that will
be discussed at the concert. They were
also able to jointly receive instruction
about the extended flute techniques,
work out modifications, and obtain
explanations about unique notations.
Tuolumne and Calaveras symphony
musicians, June Diggle, Alice Williams
and Janet Telford formed Ancora Trio
for the pleasure of playing great music
from the classical and standard popular
music repertoire. Noted for presenting
special music in special places, this feminine
trio collaborates in the planning for each
performance to assure the perfect ambience and
Ancora Trio—Two Flutes and a Cello
Flautist, June Diggle holds a Bachelor of Music from
SDSU, graduating with Honors and Distinction. She
began private study of the flute in 4th grade.
Flautist, Janet Telford of Soulsbyville holds degrees in
music from San Francisco State and Penn State
She is the former Executive Director of the
Sonora Bach Festival, founder of the San
Jose Chamber Music Society, and former
co-editor of Music for the Love of It, a
newsletter for amateur musicians. She
maintains an active private music
teaching studio.
Cellist, Alice Williams is a transplant
from Atlanta, GA who has been
living in Murphys for the past 10
years. She was on the faculty of the
Georgia Academy of Music for 35
years and has played with the Bear
Valley Music Festival for 16 years.
composition to rhythmic Native
American undertones to playful
classical pieces and the traditional
works of Haydn, Vivaldi, Bach and
Gershwin’s Jazz favorite, Summertime,
the trio has planned an enlightening, magical
and soothing performance specially created
for the Petroglyphe audience. You won’t want to
miss this incredible series finale!
Tickets are available for $25 pre-sale and $27 on the day
of the performance. Purchase tickets at Petroglyphe or
give us a call at 209-286-1387. Seating is limited. For
more information about concerts and art workshops
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Ayrael Vieux Wine Tasting
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Nicholas Collins
Linoleum Cut: Strategy & Technique
Saturday and Sunday,
September 12 & 13, 9 am – 4 pm
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Encaustic Basics and Beyond
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Great Food At the Market
The market offers a wide selection to choose
from such as tacos, BBQ, pizza, salads and
hot dogs. There is something for everyone
in the whole family to enjoy. Don't forget
dessert and snacks too, such as cookies,
kettle corn, nuts and ice cream. After you
enjoy your dinner make sure you shop from
the local farmers and craft vendors.
September 11
Music: Dive Bar Poets
Winery: Stevenot Winery
Jill Warren’s Rockin’ Band With Guy “Guido” Valverde on bass and Eddie
Castro on drums!
Live music, great food, local wine & beer, fresh produce & crafts.
BV Ski Club’s Annual Ski Sale
Saturday, September 19th
9am to – 4pm
Meadowmont Shopping Center
Come and get your ski equipment and clothing for this coming ski
season! As in previous years, multiple vendors are participating.
Their merchandise includes skis, snowboards, boots, bindings,
clothing, adult and children’s sizes, and much, much more. Some
vendors will also bring summer gear and clothing! Vendors offer
fantastic prices!
Día de los Muertos ~ November 7th
Murphys “Day of the Dead” Celebration
La Calaveras Catrina Contest!
For more information,
please call 209-536-5685.
September 4
Music: The Fabulous Off Brothers
September 25
Music: Jill Warren and the Giants
The team at Hospice of the Sierra helps patients and their families pursue the goals and
activities most important to them. If it’s physically possible, Hospice of the Sierra will work
with your doctor to help you achieve them.
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September 18
Music: Kool Shifters
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Día de los Muertos traces it’s roots back to the indigenous cultures
of Mexico, Latin America and Spain, but over time has become inextricably intertwined with the Catholic observance of All Saints
Day and All Souls Day. Although this celebration is associated with
the dead, it is traditionally a period full of life, happiness, color,
food, family and fun. In Mexico, outdoor markets display and sell
symbolic items like special breads, pottery, baskets, candles, paper
puppets, candy skulls and flowers. Skeletons are also an important
symbol of this day.
Traditional activities are believed to “welcome the souls of the
dead.” The souls are said to return each year to enjoy the pleasures
of the life that they once had. These souls are thought to return as
spirits from another world to be with their loved ones for a few brief
hours. A widely held belief is that the souls of children (angelitos)
return first so food and gifts appealing to children are set out for
them. The adult dead are said to return a day or two later and their
favorite items as well as elaborate food and drink are set out for them
as well. It is believed that candle light as well as the scent of marigolds and incense will help the ghosts find their way back home!
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playing her unique brand of Vintage Americana. She will
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Murphys Creek Theatre Presents
“God of Carnage” Sept. 18 – Oct. 18
Black Bart Playhouse– A playground altercation between
eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Brooklyn
parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic
niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses, and the
rum flows, tensions emerge and the gloves come off, leaving
the couples with more than just their liberal principles in tatters.
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Fallon House Theatre– Always, Patsy Cline is more than a tribute to the
legendary country singer. The show is based on a true story about Cline’s
friendship with a fan from Houston named Louise Seger, who befriended
the star in a Texas honky-tonk in 1961, and continued a correspondence
with Cline until her death. The musical play, complete with down home
country humor, true emotion and even some audience participation,
includes many of Patsy’s unforgettable hits such as “Crazy,” “I Fall to
Pieces,” “Sweet Dreams” and “Walking After Midnight,” 27 songs in all.
The show’s title was inspired by Cline’s letters to Seger, which were
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Goings On!
Calaveras Art Tour
Saturday and Sunday, September 26 & 27
Murphys– Produced by the Calaveras Winegrape
Alliance, the Calaveras Grape Stomp, held in
conjunction with the Gold Rush Street Faire, is a
unique, fun-filled day for the whole family. Proceeds
from the Calaveras Grape Stomp support local
community groups.
Twenty five artists and 13 locations are the people to meet
and the places to visit on Saturday and Sunday, September 2627, 2015. Locations are open from 10am to 5pm each day.
The Calaveras Artists Studio Tour is free to the public. Maps
can be found on-line at or picked up at
the Arts Council in San Andreas.
At the Grape Stomp, teams of two, a Swabber
(sometimes called a Mucker) and a Stomper compete
to try and stomp the most juice out of measured
amounts of wine grapes. An experienced panel of
experts precisely weighs the juice, and prizes are
awarded to all the winners.
Artists in this year’s tour include:
There are special prizes for the top finishers in the
Championship Stomp. Teams are encouraged to appear
in costume (like we could prevent it anyway) and
prizes are awarded for costumes based on originality,
design, and effort. But there’s more to the Grape
Stomp than just the wanton destruction of two tons of
perfectly good fruit. There’s also a terrific silent
auction where you can score some key bargains on
Calaveras Wines, ski packages at Bear Valley, and
other great items!
Matt Hatcher & Jennifer Berry ~ Back in the day . . .
Make your plans now to have some great food, awardwinning wine, unique entertainment, and a massive
Street Faire, all in the picturesque and historic Gold
Rush town of Murphys.
For more information call (209) 754-0127.
[email protected]
“White Flower” by Sonya Ziegler
Calaveras artists are excited to welcome you into their homes,
gallery, and studios where you can see and purchase their
creations. Visit the Calaveras Arts Council’s Gallery at 22 N.
Main Street, San Andreas and preview the artists’ works as
well as purchase an opportunity to win one of their preview art
pieces. The Gallery is open Tuesday – Thursday, 11am to
6pm and Friday – Saturday 11am to 5pm.
More Than Just
Great Pizza Pie!
Saturday, September 12th
It’s going to be quite THE PARTY on Saturday, September
12, 2015 to raise funds for the Calaveras Youth Mentoring
Program! Tad and Jane Bottomley-Winans have offered their
gorgeous Dove Hill Ranch on Highway 49 in Angels Camp as
the perfect setting for a memorable evening.
Summer Harvest Pizza Class
September 8th ~ 10am & 6pm
Melanie Klann of Newsome-Harlow winery will
demonstrate how to make fresh pizzas with the bounty
of summer harvest. She will also show us how to make
a fantastic gelato. Class fee is $30.
Mike’s Pizza
“This is the most ambitious fund-raiser we have attempted
since the Calaveras Follies,” said Kathryn Eustis, Calaveras
Mentoring Foundation board member. “It is our hope that
THE PARTY will bring together the entire Calaveras
community for fun and fund-raising, and so far, we’re getting
a tremendous response!”
The Spice Tin Presents
September 22nd ~ 10am & 6pm
Call (209) 728-8853 to register.
Marisolio Tasting Bar, 488 Main St., Murphys.
Wines of The World
September 17th ~ 5:30pm
Lindsay will discuss the main regions, varietals and
styles of German and Austrian wines while tasting
through some fantastic examples. Lindsay is a wine
distributor who owns and operates 4th Sip LLC. She is
known for being a wealth of knowledge and is
extremely engaging, her classes sell out fast!
John Ehret
The Party Is On
I’m Hungry, You’re Hungry - So Let’s Eat!
Murphys Historic Hotel– Lindsay Gwin hosts us at
the Murphys Historic Hotel and takes us on a trip to
Austrian and Germany.
Sharon Baker, acrylics, pastels; Patty Payne, acrylics; Andy
Trinkle, woodworking; Donnasue Jacobi, paper arts, mixed
media, photography; Sharon Armstrong, mixed media; Brenda
Montelongo, jewelry; Sonya Ziegler, oil, photography, mixed
media, gourds; Ruth Morrow, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed
media collage, Sue Smith, oil, Sarah Switek, clay artist;
Michael Gustavson, raku ceramic; Martha Wallace, watercolor;
Deborah Marlene, watercolor; Andrea Broglio, oil, beaded
sculpture; Cate Culver, acrylics, colored pencil, watercolor;
Libby Fife, acrylic, mixed media; Kate Frederick, mixed
media; Debra Lawlor, pottery; Jan Mosbey, acrylic, pen & ink;
Jim Bass, ceramic; Marlene Wiley Bradford, clay sculpture;
Amanda Sedgwick Maule, functional & artistic ceramics; Pam
Quyle, handcrafted pottery; Lori Kelly, ceramics, acrylics; Jim
Sells, Digital Art; Ann Nancy Macomber, acrylics.
Cooking Classes
Patty Schulz and Peter Speno of the Spice Tin will
teach a class featuring spices from all over the world.
Dukkah (an Egyptian appetizer), Jambalaya, Fatoush
(a Middle Eastern salad), and Ghost Pepper Chocolate
Chip Cookies are on the menu. Class fee is $30.
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Wines of the World is an integral part of the wine
association’s educational program. Cost for CWA
members is $25 and $30 for non-members. RSVP by
September 11th, call 728-9467.
E-mail us at [email protected]
The fun will begin with a Pre-PARTY, Sponsor-Only wineand-cheese reception in the peaceful garden and orchard. Many
generous sponsors have stepped up to support the inaugural
PARTY, including Dr. William Griffin, Jim and Deana
Murchison, Kruger Foods Inc., Jane Lucas, Mark Twain
Medical Center, Calaveras County Office of Education, Richard
and Margaret Mills, and Sonora Regional Medical Center.
The dinner menu features mouth watering New York strip in
the barrel; cheese tortellini with sun-dried tomatoes in a
creamy pesto sauce; spinach salad with strawberries, feta
cheese, walnuts, red onion, dried cranberries and raspberry
vinaigrette dressing; fruit salad; and French bread with butter,
all provided by Hook & Barrel catering.
There are some wonderful surprises in store at THE PARTY
as well! A once-in-a-lifetime local adventure opportunity has
been donated for a single-item live auction. Revelers can
purchase raffle tickets, bid in the silent auction, and secure
keys that might open one of two treasure chests to win a cruise
for two to Alaska or Hawaii.
294 South Main Street
Angels Camp
As the beautiful sunset wanes and stars begin to fill the night
sky (it will be a new moon,) popular Bay Area band, The
Groove Doctors, will roll out their irresistible song list to get
everyone dancing on the expansive outdoor patio. This is The
Groove Doctors’ first appearance in Angels Camp; they have
been called “ an amazing,” ‘HOT HOT’ dance band.”
The Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program connects local youth
with safe, positive mentors who offer friendship, opportunity,
and support for making healthy life decisions
Reservations for THE PARTY are $50 per person, or $450 for
a table of ten, available at CalaverasMentoringFoundation.
org, or by contacting the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation at
209-736-7706 or [email protected]
Tickets can also be purchased from Kathryn Eustis at the
Calaveras County Office of Education.
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Looking For Fun?
Winemakers’ Night
Alchemy Market ~ 4-8pm
191 Main Street, Murphys
Call: 209.728.0700
CAMPS - Mark Twain Presentation
Angels Camp ~ 11am
Rob’s Place - Live Music
140 Main St., Murphys ~ 6-8pm
Call: 209.813.7003
The Murphys Hotel - Karaoke
8:30 to Midnight.
Angels Camp Farmers Market
Utica Park, Angels Camp ~ 5pm-Dusk
Zucca After Hours Wine Bar
431 Main St., Murphys ~ 5-8pm
Call: 209.728.1623
Prospector Brewery - Live Music 415
Main St., Murphys ~ 7-9pm
Call: 209.890.7630
Prospect 772 Bocce Ball/Wine Tasting
772 Appaloosa Rd/Hwy4 ~ 12noon-5pm
Angels Camp
Zucca After Hours Wine Bar
431 Main St., Murphys ~ 5-8pm
Call: 209.728.1623
Music at Sequoia Woods
8:30pm-Midnight | Must be 21+
Big Trees State Park
Call: 209.795.2335
The Whitewater Saloon Live Music
Mokelumne Hill ~ 9pm-Midnight
Call: 209.286.1401
Flight Night
Tanner Vineyarard Tasting Rm ~ 6-8pm
435 Main St., Murphys
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Out & About
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Saturday, September 5th
Friday, September 11th
Monday, September 14th
Saturday, September 19th
Saturday, September 26th
Spaghetti Western Wednesday
The Whitewater Saloon ~ 5:30pm
Call: 209.286.1401
Historic Lantern Tour
California Cavern ~ $19.95 ~ 5pm
9565 Cave City Rd., Mountain Ranch
Call: 866.762.2837
Fishing, Tackle, Duck Decoy
Sporting Collectible Show
Mother Lode Fairgrounds ~ 9am-5pm
220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Buy/Sell/Free Appraisals
Call: 209.586.7726
E-mail: [email protected]
Powderbears Presents
From Powderbears Log Cabin to the
World Wide Stage @ 7PM, The amazing
duo from Canada, Adrianna Ciccone and
Colin Cotter.
Disturbance & Success in Sierra Nevada
Ecosystems with Dr. Tom Hofstra
Jack Knight Hall ~ 10am-12noon
Calaveras Big Trees SP
Call: 209.795.1196
Wednesday, September 16th
Bear Valley Ski Club’s Sale
Meadowmont Shopping Center
9am to 4pm
Lot’s of cool equipment.
Fall Health Fair
Mark Twain Medical Center ~ 7am-Noon
768 Mtn. Ranch Road, San Andreas
FREE: blood pressure/colon cancer test,
adult flu shots/pneumonia vaccinations,
blood draw analysis $45 (fast after 10pm),
bone density screening $10.
Call: 209.754.2564
Live Music at the Pickle Patch
577 W. St. Charles St., San Andreas
Featuring: The Wicked Sisters ~ 5-8pm
Call: 209.754.1978
Thursday, September 3rd
Calaveras Cancer Support Group
Camps, Greenhorn Creek
10am - (1st Thursday)
676 McCauley Ranch, Angels Camp
Friday, September 4th
First Friday in the Park
Music by Cantamos. Catered by Murphys
Historic Hotel ~ 5:30-8:30pm
Murphys Community Park
505 Algiers Street, Murphys
Comedy Nite @ The Hotel Ledger
8304 Main St., Mokelumne Hill ~ 8-10pm
Call: 209.286.1401
September 4th - 6th
Murphys Creek Theater
Black Bart Playhouse ~ 6:30-10pm
580 S. Algiers Street, Murphys
Call: 209.728.8422
Zip Line Ride - Moaning Caverns
September 4th - 7th ~ Free*
5350 Moaning Cavern Rd., Vallecito
Moaning Caverns offers free Zip Line with
purchase of GoPro or Hero 4 Camera. Limited quantities. First come, first served.
Call: 866.762.2837
Saturday, September 5th
Bear Valley Derby & Country Faire
We provide the cars, you race!. Day of
racing, amusements, games, food and
more. Live music by Meredith Axelrod.
Registration opens 9am/Racing 9:30am4pm, BBQ 5:30-8pm.
20th Annual Logging Jamboree
Sierra Nevada Logging Museum ~ 8am-5pm
2148 Dunbar Rd., Arnold ~ Cost $5
Call: 209.795.6782
All-You-Can-Eat-Pancake Breakfast
Ebbetts Pass Gas Parking Lot ~ 7:30-11:30am
992 Highway. 4, Arnold
Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival
Cedar Center, Arnold ~ 10am-5pm
Highway 4, Arnold
Call: 925.372.8961
E-mail: [email protected]
The Hot Dark Concert
Brice Station Vineyards ~ 7pm
3353 Hwy 4, Murphys
Call: 209.768.7262
Facebook: Brice Station
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Wednesday, September 2nd
Prospect 772 Bocce Ball/Wine Tasting
772 Appaloosa Rd/Hwy4 ~ 12noon-5pm
Angels Camp
Drum Circle - Utica Park
Angels Camp ~ 3:30-6pm
Out & About
Art in the Park
Sketching & Drawing with Sandra Maura
Calaveras Big Trees Park ~ 12noon
Call: 209.795-1196
Facebook: Calaveras Big Trees
Calaveras Arts Music in the Park
Featuring: The Hot Dark and New Wave
San Andreas Turner Park ~ 6:30-8pm
Campground Concert @ New Melones
The Calaveras Community Band ~ 6pm
New Melones Lake/Glory Hole Rec Area
Glory Hole Road, Angels Camp
Call: 209.728.9057
Sunday, September 6th
Cedar Center Arts & Crafts Festival
Cedar Center, Arnold ~ 10am-5pm
Call: 925.372.8961
E-mail: [email protected]
Art in the Park
Pastels with Elaine Cahill
Calaveras Big Trees Park ~ 12noon
Call: 209.795-1196
Facebook: Calaveras Big Trees
23rd Bear Valley Triathlon
Bear Valley Village ~ 8:30am Check-in
Race starts 10am. Ceremony/BBQ 1pm.
Entrance Fee: $75-$200
Call: 209.795.7832
Family Climbing Adventure
148 Bear Valley Rd., Bear Valley ~9am-3pm
Call: 209.753.6556
Monday, September 7th
Labor Day Concert
The Calaveras Community Band
Murphys Community Park
505 Algiers Street, Murphys ~ 6:30pm
Call: 209.728.9057
Tuesday, September 8th
Summer Harvest Pizza Class
Marisolio Tasting Bar
488 Main Street, Murphys
Classes: 10am and 6pm. Class fee $30
Reservations: 209.728.8853
Wednesday, September 9th
Open Paint Wednesdays
Transform old watercolor paintings.
Town Hall Arts
145 Stone Street, Copperopolis
Class fee $5. Sign up for class.
Call: 209.785.2050
Farmers Market
Demonstration Garden ~ 4-7pm
Calaveras County Government Center
891 Mt. Ranch Rd., San Andreas
Call: 209.498.8081
Thursday, September 10th
Astronomy Night @ Scenic Overlook
Big Trees State Park ~ 7:30pm
Highway 4, 3 miles east of Arnold
Call: 209.795.1196
Open Mic Night
Hotel Leger ~ 9pm-Midnight
8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill
Call: 209.286.1401
California Naturalist
Certification Training
5 weeks: Sept. 11 & 12, Sept. 18 & 19,
Sept. 24, Oct. 2 & 3, and Oct. 9 & 10
Calaveras Big Trees State Park
Beome a citizen-scientist and discover
California’s natural environment, and a
natural resource education and service
steward. Cost $350. Scholarships
available. Eligible participants can earn 4
academic credits through UC Davis Ext.
Live Music at the Pickle Patch
577 W. St. Charles St., San Andreas
Featuring: Grover Anderson ~ 5-8pm
Call: 209.754.1978
Thursday, September 17th
Wines of the World
Murphys Hotel ~ 5:30-7pm
457 Main Street, Murphys
CWA Members $25 | Others $30
Call: 209.728.9467
E-mail: [email protected]
Classic Car Night
Murphys Hotel ~ 5-9pm
457 Main Street, Murphys
Call: 209.728.9971
Saturday, September 12th
Friday, September 18th
Mifiori 2015 Fall Sale
The “Italian Store” ~10am-5pm
Main Street, Douglas Flats
Open once again full of unique
treasures and gifts – some antique, some
vintage and some new – all reflecting
the eclectic style of Milfiori.
Sierra Nevada Film Festival
Chatom Vineyards ~ 6:30pm
1969 Highway 4, Murphys
The Film: Where is your food going? A
food waste story. Enjoy award-winning
wines. this film screening will have you
rethinking how and what you eat!
Space is limited. Film at sundown.
RSVP: [email protected]
Fishing, Tackle, Duck Decoy
Sporting Collectible Show
Mother Lode Fairgrounds ~ 8am-3pm
220 Southgate Drive, Sonora
Buy/Sell/Free Appraisals
Call: 209.586.7726
E-mail: [email protected]
The Party @ Dove Hill Ranch
Featuring: The Groove Doctors
Support Calaveras youth mentoring
program. Wine & cheese reception,
dinner, auction, music & dancing. $50.
Reservations: 209.736.7706 or E-mail:
[email protected]
Hermitfest 2015!
Highway 4, 38 miles east of Arnold/23
miles west of Markleeville
Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway Celebration.
Day of free music and entertainment.
Hike, play in the river, listen to great
music in the middle of the forest.
Primitive campsites available - first come
first serve basis. Not recommended for
RV’s or trailers. Well socialized dogs,
kept on 6’ leash welcome.
Call: 209.795.2672
Historic Lantern Tour
California Cavern ~ $19.95 ~ 5pm
9565 Cave City Rd., Mountain Ranch
Call: 866.762.2837
Sunday, September 13th
Mifiori 2015 Fall Sale
The “Italian Store” ~10am-3pm
Main Street, Douglas Flats
Open once again full of unique
treasures and gifts – some antique, some
vintage and some new – all reflecting
the eclectic style of Milfiori.
God of Carnage
September 18th - October 18th
Murphys Creek Theater
Black Bart Playhouse ~ 6:30-10pm
580 S. Algiers Street, Murphys
Call: 209.728.8422
Always Patsy Cline
September 18th to October 18th
Fallon House Theatre
11175 Washington Street, Columbia
Call: 209.532.3120
Saturday, September 19th
Historic Lantern Tour
California Cavern ~ $19.95 ~ 5pm
9565 Cave City Rd., Mountain Ranch
Call: 866.762.2837
Harvest Festival
Brice Station Vineyards
3353 Hwy 4, Murphys
Call: 209.768.7262
Facebook: Brice Station
20th Anniversary Library Faire
Calaveras County Library ~ 10am-3pm
1299 Gold Hunter Rd., San Andreas
Information booths, genealogy table,
storytelling, music, hula hoop contest, free
helmet with bike safety check, Zumba
dancing, ukulele jam, entertainment.
Call: 209.754.6510
Family Festival: Saturday in the Mines
Angels Camp Museum ~ 11am-3pm
753 S. Main Street, Angels Camp
Music - Sierra Mountain Band, historic
exhibits, kids activities, gold panning, print
press/stamp mill/carpentry demos and more.
Call: 209.736.2963
Facebook: Angels Camp Museum
Sunday, September 20th
All-You-Can-Eat-Pancake Breakfast
Native Sons Hall ~ 7:30-11:30am
369 Main Street, Murphys
Pancakes, eggs, sausage, biscuits & gravy,
orange juice, coffee, hot chocolate.
Call: 209.728.8902
Monday, September 21st
Gone to the Dogs Social & Music
Featuring: Alex Kash ~ 10-11am
Utica Park, Angels Camp
Bring your dog for a social day meeting
other dogs. Surprises and treats.
Register: [email protected]
Tuesday, September 22nd
Cooking Class - The Spice Tine Presents
Marisolio Tasting Bar
488 Main Street, Murphys
Classes: 10am and 6pm. Class fee $30
Reservations: 209.728.8853
Friday, September 25th
Farm to Fork Fridays
Metzger Farms ~ 6:30-8:30pm
1706 Gold Hunter Rd., San Andreas
Music by SupreCrete. Tri-Tip dinner,
games and fun. $5 suggested donation.
RSVP: [email protected]
Open Mic Night
Hotel Leger ~ 9pm-Midnight
8304 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill
Call: 209.286.1401
Tuolumne Writer’s Retreat
September 25th - September 27th
Columbia State Historical Park
11255 Jackson Street, Columbia
15 writer’s workshops, prose & poetry
open mic, Authors’s row and book
signing, literary performances. Some
events free & open to public.
E-mail or visit website for information:
[email protected]
[email protected]
Historic Lantern Tour
California Cavern ~ $19.95 ~ 5pm
9565 Cave City Rd., Mountain Ranch
Call: 866.762.2837
Concourse d’Elegance
Ironstone Vineyards ~ 10am-4pm
1894 Six Mile Road, Murphys
Antique and classic car show. 300+
automobiles participating. Also vintage
trailers, motorcycles and wooden boats.
Lunch, drinks, snacks, wine tasting.
Benefits: 4-H, Future Farmers of America
and CA State Fair Scholarship Fund.
Call: 209.785.4235
Calaveras Artists Studio Tour
13 Locations in Calaveras County
25 artists. Maps available online or at
Calaveras Arts Council Gallery Store,
Ebbetts Pass Visitors Center, Quyle Kilns
Studio, Victoria’s Frame Shop, Calaveras
Visitors Bureau, Pickle Patch Deli, Cate
Culver Fine Art, Moke Hill Library
Call: 209.754.1774
Luncheon & Fashion Show
Pickle Patch Restaurant ~ 12noon
577 W. Saint Charles St., San Andreas
Fund raiser hosted by Calaveras Cancer
Support Group. Food, fashion, raffle.
RSVP: 209.768.9415 or
E-mail: [email protected]
Facebook: Calaveras Cancer Support Group
Sunday, September 27th
Angels Camp Gold Run
Angels Camp Visitor’s Center
5K/10K Race through downtown historic
Angels Camp. Benefits: Mark Twain
Elementary School students.
Racer registration/check-in: Saturday,
September 26 ~ 10am-3pm. Race day
check-in 7am. Races begin at 8am.
Facebook: Angels-Camp-Gold-Run
Sunday Fine Art Concert Series
Featuring: Ancora Trio
Petroglyph Gallery ~ 3:30pm
8317 Main Street, Mokelumne Hill
Tickets and Info: 209.286.1387
Monday, September 28th
Calaveras Business Symposium
Calaveras Fairgrounds ~ 11am-7:30pm
101 Frogtown Road, Angels Camp
Industry leaders and speakers. Tools to
grow and sustain your business.
Wednesday, September 30th
Pickle Patch Restaurant
577 W. Saint Charles St., San Andreas
Check for corrections, updates & developments concerning events!
Recurring Events
Friday, September 4th
Wine Down Friday
Stevenot Tasting Room ~ 5-8pm
458 Main St., Murphys
Call: 209.728.0148
CWA ~ Growers Meeting
Historic Murphys Hotel ~ 9am
$15 for members and non-members,
includes buffet breakfast.
Saturday, September 5th
Mother Lode Bonsai Club
423 E. St. Charles St. (Old CCWD)
San Andreas ~ 10am
Call: Bob Dean 209.754.5887
Tuesday, September 8th
SMUG Meeting
Ebbetts Pass Fire House ~ 7-9pm
Tuesday, September 15th
Arnold SIR
Snow Flake Lodge ~ 11am
Lunch Fee $16 to $20
Call: Dave Traub at 209.795.5903
Thursday, September 17th
CWA ~ Wines of the World
Historic Murphys Hotel ~ 5:30pm
Guests receive a $5 discount on
dinner entrées.
Sunday, September 20th
Native Sons’ Pancake Breakfast
Native Sons Hall ~ 7:30-11:30am
389 Main Street, Murphys
Call: 209.728.8902
The Grape Stomp
October 3rd ~ 9:30am to 5pm
Murphys , California!
The CWA Presents:
The Calaveras Grape Stomp!
The Stomp is held in conjunction
with the Gold Rush Street Faire.
This event is a unique, fun-filled
day for the whole family.
Good Food, Good Wine
It’s Party Time!
Call (209) 754-0127
Saturday, October 3, 2015
9:30am - 5:00pm
Murphys Park, Murphys, CA
Grape Stompin’ Action - Sign Up Your Team!
Award-Winning Calaveras Wines by the Glass
Logo Gear Available for Purchase
Costume Contest
Auctions - Benefit Community Organizations
Fabulous Dinners, Weekend Getaways, Winery Experiences, & Much More!
209.728.9467 209.754.0127
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