Archive for April, 2007

Opera Fresca performances of Carmen on April 28 and 29
Monday, April 23rd, 2007

Filomena Francesca Trittio as Carmen in the Opera Fresca productionA review and photo by Larry Wagner

Opera Fresca‘s rendition of Georges Bizet’s Carmen at Cotton Auditorium is delicious. Filomena Francesca Tritto gives a distinctive and highly credible interpretation of this gypsy cigarette factory girl as she seduces and abandons poor Don José, a handsome young and weak willed corporal of the dragoons. Her low, sultry voice is perfect for the role, capturing the audience in the first act with the famous Habanera aria and never letting go. Clare Barca, the heart and soul of Opera Fresca along with Adam Juran, Assistant Director and one of the singers, have brought together a marvelous cast of voices that you don‘t want to miss. Carmen has a large cast with smugglers, dancers, gypsies, street urchins, soldiers and a toreador with his retinue – something for everyone. The costuming is bright and Carmen‘s red dress swirling though her dancing is great.

Did I say don‘t miss it? Well, don‘t. We are so blessed to have these marvelous theatric productions in this area, but they can‘t continue if we don‘t support them.

Carmen will be playing on Saturday, April 28 at 7:30pm and Sunday, April 29 at 3pm. Tickets are $18 and $38. They are available at the Mendocino Hotel, Harvest Market, at the door, or by calling 1-888-82-OPERA or 707-937-3646.


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Seal Pupping Season Begins at MacKerricher SP
Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Harbor Seals on the rocksFrom now until the middle of May, visitors to MacKerricher State Park will find a barrier cable and signs east of the harbor seal rookery. Seals give birth on an open beach, and the newborn pups are extremely sensitive to intrusions — especially by dogs. It’s fine to observe the seals from the bluffs overlooking the beach, but don’t bring your dog. This is a great time to see the harbor seals. As the pups get a little older, you can watch the mothers coax the pups into the water for their first swimming lessons.

Coastal bluffs north of MacKerricher SPDuring pupping season, the males hang out elsewhere in the area. Last Sunday, we drove north along the coast north of MacKerricher and Ten Mile Beach. We stopped at the vista point at mile marker 74.09 on Highway One. This is a lovely spot with some wetlands areas on the headlands, leading down to the ocean. We saw a number of harbor seals down on the rocks, and we’re guessing they were males.

Peet the Monster Dog!This was also the driving trip where I discovered that Peet, my 9-month-old puppy, gets car sick. After he threw up twice in 25 miles, we headed back home — where Peet moped around the rest of the day. Gonna have to toughen that puppy up! 🙂


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on the Via Cover
Sunday, April 8th, 2007

Rhododendron at the Mendocino Coast Botanical GardensCongratulations to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens for making the cover of the latest issue (March-April 2007) of Via Magazine, published by the Northern California AAA group. The article talks about 10 Western botanical gardens that are devoted to preserving indigenous plants, and it’s auspicious company — including the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Beautiful places all, and it’s nice to see our local garden get recognition. The gardens here have a superb collection of rhododendrons, some of which are 20 feet tall.


Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino Coast

Mendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, was recently updated as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at Smashwords.com, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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