Archive for May, 2007

Celebration of our Heritage on Memorial Weekend
Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Hand-pumped Fire Engine from Mendocino Volunteer Fire DeptMendocino residents and visitors can celebrate this Memorial Day weekend with fun and educational events during the 4th Annual Mendocino Heritage Days. Heritage roses walks, movie history, and historic walking tour of the town are among the many events celebrating the Mendocino Coast’s history.

Living History Day: On Sunday, May 27, from 11 am–3 pm, the Village of Mendocino will step back in time with 1850’s lifestyle demonstrations, including butter churning, spinning, weaving, quilting, knitting, and 19th century games. Join in with today’s Volunteer Fire Department to demonstrate their 1887 hand-pumped fire engine. Watch Mr. Jerome Ford as he rides up in a reenactment of his 1851 journey up the wild coastline from Bodega Bay. Native American basket weavers and dancers will join this year’s event, and White Wolf returns with games and storytelling. Event host: Ford House Visitor Center, 735 Main St., Mendocino, 707-937-5397. For the complete calendar of events for Heritage Days: www.MendocinoHeritage.org


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.

Local Farmers Markets Open through October
Friday, May 4th, 2007

First day at the Mendocino Farmers MarketNow that we’re well into Spring, and past most of the rains, the farmers markets are opening up again. They’ll be running well into October, so take advantage of one of them. The Mendocino Farmers Market opens up today, May 4, and runs every Friday from noon until 2pm. They are set up on Howard Street, in the first block off Main Street. You’ll find locally grown vegetables, fruits, meat, cheese, olive oil, honey, tea, fresh and dried flowers, and other surprises. Quite a few local innkeepers shop here for fresh ingredients for their food….

Mark gets his tomato starters.The Fort Bragg Farmers Market opened up on Wednesday, May 2, and will be open until October 31 — wanna bet they’ll have pumpkins that day? The Fort Bragg market has moved this year. Instead of Franklin Street, they will be at the north end of town off Main Street (Highway One) at the lot by Century 21, just south of Elm Street. The market runs from 3:30 pm until 6 pm on Wednesdays.

The Gualala Farmers Market takes place at the Gualala Community Center, and it runs from May 26 through October 27, on Saturdays from 10am – 12:30pm.

If you’d like to know more, check out the Web site of the Mendocino County Farmers Market Association.


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.

Fresnel Lens Tour at Point Cabrillo Light Station
Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

Fresnel Lens at Point CabrilloA “must do” activity this weekend is a trip to the Point Cabrillo Light Station for a guided tour of the Third-Order Fresnel Lens. These tours are led by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and are offered only a few times each year. I participated in the tour last year, so I can personally recommend it for both the history and the view. After hearing the tales of the lightkeeper’s life and then traversing the stairs, I could only imagine how perilous a job this was. Once out onto the platform, the whistling wind confirmed my impression. However, my breath was taken away not by the brisk wind, but by the stunning view. I can only entice you with photos – they cannot fairly represent the experience. You must go and see for yourself.
View of Frolic Cove from Point Cabrillo


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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