Archive for October, 2007

Mendocino Mushroom Madness is upon us!
Monday, October 29th, 2007

Nancy, Gilmour, and Peet on a walkNovember is just about here, and the Mendocino Mushroom Madness events are about to start. More importantly, the mushrooms themselves are off to a great start — check out the latest forecast from local mushroom expert Eric Schramm). We took Peet and Gilmour out for a walk on Sunday in the Jackson Forest, and saw mushrooms everywhere. I don’t know how to identify them, so I just take pictures and move on. There are some mushroom identification walks at the Botanical Gardens in December and January if you want to know more. Pretty much anyplace you take a walk or hike now, you will see mushrooms. Now we’re also starting to see vehicles parked along the roads where people go out to gather mushrooms. It’s time!

#1 Mushroom with fringe#2 Yellow and Lavender (!) fungus#3 Peeking out from the leaves#4 Fluted mushrooms#5 Mushroom#6 Baby chanterelle?


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Local Music at Cotton Auditorium on Sat night, Oct 27
Friday, October 26th, 2007

The Arts for All Concert is a fundraiser for Arts for All, a non-profit association supporting visual and performing arts. The benefit happens on Saturday night, Oct 27 at Cotton Auditorium in Fort Bragg. You’ll be amazed at the variety of acts! Performers include:

  • Robert Goleman, accompanied by Barbara Faulkner: Robert has a most amazing and beautiful tenor voice. I sang in the chorus last year in a Gilbert & Sullivan musical, and Robert blew everyone away as the male lead! Barbara is an excellent pianist, and she also sings with the AcaBellas.
  • Brass Ensemble, led by Ken Cave
  • The AcaFellas, a male vocal group — I sing with them. We’ll also be joined by a group of ladies, the AcaBellas.
  • Gloriana Musical Theatre: the Gloriana folks will be performing recent and classic show tunes.
  • Fort Bragg High School Jazz Band

Other acts include tribal belly dancing, juggling, magic, traditional West African dances, fire dancers, and others. Tickets are $15 for adults, and less for seniors and children. Come support the local arts!


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.

Halloween Fun for Everyone
Thursday, October 25th, 2007

Living in a small town in wonderful, but it always hits home for me around holidays – any holiday. Around here, we celebrate them all. Just around the corner is Halloween, and if asked, I say that it’s really a holiday for the kids. But in all honesty, I’ve still have fun with the pumpkin carving, haunted houses, and creepy costumes. There’s nothing like a neighborhood event to bring you back to your youth!

Gallery Bookshop has a jump on the festivities with their book signing on Sunday, October 28, with Alethea Easton, “Hungry.” 3:00 p.m. 707-937-2665.

The Emerald Dolphin Mini Golf is hosting haunted house tours on Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28. Cost is $3 or free with golf. Call for times: 707-964-6699

The Westport Volunteer Fire Department is hosting an Oktobeer Fest – starts at noon on Saturday on the Westport Headlands. Food, fun and, of course, beer!

You can finish up the holiday weekend with The Day of the Dead at Little River Inn. Events begin November 1.

We don’t get to relive our childhood often, so don’t miss out on the fun!


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.

Marriage of Figaro by Opera Fresca on Oct 20-21
Friday, October 19th, 2007

The Marriage of Figaro vy Opera FrescaGuest Posting and Photo by Larry Wagner

Clare Barca asked me to photograph the dress rehearsal of Marriage of Figaro this evening. I did and what a glorious evening, having nine of the best voices I have ever heard serenading me and a handful of other people.

You know I love to support the artistic community. Well, this group of singers, all young, brought in by Clare’s Mendocino Opera Fresca are just not to be missed. They will be performing at Preston Hall in Mendocino on Saturday evening at 7:30pm and Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm. Tickets are $25, and I assure you it is worth it.

Marriage of Figaro is very listenable. Mozart has a great feel for beautiful music. You will surely recognize many, if not all, the arias. I already said so, but I am willing to bet this is the best ensemble of operatic voices the North Coast has ever heard.

Enough of my gushing. Hope I see you there Saturday evening.

Larry


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.

Fall Colors at Goldeneye in the Anderson Valley
Friday, October 19th, 2007

If you’re driving on Highway 128 through the Anderson Valley on your way to or from Mendocino this weekend, plan on taking some time to stop at some of the many tasting rooms to enjoy the fall foliage in the vineyards. Bob Nye, Operations Manager at Goldeneye Winery, called me the other day to remind me about coming down to see the fall colors on the grapevines, so I made it down on Wednesday. Although the weather guys had predicted showers that day, it turned into a warm day with clouds racing through — perfect for walking through the vineyard. I’ve always admired the colors on the vine-covered hills, but this is the first time I’ve had the chance to walk through the middle of it.

Across Goldeneye Vineyard in the Anderson Valley

As you can see, the colors ranged from green to yellow to orange to deep red from one plant to the next, making for swaths of color below the hill. You can still find the occasional bunch of grapes that was missed in the picking. These were pinot noir grapes, and while the resulting pinot is excellent, they weren’t particularly tasty in the raw. I love the deep almost-indigo blue in contrast to the wild yellows and reds around the grapes.

Pinot noir grapes among the fall colors

The Goldeneye tasting room is a charming building nestled between several restored apple-drying sheds. They host group events on the patio outside, with its barbecue grill and Dutch oven and fabulous view. Out in the middle of the vineyard on a manicured path, they’ve placed a pavilion with picnic tables. What a spectacular place to enjoy a picnic or some cheese with a fine wine!Pavilion and Tasting Room at GoldeneyeWalking the rows of grapevines, in and out of the sun


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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