Larry Wagner’s portrait book of Mendocino Coast artists is evidence that Fort Bragg is beginning to take its place next to Mendocino as an “art colony.” In fact, artist-residents of Mendocino regularly display their work in Fort Bragg and visa versa. The “art colony” of Mendocino proclaimed by Life Magazine in the 60’s is now, in reality, a Mendocino Coast art colony. A story on Fort Bragg’s growing art community is featured at the travel website PostcardsForYou.com.
Archive for February, 2008
Fort Bragg Artists Featured on PostcardsForYou.com
Mendocino Coast Chamber Joins Environmental Program
Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Already working on the county’s first eco-tourism map, the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce has joined the PG&E Climate Smart program, along with over 15,000 other Climate Smart customers. This program raises money toward high quality, independently-certified environmental projects that absorb or reduce greenhouse gases, starting with preserving California redwood forests (which hug the North Coast). The initial projects will reportedly remove more than 200,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere making the energy use in our business “climate neutral”. This is part of the county’s continuing push to be environmentally conscious, organic, biodynamic and GMO-free.
Star Party – Total Lunar Eclipse
Monday, February 18th, 2008
On Wednesday, February 20, a total lunar eclipse will be visible along the Coast (barring heavy fog, that is.) An eclipse of the Moon takes place at Full Moon, when the Moon passes through some portion of Earth’s shadow. The color and brightness between eclipses can vary considerably, but most probably it will take on a vivid red or orange color (see the accompanying photo by Carolyne Cathey of MAPA). In recent years, there have been reports of cyan-colored flashes (caused by ozone in the earth’s atmosphere).
The eclipse will last a total of 3 1/2 hours, with some part of it taking place before the moon appears on the horizon. The total eclipse will occur at 7 pm. The Ford House Visitor Center hosts another Star Party, where visitors can borrow telescopes and talk with local experts. MAPA, the Ford House staff, CA State Parks, and Out of This World are co-hosting. Clouds or high winds will cancel: call 707-937-3335 or 707-937-5397.
Mendocino Art Center Open House/Sneak Preview
Friday, February 15th, 2008
Take a break, bring the family and join the fun at the Mendocino Art Center’s 8th Annual Open House & Open Studios Tour, Saturday, February 16, Noon – 4:00 pm. Admission is free. You’ll get sneak previews of some of the over 160 creative workshop activities for children and adults offered by the Mendocino Art Center during Spring and Summer 2008. Light refreshments will be served.
Albion-Little River Volunteer Fire Department Fundraiser
Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Chris Webster, a singer/songwriter who skillfully blends country with classic rhythm and blues, returns in concert Mon., Feb. 25, at Little River Inn. She will be joined by talented instrumentalists Ron Elzy and Bill Edwards for the 7:30 p.m. performance. Webster will include songs from her 2007 album, ‘My Name is Christine.’ Tickets are $20. Order by calling 937-5942.
Dinner Fresh Off the Boat
Saturday, February 9th, 2008
If you love fresh fish, plan a trip to Portuguese Hall tonight, February 9, for the 2nd Annual Cioppino Dinner. Besides a scrumptious meal, there will be live entertainment, a raffle, and live auction. The North Coast Fishing Association is hosting this benefit to support sports and commercial fishing rights on the North Coast. No host full bar and dinner beginning at 6:00 pm. 822 Stewart St., Fort Bragg Adults $30; children 12 & under $15.
19th Annual Fine Woodworking Show
Wednesday, February 6th, 2008
Since moving here, I have discovered numerous “gems” hidden away on the Mendocino Coast. The College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program is one of those gems. It’s internationally known and draws students from around the world. For years now, the public has been invited to the unveiling of the latest creations by these talented students. Their latest works of art are on display through February 10th at Town Hall in Fort Bragg.
Bumper Mushroom Crop
Friday, February 1st, 2008
This has been a fabulous year for wild mushrooms. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, I hope you’re enjoying this year’s bountiful harvest. Fresh from the forest and onto your plate – it’s fun to see the creative ways chefs around town are serving up the delectable treat. Here’s one not to miss!
February 4: Romancing the Funghi
One might argue that it’s impossible to “romance” the lowly funghi but Littler River Inn’s Executive Chef Marc Dym and Wine Buyer John Sverko have come up with a romantic, intimate afternoon. This will be the third year for this popular tasting. Marc will create three succulent mushroom appetizers, all accompanied by local wines chosen by John, whose knowledgeable commentary is presented in a disarmingly delightful way. Marc joins the discussion, talking about his favorite kinds of mushrooms and answering questions. Proceeds benefit Fort Bragg Food Bank. Little River Inn, 3:00 pm Cost: $30