If you haven’t been on the Skunk Train, or if it’s been awhile, now is a perfect opportunity. The Skunk Train is now offering Mendocino County residents discounted fares. On Wednesdays and Sundays, the half-day trip to Northspur is discounted. On Wednesdays, locals can ride the BBQ train for $39 per adult and $19 per child (regularly $65 & $35). Beginning in the 1880s, California Western (the train’s official name) was constructed to haul timber from the forest to the sea. Over the next 30 years, the train continued expanding to match the demands for goods and transportation. Steam passenger service was started in 1904. Finally, in December 1911, the train completed its first excursion carrying 150 passengers into the Willits depot. Steam power was discontinued in 1925 when the self-powered, yellow “Skunk” rail cars were inaugurated. The little trains were quickly nicknamed for their original gas engines, which prompted folks to say, “You can smell ‘em before you can see ‘em.” So, if you’re on the Coast to escape the smoke or a first-time visitor, this is a must-do attraction. It is not often that we get to relive a childhood experience, so don’t miss this one. To obtain additional information, call 707-964-6371.
Archive for June, 2008
Fun on the Skunk Train
More Kudos for Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
The recent changes at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, which include the addition of executive director Chris Woods and renovation of the entrance area, bode well for one of the area’s most popular tourist attraction. The latest positive feedback on the gardens comes from GardeningGoneWild.com. In part:
Last month, I went to visit an old gardening friend of mine, Chris Woods, who has recently become the head of Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden. As you may recall, Chris was the visionary behind the transformation of Chanticleer from a private estate to one of the great American public gardens as we know it today. From chatting with Chris prior to my visit, I knew that this new endeavor of his was not going to be a repeat of his work at Chanticleer for several reasons ….the article is very complimentary.
Review of “Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde”
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008
Riveting Courtroom Drama at the Mendocino Theatre Company
Review by Bob Cohen
A surefire sign of a winning production is the positive audience energy at the Gala party after one of our Friday night openings. I’ve attended a whole lot of them in the last 31 years as actor, director or audience member so I fancy myself something of an expert on the subject. Last Friday night’s Gala after the Mendocino Theatre Company opener of Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde had that kind of vibrant energy.
A cast of nine men ranging in age from late teens to 60-something beautifully presented Moise Kaufman’s striking play. Dan Kozloff in the iconic role of Wilde is mesmerizing, a performance surely not to be missed. Ann Woodhead’s direction is exceptional.
As a literate example of entertaining theater Gross Indecency is a riveting courtroom drama complete with an underlying subtext that will keep you talking about the play afterwards. In fact, much of the unfortunate moralizing and religious hysteria that has done so much damage to our political system traces back to Wilde’s travails.
The Mendocino Theatre Company production of Moises Kaufman’s Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde plays Thursdays through Sundays through July 20. Thursday, June 19 is already sold-out. Reservations at 707-937-4477 or online at http://www.mendocinotheatre.org/. MTC’s Helen Schoeni Theater is located on the grounds of the Mendocino Art Center, 45200 Little Lake Street, Mendocino.
Please don’t miss this fine production.
Fort Bragg Lists 17 Family Friendly Activities
Tuesday, June 10th, 2008
Fort Bragg has always been a popular family destination with reasonably priced motels and inns, mini-golf, hiking, biking, camping, bowling, playgrounds and beaches. Not to mention burger (Jenny’s), Pizza (D’aurellio’s) and video games (Figueirdo’s Video Movies). Since the town of 6,000 is compact and spread out over a mile or so along Highway 1, everything is only a few minutes from downtown. The City of Fort Bragg has come up with seventeen summer and fall adventures for families. There’s plenty to do for a weekend or a week.
Le Petite Rive – A Culinary Treat on the Mendocino Coast
Monday, June 9th, 2008
For Details on hours and location, view our earlier post.
It was my birthday and four friends joined my wife and me for our first dinner at Le Petite Rive in Little River this week.
We were greeted by Chef Troy Barrett, who said “we are running a little late.” Seems he and his wife/chef Melanie Barrett had been desparately searching with police for an hour for their 6-year-old son, who had disappeared in the blink of an eye. Turned out, even though new to the neighborhood, the youngster has spotted a friend down the street and went off to play. A happy ending …