Four Fun-Filled Days on Labor Day Weekend! The tale of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox has always been a favorite with the kids, but here in Fort Bragg, we celebrate the real thing! Paul Bunyan hosts the festival, which celebrates the long history of logging on the Mendocino Coast. This year’s theme, “All Aboard! Fort Bragg to Willits with Paul & Babe,” commemorates 100 years of the Skunk Train line running from Fort Bragg to Willits. Join us for the fun with logging contests, parades, and the highlight – the crowning of the Belle of the Redwoods, a long-standing tradition.
Archive for August, 2011
Paul Bunyan Days
Double Header Entertainment: Broadway! and The Pavilion
Monday, August 8th, 2011
Wow. Gloriana’s Broadway!, a celebration revue of 35 years of performances, is a DON’T MISS show. Performed in Cotton Auditorium, it is directed and choreographed by the immensely talented and experienced Cate Caplin, musically directed by Daniel Lockert (also immensely talented and experienced) and co-created (with Caplin) and playing one of the leading roles, James Brewer. James has an impressive resume and his performance will convince you why – not to mention he brought his wife, Amy Dondy, an award winning night club and concert performer herself. The result is a magical evening of beautiful music, superb dancing, and just great entertainment. Gloriana favorites Robert Goldman and Ana Lucas lead a cast of twenty-five, if I counted right. Another of our gifted pros in the show is the big voiced and very funny Jenny Metteucci, the wife of Lockert. For the first time (to my knowledge) the whole cast is miked so even the voices of the younger performers who are often hard to hear in the cavernous Cotton are clear as a bell. It only plays through August 21, so don’t let it slip by. You will see Gloriana at a whole new level of professionalism.
That’s not all! The Pavilion, a play by Craig Wright, stars Dan Kozloff, a consummate actor and treasure to MTC, Van Phillips, a talent whom we haven’t seen at MTC since 2004, and Jodi Britton, an OR nurse at MCDH whose acting abilities are amazing, especially considering this is her first major theater role. The Pavilion should be seen just for the glory of watching these three practice their craft.
Abundance of Color at the Gardens
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
This is one of my favorite times of the year at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens — when the dahlias and fuchsias are in bloom. Plus, Friends of the Garden’s display artists created birdhouses for their annual auction, and I can guarantee you’ll be delighted with the creativity of these artists. You can leave a bid on your favorite birdhouse or “Buy It Now”. But don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Artist Reception and final bid night on August 19th…a guaranteed fun evening with friends, food and wine…and all for the Gardens we love. Open daily 9am – 5 pm, 18220 N. Highway One, Fort Bragg. 707-964-4352
Mendocino Stories & Music Series
Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Mendocino Stories & Music Series presents two evenings of fine entertainment on the weekend of August 5 & 6. Both events start at 7:30PM. First, on Friday at the Mendocino Hotel, the Series will present a rowdy night of music with Lenny Laks and John Chamberlin. Lenny and John, aka The Whales, have a set list that stretches from Lenny’s originals to John’s renditions of America’s hip favorites – eclectic Americana in all its’ infinite variety. Special guests are iconic Mendocino songwriter/astrologer Antonia Lamb and bass player/guitarist/vocalist Jon Faurot.
Then on Saturday, the 6th, “The Queen Jane Swingtet” will play at the Hill House of Mendocino. The five-piece jump swing band features “Queen Jane” Lawrence, Karl Schoen, Laura Maione Tom Rickard and special guest, trumpeter Steve Paul. Their swing based repertoire also includes blues, tangos, waltzes, and mambos. The common denominator is that everything in their songbook is aimed at getting folks up and out on the dance floor.
Bistro menu and libations are available as soon as the doors open at 6:30PM. Sliding scale $10-15, as you can afford. For more info call Pattie at 937-1732.