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Coolwater Concerts Are A Labor Of Love

AHWAHNEE — When Robin Ralston moved to the mountains from the big city, there was only one thing she missed – an abundance of really great live music. “Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of fantastic musicians here,” says Ralston. “But I wanted to give our community the chance to enjoy some really top-notch players from around the ...

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Mariposa Symphony Orchestra Season Premier

MARIPOSA — If you didn’t know that Mariposa has a symphony orchestra, consider this your invitation to enjoy one of the best-kept secrets in the mountains. Mariposa is the actually the smallest town in the United States with its own symphony orchestra, and they have a fantastic show planned for their first performance of the season on Saturday, Oct. 20, ...

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Squirrel Cage Theatre Presents A 'Monster' Of A Show

Written by Robyn Flory “Monster Soup” Spends Halloween Week in North Fork Rehearsals are under way for this year’s Fall Follies, which will take place Oct. 26-27 and Nov. 2-3, at the North Fork Town Hall. The evening will be full of surprises, and will end up with the play “Monster Soup.” This is a comedy written by Tim Kelly ...

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Gretchen Lee – From Garden To Gallery

For the past decade or so, Gretchen Lee’s gourds have taken her from garden to gallery. They begin as seeds scooped from last year’s projects and end as works of art. “It’s an organic process. That’s part of what I enjoy about using gourds I grow myself,” she says. Lee grows many varieties that inspire her carved, painted creations, from ...

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Artist Spotlight: Norma Rogers

Ahwahnee artist Norma Rogers knows it’s never too late to learn something new. After all, she enrolled in California State University, Fresno’s graduate art program at age 68, and earned a master’s degree at 73. Rogers says her artistic sensibilities were first awakened during her 1930s childhood in Michigan. The Great Depression had left her family with few resources for ...

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Kim Bethel Spins Fleece Into A Beautiful Life

NORTH FORK — Local resident Kim Bethel is a very busy person these days with the new business she started this year, Down Home Hand Spun Fibers. Kim has a Belfast mini fiber mill housed in a converted carport and she processes animal fleece into ‘roving’, a cleaned, carded and wound natural product that can then be spun into yarn ...

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Master Drummer Wadaba Performs At Harvest Festival

PRATHER — Mamady ‘Wadaba’ Kourouma is a renowned local musician who lives with his wife, Keio Ogawa, in Three Rivers, California. Wadabe means ‘The Great Panther’, a nickname he was given because of his powerful ‘wild-cat-screaming’ sound on the djembe drum. Born into a blacksmith family of traditional Malinke drummers and raised in the village of Oroko near Kouroussa, Guinea, ...

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20th Annual Harvest Arts & Peace Festival

Music, local cuisine and all things nature at favorite area festival – PRATHER – Owners of Intermountain Nursery are once again opening their garden gates for the 20th Annual Harvest Arts & Peace Festival this weekend, Oct. 13-14. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday. Hosts Bonnie Bladen and Ray Laclergue are planning ...

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Tarantula Festival Honors Creepy-Crawlies

Visitors learn to appreciate this misunderstood arachnid – COARSEGOLD – Thousands of residents and visitors alike will be flocking to the Coarsegold Historic Village on Oct. 27 to celebrate the annual Coarsegold Tarantula Festival. The event celebrates the eight-legged creatures that make their home in this community, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada about half an hour south ...

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