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—Posted Thursday, October 6th, 2011 at 6:21 pm—
Saturday, October 8, from 5-6:30 pm
Step back in time to 1861 and enjoy an old-fashioned housewarming at William and Eliza Kelly’s home on Albion Street (aka Kelley House Museum). We hope you will stop by to congratulate Mr. and Mrs. Kelly on their lovely new home, water tower, outhouse and pond located in the center of our booming mill town, Mendocino City (previously known as Meiggsville). Mr. Kelly will pour you a tasty glass of Mendocino Apple Cider. Mrs. Kelly will be serving her famous apple cake, along with traditional snacks of popcorn balls and peanuts. Kelley House Museum, 45007 Albion Street, Mendocino. Free. 707-937-5791
Paul Bunyan Days
—Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 7:12 pm—
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.
Native American Tales
—Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2011 at 6:47 pm—
Mozart’s Te Deum Headlines Redwoods Choir Spring Concerts
—Posted Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 10:56 pm—
The College of the Redwood Community Chorus is giving its Spring Concerts on Friday, May 13 at 7 pm, and again on Saturday, May 14 at 2 pm. Both concerts are in the sanctuary of 150-year-old Mendocino Presbyterian Church, which is on the National Register of Historic Buildings.
Having sung in the sanctuary many times now, it’s a wonderful place to enjoy music for an hour — the acoustics are absolutely fabulous, and the choir is sounding great! The program includes Mozart’s Te Deum, written when he was 16. There’s a fun (and challenging) song by P.D.Q. Bach (1807-1742), and others by Dvorak and Sibelius. They are also performing a challenging number called “Daemon Irrepit Callidus” by Gyorgy Orban. It’s one of those pieces where you will either love it or hate it, but you will admire the choir for tackling it. All in all, there’s a nice variety of music. The choir will be joined by the Mendocino Brass Ensemble on the final number, and the Trebl’d Women will also be performing.
The Kelley House Museum’s historic walking tours will also take you by the church if you just want to see this lovely old building. They are doing tours this weekend as part of Heritage Days, which runs through the end of May. On Sunday, the walking tour will visit the 150-year-old Masonic Temple in Mendocino. If you’ve ever been to Mendocino, it’s the building with the large white statue on top called Father Time and the Maiden. The tour takes you inside the temple, and you are allowed to take pictures.
Heritage Days in Full Swing!
—Posted Saturday, May 7th, 2011 at 10:53 am—
Heritage Days of Mendocino County is in full swing now during all of May! This is the eighth year for Heritage Days—Nancy and I started it back when we were part of the now defunct Mendocino Business Association. Over the years, more organizations have joined the effort, including a number of inland partners in Willits and Ukiah. Organizers include: the Kelley House Museum • Ford House Visitor Center • Guest House Museum • Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP • Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens • Mendocino Study Club • Mendocino County Museum & Native Daughters of the Golden West. Events this year include touring the third-order Fresnel lens at Point Cabrillo; tours of Ridgewood Ranch (home of Seabiscuit); historic walking tours in Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Willits, and Ukiah; lectures by historians; cemetery walks, and more. You can see the full schedule on the Heritage Days Web site.