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Mendocino Coast Heritage Days
—Posted Thursday, May 1st, 2008 at 8:17 pm—
Mendocino Coast Heritage Days begins on Friday, May 2, with fun and unique activities for the whole family. In its 5th year, the 2008 celebration will feature a series of living history reenactments, 19th century and Native American games, museum exhibits, heritage roses and historic walking tours. Annual favorites include the moonlight cemetery tour and the heritage walking tour. The Temple of Kwan Tai will be open to the public on both weekends, and the historic walking tours include an inside look at the Masonic Temple. Talks by experts in preservation and archaeology will give us a different perspective on our local surroundings. Living History Day will have ice cream and butter making, lumberjack demonstrations, the fire pumper, and – new this year – Wells Fargo Stagecoach rides. Many events are free.
Here is a printable (PDF) schedule of events. These pictures are from previous Heritage Days events.
—Posted Thursday, November 15th, 2007 at 6:36 pm—
By Charles Poplinger
This photo by photographer Bob McDuell shows the 17P Holmes Comet’s halo and its outer aurora.
Ancient Greeks thought the heavens were perfect and the earth imperfect, therefore any unusual object in the skies such as a comet was a bad omen because it was closer to the earth than the stars. Astronomers diligently searched the heavens for comets, logged their appearance and made their presence known to the rulers who based important decisions on them. One of these astronomers was Edwin Holmes who discovered the comet 17P Holmes which is named after him. He spied the comet on November 6, 1892. The comet orbits around Jupiter and the Sun and during the 1892 orbit, the comet seemed to explode, just as it’s doing today. The comet really isn’t exploding. As it nears the sun, its interior is heating. The heat is causing volcanoes at its surface which are expelling gas into space around it so it looks huge.
Saturday, November 17, 6:30 pm at the Ford House in Mendocino, interested star-gazers might be able view comet 17P Holmes through the new telescopes donated by Out of this World to Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA). Although the potential for viewing the comet looks promising for the 17th, comets can fizzle or brighten without warning. Weather permitting, other astronomical viewings will be the Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades, moon, star clusters, nebulae, Uranus and Neptune and more.
Meet behind the Ford House museum at 6:30 p.m., 735 Main Street, Mendocino. Telescopes will be provided, but bring your own flashlights and volunteers will cover them with red cellophane. Be sure to dress warmly. In case of rain or fog, the backup plan is an indoor program: The Sun, Our Star, given by Charles Poplinger. Sponsored By: Ford House Museum/Visitor Center; Out of This World in Mendocino; Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA); and California State Parks. For more information: Ford House, 707-937-5397; Out of this World, 707-937-3335.
Out of this World Gives the Stars
—Posted Thursday, November 1st, 2007 at 7:43 pm—
Submitted by Carolyne Cathey, Executive Director, MAPA
The Star Party at the Ford House Visitors Center on Saturday, November 17 will have a new sparkle with the gift of two new telescopes. Out of this World owners, James Blackstock and Marilyn Rose, donated the scopes to the Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA). A Celestron 90mm refractor, chosen for ease of use and better lunar and planetary views, will replace the 6-year-old refractor telescope at MacKerricher State Park. The second scope is a Celestron 130mm computerized reflector, allowing greater light capture, and a “go-to” motor system controlled by an on-board processor with a 4000 celestial object database. After a simple alignment procedure, you can pick a planet, galaxy, nebula, or star cluster, and the telescope will locate and track the object. MAPA will use this scope in their interpretive programs. Celestron telescopes were chosen because they are lightweight and easy to operate. Blackstock has also volunteered to get several of the older scopes back into working order. Staff members, Jenny Heckeroth, Fred Andrews, John Millott, Scott Lewis, Charles Poplinger and Carolyne Cathey, were provided two training sessions by James Blackstock and John Wilder.
At the next Star Party on Saturday, November 17, interested gazers should gather at Ford House Visitors Center for a chance to talk with astronomers while observing the night sky. Meet behind the museum at 7:00 p.m., 735 Main Street, Mendocino. Bring your own telescope and flashlights! Be sure to dress warmly. In case of rain or fog, our backup plan is an indoor program. Sponsored By: Ford House Museum/Visitor Center; Out of This World in Mendocino; Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA); and California State Parks. For more information: 707-937-5397, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.mendoparks.org
Let the Bidding Begin
—Posted Wednesday, October 10th, 2007 at 7:38 pm—
This weekend’s “don’t miss” is the Kelley House Museum 28th Annual Auction. With hundreds of items, there’s something for everyone – fine wines, gift certificates, antiques, new and used merchandise, collectibles, dolls, pottery, plants – the list goes on and on. There’s a “cash & carry” section where you can pick up useful household items, or participate in the silent auction where there are hidden treasures down every row. The kick-off is Friday’s Preview Party from 6-8 p.m. with appetizers by local restaurants, wine and music by Camenae for a $10 admission. Bidding continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. All events are at Crown Hall in Mendocion. See you there!
Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Win Two Preservation Awards
—Posted Tuesday, September 25th, 2007 at 12:38 pm—
At the annual Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association (PCLK) volunteer barbecue this past weekend, Executive Director Jim Kimbrell made the surprise announcement that PCLK had won two preservation awards for the restoration of the Point Cabrillo Light Station. Above, right, is the restored Head Lightkeeper’s Residence–now the Lighthouse Inn at Point Cabrillo.
The first award was from the California Preservation Foundation, and the award was presented to the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association and California Department of Parks and Recreations – 2007 State Preservation Design Award for the Design and Preservation of the Point Cabrillo Light Station.
The second award is the Governor’s Historic Preservation Award for 2007 presented to the Point Cabrillo Lightkeepers Association and California State Parks for the rehabilitation of the Point Cabrillo Lightkeeper’s Residences.
I’m proud to say I was a PCLK Board member during the restoration of seven of nine buildings — the ninth is currently under renovation. Kudos go to Kimbrell who directed the project and to Tony Scramaglia, the contractor and his crew who performed the work. My fellow PCLK Board members Harold Hauck, Ron Eich, Tanya Smart, Bruce Rogerson, Diana Stewart and Ginny Rorby were guiding lights as well.
If you haven’t been out to this restored 1909 lighthouse and light station, don’t miss it on your next visit.