Posted on 23 July 2010.
VillageFest a real Ribs-tickler
The 7th annual VillageFest, California’s highest-altitude Rib Cook-off, a summer tradition, returns to the Village at Mammoth Saturday, July 31. Starting at noon, the festivities include the debut of the highest-altitude Chili Cook-off, and an afternoon and evening of live music from local bands, such as: Lava Moon, Jeffrey James and The Wanted Gang, the Luca Band and Hurricane Hoover’s Blues Party.
At 7 p.m., watch the sunset as the lights come up on Eastern Sierra favorite Pink Froyd, the ultimate Pink Floyd tribute experience! Also on the menu, a Beer & Wine Garden, Kids Crafts, a Music Demonstration, Fun Zone and Raffle! Admission’s free, so bring some bucks to spend on local restaurants … The Sheet highly recommends you sample some of the outstanding ribs, chili, chicken, sides and desserts! Info: 760.914.3122 or www.mammothvillagefest.com.
YARTS Transit Plan meetings
Transit Marketing, LLC and Transit Resource Center are working on a Short Range Transit Plan for Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS). This will include looking at possibilities for expanding the service from three counties (Merced, Mariposa and Mono) to other neighboring counties, including Tuolumne and Madera.
Part of the process includes holding public meetings in each county to get the view of various stakeholders regarding improvements to current services as well as the possibilities for future expansion of services.
There will be three separate meetings in Mono County on July 26:
8-9 a.m. in the Lee Vining Community Center, 296 Mattly Ave., Lee Vining
10-11 a.m. in the June Lake Community Center, 90 W. Granite Ave, June Lake, and
3-5 p.m. in the 3rd Floor Board of Supervisors Conference Room, Sierra Center Mall, 452 Old Mammoth Rd., Mammoth Lakes.
Land Tenure Workshop
Family, friends, neighbors and fellow community members are invited to an informative and interactive workshop to discuss how land ownership adjustments might relate to your community’s future on July 28 in the Lee Vining Community Center from 6-8:30 p.m.
The Land Tenure Project is a collaborative effort by partners including Inyo and Mono counties, Inyo National Forest, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Bureau of Land Management, and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
The Land Tenure 101 workshop will introduce basic land tenure principles and explain how land tenure adjustments may be used as a planning tool. Small groups will identify criteria that may guide land ownership adjustment decisions, land tenure strategies, constraints and opportunities as related to community visioning, expansion and goals, and identify the next steps necessary to achieve these goals.
The workshop will include time for additional questions from 8:30-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
More info: contact Vickie Taton @ 760.258.1363, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Take part in a brief land tenure survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/landtenure.
Sierra Cycle (& barber) challenge
Disabled Sports Eastern Sierra takes off on its annual three-day fundraising Sierra Cycle Challenge bike ride, July 24-26. Riders must raise a minimum $1,000 to enter, and DSES Director Kathy Copeland agreed to shave her head to provide additional inspiration! (See this week’s cover!)
Fundraising pages were set up on www.Firstgiving.com. Info: 760.934.0791 or www.disabledsportseasternsierra.org.
For the many Richie Moomaw fans out there, Spike Todd reports that Moomaw is due to be released from the ICU in Reno by today and will spend the next little while recuperating down at his sister Kathie’s place in Southern California. If you’d like to help Richie with his medical expenses, there are donation jars at Mammoth Liquor, Rick’s Sport Center and Mammoth Chevron.
Authors Gary Noy and Rick Heide will present dramatic readings of Sierra Nevada local and well known literature from Native American origin myths to contemporary writings placed in an historical context, accompanied by a slideshow, as part of “The Illuminated Landscape: A Sierra Nevada Anthology,” on Friday, July 23, 6:30-8 p.m. at Spellbinder Books in Bishop.
The essays, poetry, and stories presented in “The Illuminated Landscape” encompass the entire Sierra Nevada … an ancient creation myth involving an unlikely contest between Hawk and Crow, vignettes of life in mining camps, a curious deer taking a stroll through Beetle Rock, the impact a simple camping trip can make, the unexpected solace felt by a family held in an internment camp, and an enlightening attempt to climb Matterhorn Peak.
Refreshments will be served. Books are in stock, and available for purchase and autographing. Special note: “The Illuminated Landscape” is illustrated by former Devil’s Postpile Ranger Joe Medeiros! More info: www.spellbinderbookstore.com or 760.873.4511.
Snowcreek Nine & Dine!
Snowcreek Golf Course hosts Nine & Dine, a fun and social tournament that includes 9 holes of golf and dinner afterwards. Open to all golfers, there is a different format every time, and a different restaurant! Couples welcome and having a handicap is preferred, but not necessary. Upcoming dates: Aug. 12 and 26, and Sept. 9 and 23. Info/registration: 760.934.6633.
Postcards from the lake
The June Lake Library, located in the Community Center at Gull Lake, will host an exhibit of old, historical post cards of Silver Lake. Frequent June Lake Loop visitor Ken Harrison, of Cardiff by the Sea, has a collection of post cards of Silver Lake ranging from the 1920s up to the 70s.
The unique collection will be on display between Saturday, July 31, and Saturday, Sept. 4, on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons.
A reception to meet the Mr. Harrison will be hosted by the June Lake Friends of the Library on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., just prior to a meeting of the June Lake Historical Society.
The collections shows the reflecting lake, Carson Peak, Devil’s Slide, and the old large pine trees on the east side of the lake. Only the card’s printing color and style differ. “Mountains don’t change in 80 years,” Harrison notes.
Harrison’s favorite shot is one of the resort’s Trailer Park from the early 60s. It shows old, round trailers with 50s and 60s style trucks parked in the spaces. “Anything with a ‘59 El Camino and a canned ham-style travel trailer is worth money,” describing the camping images on the card.
Having a constant supply of older cards doesn’t help auction prices.
Many people collect travel post cards as reminders of family trips from bygone days. Serious collectors may not purchase for specific place, but for the age or style of the image, or the type of printing or paper used. Harrison purchased most of his for under $5, but will bid as high as $25 for a historical image he hasn’t seen before. “Both the Silver Lake Resort and I missed a one of a kind image of a big flood in the 30s that went for $50.We’ve never seen that image come up for auction since,” says Harrison.
A river runs through it
Beat the heat of summer with the world’s coolest chamber music programs at Mammoth’s Cerro Coso College during the 2010 Mammoth Lakes Music Festival.
The festival kicks off with “A River Runs Through It” on July 21, featuring Haydn’s String Quartet in D Major, opus 50 no. 6, “Frog” (played by Aimee Kreston, Emma Noel Votapek, Rebecca Hang and Brian Schuldt), Beethoven’s – Sonata in C Minor for Violin and Piano, opus 30 no. 2 (played by Corey Cerovsek & Steven Vanhauwaert), Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E Flat Major, opus 44 (played by Sarkis Baltaian, Cerovsek, Lina Bahn, Andrew Picken and Mark Votapek).
On July 23, “Over the Rainbow” has music for Soprano and Piano (performed by Maria Jette & Sarkis Baltaian), Lalo’s Piano Trio no. 3 in A Minor, opus 26 (performed by the Felici Trio) and Ravel’s String Quartet in F Major (performed by Cerovsek, Kreston, Picken and Mark Votapek.
Complete artist, schedule and ticket information is available at www.ChamberMusicUnbound.org.
FOOD PANTRY OPEN
The Salvation Army and Church on the Mountain have opened a food pantry in Mammoth to serve those in need of food assistance. The food pantry has a well-stocked facility at 220 Sierra Manor Rd., adjacent to Higerd Plumbing, to provide assistance and accept food and cash donations. Hours of operation: Monday/Wednesday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday noon-4 p.m.