Solid Gold Fishing: High country bites can be a workout

A recent visit to Kennedy Meadows was one I hoped would result in a good fishing story. Not only did I get in some great fishing, but I got to meet the owner of the Kennedy Meadows Resort, Matt Bloom.The Bloom family has a history at Kennedy Meadows; Matt’s grandfather arrived in 1927. Matt has worked as a cowboy during […]

Visit artists during studio tour

The 10th annual Amador County Artists Association’s Open Studios Tour runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at locations all over Amador County.There are 20 sites throughout the county where works by 43 area artists can be seen. The free self-guided tour also features maps that can be obtained online and at multiple locations during the tour. […]

The Examined Life: Step back to move in and serve

Those of us of a certain age can remember long before there was a Beyonce or an Adele there was Lulu. Lulu became well-known when she recorded the title song to the 1967 movie, “Alfie” starring Michael Caine. Some of us old geezers may have trouble remembering the film, but most of us can remember the song’s opening line: “What’s […]

Mother Lode costumers craft worlds onstage

Stitch by stitch
A stitch in time

The philosopher Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin once said, “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you are.”No offense to the legendary gastronome, but I would argue that an equally powerful signifier can be found in what we wear. From the colors we choose to the shapes and fabrics we favor and the accessories we find ourselves slipping […]

Jenny’s Kitchen: A wedding inspires a great snack

She did it; Amanda got married. For those of you who follow my column, you know that my cousin Amanda Malmquist, now Amanda Conrad, was given a beautiful bridal shower in the hills of Danville overlooking Mount Diablo at the home of a prominent tuna distributor. Well, if you thought the shower was something, wait till I tell you about […]

Columbia holds class on Saturday

From 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, the public is invited to participate in Back to School Night 1861 at the old Columbia schoolhouse in Columbia State Historic Park.Festivities begin with music, costume dress-up, delicious hand-cranked ice cream, 1861 school lessons in the downstairs of the structure and tours of the upstairs led by costumed docents. Games and toys of the […]

The Calaveras Cheese Lady: Our childhood cheeses should be gone

When I was growing up in New Jersey, there were few cheese choices. We were limited to the grocery store selection. Kraft had popularized its “pasteurized process cheese food,” so it was the cheese for kids and most adults from the 1930s to the ’60s. It was widely available and cheap, but, by today’s standards, my mother would be horrified […]

Calaveras Sluice Box: Look back to support the present

Historic structures have made the Mother Lode landscape memorable for decades. Wander through downtown any town and you’ll probably see buildings constructed before your grandparents were born. That kind of time-tested architectural ambience, I think, makes our hometowns jump off the map, even though that happens on smartphones these days almost automatically.The Avery Hotel is one of those nearly mysterious […]

Tuolumne Talk: Get creative and join the fun in Jamestown

Billed as a “Mardi Gras celebration in the Mother Lode,” the Handmade Parade is one of the most innovative community events to hit the foothills in a while. Scheduled for Oct. 2 at dusk on Main Street, Jamestown, the inaugural Handmade Parade intends to “celebrate creativity and diversity that fosters community involvement and creative expression.” Described as a “walking theatrical […]

Great Sierra River Cleanup is Saturday

The rivers, lakes and streams of the Sierra Nevada need help and volunteers are asked to join in the Great Sierra River Cleanup from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday.Volunteers from all over California join together to remove trash from the waterways of the Sierra Nevada during the eighth annual event. Coordinated by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the day focuses […]