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September 21st, 2012

Fido & Me — Fido the writer

September 21, 2012

“I’d like to make a paragraph but I don’t know how to do it,” Fido said.

“It’s not too hard, Fido. Just press the ‘return’ key and then hit the ‘tab’ key and you’re hunky dory. Do you mind if I ask what you’re doing?”

Fido was quite a sight. He had managed to pull on a green copy-editor visor and was now scrunched over the keyboard.

“I am going to be the first dog member of the Outdoor Writers Association of California!” he cried.

He had all the necessary stuff. Where and how he learned to pack a notebook, a digital camera, and a GoPro, I have no idea.

September 14th

What we're reading in Mammoth: Sept. 14-20

September 14, 2012

A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then

 

Mary Canada, Eastern California Museum archivist: “The Next 100 Years,” by George Friedman.

Fido & Me — Muzzle Man

September 14, 2012

“What the heck is THIS?” Fido wanted to know.

“It’s a bag of treats!”

“Hey hey hey hey!” he said. “What’s that other thing?”

“Oh this little old thing?” I said, and reached—tentatively— into the shopping bag. “It’s a muzzle, Fido, and it goes around your nose and mouth, kind of like your Gentle Leader.”

“I hate it already,” Fido said.

“Yeah, I know, but you can’t have one, the bag of treats, without the other, you big red lug. It’s going to snow pretty soon, and we have to get used to you wearing this thing, or they won’t let you on the bus.”

September 7th

Dancing in the woods- again- this time surrounded by art

September 7, 2012

It has been an unforgettable summer and this weekend kept the momentum going into fall.
With the sounds of bluegrass music coming from the Village and a breathtaking art festival at Sam’s Woodsite, life in Mammoth keeps getting better and better.

Summer time—for most of us—is the best time to kick back and enjoy the outdoor beauty and calm weather.
Autumn usually slows down, but not for us. Every weekend in September is jam-packed with activities and drinking opportunities.

Fido & Me — Autumn Musings

September 7, 2012

“Hey where did everybody go?” Fido wanted to know. “One minute this place is hoppin’ crazy wild, and the next, nothing. No new dogs to play with. No new sounds. What happened to the hiss of mountain bike tires on the road? And the squealing kids in the pool?”

“Take it easy, Fido,” I said. “It’s that time of the year. A lot of the visitors have gone home. They’re going back to school. They’re going back to work. We’ll see them again next summer, I promise.”
“But, but, but …”

September 5th

Jonny Walker's "Last Call" — A mud run on the rocks

September 5, 2012

On Friday afternoon, if you were trying to drive up Canyon Blvd, you would have been surprised to see a sight unique to this town—a large gathering of mud covered teams dressed in strange but matching outfits all showering together in the middle of the road.

September 1st

Edison Theatre announces ambitious 2012-13 season

September 1, 2012

The Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre this week announced its season, beginning Oct. 4 with ‘The Marvelous Wonderettes” and ending May 3 with a return of the Long Beach City College Studio Singers.

Between those shows are a host of productions in the theatre’s most ambitious season yet. “We are excited to be able to expand our season this year,” said Shira Dubrovner, the artistic director.

“Two projects we’ve done, ‘Theatre for Young Audiences’ and ‘Evening with the Stars,’ we’ve not done together in the same season due to cost and staff restraints,” Dubrovner said.

August 31st

What we're reading in Mammoth: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

August 31, 2012

A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then.

Fido & Me — Storytime at Mammoth Rocks

August 31, 2012

“What a cute boy!” said the stranger.

“Who, me?!?!?” Fido asked, blushing.

The stranger walked over to Fido, who was blissfully sitting under a table at last weekend’s “Mammoth Rocks/A Taste of the Sierra” festival in the Village. He was manning the booth for the paper.

“Are you the dog in the paper all the time?” she said.

“That’s me!” Fido said, and he wagged his stump.

“Want to hear a story?” Fido said to the woman.

“Why, yes, Fido,” she responded. “I love stories.”

Fido wormed his way from beneath the table—not an easy thing to do for a big, red, 80-pound chow mix.

August 24th

What we're reading in Mammoth

August 24, 2012

A totally random sampling of what Mammothites are reading, culled from here and there, appearing every now and then.

Fido & Me — Glued In

August 24, 2012

“Today we’re going to do some weather stripping,” I said to Fido.

“Hey hey hey hey! I LOVE weather stripping,” he said. “It’s only just about my favorite thing in the whole wide world.”

Fido paused.

“What’s weather stripping?”

“It’s when you have an opening in a door or a window that you want to block. You see that small little sliver at the bottom of our door? I’m going to fix that, and I’m not going to buy a new door. I’m going to fetch some weather stripping from the hardware store, install it, and things will be hunky-dory for the winter. No drafts this year, no siree.”

JONNY WALKER'S "LAST CALL" — Mammoth Festival had it all: Wine, crowds and ... Kenny Loggins!

August 24, 2012

On my bike ride home Friday afternoon, I needed to find a wine tasting partner for the weekend. 

Mammoth Festival reigned in the rain

August 24, 2012

An unusual pattern has developed during this summer’s festival season.

The events start out under blue, beautiful skies, are interrupted by the usual thunderstorm and in the end, everyone has a fine time and goes home.

So it was last weekend when the Mammoth Festival opened with a wine walk in the Village on Friday night, and an evening of music at Sam’s Woodsite on Saturday.

The star, Kenny Loggins, was just about the only star anyone could see as he strode on stage, what with the last vestiges of that afternoon’s rain clouds moving off.

August 17th

Local author, former NY Times bestseller, at Booky Joint Sunday

August 17, 2012

Longtime Mammoth resident Bruce Torrence has a new book out, with a book signing at the Booky Joint scheduled for this weekend.

The book, “The Hollywood Canteen Where the Greatest Generation Danced with the Most Beautiful Girls in the World,” documents Torrence’s long relationship to the world of Hollywood, and most particularly, to the history of the famous canteen that served as a source of solace and entertainment for more than 3 million soldiers who were headed into the inferno of World War II.

The hills are alive, with the sound of ... Kenny

August 17, 2012

Had enough music in the woods yet?

That would be, “No.”

On the heels of Bluesapalooza two weekends ago and Latin music in the Village at the Margarita Festival (see P. 1), comes the Mammoth Festival—Wine, Music, Food & Art.

This is a Mammoth Mountain Ski Area event, and those people know how to put on a show.
It all began last night on the ski hill with a five-course “Winemaker Dinner” at Parallax, and then continues tonight (Friday) at the Village, with live music by Berel Alexander during the Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation’s “Wine Walk.”

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